Forward Movement hires Jason Merritt as marketing director

Posted Mar 16, 2016

[Forward Movement press release] Forward Movement is pleased to announce that Jason Merritt will be joining its staff as marketing director. Merritt will lead efforts to tell the Forward Movement story to the wider church and to potential customers through digital and print engagement.

The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement, said, “Our identity is primarily as an organization that promotes discipleship, not as a publishing company, and I’m grateful to work with such a talented person to help us find ways to invite people into deeper discipleship through the resources we offer. We look forward to Jason’s gifts as a storyteller and relationship-builder to amplify the mission of Forward Movement.” Merritt will work with Gunn and other members of the leadership team at Forward Movement.

“To me, marketing isn’t only about transactions and sales, it’s about building relationships and connecting the organization’s mission directly with those it serves,” Merritt said. “I’m thrilled to join such a talented team and an organization that is consistently looking for innovative ways to engage it’s community and provide valuable resources for spiritual development.”

Merritt comes to Forward Movement from Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center, where he has led the Marketing and Communications department since 2012. Prior to that, he worked with AARP Florida in both the communications and advocacy departments.

Merritt succeeds Heidi Weaver-Smith, who expanded the marketing team in line with strategic priorities set by the Board of Directors. She is leaving to focus on the non-profit organization she founded, LOVEboldly, which invites reconciliation to God, self, and others at the intersection of faith, sexuality, and gender identity.

Forward Movement inspires disciples and empowers evangelists by providing resources for Christians and seekers. Known widely for its flagship publication, Forward Day by Day, Forward Movement is a ministry of the Episcopal Church founded in 1935 with offices in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can learn more at