Jon Marsden

Interim Lead Pastor

Jon oversees the vision, activities and preaching at Mercy and manages the staff team. He loves to see people equipped and empowered to serve Jesus in their everyday lives. Jon planted River Heights Vineyard (RHV) in 1990 and served as its lead pastor until transitioning lead pastorship at RHV in 2015. He received training at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. Jon and his wife Sue co-lead the Central Mexico Partnership for the Vineyard and love working with their friends in Mexico. For fun, Jon likes to play games with his kids and grandkids, and is a very devoted and "hopeful" Twins fan.

Mike Buerke

Associate Pastor

As lead associate pastor, Mike works directly with Mercy staff and leaders to develop smooth-operating church services, as well as helps with staff and leadership growth. Additionally, he serves on the finance team. His biggest passions are counseling people, teaching classes, writing, and identifying emerging leaders. His wife Annalisa is awesome and his kids are weird (which is exactly how he likes them). He’s an introvert, but has been known to get really chatty about baseball. His family has called Mercy home since 2009.

Tommy Wesley

Associate Pastor

Tommy serves on the preaching team, leads the Worship and Prayer Teams, and meets with individuals to provide prayer, pastoral counseling, and connection. He founded “Tommy K. Wesley and the Entourage,” and spends time singing and ministering to congregations around the country, sharing the good news of God’s redeeming, healing power. Be it music, preaching, or counseling, Tommy’s hope is to exemplify real Christian living. He is also a devoted father of four children.

Kelly Mortvedt

Community Life Pastor

Kelly connects others to the Mercy community through Mercy groups, the coffee team, connection events, and the Welcome Desk. It makes her heart glad to see people connect, thrive, and use their gifts both at Mercy and in their day to day lives. Kelly’s StrengthFinder 2.0 results are: Empathy, Maximizer, Connectedness, Strategic, and Positivity, which translates to a life of endless coffee meetings, Google spreadsheets, and brainstorming/dreaming sessions. Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband Mike, son Judah and daughter Audra, trying out new Minneapolis restaurants in pursuit of the best fried chicken, and mastering the art of cold brew coffee.

Cassie Smith

Kids Pastor

Cassie leads the kid’s ministry at Mercy because kids are the most fun. She loves building teams and helping people use all they’ve got for God’s Kingdom. Being surprised by the Holy Spirit is her favorite experience… all other surprises are not. As a former math teacher, Cassie gets really jazzed about the problem solving process and loves the gritty side of life in Jesus. She loves to participate in what God is doing with Mercy kids, families, and volunteers. Caffeine, sarcasm, and manual labor are her love languages.

Leo Alves

Youth Pastor

Leo oversees the youth ministry of Mercy. He’s Brazilian, born and raised. He also lived in New Jersey, Kansas City, and most recently Jacksonville, Florida. Leo’s married to the girl of his dreams, Sarah, and is the father of a wonderful little boy named Levi Joshua. Leo is a basketball fanatic, he loves soccer (futebol), and Brazilian steakhouses like all properly raised Brazilians should.

Markisha Herrod

Facilities Manager

Markisha enjoys time spent with her five kids, 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.

Julie Bodurtha

Communications Lead

Julie oversees communications activities at Mercy. She is a mom of three, drummer for the band her husband Peter leads, hammock enthusiast, and finder of fun.

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