About John

When not behind a pulpit you will find John lobster diving, helicopter skiing, hauling in yellow fin tuna, calling mallards from a duck blind, or rocketing over whitewater in the Grand Canyon. John loves to stretch people by taking them into untamed places like Cape Town, Cairo or Calcutta. Always scheming about how to get out of the office, John loves to find fellow conspirators to take the next plunge into the unknown.

John Merritt is the Founding Pastor of CrossWinds Church in San Francisco’s East Bay. He serves as consultant, coach and speaker for a network of pastors and churches in the San Francisco Bay Area.  John has been a missionary, leader, pastor, church planter & speaker for the past 40 years.

John is married to his wife Debbie, has 3 children & 5 grandchildren.


“Life is audacious, extraordinary, never boring, and ready to be lived right now—let’s not find ourselves looking back on what might have been.” ~John Merritt


A small snippet of John’s Adventures!

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