About Spence

Spence SheltonSpence is the Lead Pastor of Mercy Church in Charlotte, NC. Mercy Church launched in September of 2015 with the vision of seeing a gospel awakening move through the people of Charlotte that is carried to the ends of the earth.

Spence and a team of 45 adults were sent to Charlotte by the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC where he served as a pastor for 10 years. 

Spence has had the privilege of publishing books and resources with several influential leaders in the church today.

  • He co-authored a book on discipleship and community with Trev0r Joy titled The People of God. Trevor is the Spiritual Formation pastor at the Village Church in Dallas, TX and is considered one of the leading strategists on discipleship in the local church.
  • Spence co-authored the small group study Jesus The King with Tim Keller based on Tim’s book by the same name. Tim serves as the lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC and is a New York Times best selling author. More importantly he is an experienced and respected pastor and teacher. Spence also co-authored the small group study The Meaning of Marriage with Tim & Kathy Keller based on the best selling book with the same name. The Kellers have been married for a long time, and seem to be pretty good at it.
  • Spence co-authored The Gospel Revolution, The Gospel according to Jonah, and Presence: Overwhelmed by God with his friend and mentor J.D. Greear who serves as the lead pastor of the Summit Church.
  • He has published articles and small group studies for multiple organizations (LifeWay, Outreach Magazine, Right Now.org, Christianity Today, and more) and regularly trains and consults for churches in discipleship methods and models. 

Spence received a B.S. in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MDiv in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. After UNC, Spence worked in sales management before heading into the world of theological study and pastoral ministry. His cubicle years will always be fondly remembered and drawn upon countless times for teaching illustrations.

Spence and his wife Courtney have four children: Zeke (7), Ben (6),  Ellie (3), and Haddie (2). Yes, it is a mad house, but they love it.



  1. jaredmathis
    October 10, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Spence use to cheat off of me in Greek and New Testament at SEBTS…… as a result of this action we both failed….. not because of disciplinary action but because Spence picked the dumb guy to cheat off of!!!

  2. October 14, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Spence, I’m looking for someone to write a short, practical piece in our Jan/Feb issue on small groups, specifically how to keep small groups from becoming ingrown; how to always have a small group to plug people into even when most of your groups are closed; how to connect unbelievers to small groups (belonging before you believe).

    If you’re interested in writing this, e-mail me at llowry@outreach.com. Thanks for your time!

  3. CindyB
    December 2, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Love your blog…would like to follow by email.

  1. December 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm
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