Through an expression of Brit Pop meets American Rock, Merchant Band is committed to the ushering in of revival to the nations through prophetic worship.
Merchant Band was formed from a worship team at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOP-KC) when Marcus Meier, Tim Reimherr, and a few friends began playing some of the two-hour slots in the 24/7 worship schedule. Over the years that worship team has seen a lot of change and growth, recently leading six two-hour sessions a week at IHOP-KC, as well as leading worship at IHOP conferences. The band, more affectionately known as "Marcus and Tim’s worship team", frequently travels with IHOP's onething young adult ministry, playing at conferences and events internationally.
Both Marcus and Tim's song writing grows out of continually seeking the Lord. Tim says that leading worship sets in the Prayer Room often leads to new songs, "Ideas sometimes get developed on stage, but the focus is not to form a song but to serve the house of prayer and to meditate on His name." He adds that the creative process is based in intimacy, "I try to initially write to me and the Lord, but if a song lends itself corporately I try and craft it that way." For each of them, prayer is an absolute necessity, as Marcus states, "Prayer is the place where you meet the Lord and without Him you don't have anything." They desire for their music to help others connect with and encounter the Lord more deeply.
Merchant Band's primary mandate and focus is the house of prayer, and each is actively involved as a full-time staff member at IHOP-KC. In preparation for Christ’s return, they are committed to living simple lifestyles of prayer and fasting. They believe this is an hour of history in which voices must have substance to their message, and they hold the conviction that divine substance comes from the place of prayer and intimacy with Jesus.