My Story at Love and Mercy Fellowship

Jerry and Elizabeth

Jerry with his wife Elizabeth

Jerry Arocho

I first came to Love and Mercy Fellowship around 1993. My wife Elizabeth and I were looking for a spirit filled church and from the first meeting I felt the anointing of God in the place and saw God working miracles on peoples lives.

The love in the church was, and still is, easy to feel.

percussionAs a former professional latin percussionist I was pleased to be invited to join the worship group, but it took a while to get used to playing the drums instead of latin percussion, thank you Pastor Deborah for not giving up on me while I learned this new skill.

Gloria Graziano

“After my son passed away I tried several churches from different denominations, and nothing seemed to give me comfort or peace till I came to Love & Mercy Fellowship. It was like a family. Everybody knew one another, and it wasn’t long before they knew me. I didn’t know people could care like that! They adopted me and I adopted them. Since that time LMF has seen me through a lot of tragedy, heartaches, and illnesses. Pastor Deborah helped pull me out of myself. I was an introvert, never talking to anyone. But I learned quickly never to say ‘never!’ I said I would never get involved, but I did. I started volunteering in the kitchen for Operation Homeless, for our fellowship dinners, I became a greeter, and now I work in the food pantry ministry at the church. LMF is my second family. I love it here.”

Bob and Diane Pearce

Bob and Diane Pearce

Bob & Diane Pearce

For 22 years, Love & Mercy has been our home church. What originally drew us here was the compassion and care we saw in the leadership.  Today we are blessed that our giftings were recognized and we are now part of that leadership team. Love & Mercy is concerned for the spiritual and physical needs of those who come through our doors. You will always find someone to listen, to lend a hand, to share your tears and stand with you in prayer. “…They will know you are my disciples because of your love for one another.” 1 We stand with Pastor Deborah and LMF in prayer.

Note: Although Bob has passed away Diane still regularly attends Love and Mercy Fellowship.

Evelyn & Enrique Cruz

Evelyn Cruz

Love & Mercy Fellowship was an answer to prayer. Our family was hurting because our former church had dissolved. We asked God for guidance. After visiting two other churches, the Holy Spirit guided us to LMF, where we were warmly received. We stayed because we sensed the love, the power of God and genuine transparency of Pastor Deborah. We grew spiritually through the preaching of the anointed, unadulterated word of God and Hebrew exposition, and Jewish history. Through the years there were personal dynamics requiring special attention, which we received from both Pastor and the church in general.

We became an integral part of the church. I taught leadership classes, my son helped running the sound board, and media ministry, my daughters were heavily involved with the ministry of helps, and holiday outreaches to the poor, and my husband was part of the worship team.

Though we’ve moved out of state, we remain in touch with the family to whom God brought us.

  1. John 13:36