Director of Alumni Relations & the Ouachita Student
Jon Merryman serves as Director of Ouachita Alumni directing alumni programing, communications
and on-campus events. Jon also coordinates the Ouachita on-line community, the Tiger
Network Leadership Award and the Ouachita Circle alumni magazine.
Before returning to Ouachita, Jon served for 4 years in Communications, Events and Church Partnerships at Sweet Sleep, a non-profit organization that provided beds to orphaned and abandoned children; and 7 years in children’s ministry, first as Associate Children’s Minister at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tenn. and then as Children’s Pastor at Rolling Hills Community Church in Franklin, Tenn. Jon also writes curriculum for and speaks to kids and students through LifeWay Christian Resources, CentriKid Camps and WinShape Camps.
While at Ouachita, Jon was involved in the Ouachita Student Foundation, Campus Activities Board, Kappa Chi Men’s Social Club, Ouachita Sounds, Praise Singers and Ouachita Singers. He is also a survivor of the crash of American Airlines flight 1420, which crashed with a group of Ouachita students on board June 1, 1999.
Jon and his wife Emily (Watts ‘01) are active members of Second Baptist Church in Arkadelphia. They have one son, Dennis, whom they adopted from Moldova in 2008.
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