Mercy Community Church Atlanta

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Community First

We rely on groups, volunteers, donors, students, and partners in order to sustain the plethora of engaging activities, meals, gatherings and opportunities that we weekly host! Whether you are a seminary student looking for a church to intern with, a church who is interested in partnering with our ministry, or an individual looking to get more involved in your community–we need you! However, what is most important to us is building mutual relationships and healthy community. Our community has a lot to give, let’s work for the Kingdom together. Fill out the volunteer form below, or contact if you have specific questions.

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, many of our volunteer opportunities have changed. Please visit our Covid19 Response Page for regularly updated information on how to volunteer and get involved in our growing community.

The Freeze Shelter

Every winter our friends and partners from St John’s Lutheran host our community overnight on nights when the temperature drops below freezing. This essential ministry is not merely an act of hospitality, but often life-preserving for many of our vulnerable neighbors sleeping outside. We rely on volunteers to stay overnight, help host meals, and facilitate early morning openings. The atmosphere is relaxed and cozy–it’s a great way to get to know people better! We offer training and informational sessions at the beginning of each shelter season, but anyone can get involved!


Churches and Non-profits We partner with a variety of churches, groups, and non-profits for the health, well-being, and benefit of our thriving community! We cannot do what we do alone, but together we can do a lot. From sandwich makers and soup preparers to the Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic, the work of our community depends upon partnership! Want to work with us? Let us know your idea for a partnership!

Student Opportunities

Are you a seminary student interested in serving with a church while in school or need to complete a church internship? As an internship site we offer hands-on ministry experience in a unique and upbuilding context with a variety of opportunities for leadership, worship planning, pastoral care experience, supervisory, and theological formation. For more information, please visit us or reach out to our pastoral team.

Groups + Volunteers

We love hosting groups and volunteers! Whether your Youth Group wants to come fellowship with us for the day or members of your congregation want to share a meal with us for Sunday worship, or you are just looking to get involved in something meaningful–you are welcome! We love getting to know new people and always welcome opportunities to be together. But, we are a community-led congregation, so what is more important than bringing anything or doing anything for us is spending time being with us and getting to know us for the beloved human beings that we are!

Volunteer Information
Please use this form or email if you are available for on-site volunteering. Our staff is busily serving our community throughout the day but will need respond to inquiries as quickly as we are able!
On-site volunteering includes tasks such as making coffee, prepping and serving food, organizing donations, carrying heavy items to serving area, cleaning dishes, and disinfecting serving areas.

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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