OUR STAFF


  • Drew Johnson - pastor

    Drew is the lead pastor at Mercy Hill. He is the primary teacher on Sunday mornings and he leads the conversations among staff and volunteers that shape the direction of our community.  He is married to Lauren. They live in Wayzata with their kids Eleanor and Eli. His favorite thing about Mercy Hill is that it is a community where he can be himself, become more like Jesus and live with people instead of just around them.

    drew@mercy-hill.com

  • Jesse mathews - pastor

    Jesse helps lead music at Mercy Hill and preaches alongside our teaching team. He and his wife Derrin live in Hopkins/Minnetonka with their kids, Wesley and Layne, and Lakota their dog. Jesse has been a pastor in our family of Churches for several years. He loves that Mercy Hill Church is actively engaged in a passionate pursuit of God, while remaining "tuned-in" to the culture around us. He appreciates he is part of a community who knows that none of us deserve a savior, but we have one in Jesus!

    jesse@mercy-hill.com

  • megan thorp - community Director

    Megan is the community director at Mercy Hill - which means she has her hand in a little bit of everything. Her family includes her husband Chad and kids, Caleb, Reed, and Quinn. She has her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and loves when she is able to use it by connecting with people in the community and learning their story. One of Megan's favorite things about Mercy Hill is the openness and vulnerability of the people who attend. There is no faking we have it all together here - we realize our need for a Savior and are not afraid to show it. 

    megan@mercy-hill.com

  • John Walt - Early childhood director

    John leads Children and Family ministry at Mercy Hill. He and his wife Katie live in Golden Valley with their kids, Zamira, Isaiah and Dorian, and their two cats. John has been a part of leading Children's ministry in our church network for a number of years and had the pleasure of helping start children's ministry at Mercy Hill. He loves that children are important and highly valued at Mercy Hill and that the church is a spiritual family to all who come. Just as parents love their children no matter what, John is deeply thankful for God's love for him, and the rest of the church, regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in.  

    john@mercy-hill.com

  • Emily Sullivan - Elementary director

    Emily leads the Elementary ministry at Mercy Hill. She lives in St. Paul, very close to the fairgrounds of The Great Minnesota Get-Together! Emily is the oldest of nine children, and absolutely loves working with kids of all ages. She started serving as the Elementary Director at Mercy Hill in February 2017. Her hope is to use her theater background as a creative tool for shaping a space for children to better know Jesus as a Friend and Savior. She loves seeing how this church's young people have a passion for discovering more about God!

    emily@mercy-hill.com

  • caleb ellingson - Student ministry director

    Caleb heads up the student ministries at Mercy Hill. He is a playful/optimistic 20 something living with his friends in a house around the Minneapolis area. Caleb greatly enjoys being passionate and chasing after Jesus in lifestyle and belief. He is also really into coffee, philosophy, absurd shock-value humor that he laughs too loudly at, craft beer, and learning and asking about differing perspectives in the world.

    caleb@mercy-hill.com