Our Mission: To encourage believers to lead Biblical lives, embracing the Hebraic roots of their faith
Our community began as a small home group in 1994. Over the years, this group grew and encompassed several home fellowships. In 2013, we felt the call to step up to better serve Nashville. This growth resulted in the congregation that we have today, a spiritual community called Mercy Collective. Fueled by our desire to teach Biblical truth and meet the needs of those who have committed to walking with us, we continue to grow in the strength of our unity and His love.
Today, we are a body of dedicated Believers who seek to serve His Kingdom and one another. We embrace His Torah and our Messiah, the Living Word. Through faith and by His Spirit we seek to establish His word as the standard for living within our congregation. All who share our desire for truth, relationship, accountability, and the love of Messiah are welcome.
Our desire is to develop true disciples of our Master, Yeshua. We realize that this is a process that takes time and commitment from all involved. Our faith is to be alive in real, tangible, every day action. The mission of this congregation is to encourage believers to lead Biblical lives, embracing the Hebraic roots of their faith. We have been blessed to see the Father use this group to unite and strengthen the Nashville community.
Melissa and John Diffenderfer
John and Melissa Diffenderfer started the Nashville Sabbath gathering that would ultimately become Mercy Collective. As life-long, second-generation Messianic believers, they bring a unique understanding of the intersection between Hebraic culture and modern life. John is the author of The Marriage Commandments, and they share a number of vocations, including raising their three children, pastoring and teaching, and leading a number of businesses.
Shannon and Nathein Perkins
With decades of experience in congregational ministry, Nathein and Shannon Perkins guide the spiritual development and discipleship ministries at Mercy. Nathein also provides leadership over our worship services and is a frequent worship leader at Mercy. In addition to serving those at Mercy and parenting their children, they serve in a number of ministry roles throughout Middle Tennessee, run two businesses, and pour their time into their organization, Ingrafted Ministries.