Pastor Short Sledge

Pastor Short has a deep love for Jesus along with a unique set of gifts & talents. He is a preacher’s kid and has a rather diverse background as a longtime follower of Christ, serving in Kids, Youth , Music, and Outreach Ministries.
He and his wife, Carol live in the Bluford, Illinois area. They have two children, and four grandchildren. Short enjoys using his carpentry skills on various projects, spending time with his family, fellowshipping with church families and just plain having fun.


Merriam Community Church


Ken Sisk

Worship Leader

Ken totally committed his heart to Christ in 1981 and already loved music. He has used that passion for the Lord and has been involved with music ministry since then. He loves praise and worship as a musician and as a worshipper. “Seeing God’s Spirit move, change lives and people encouraged is the greatest thing to be a part of.” He has been married to Renee for 31 years, has 3 daughters, 3 son-in-law’s and 5 grandchildren. He enjoys good music, NHRA racing, hanging out in the man cave, fishing, jeep rides, seeing God’s beautiful landscapes, and spending time with friends and family as much as possible.

Noah West

Youth Director

Since first being called to ministry in 2013, Noah has been on a journey seeking God with every step. God has given him a passion for youth, to see them connect and grow close to God, so that they may know His will for their lives. Noah is thankful for his family, his parents, Josh and Rebecca, and his four sisters. He enjoys reading, playing the drums, and working with computers. Noah looks forward to what God has in store as he continues on his journey into ministry.

Renee Sisk

Worship Leader

Renee has been involved in music most of her life and enjoys when corporate worship takes place with all God’s family giving praise for who HE is! The word of God is vital in our lives but the act of worship is such a blessing we can experience as an individual and as a body of believers. There are times a song will minister just what we need from God at the right time. She has been married to Ken for 31 years, They have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. She also enjoys time with family and friends, Jeep rides, laughter, and barn quilts!

Rebecca West

Children’s Director

Rebecca has been serving in children’s ministry for many years. Her passion is sharing the Gospel of Christ with as many kids as possible! Telling them about Jesus, who He is, the plan of salvation, and His great love for them! Rebecca is married to her husband Josh and they have 5 children. She enjoys reading, baking, and most of all spending time with family.

Dalelisa Richardson

J.A.M. Leader 

Dalelisa has been happily married to Mark for 33 years. The have one son, Ryan. Dalelisa has served as a volunteer in Children’s ministry for many years. Her passions is encouraging others to freely worship Jesus through music and motion. In her free time, Dalelisa enjoys being with her family, junking, and RZR riding with friends. She is looking forward to becoming a Piddler.

Carol Sledge

Office Manager

Carol spent over 36 years working for JOY Mining Machinery before retiring. She utilizes her organizational skills to serve as the Office Manager for MCC. She also serves as the Early Learning Director and has a true passion for the spiritual development of children. Although Carol prefers to be behind the scenes doing prep work or clean up, she loves to play games and come up with craft projects and is actively engaged with the children in Adventureland and VBS.

Mark Richardson

Worship Director

Mark has been a school teacher for 28 years at Woodlawn and is now their Curriculum Coordinator. He plans to retire next year and spend more time with his wife Dalelisa, their son Ryan. He has been in praise and worship for many years and enjoys playing music and being around people. He says that his responsibility as a Worship Director is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12).  

Eden West

Youth Worship

Eden has been involved in some aspect of music for the past 3 years. Whether it be the youth band, morning worship, or leading kids in praise and worship, she enjoys them all. Eden plays keyboards, ukulele, and loves to sing. Eden enjoys serving at church and looks forward to VBS every year.

Elizabeth West

Youth Worship

Elizabeth has been playing the piano for the past 13 years and has been involved in music ministry for 7 years. Her passion is to bring glory to the Lord through music and praise and worship. When she’s not playing the piano, Elizabeth, enjoys driving her convertible, spending time with her family cat, Otis, and shopping


Carri Weaver

Women’s Ministry

Carri has a love for people and has been active in many different ministries in the past years including Nursery Director, Women’s Ministry Director, and currently serves as MCC Women’s Ministry Director, as well as our First Impression Team and our Social Media Manager. Carri loves meeting new people and helping them get connected at MCC and has a special love for helping people through hard times through prayer and support. She worked in the school system for many years including Merriam Grade School which was her first teaching job. She has been married to Kyle for 27 years and has three daughters, Chloe, Ellie, and Jonah. 

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Merriam Community Church
Sunday School @ 9:30
Worship @ 10:30
 846 County Road 2300 East
Fairfield, Il. 62873
Phone 618-842-9870