Mercy has been working with the Dios con Nosotros (God With Us) Baptist Convention in Baja California, Mexico since 2002. Her ministry in Baja includes leadership development for new church planting, teaching at the Seminary, and work with short term mission groups from the United States. Her ministry area includes Mexicali, Tecate, Ensenada, San Luis and Tijuana.
New church planting can mean many things; for Mercy it has meant breaking down the old wineskins and discovering new ones. It has taken her down the road of dialogue about the value of tradition and innovation. She has learned to frame the terminology of new church planting with phrases such as cooperating churches, sponsoring churches, partner churches to help reshape the traditional structure and reflect a more relational approach when it comes to new church planting.
Mercy is part of the faculty of the Dios con Nosotros Seminary, located in Mexicali, and associated with the Dios con Nosotros Convention. She teaches courses on church planting, church history and ecclesiology (from a Latin American perspective) as well as pastoral ministry and discipleship. As intentional bridges between American Baptist churches in the U.S. and the Baptists of Baja California, Mercy also helps shepherd short-term mission teams and facilitate continuing education for church leaders, adapting materials where appropriate.
Mercy intentionally tries to balance her ministry duties with her family. She lives in El Centro,CA, 12 miles north of the border with her husband Rick, and their children, Aida, age 19, Rich, age 17 and Joshua, age 11.
Languages used in ministry: Spanish and English
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