Andrew Merritt is a bishop, author, city statesman, business owner and visionary leader. In 1978, he and his wife Pastor Viveca Merritt founded the Straight Gate International Church in Detroit, Michigan. The church has experienced phenomenal growth -- from three members in 1978 to eight church moves to serve the needs of the emerging congregation of more that 6,000 today. A respected minister and community leader, Bishop Merritt has prayed with Presidents Clinton and Bush as well as Michigan’s governor Jennifer Granholm and Detroit’s mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Bishop Merritt served as co-chair of the International Mandela Freedom Tour to the City of Detroit, 1990. In 2004 he and his wife launched the international annual conference, One In Worship that gathers thousands from the body of Christ in one accord for the sole purpose of praise and worship. Merritt’s family-managed record company, M&M Entertainment and Bajada Records, has produced numerous Gospel and inspirational recordings as well as Stellar-nominated hits. A family based minister; he is the proud father of six children and eight grandchildren. He has authored six books. He is a pastor of pastors. Bishops and pastors, nationwide, acknowledge Bishop Merritt as their spiritual father and covering in the ministry because of the anointing on his life.