We are all part of a much bigger story. It is the story that God has been unfolding since the creation of all things…it’s a story that brings hope that doesn’t disappoint. This story has one main character…his name is Jesus the Christ. This story has a main event in history, the crucifixion followed by the resurrection of Jesus.
It is in this story that Mercy Ministries finds its meaning and purpose. With a heart for the most vulnerable, ministries of mercy faithfully took place through Parkview Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. To remain among the most vulnerable, Parkview took the opportunity to relocate to downtown Phoenix and changed its name to the Church on Fillmore. By God’s grace, they planted roots and kept their presence in the midst of a changing neighborhood that would soon experience disinvestment and neglect, become run down, and lacking resources. Ministries of mercy remained a key vision for the church to fulfill God’s mission to love its neighbors, especially among the most vulnerable. It is in this rich history the Mercy Hill church plant team stepped in to see the Church on Fillmore strengthened and the Gospel of Jesus spread.
To give greater opportunity and further commitment to the ministries of mercy faithfully taking place, Mercy Hill Church established Mercy Ministries as a separate 501c3 to oversee and grow these ministries. Under the umbrella of Mercy Hill Church, Mercy Ministries became a separate 501c3 in May, 2018. Mercy Ministries is grateful for God’s hand on it to love and care for its neighbors in Jesus’ name. Alongside Mercy Hill Church, it is delighted to grow its ministries of mercy for the glory of God and good of our neighbors.
Vision & Mission
Mercy Ministries exists to befriend and serve those on the edges of society so we can see, hear, embrace, and live in the extraordinary goodness of Jesus – together.
We seek to be present in our community and collaboratively come alongside our neighbors in sharing our gifts, caring for the vulnerable, and seeking the shalom of our city. We seek to reverse the cycle of poverty through housing, education, health and wellness, and vocational training
Ricky Aulds, MA Biblical Counseling
Ministries Coordinator & Pastor
Ricky is a native of South Georgia where he had the privilege of watching his dad faithfully pastor small local churches. Ricky lived and served in Alabama where he graduated from Southeastern Bible College. He then moved to North Carolina to pursue a Biblical counseling degree at Southeastern Theological Seminary. While in NC, he responded to God’s call to move to Phoenix, AZ to join the Mercy Hill church plant team. He made this move to Phoenix in August, 2014 and has been serving here ever since. Ricky has a heart for Christ, God’s Word, the local church, and making disciples.
Sherrie Aulds, LMSW
Sherrie is a Maryland native who joined World Gospel Mission on the Tohono O’odham Nation in 2009. There, she served alongside the churches and through the tribe’s Health & Human Services. With God’s leading, Sherrie pursued and completed a Master in Social Work degree. Ricky and Sherrie met and later married in 2018. They share a heart for behavioral types of ministry and are blessed to give leadership and serve together under Mercy Ministries in downtown Phoenix.
Mercy Ministries’ holistic transformation is found in the proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. Our love for the word of God and our love for the world are not at odds, but work together in holistic mission. Fundamentally, to ignore the world is to betray the word of God which commissions us out to love and serve the world. To ignore the word of God is to have nothing to bring to the world.
“POVERTY is rooted in broken relationships, so the solution to poverty is rooted in Jesus’ death and resurrection to put all things in right relationship again.”
– Brian Fikkert
He has shown you, O man, what is good. And, what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Quality & Integrity
We meet challenges with quality services while practicing integrity at every step.
Holistic View of Life
Every person is created in the image of God and is wonderfully complex.
Mercy & Justice
True justice creates space for love, growth, and truth.
Community & Connectedness
We exist with one another and for one another.
Every life can be transformed through the Gospel and living according to God’s word.
We move forward and are better together.
Every person has influence. Leaders are developed through embracing servanthood.
Dependence & Prayer
We must depend on God to give us the creativity needed to reach the unreachable.
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”