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Spence Shelton

Lead Pastor

Spence is originally from Greensboro, NC. Prior to leading a team to launch Mercy Church in the fall of 2015, Spence served for 10 years as a pastor at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. He earned his BSBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters of Divinity in Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Spence and his wife, Courtney, have four young children.


John Hellams

Pastor of Operations

John is a proud Kentucky native who previously served on staff at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham for two years. He earned his BA in Mass Communication from Western Kentucky University and a Masters of Divinity in Christian Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jessica, have been married since 2013 and welcomed their first child, Claire, in January!


Tony Ferguson

Lay Elder

Tony is originally from Connecticut, but he and his wife, Jill, have been married for 28 years and have called Charlotte home since 1990. Tony and Jill have been members of Mercy Church since 2015 and were members of the Mercy Church launch team. He is a graduate of Duke University and is a Co-Owner of Border Concepts. He and Jill have two sons: Josh, who is married to Hannah and works at The Summit Church, and Daniel, a student at Georgia Tech.



Charlie King

Worship Director


Scott Urbanek

College and Missions Director


Jessica Murray

Administrative Assistant


Gloria Navey

MercyKids Intern


Paige Taylor

Communications Director

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