Leadership & Staff


Jesus-Ruled. Elder-Led. Congregationally Accountable.

Get to know the men and women who lead and serve Mercy Church. See what they are passionate about and what they do day-to-day to serve the body. 

Leadership Team

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Lead Pastor

Spence Shelton


Spence is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and earned his Masters in Divinity in Biblical Languages and Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He planted Mercy Church in 2015, where he currently serves as Lead Pastor. Spence loves being in the mountains and traveling with his wife Courtney and their four children.

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Executive Pastor

Jake Greer


Jake oversees the executive staff who lead the operations and ministries at Mercy Church. He has a degree in Bible, Theology, and Pastoral Leadership from Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon. He enjoys woodworking, anything by Eugene Peterson, and spending time with his wife Meredith. He loves his 4 kids and going on popup camper adventures with the family.

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Pastor of Campuses

Rashard Barnes


Rashard graduated from Texas Tech University, has a Master of Theology from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Educational Ministry in Executive Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a passion for helping churches develop cross-cultural unity. He and his wife Meghan have three kids, and he loves to cook.

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Director of Operations

Mandy Foster


Mandy oversees all church operations, including finance, human resources, facilities, and systems. She provides executive-level leadership and facilitates team-building among our staff team. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Western Carolina University and enjoys going on adventures to new places with her husband Ryan and their two kids.

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Pastor of Discipleship

Josh Jones


Josh oversees our Groups and Equip ministries. He is passionate about helping people take their next step in following Jesus. Originally from North Dallas, he graduated from both Texas A&M and Dallas Theological Seminary. Josh and his wife Ashley have three children. He loves to spend time outdoors hiking in the mountains or with his family on the beach.

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Pastor of Sending

Scott Urbanek


Scott is passionate about impacting the darkness in our world. He graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University, has his Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has a Doctorate of Ministry in Executive Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Jessica, and they have five kids. Originally from Florida, he loves all things Miami Hurricanes and hanging out with friends.


Providence Road Campus

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Associate Campus Director

Blake Templeton


Blake shepherds our Providence Road campus and is passionate about getting people meaningfully engaged through our Next Steps processes. Before transitioning into full-time ministry, he was a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Blake has played guitar for Mercy Worship since Mercy began. He married his high school sweetheart Michele, and they have a daughter and twin boys.

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Worship Leader

Lauren Celaya


Lauren leads worship for our Providence Road campus and is passionate about leading people to the feet of Jesus through worship and song. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, she attended Vanguard University of Southern California. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, finding new food spots in Charlotte and practicing hand lettering and calligraphy.

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MercyKids Campus Associate

Kacey Tate


Kacey supports families as they raise children to know God, love Him deeply, and love others well. Kacey previously worked as a Counselor at UNC Charlotte and Union County schools. She loves all things outdoors, popsicles, and spending time with her husband, their son, and their dog Finley.

Northeast Campus

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Campus Pastor

Joseph Anderson


Joseph oversees our Mercy Northeast campus, and was a core member in its launch. He has a Masters in Church Planting from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing further education. Joseph is married to Kaylon and has two children. His desire is to come alongside the Lord as he moves in the city of Charlotte to see a gospel awakening!

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Associate Campus Director

Noah Aderman


Noah leads worship and shepherds our Northeast campus. He desires to see people known and cared for deeply. He is passionate about helping people love the Lord with all of their heart, mind, soul, and strength. He is massively extroverted, and loves spending time with his wife and growing family, and rooting for the Buffalo Bills year round.

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MercyKids Campus Associate

Anastasiya Rundle


Anastasiya is passionate about helping kids and families be transformed by the gospel. She was originally born in Moldova, raised in California, and graduated from Multnomah University. She enjoys spending time with her husband Joel, her friends, and winning board games.

Union County Campus

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Campus Pastor

Mike Herman


Mike Herman is originally from Monroe, NC. He is married to Whitney, and they have two beautiful girls. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, spending time with his family, and going to the beach.

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Mercy Families Associate

Becky Bender


Becky is a Charlotte native who has attended Mercy since 2017 and on staff since 2019. She got her degree in Education with a concentration in teaching those with special needs. She has a passion for helping kids of all ages and their families be transformed by the Gospel. She spends her time enjoying the outdoors with her amazing husband, adorable baby girl, and german shepherd.


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Students Pastor

Brett Bouldin


Brett oversees our middle and high school ministry. With a passion for people, he loves helping them understand how the Gospel of Jesus Christ intersects with their story. He is a Charlotte native. He and his wife Marlee have a daughter named Lila. If he could have one superpower it would be that he knew every world language.

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Mercy College Director

Trey Gouch


Trey is passionate about helping people live out their faith with confidence so they can reach their sphere of influence. He is originally from Charlotte, received his undergrad from Appalachian State University and Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, coffee, cooking, and dominating in pickleball.

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MercyKids Director

Madison Hipp


Madison Hipp delights in partnering with families as they teach children how to know God and His great love for them. Originally from Kannapolis, she has degrees from both UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte. In her spare time, she enjoys power walks with friends, conversations over coffee, and frequent trips to the library...her library card is one of her most prized possessions!

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Groups & Equip Director

Tanner Powell


Tanner manages our Community Groups and Equip Ministry, which include Connect Groups, Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies, and various classes and forums. He is passionate about leadership development and equipping people for ministry in everyday life. Tanner graduated from NC State with a Mechanical Engineering degree and has a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys drinking specialty coffee and spending time with his wife, Sydney, and their daughter.


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Mobilization Team Leader



Sarah is passionate about helping others enjoy Jesus and join Him as He invites every nation, tribe, and tongue into His Kingdom. She's originally from Austin, TX and loves the beautiful NC seasons, introducing friends to her cat Fin, and being the first one on the dance floor at wedding receptions.

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Mobilization Team



Garren wants all believers to cross cultural barriers for the sake of the gospel. He is from Gastonia, NC, loves biblical theology, and cooking anything in his cast iron pans. He is married to Erin.

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Mobilization Team



Nate is passionate about encouraging and equipping others to obey Christ as multiplying disciple-makers. He is originally from Round Rock, TX and attended Texas A&M University. In his spare time you can find him perfecting his pourover, playing some sort of sport, or getting lost on a hike.


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Content Director

Jack Guthrey


Jack leads our creative communications and technical efforts. His passion is to leverage media and production for the flourishing of the local church. He is originally from Tennessee and tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors, away from technology and media. He and his wife Bailey have a son.

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Finance & HR Manager

Reid Davis


Reid is passionate about serving Mercy Church in supporting excellent financial stewardship while advancing God’s Kingdom. He and his wife, Rhonda, celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this year! They have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Reid cherishes family time and trips to the lake, the mountains, or the beach.

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Communications & Brand Manager

Jessica Murray


Jessica helps maintain the visual identity and integrity of communication at Mercy. Originally from Roxboro, NC, she moved to Charlotte with an English degree from UNC-Chapel Hill to help plant Mercy in 2015. She is passionate about helping people make things better! In her free time she loves to do group fitness classes at the Y, sing karaoke, and watch movies with friends.

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Audio, Video, Lighting Technician

Seth Manly


Seth loves everything music and plays guitar, bass, and keys. He is getting married in October to his fiancé, Lydia. They have a Bernedoodle named Stella that is the life of the party! Seth studied at Liberty University and is excited to be within driving distance of so many college football Saturdays!

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Operations Assistant

Sarah Won


Sarah, her husband JJ, and their daughter have been in the Charlotte area for a while but recently moved to Matthews! Sarah loves the outdoors and can be found bringing homegrown veggies or homemade goods as her gifts for any occasion.  As a house divided between an Appalachian and Chapel Hill Alumni - you can find Sarah and JJ vacationing in Boone while cheering on the Tar Heels simultaneously!


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Assistant to College & Missions Pastor

Kaitlyn Peterson


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Assistant to the Pastor of Campuses & Community Life Pastor

Allison Ramsey


Allison serves our church as the assistant to our Pastor of Campuses and Community Life Pastor. She is originally from the suburbs of Chicago, IL and enjoys hosting game nights with her family. She is married to her high school sweetheart Nate and they have four children.

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Assistant to the Lead Pastor

Michele Templeton


Michele serves our church as assistant to the Lead Pastor. She grew up in Matthews, NC and married her highschool sweetheart, Blake. If she's not chasing around her three kiddos, she'd like to be reading!


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Worship Resident

Morgan Dellacona


Morgan is passionate about helping people use their gifts to serve and glorify the Lord! She is from Kernersville, NC, and attended UNC Charlotte. Morgan loves anything that involves sunshine and exploring Charlotte!

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Groups & Equip Resident

Claire Kern


Claire is passionate about connecting people and helping others learn more about who the Lord is and who he created them to be. She is a Charlotte native and enjoys hosting people in her home, cooking, baking, reading, and spending time outside.

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Mercy Students Resident

Carter Graham


Carter assists our middle and high school ministry and is passionate about helping students experience the full joy of the Lord! He is originally from Dobson, NC and attended UNC Charlotte. In his spare time, he enjoys disc golf, pickleball, and cooking for his fiance!

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Mercy College Resident

Avery Long


Avery loves seeing students come to know Jesus through discipleship! She is originally from Florida and graduated from Florida State University. In her free time, Avery loves cooking for her friends, taking photos, and spending time near any body of water!

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Mercy College Resident & Mercy Residency Assistant

Sarah Meadors


Sarah is passionate about caring for others. She is originally from Raleigh, NC and graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2021. In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband Josh, her friends, and taking care of her houseplants.

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Mercy College Resident

Kacy Rhyne


Kacy is passionate about building relationships and connecting with other people! She went to UNC-Chapel Hill and lived in Chicago for a few years after graduation. Kacy loves doing anything active and spending time with her nieces!