Pastor Tim Mercer
Tim Mercer was born and raised in Colorado and came out to California after graduating from high school. Tim and Marsha, his wife of 42 years, met while in college at Long Beach University, where they earned degrees in applied design and art education, respectively.
Marsha had been raised in a Christian home and had been a life-long Christian. Tim came from a nominal Methodist background but came to know the Lord in 1973. In the years after their marriage, they served in various counseling and leadership capacities in two small, local churches.
Tim, Marsha and their three children, Tressa, Tyson and Amy came to Hope Chapel in 1986. Two years later their fourth child, Tessera, was born. The Mercers live in Long Beach and have run a small graphic design business for the past 38 years. During their time at Hope, the Mercers were involved in leading the Long Beach homeless outreach, served as MiniChurch hosts, shepherds, senior shepherds and taught classes for marriage ministry. Tim served on the church council and was an Elder in District 3.
The Mercer’s children are grown now and are all dedicated Christians. They are all active in missionary work, particularly in India and Africa. Their oldest daughter, Tressa and her husband, Chad Reddy, have blessed them with two grandchildren, Skyler and Alanna. Their son, Tyson and his wife Jaime have two daughters, Juniper and Eve. Amy and her husband Chris Huante have one son Spencer and Tessie and her husband Pastor Kenny Kauffman have just added their daughter Calliope to the growing clan.
Tim has been interested for many years now in the study of theology and philosophy, and is grateful for the support and encouragement of Pastors Zac, Kevin Bryan and the other pastors and faithful brothers at Hope as well as his son Tyson who holds a degree in philosophy. He also enjoys swimming, painting, and particularly spending time with Marsha.
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- Romans 8:38-39