Pastor Nelson Mercado has served as pastor in the KY-TN Conference since 2012 after graduating with a BA in Theology from SAU in Collegedale, TN. His first assignment was Murfreesboro/Tullahoma/Decherd Church district where he served for 6 years. Before he was a Pastor, Mercado worked as a paramedic for the Philadelphia Fire Department where he served for 11 years as both paramedic and firefighter and worked as a paramedic for Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga for 4 years. He served our country in the US. Navy where he served as a Hospital Corpsman. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Lucy since 1990. They have two kids, Jean Luc who is 25 and works as a payroll specialist, and Ariana who is 19 and is a student at Oakwood University. Pastor Mercado is passionate about evangelism and making friends in the community.