MINISTRIES

 

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.

FUSION

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.

  • JESSICA THOMPSON

    Office Manager

    Jessica received her degree in Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University and has several years experience as both an administrative assistant and event planner. She is a member of Trinity Wesleyan Church, where she volunteers and leads the Women's Ministry and she also enjoys volunteering at her children's school. Jessica lives in Fishers, Indiana with her husband Tim, and their three children.

  • CAROLYN MCCUTCHEON

    Board President

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  • MARTHA BONDS

    Board Vice-President

    Martha is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Indiana and is a  29-year breast cancer survivor.  She is retired from the Indiana State Board of Health, Office of Minority and was the Health Fair Director, held at the Indiana Black Expo, for 15 years.  In addition to being the Board Vice-President for Mercy Unleashed, Martha chairs the Board of Directors for the Avondale YMCA and is a Chairperson and Parliamentarian for the Marion County Minority Health Coalition Board. She also serves with Kairos Prison Ministry and served as a Chaplain for the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Martha is a member of Greater New Hope Church and has been married for 47 years to her husband, Mr. Jerry A. Bonds, Sr. They have two sons, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

  • ANITA HOLMES

    Board Treasurer

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  • ALICIA YOUNG

    Board Secretary

    Alicia Young is a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana.  She is passionate about men and women who struggle with additions, human trafficking, and incarceration.  She also feels obligated to equip those men and women to become disciples of Christ.  Alicia is an active member of Westside Missionary Baptist Church where she is a licensed Minister and has also attended Indiana Wesleyan, earning her Associate degree in General Studies, a certificate in Human Services, and a certificate in Biblical Studies.  She has also been an active member of Kairos International Prison Ministry since 2013 and is now excited to be part of Mercy Unleashed.  Alicia is unmarried and has two beautiful daughters, five handsome grandsons, and one gorgeous granddaughter.   

  • PASTOR JON WIEST

    Board Member

    Jon Wiest is the Multiplication Pastor at Trinity Church in Indianapolis, IN 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.

  • 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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