John graduated from Willoughby South High School in 1988 and majored in English and British literature with a minor in art history at John Carroll University. He graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
A musician and song writer, he began studying piano at four years old, which led to a love of all music and provided a foundation to grow into voice training and performance. He plays French horn, guitar, and organ and is a liturgical musician and organist at St. Cyprian Parish in Perry since 2007.
John married Yih-ting, whom he met through his parish priest. Yih-ting has a master’s in applied social science from Case Western Reserve, and before coming to America, she devoted her life to others by teaching special education classes and volunteering her time at home and abroad. John and Yih-ting are thankful for two beautiful children and dear family both near and far.
The Merks are happy and blessed to be with the Behms and look forward to serving the community for years to come.