Dr. Jack Mercer, Senior Pastor
A Kentucky native, Jack attended Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree as a religious studies major.
While in Nashville he
and Sandy, his
wife, met in the college department of Belmont Heights Baptist Church.
Following his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt, Jack earned a Master of Divinity degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Shortly after completing his seminary work, both Sandy and Jack
felt God's call to serve in the northeast.
time in New Jersey, Jack
moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1992 where he
pastored HillSong Church
for twelve years leading the church through a period of spiritual renewal and church growth.
ack currently serves as Senior Pastor of Harrisonburg Baptist Church
has filled various roles, both in the community and in the church-at-large.
has served both as a board member and as moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Additionally, he has served as a member of the National Coordinating Committee of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
is active in the life of the Baptist General Association of Virginia
In the community, Jack has served in the past as a member and chair of the Harrisonburg Pregnancy Center board as well as being a member of the local Kiwanis.
Jack served as the editor for the section of The Complete Library of Christian Worship under the general editorship of the late Dr. Robert Webber.
In 2005 Jack
was selected by the Lilly Foundation
to be a part of Sustaining Pastoral Excellence -- a program that sought to identify and encourage pastors in their ongoing personal development in ministry.
and Sandy have two daughters, Tabitha and Rebecca.