About

Kim, Craig and Noah Merritt pose with instruments

Land Of Harvest

Land of Harvest’s ministry is to express the Love of God through music, art and the preaching of the Word.  Our name comes from the first song we wrote and recorded, Land of Harvest, which is a story of a Christian’s journey through tough times and longing for God’s direction and presence.

We hope to encourage believers into a deeper relationship with Jesus and with one another. We also pray to minister to the lost so that many will come to know Christ as Savior.

CraigCraig Merritt, playing Mandolin

Instrument: Mandolin

Favorite Artist: Big Daddy Weave

Favorite Verse:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

Craig grew up in a musical family, singing in church and at school. Musical theater has been a part of his life since third grade. He has done lighting, acting and directing for years, including writing plays and producing church dramas.

In 1984, he met Kim at Broome Community College through singing with the college choir. Kim and Craig both play the guitar and sing a variety of musical styles. They have sung as a duo at many weddings, church events and community gatherings. They were married Sept. 21, 1985.

Craig  trusted Christ as his personal Savior when he was 30 years old, and soon had the burning desire to become a pastor, to teach God’s word and to love his people. He completed his degree at Practical Bible College in Johnson City, NY  and his Master’s of Ministry through Andersonville Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Hampshire and has served in various ministries at Christian Camps and Conference Centers, as well as leading Christian Homeschool support groups.

Craig loves the Lord, and desires to use all his gifts and talents for the Lord’s work and glory. When he sings, his beautiful tenor voice is often accompanied with a tear in his eyes, as he loves singing about the Lord.

Kim Merritt smiles while holding her guitar

Kim

Instrument: Guitar

Favorite Artist: Sara Groves, Josh Garrels

Favorite Verse:
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise him.” – Psalms 28:7

Kim sang in the high school choir, and was the lead singer in a high school band during her youth. But nothing was better, than strumming her guitar while sitting beside Daddy when he got his accordion out. She has loved music all her life, thanks to her musical parents.

After her husband, Craig’s salvation, she was uncertain of this “religion stuff” but was curious. Through the loving ministry of some older women from the local church Craig was attending, she realized that Christ was real, that He loved her so much that He died on the cross for her, and she accepted him as Savior.

As Craig began to attend full-time Bible college, Kim and Craig became unofficial musical ambassadors for the College, singing at Church events from Teen Snow Camps to Senior Saints.

Kim has enjoyed her children’s musical gifts, and the many concerts they have played together as a family music ministry. But  kids grow up! She is now enjoying serving the Lord through music with her dear Craig, and their son Noah who sings with them occasionally. In the last few years, the Lord has put her love of art, to work, as she has been blessed to illustrate Christian Children’s books for various authors and publishing companies. As of 2018 she has illustrated over 40 books! She also instructs budding artists at canvas painting parties through her Ambassador Art Adventures business.

Kim wants to share the Lord Jesus through song; to encourage the weary Christian, and to the reach the seeking sinner, for God’s glory.

Noah Merritt smiling as he poses on a wintery New Hampshire day.

Noah

Instrument: just vocals (so far!)

Favorite Artist: Toby Mac
Favorite Verse:   And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
1 Corinthians 11:24
Noah is a clever and quick witted, funny guy. He is super creative, making videos that he writes, acts in and films! He does voice acting for various projects online. Noah really enjoys creating characters, which makes for some great comedy! Noah has been writing song lyrics, and melodies for the songs we are recording.
Noah heard the gospel plenty of times, being the son of a preacher man. During Sunday School, he was listening as his Mom was praying with a young lady who wanted to receive Christ as Savior.  He realized that he hadn’t done that yet. He knew the facts about the gospel but had never acted upon it. He secretly prayed that day, right along with the young lady, and weeks later, finally told his parents. In a step of obedience and show of identification, he asked his Dad to baptize him, which he did in Walker brook on a cold spring day!
His desire is to use his creativeness for the Lord, whether it be music, movie making, voice acting, writing or even art.

 

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