Sen. Merrick was first elected to the state Senate in a special election in 2021 to represent Senate District 22, which includes parts of Canadian and Oklahoma counties.
The Yukon Republican received his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Baptist University and a Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to serving in the Senate, Merrick served as the pastor of Home Groups at Living Rivers Millennial Church in Tulsa for four years, then as co-pastor of the Tabernacle of Praise in Edmond for four years as well. While serving at the Tabernacle of Praise, he was also a professor of theology and philosophy at Southwestern Christian University. During his time serving the church, Merrick also owned and operated several small businesses.
Merrick and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters.