Timothy Merrill

Pastor and writer, living in Shanghai

TIMOTHY MERRILL was born in Canada of American parents — an ex-pat kid! He’s also a preacher’s kid. At the age of ten, his parents moved to the States, where his dad took a church in Chicago. Timothy did post-graduate work at Iliff School of Theology (Denver, United Methodist) where he was awarded the Elizabeth Warren Iliff Fellowship for study at Princeton Theological Seminary. His doctoral work at Princeton was in the History of Christianity. He completed his coursework and passed five comprehensives exams but did not complete his dissertation. The dissertation became a novel, The Count of Chartres: The Reluctant Crusader (Kindle version on Amazon). He’s written a number of books for religious publishers including Chalice Press, Abingdon, and CSS Publishing. He’s also written another novel, The Temporary Typist (information about all of the books can be found at His latest book is Learning to Fall: A Guide for the Spiritually Clumsy. He has served churches in Oregon, Minnesota and Colorado. Currently, he is Executive Editor of Homiletics, a preaching journal for pastors, and the Founder and Editor of HomeTouch, a ministry to the homebound, as well as Lead Pastor of Trinity Congregation, Shanghai, China. Timothy loves reading, writing, hiking and traveling — and (full disclosure) an occasional cigar with Laphroaig scotch. Timothy and Jeanie have been in Shanghai for nine years. Jeanie is a counselor in the high school of Shanghai American School.