WHO WE ARE

 

Our Mission

To reach incarcerated men and women for Christ through discipleship training and ongoing spiritual formation. We go inside correctional facilities and equip offenders to become disciples for Jesus and to teach others to become disciples.

Our Vision

The vision of Mercy Unleashed is to "go and make disciples" inside prisons until the whole world hears. We will achieve this by continuing to teach and preach. We will also equip the local church, communities, volunteers, and families of offenders to love like Jesus loves.

INSIDE

Offenders inside jails and prisons. Corrections staff.

REENTRY

Offenders reentering society after being incarcerated.

FAMILY

Connecting families and children  during and after incarceration.

 

MEET OUR STAFF

  • PASTOR BERNIE HADDAD

    Founder & Executive Director

    Pastor Bernie Haddad is the Founder and Executive Director of Mercy Unleashed and is a licensed pastor with The Wesleyan Church.  She is passionate about discipleship and equipping leaders to grow God's Kingdom from inside the prison system.  She also feels called to provide resources and discipleship to the family unit left behind while their loved ones are incarcerated. Pastor Bernie received her pastoral credentials through Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She is married to her husband, Marcus and they have five grown children and five grandchildren.

  • LAURIE SEXTON

    Board President

    Coming soon!

  • PASTOR JON WIEST

    Board Vice President

    Jon Wiest is the Executive Director of Groundswell and is passionate about multiplying disciples, leaders, and churches.  He was privileged to plant two churches in Dallas, TX and Des Moines, IA and now gives himself to mobilizing pastors and leaders for ministry.  He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Wesley Seminary and the author of Banding Together: A Practical Guide for Disciple Makers. Jon is marred to his wife, Katie, and they have four beautiful girls.

  • ANITA HOLMES

    Board Treasurer

    Coming soon!

  • INDYA PEOPLES

    Board Secretary

    Coming soon!

  • DEBORAH GARDNER

    Board Member

    Deborah is the founder and president of Cycling Without Age of Greater Indianapolis and is passionate about advocating for and assisting those in need. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, she was an attorney for the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent & Disabled with a focus on serving children with disabilities. While raising her three sons, she was a certified Pilates instructor at the YMCA and co-founded Lead by a Sample, Inc., an nonprofit organization working to collect and distribute toiletry and cosmetic samples for women and men in need. After her sons were grown, she volunteered as an immigration attorney at Catholic Charities Indianapolis and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. She is now thrilled to be serving on the board of Mercy Unleashed. Deborah has lived in Indianapolis for 30 years with her husband, Brant Gardner. Together they raised three grown sons and currently have one granddog.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential.

  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost to either eternal life or eternal separation from God.

  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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