About Us

“Pour More Living Waters On Us, Lord!”
Accepting God’s presence for all people through prayer
Pastor Bancroft & The Team

Pastor William Bancroft

Pastor's Message

Dear Family and Friends, every day I am moved to join the affirmation of the Psalmist, "It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, Most High; to proclaim your loyal love in the morning, your faithfulness at nighttime." (Psalm 92:1-2 CEB). God continues to be faithful in love.

Thank you for visiting our website as we share our place in God's ministry. Merrell United Methodist Church over the years continue to serve the Lauderdale Lakes and neighboring communities. We hope that you will be interested in what we are doing and hope you will one day be able to visit with us. Merrell United Methodist Church mission is to inspire Spirit-led, Equipped and Empowered Disciples for Christian world mission.

I want to assure you that you can find a place to begin, either as a person coming into a church family for the first time or continuing your faith journey. This church family will enable you to find a place of belonging, where you can discover peace and comfort. This is a faith community that challenges all of us to hold to our calling to be all God will have us to be. Thanks be to God for love and faithfulness in the journey of faith.

God's blessing and peace be with you!
Bancroft Williams - Senior Pastor

Meet our Helpful Staff
Bro. Louis Trotman

Bro. Louis Trotman

Director of Music

Sis. Shirley Smith

Sis. Shirley Smith

Preschool Director
Mr. Leroy Satchell

Mr. Leroy Satchell


Meet our Church Leaders

Church Council

Sis. Eileen Tucker

Lay Leader
Sis. Patricia Tabois

Lay Member to Annual Conference
Sis. Lorna Smith

Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee
Sis. Yvette Smith

Admn. Assistant to Pastor
Sis. Claudette Meatley

Finance Committee
Bro. Wayne Ranger


Financial Secretary
Sis. Norma Williamson

Prayer Ministry
Sis. Uliet Black

Bro. Franklyn Coombs

Evangelism/Outreach Ministries
Sis. Valerie Henry

Preschool Board Chair
Sis. Thelma McGeachy

United Methodist Women

Sis. Thelma McGeachy

United Methodist Men
Bro. Lovell McKail

Visitation Ministry
Sis. Dizzierene Cox

Bro. Winston Chang

New Members Committee
Sis. Rose Farquharson

Membership Secretary
Sis. Phillipa Daniels

Campus Ministry
Sis. Judith Gohagen

Disaster Coordinator
Bro. Lovell McKail

Worship Ministries

Sis. Judy Gohagen
Sis. Keisha Coombs-Newman

Thrift Shop Interim Coordinator
Sis. Phylis Brown