Mercy Community Church Atlanta

Mercy Community Church

During Covid 19, we are still open and serving and we need your support more than ever.

The 2020 Advent Devotionals are now available. Follow along with us this Advent season!

Who We Are

Mercy Community Church is a grassroots, ecumenical, open and affirming congregation that meets in the basement of a big church on a busy street in the heart of Atlanta, GA. We believe that God desires life, health, dignity, and sanctuary for us all. Whether you are in housing or not, whether you live in our neighborhood or come from far away, whether you love the church or have ever felt left out, we want to welcome you to come see us anytime as we work to build one another up in beloved community. We are open multiple days of the week for prayer, worship, study, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the sharing of food, clothing, and hospitality.

Come see us sometime–our doors are open and you are welcome here!


Worship Space and Office

St. John’s Lutheran Church
1410 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Mailing Address
PO Box 8676
Atlanta, GA 31106


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At Mercy, We Value


We are a church community–a group of human beings that gathers, fellowships, and cares about one another. Important though they are, we are not a service organization or a day shelter, but a group of human beings invested in building community and mutual relationships with one another. We believe that essential to being a human is having healthy, life-giving community.


Whether its community led music, taking time for reflection and prayer, or our discussion-based study of scripture, as a community of Jesus Christ we believe its important to ground ourselves in worship.  Whether its a Sunday service, evening Bible Study, or our daily hour of prayer our worship is inclusive, lively, and community led. 



We believe that hospitality is an essential Christian practice and we strive to create it for one another in a variety of ways. From hot breakfasts and coffee, shared lunches, and pastoral care, to a community clothing closet, winter shelter, and connections to various resources, we strive to create home and hospitality for one another.


We are only able to do this work, together, because of donations.

Please join us as we raise funds for our very own Mercy Fellowship + Food Truck!

How it will work

      1. Mercy Community Church Gets a Food Truck
      2. We convert it into a mobile version of Mercy Community Church (ready to share fellowship, community, warm meals, clothing)
      3. We take that truck to partner churches/organizations/parking lots around the city
      4. We build relationships, foster community, and share warm meals and clothing with all God’s people!

We believe that a table is at the heart of the gospel and we’ve got big dreams of sharing food and building community across Atlanta with our very own Mercy Food Truck! Can you help us?

We’re Mercy–we’re a grassroots church where people who live on the streets and people who live in houses worship and work together. For 15 years we have shared food and clothing, shelter and hospitality. We’ve praised God and worked for justice. Then came 2020. While many churches have had to remain closed, we’ve found creative ways to safely care for our community outdoors–a community that has doubled in size since the pandemic began! Like the wilderness tabernacle of old, we have dreams of going mobile to build community, share food, safely care for our neighbors, and “be church” across the city!

Our community’s need for physical items changes constantly – please take a look at the Amazon Wishlist for an up to date listing. And thank you in advance!

Pastor Chad

Chad is pastor and founder of Mercy Community Church, a grassroots community of worship and action—a group of people who believe Jesus wants the hungry fed, strangers welcomed, and every child of God housed.

Originally from North Carolina, in the fall of 1986, he made the move to Atlanta to attend Emory University.  Following graduation,  Chad enrolled in Candler School of Theology, graduating with a Masters of Divinity in 1993. That same year, Chad was ordained and began to serve as an associate pastor at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Atlanta.

Chad and his wife Camille began Mercy Community Church in August, 2005.  A small circle of friends gathered for simple worship, sensing a call to begin an intentional community in a congregational form with an unmistakable preferential option for the poor at the heart of its worship and life.  Today Mercy makes it home on the campus of Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, serving meals, sharing clothes, talking about the Bible, welcoming strangers, and trying to build a diverse and faithful community with over a hundred people a day, five days a week.

Chad is an Associate of the Missionaries of the Poor, a Catholic religious order that embodies a daily commitment to the spirituality of Matthew 25.  He and Camille and their two sons, Matthew and Levi, live in Scottdale, Georgia

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Pastor Brittany

Brittany grew up in Jacksonville, Arkansas.  She first learned about God and what it means to be a church community that loves and cares for one another from First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, AR.  Brittany graduated from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. After teaching abroad and working for a travel company, Brittany began her studies at Columbia Theological Seminary, taking steps to answer a call to ministry that she had felt since her childhood.  Upon moving to Atlanta, Brittany’s passion for being present with those on the margins led her to volunteer at Peachtree and Pine’s Taskforce for the Homeless and to become a pastoral intern with Mercy Church.  After completing her MDiv at Columbia, Brittany began a PhD program at Emory University, but left to answer God’s call on her life to full-time ministry as a pastor to our community.  Brittany was jointly ordained by the PC(USA) and Mercy Community Church in 2018.  Outside of Mercy, what gives Brittany life and joy is spending time with her husband Cooper and daughter Emi, traveling via plane, train, and foot, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and nerding out over Karl Barth.

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Pastor Holly

Holly grew up in Ocala, Florida where she was nurtured by her faith community and encouraged to find ways to be a leader in the community.  Holly graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Psychology.  After a period of discernment, she was called to a church community in Lady Lake, Florida where she served as the Youth Director for over six years.  She began her seminary career in 2014 at Columbia Theological Seminary where she earned her Masters of Divinity and Master of Arts in Practical Theological (Pastoral Care).  During her time in seminary, Holly began attending Mercy Community Church where she fell in love with the community.  Upon graduation, Holly served for two years as a Chaplain Resident at Grady Memorial Hospital and specialized in pastoral care through the lens of behavioral health.

In her free time, Holly loves to exercise, travel, spend time with her family, read, and organize.

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Pastor Maggie

Maggie was raised and nurtured in Presbyterian churches in Plattsburgh, NY and Wilmington, NC. She attended undergrad at UNC-Chapel Hill. Following graduation, Maggie volunteered in Guatemala as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer.  When she returned, Maggie attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur,Georgia.  Bringing together her interests in community outreach and pastoral care, Maggie was been ordained by PC(USA) to work as a pastor for Mercy Community Church starting in 2010.

She enjoys traveling, cooking for friends, social justice, hiking with her pooch, yard games, laffy taffy jokes, and practicing and teaching yoga.  One of her joys is teaching for Centering Youth, a nonprofit that offers free yoga classes to those who might not otherwise have access to it.  For them, Maggie teaches yoga on the streets, to pregnant incarcerated women, youth caught in the court system, and women trying to get out of the sex-trafficking industry.

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Donation Receipt

Did you make a food, clothing, or other property donation to Mercy in 2020? If you require a donation receipt, click here!

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