Mercy Hill Church
Staff & Leaders

  • Corey Knudsen
    Worship/Youth Pastor

    Corey Knudsen joined the staff at Mercy Hill as an associate pastor in January of 2015. He has a Bachelors Degree in Music/Worship Leading from Visible Music College. Corey and his wife Brooke lead the worship team and youth group at Mercy Hill. They welcomed their son Oliver in 2017.

  • John Leitzel
    Pastor

    John Leitzel serves as the lead pastor for Mercy Hill as well as being part of the national leadership team for the Lifelink USA churches and being extensively in- volved internationally with our global partnerships. John has a Ph.D. in synthetic bio-organic chemistry from the University of Chicago, and was a tenured associate professor of chemistry at Chicago State University prior to joining the pastoral staff at Living Word Church in 2001. John led the team that planted CrossPoint Church in 2006, and pastored that church until he & Karen, along with their daughters Elizabeth and Sarah, moved to Zambia in 2012, serving there for two years.