In December 2020, Mercy members voted to ratify Gary Dawkins as Lead Pastor of Mercy Vineyard Church. Read the December 23 announcement from the Mercy Board

Gary Dawkins is a gifted pastor and leader coming from the Vineyard NY–Syracuse where he has served as the site pastor of their largest campus. He is passionate about evangelism, discipleship, community outreach, and social justice. 

In addition to being recommended to the Search Committee by many Vineyard pastors with existing relationships to Mercy, Gary Dawkins was given the strongest endorsement of the MVC Search Committee, Board, and Regional Vineyard Leadership. 

His love for Jesus and spiritual depth and Kingdom-vision can move Mercy Vineyard into a new season of loving and blessing the Twin Cities. We look forward to welcoming Gary and his wife, LeKita and their 8-year-old daughter Grace to the Mercy community. 

View Gary’s greeting below or watch/listen to Gary’s sermon to the Mercy community on Sunday, December 13 (watch on YouTube or listen to the audio).

A greeting from Gary Dawkins to the Mercy Vineyard community

Meet-and-Greet Opportunities

The Mercy Board hosted Zoom gatherings for the Mercy community to connect and interact with Gary with your questions and wonderings. If you weren’t able to attend the meetings, watch the December 13 Meet-and-Greet Webinar:

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you briefly describe your background?

What is your theological training and preaching background? Could you expound on your theological and pastoral education. Are you considering getting further education in this area? What has prepared you for this role?

What draws you to MVC/Minneapolis in this season?

What are your views on LGBTQIAA inclusion in the church?

How do you plan to balance the needs of new and mature believers alike, especially from a scriptural/preaching perspective? What will be your priorities when you come to MVC?

How can we support your transition?

Learn more about Gary Dawkins


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