Our mission statement:
Elder, lead Pastor
Tim, the primary teaching pastor at Mercy, has a passion for preaching and church planting. After an undergraduate in biblical studies at Liberty University, Tim earned a masters at Dallas Theological Seminary, and was privileged to teach preaching and spiritual life courses at DTS while doing his doctoral work in preaching at Biola University. He has mobilized the launch of multiple churches in Southern California and Texas and longs to see Mercy become a church that plants churches. Tim has been married to Tonya for 21 years, and they live with their four sons in Newbury Park. Like all of Mercy’s elders, Tim is bi-vocational, and is an executive at Sony Pictures’ joint venture video streaming service, Crackle Plus.
Elder, Executive Pastor
William “Kirby” Bradford is Pastor Elder at Mercy Chapel. He has a passion for the Gospel, Global Missions, and his family. He earned a Masters in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. In addition to serving as Elder at Mercy Chapel, Kirby serves as a corporate executive and serves on several ministry boards. He has been married to Christina for 26 years and has four children.
Elder, Founding Pastor & Minister at Large
Rex and his wife Sherry started Mercy Chapel in the fall of 2015, after planting / re-planting four other churches in the Conejo Valley / Ventura County. Rex and Sherry have three children: John, Sarah, and Rebekah and five grandchildren: Madeline, Zoe, William, Sophe, and Liam. Rex attended seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Following a one-year language study in France, Rex and Sherry moved to Lome, Togo in West Africa to work with students in planting churches. Though God called them back to the States after nearly two decades of fruitful ministry in Togo, they continued to have a heart to see the church in Togo grow and reproduce. In 2018 they began to make preparations for a new ministry called Le Ponte (“The Bridge”) to be a conduit of resources, training and encouragement between Western churches and Togo church planters, pastors and businessmen. Rex leads Le Ponte full time, traveling to Togo to train church leaders and helping them build indigenous business and commerce streams that can resources local ministry efforts for the next generation.
Director of Musical worship
Dillon Nelson is our worship pastor at Mercy Chapel. Dillon is a vocalist and also plays guitar, drums, and piano. Dillon has a passion to lead others into a heart of worship before the Lord. Dillon also teaches worship at a private Christian school in Thousand Oaks and attends school to become a life coach.
Director of Children's ministry
Josh and Holly Valdivia are the children's ministry leaders at Mercy Chapel. They have a passion to bring the word of God to the younger generation. They have a daughter named Eden who was born in 2019. Josh is a financial supervisor in the school district and Holly works as a director of development for an anti-trafficking ministry. Holly and Josh met at Azusa Pacific University and got married in the summer of 2014.
Director of Administration
Mary is Mercy Chapel's lead administrator. Mary was born and raised in Southern California, and has lived in the Conejo Valley off and on for over 40 years. Mary and her husband Steve have been married for 34 years and have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
As part of Mary's journey in Christ, she has worked in several churches over the years, in varying capacities, which has given her a broad experience in the day to day administration of the church. A number of years ago Mary and Steve were introduced to Rex and Sherry Holt and have since been privileged to partner with them in their ministry. Mary is a servant hearted leader in the church and feels blessed to serve others for Kingdom purpose.