Mike has served Mercy Road Church since January 2017 and has been married to Erica since 2005. The couple have been friends since middle school and have three wonderful kids; Clark, Isaac and Adeline. Mike came to Mercy Road having formerly served at Christian Assemble in Los Angeles, Faith Covenant in Burnsville, and Hosanna Church in Lakeville. Mike also served as an Army Chaplain both stateside and on active duty in the War in Iraq after receiving his M.Div. from Fuller Seminary. Mike is passionate about encouraging people to follow Jesus, changed lives, and eternity. Mike has a gift for preaching, teaching, creative problem solving, and mercy.
“Mike cares deeply for his flock exactly where they are at, and yet he challenges them to continued growth on their spiritual journey”. - Pastor Bill Bohline: Founding Pastor of Hosanna Church
Kerry never imagined working for a church! She has always had a passion for encouraging kids and families but never felt “qualified” for ministry. After five years of volunteering Kerry accepted the invitation to lead Mercy Road’s Kid’s Ministry and loves her job. Kerry knows firsthand how a relationship with Jesus can completely change a person’s life and feels humbled to share God’s love with our youngest souls—as well as encouraging their parents. Kerry and her husband Len have a 19-year-old daughter named Molly. Kerry previously worked in a school district for 12 years in the special education department where her passion and skill-sets for helping kids and families matured. Kerry’s skills for organization also allow her to serve the church in an administrative role.
“Kerry exudes God’s mercy to everyone she meets. Her desire to see children come to know and love Jesus is unmistakable. Kerry understands that parents are meant to be the leading spiritual influencers of their children and works diligently to encourage and equip them in practical ways.” – Katie Boyce: MRC Board Member
Worship Director Ari accepted the invitation to join the staff of Mercy Road Church in 2017. He and his wife Bre have 3 little ones under 6; Haven, Leo and Rhea. Ari is a gentle soul with a deep assuring voice who exudes a love for Jesus and people. Ari is a trained and versatile musician capable of leading modern, classic, full band, acoustic, and choral styles. He leverages this range to facilitate a unique and welcoming culture of worship at Mercy Road. Ari currently teaches choir and music to Students in a local school district while also serving part-time as our Worship Director. He is passionate about bringing people of all ages and life experiences into an ongoing relationship with Christ through worship. Prior to Mercy Road Ari served at Eagan Hills Church and Freshwater Church as well as a music teacher throughout the twin cities.
“Ari has a voice that soothes and points people to Jesus. He’s built like a linebacker yet has a heart that is tender to all people. Ari is gifted at bringing people of various backgrounds into intimate and authentic musical worship that engages the head, heart, and hands. ” - Pastor Mike Lotzer
Youth and Outreach Director