Associate Minister of Music
Ariel Merivil comes to First-Plymouth Church from Atlanta First United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia where he served as Director of Music, Worship, and Administration designing worship, conducting the choral ensembles and leading weekly worship as organist-choirmaster, pianist, and vocalist. As an administrator, Ariel provided executive leadership and oversight for organizational operations at Atlanta First.
A collegiate and high school choral conductor and instructor, Ariel served the choral departments at Georgia State University and Atlanta Adventist Academy in addition to his work at Atlanta First. He frequently served as a collaborative keyboardist for many ensembles and soloists in the southeast including the Georgia Boy Choir, The Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus and The Sons of Lafayette Men’s Choir.
Active in the Atlanta music community, Ariel serves as the Repertoire and Resources Chair for Music in Worship for the Georgia Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and serves on the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. As a vocalist, Ariel sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and with Atlanta’s Chorale—New Creation.
A passionate and gifted musician, Ariel enjoys leading congregations in diverse and meaningful expressions of music in worship that allow others to experience the divine presence of God in a powerful way. A graduate of the Georgia State University School of Music, Ariel earned a dual-concentration Master of Music degree in choral conducting and organ performance and also received the Bachelor of Architecture degree from Southern Polytechnic State University (Kennesaw State University). Ariel has an active love for design, photography, and technology and actively competes as an amateur powerlifting athlete with USA Powerlifting.
Ariel is excited about joining the ministry team at First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska and looks forward to contributing to the longstanding legacy of excellence in music ministry at First-Plymouth Church.