Leadership

PastorS and deacons

God has given his Church two offices to exemplarily lead each local church.


Our pastors, also called elders or overseers, are godly and gifted men who serve our church by providing spiritual leadership, equipping the saints for the work of ministry, and preaching and teaching God’s word.

 

Our deacons lead our church by serving and coordinating service for the physical and financial needs of the church property, church body, and local community.

Dustin Battles

Pastor/Elder

Dustin believed in Christ around the age of 10 following the preaching of God’s Word. He is privileged to have been raised in a Christian family and has felt the burden to pastor since he was a young child. He pursued that burden by studying at Bob Jones University.

Dustin later earned a Master of Arts (Pastoral Studies) and a Master of Divinity while serving as a member and deacon at Heritage Bible Church, Greer, SC. Dustin served as the pastoral assistant at Grace Baptist Church, Carlisle, PA before being called to pastor Mercy Baptist Church (then called The King’s Chapel) in 2015. Dustin’s favorite authors include Thomas Watson and Sinclair Ferguson.

Dustin met his wife, Megan, through their mutual love of music and married in 2011. They both still enjoy performing music. Dustin also writes hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs for the church. His works are published with Beckenhorst Press, Grace Music, Church Works Media, and others.

Dustin and Megan are thankful to the Lord for their two sons, Clark (b. 2015) and Jonah (b. 2018).

Pastor Dustin Battles' family

Contact Dustin at dustin@mercybaptist.net

Alex Lancaster

Deacon

Alex Lancaster is a native of Cincinnati. He is married to Alexandra (Ally) since 2016, and they have two children, Hudson (b. 2019) and a child due in 2022. Alex enjoys everything about the Bible and theology—reading it, thinking about it, listening to audio about it, and discussing it with others. His favorite theologians are John Owen, Joel Beeke, and Sam Renihan. He loves serving and coordinating service at Mercy Baptist Church, where he and Ally have been members since 2018.

We hold weekly Bible studies.