Our Staff

Dr. Jack Mercer - Senior Pastor

Jack is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before coming to Church on the Drive, Jack served churches in Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia. The last two churches he served were in the university settings of James Madison University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill respectively. He has served in various leadership roles including the National Coordinating Council of CBF and Moderator of CBF Virginia. Jack also served as a content editor for the preaching section in The Christian Library of Worship edited by the late Robert E. Webber.

 

Nothing gives Jack more joy than helping churches experience spiritual and organizational renewal and raising up the “next generation” of Christian leaders. During his ministry over twenty men and women have gone on to serve in full-time Christian ministry. Jack and his wife, Sandy, lead a Bible study for young adults in their home on Thursday nights.

 

Jack is married to Sandy Mercer who is an Exceptional Student Education teacher at Lake Silver Elementary School in College Park. Sandy is involved in the church’s prayer, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and children’s ministries. Jack and Sandy’s older daughter, her husband, and two children live in St. Augustine, Florida. Their younger daughter lives and works in New York City.

 

If you would like to contact Dr. Mercer, you can do so by e-mailing him at [email protected].

Dr. Jack Mercer

Josh Plant

Josh Plant

Associate Pastor

Josh is an Austin, Texas, native who received his undergrad degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.  After college he attended Truett Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.  Josh is married to Camille, whom everyone likes more than him.  He enjoys the Texas Longhorns, Chick-fil-a, and theology.

Crystal Holic

Crystal Holic

Minister of Community Outreach

Crystal is one of the newest members of our team!  Her responsibilities include missions, outreach, children’s ministries, and guest ministries.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Science Education from UCF. Prior to coming on board at COTD, Crystal was a high school teacher. She is married to Jason and they have a little boy, Jude.

Edith Marlo Wright

Edith Marlo Wright

Director of Music

Edith Marlo Wright is native of Oakland, FL and a product of Orange County schools. She graduated with a Bachelors and Masters in Music Education from Florida State University and has been a public school choral director since 1996. She has been singing since the age of 3 and in the music ministry since the age of 13.

Debbie Hairel

Debbie Hairel

Minister of Senior Adults

Debbie grew up here in College Park attending Edgewater HS and Valencia Community College. She has been a member here at Church on the Drive for 48 years and became Minister of Senior Adults 9 years ago.  She is married to her high school sweetheart Bud, they have one daughter Cori who lives in Winter Park.

Cynthia McInvale

Cynthia McInvale

Minister of Church Administration

Cynthia has served at the church since 1998 and has been the church administrator since 2001. She has a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and is a certified church administrator through The Church Network.  She is also the church’s Financial Peace University coordinator and a GriefShare group leader.  She is married to Bill and has 4 children, 3 stepchildren, and 2 daughters-in-law.

Betsy Stern

Betsy Stern

Ministry Assistant to the Senior Pastor/Children & Student Ministries

Betsy is an Orlando native and grew up in College Park.  She has been a member of COTD since 2002 and has been the Ministry Assistant to the Senior Pastor since 2008.  She is married to Darrel and has 10 year old daughter, Elizabeth.

Colleen Cart

Colleen Cart

Ministry Assistant for Music, Finance, & Senior Adult Minsitries

Colleen has been a member of the church for 23 years, and has served as a full-time staff member for 10 of those years.  She is married to John Ervin.  They have one daughter, Elizabeth, who lives in Jacksonville.

Abby Mejeur

Abby Mejeur

Instrumental Music Associate

Abby has directed the Church on the Drive orchestra and handbell choir (Celebration Ringers) for the past twelve years.  She also currently leads the children’s choir – Music Makers.  She received her Bachelors and Masters of Music Education degrees from Florida State University.  She is married to Randy Mejeur and they have two children, Elsa, and Jurrien.

Shelley Garza

Shelley Garza

Director of Food Services

Shelley has been the church food service director since 2002.

Susan Mikesell

Susan Mikesell

Pianist

Susan has served as the church pianist and accompanist since 1987.

Calvin Gilley

Calvin Gilley

Custodian

Calvin began his service on the custodial staff in 2001.

Dan Rudolph

Dan Rudolph

Custodian

Dan has served on the custodial staff since 2014.