Several months ago, Graham Cochrane came to the elders of Aletheia and expressed he felt God was calling him out of his role as the worship leader at Aletheia. Historically, the worship leader role has primarily been a volunteer role. One in which Graham has faithfully lead in and been a tremendous grace to Aletheia through.
In praying about how to move forward regarding the worship ministry, the elders decided to create an official, paid position of Worship and Creative Arts Director with additional responsibilities then the worship leader role had previously had.
This new director would be responsible for leading Aletheia to know and experience the love of Christ each week through music, prayer, and the Word. Additionally, the director would disciple and grow the Aletheia worship team, work with the elders and leaders of Aletheia in cultivating a culture of worship and prayer, as well as leading out on other creative elements at Aletheia. This all coinciding with the normal responsibilities of an Aletheia Mission Member. In time the director would become an elder of Aletheia after his elder apprenticeship period.
After reaching out to various resources and networks including Acts 29, Austin Stone Worship, and Sojourn Network, to name a few, the elders and leaders of Aletheia are excited to announce that we have hired Jamie Merilien to be our new Worship and Creative Arts Director!
Over the course of the last month or so the elders and several leaders of Aletheia had a chance to get to know Jamie and hear his heart for worship and leading God’s people. After his recent trip to Tampa and co-leading with Graham, the elders extended the offer to Jamie who accepted without hesitation!
Jamie will be with us on Sunday, June 24th and will be co-leading alongside his good friend, Ryan Whitfield. Jamie and Ryan met several years ago when they were students at the University of Mobile where Jamie graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Worship Leading. As you may know, Ryan has moved down from Tallahassee to be a part of The King’s Church with Pastor Ian, launching this Fall.
Jamie, who moved to America from Haiti as a teenager, has been leading worship for over 15 years. Most recently he has lead worship for the youth at fellow Acts 29 church, Living Hope Church in Memphis, TN as well as being the main worship leader for their church plant, Grace City Church also in Memphis.
This Sunday, June 17th will be Graham’s last ‘official’ day as Aletheia’s worship leader. However, Graham is not going anywhere. He and his wonderful family will still be a part of Aletheia and Graham will still be a part of the worship team. We look forward to honoring Graham and his family soon at Aletheia!
We are excited to have Jamie at Aletheia and know that he will be a huge blessing to all of us!