About Our Church
Meet the Pastor
David Merling, Ph.D., has been the pastor of the Albuquerque Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church since April of 2011. He holds a B.A. in Theology, a masters of divinity (M.Div.), and a Ph.D. in archaeology.
His work gave him the opportunity to travel regularly to Israel, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and Europe. He has also taught in India, Puerto Rico, and Australia. His hobbies include books, reading, flyfishing, golf, and hiking.
Dr. Merling has been married to Stephanie Caroline Merling since 1969 and they share two adult children, David, Jr., and Jeremy. Stephanie is a speech-language pathologist having a master's degree and national certification (M.A., CCC-SLP) in speech-language pathology. She also shared in Pastor Merling's career in ministry and archaeology by traveling with him to archaeological sites and serving for many years as Tell Jalul's ceramic registrar.