Staff

Jeff Heidkamp, Co-Lead Pastor

jeff6Jeff is co-lead pastor along with his wife Le Que. He oversees preaching, vision, and works with leaders and staff. Jeff and Le Que were the founding pastors of Mercy in 2004. He likes to tell bad jokes to his kids, and listen to podcasts while he cleans the house. His other interests include baseball, cooking, and Nunavut. Jeff is currently finishing a masters in theology at Bethel Seminary. His email is email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Le Que Heidkamp, Co-Lead Pastor

leque5Le Que co-leads with Jeff and oversees training and technology and works with staff on operational and organizational development. Additionally, she serves VineyardUSA in leading cohorts on multiethnic church leadership and church planting. She enjoys reading, writing and having fun with Jeff and their two daughters. You can reach Le Que at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Mike Buerke, Associate Pastor

As lead associate pastor, Mike works directly with Mercy staff and key leaders to build and develop a strong foundation of smoothly operating church services along with staff and leadership growth. Additionally, he serves on the finance team doing bookkeeping, church budgeting and finance education responsibilities. His biggest passions are counseling individuals and couples, teaching classes, writing, and identifying emerging leaders and setting them loose. His wife Annalisa is awesome, and his kids (11 and 5) are weird, which is exactly how he likes them. He’s an introvert, except baseball…he gets really chatty about baseball. His family has called Mercy home since 2009. Email him at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Katie Sauter, Associate Pastor

katie1Katie is an associate pastor at Mercy Vineyard Church. She currently oversees worship, prayer and care team ministries. She’s been singing ever since she can remember and has been leading worship for over 15 years. She loves seeing people experience the transformational love of Jesus through worship, prayer and connection with each other. The great loves of her life are: cooking, black coffee, Reese’s peanut butter cups, harmonies, slow-churned ice cream, accessories and summer. And her husband Dano and his lookalike mini, Ezra. You can reach Katie at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Tommy Wesley, Associate Pastor

Tommy works part-time in a variety of capacities during our weekend services and Wednesday evenings. Tommy is part of Mercy’s preaching team, a worship leader and meets with individuals to connect them to Mercy and provide prayer and pastoral counseling. Tommy founded “Tommy K Wesley and the Entourage” and spends most of his time singing and ministering to groups and congregations not only in the Twin Cities but around the country as he shares the good news of God’s power to heal, redeem and bring reconciliation. Be it music, preaching, or counseling, Tommy’s hope is to exemplify real Christian living; add to that, he is a devoted father of 4 children and loving husband of LaVivian. You can reach Tommy at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Kelly Mortvedt, Community Life Pastor

Kelly connects others to the Mercy community through small groups, the hospitality team, connection events, and the Welcome & Info Table. Her heart is to see people connect, thrive, and use their gifts both at Mercy and in their everyday spheres of influence. Kelly’s StrengthFinder 2.0 strengths are: Empathy, Maximizer, Connectedness, Strategic, and Positivity, which translates to a life of endless coffee meetings, Google spreadsheets, and brainstorming/dreaming sessions. Inspired by all things HGTV, one of Kelly’s favorite weekend activities is renovating and decorating her house with her husband Mike, aka “Hunky Husband”. Kelly also enjoys trying out new Minneapolis restaurants in pursuit of the best fried chicken, throwing parties, listening to the Jesus Culture Leadership podcasts, and mastering the art of cold brew coffee. You can reach Kelly at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Leo Alves, Youth Pastor

Leo oversees the youth ministry of Mercy Vineyard through teaching, discipleship, planning, vision casting and team building.  Leo is Brazilian, born and raised, also lived in New Jersey, Kansas City and most recently Jacksonville Fl. He is married to the girl of his dreams, Sarah Alves, and just recently became the father of a wonderful little boy named Levi Joshua. Leo is a Basketball fanatic, and he also loves Soccer (Futebol) and Brazilian SteakHouses like a good Brazilian should. You can reach Leo at email hidden; JavaScript is requiredemail hidden; JavaScript is required. Read more about the process of hiring Leo & more about himself.

Gabe Christensen, Grade School Ministry Coordinator

Gabe oversees the K-4 Kids Ministry. During the week he is busy planning the next week’s lesson, scheduling volunteers, and coming up with great crafts. He enjoys working with kids & helping them feel included and valuable just as they are. He is an avid football & baseball fan, likes to read, watch shows, movies, & finds music to be one of the most inspiring creations in the world. He hopes to see the Grade School Ministry continue to grow, help volunteers & kids alike learn more about themselves & their ability to contribute to God’s kingdom here on earth. You can reach Gabe at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Kayla Daigle, Communications Lead

Kayla serves as the Communications Lead for Mercy. She takes care of the event announcements, advertising, media, and design. Her goal is to make all information easily accessible & applicable to visitors and members. Although designing & imagining upcoming projects are her favorite at work, she enjoys her time spent with her son, Jameson and husband, James. You can reach Kayla at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Adam Schalter, Intern

Adam is a part-time intern with Mercy Vineyard Church while pursuing an MDiv at Bethel Seminary. As an intern, Adam participates in a variety of ministries in the life of the church. Adam’s interests include all things theological, all things theatrical, and all things Michigan State Spartans. Adam is married to an amazingly kind and talented person named Stanzi. Adam has a BFA and BA from Otterbein University (Musical Theatre; Religion) and an MTh in Applied Theology from Oxford University. Adam has also studied apologetics with the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. You can reach Adam at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Markisha Herrod, Office Administrator

Markisha enjoys time spent with her “Irish twins,”ages 3 and 4 as it makes her feel like she is a new parent all over again, considering her other three children are 21, 17, and 14. She also loves singing, shopping, and cooking. Volunteering on the worship team at Mercy fills her soul because her greatest passion is to witness to people and connect with God through worship. You can reach Markisha at email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Now Hiring Childcare Workers

Enjoy working with kids & making a little money? We’re looking for a few childcare workers to be scheduled for upcoming events & Mercy Wednesday classes. There is some flexibility with hours, work as much or as little as you’d like. If you are interested, fill out an application here bit.ly/childcareapp.