Pastor Fred & Kelly Shirley
Senior Pastor
Fred and Kelly Shirley have been happily married for almost 23 years. They have three children: their daughter, Chayse, is 18 years old; their son, Colton, is 14 years old, and their youngest son, Connor, is 11 years old.
Fred was born in Missouri, raised in Arkansas, and was going to go to school to play baseball in Texas – but the Lord had other plans. Instead, he attended and graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He started working in ministry under Pastor Mark Harper, where he met his wife Kelly. Fred moved to Minnesota, married Kelly, and created a junior high ministry at a large church in the Twin Cities.
Before Fred started at the church, there was one youth ministry for teens in 6th-12th grade. The church wanted him to make a Jr High ministry. He grew the ministry to include a worship and drama team, brought teens and adults on missions trips, and mentored youth in the discipleship program to pastor their own youth groups and churches. He resided in his position in the Twin Cities for 22 years, ministering to thousands of teens- and their parents and families – during this time.
In 2015, the Lord led his family to help out a church in Arkansas, as associate pastors, as they waited for Him to bring the next step. He taught parenting classes, led communion, officiated weddings and funerals, taught pre-marriage counseling and provided support and assistance to the senior pastors during weekly services and guest minister weekends.
On February 25 2018, the Lord completed His process of leading Fred and Kelly to the position of Senior Pastor at Mercy Hill Church.
In his downtime, Fred enjoys mountain biking, swimming, and taking motorcycle rides with his wife. He and his family love sports, especially football and lacrosse, riding bicycles, eating a great meal together and enjoying family time.
Pastor Patrick & Jocelyn Jack
Youth Pastor
Pastor Jon & Tammy Wetenkamp
Childrens Pastor