Merlin L. Knowles joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees after his election as the president of the Montana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in October 2010.
He has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a pastor in the Idaho and New England Conferences and as executive secretary, trust services director, and family ministries co-director with his wife, Cheryl, for the Northern New England Conference.
Knowles has a rich history in the northwest, attending schools in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He earned a bachelor's degree in theology from WWU in 1979 and a Master of Divinity from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
He and Cheryl have two grown sons who reside with their families in Idaho. They are expecting their second grandchild in February.
Last update on June 28, 2012