High School Director
High Desert Church
Over fifty years ago, several families began a Bible study in John and Faye Powell’s home, believing the Victor Valley was ready for a church that was intent on fulfilling the challenge of the Great Commission. For the first thirty years of ministry, the church’s gradual development was comparable to what the high desert community experienced as a whole. Then, three decades ago, God began an extraordinary chapter in High Desert Baptist Church’s progression, as the Victor Valley began to position itself for dynamic change and explosive growth.
In 1996, HDBC became HDC, strategically reaching beyond its Baptist roots to embrace the broader Evangelical community. HDC has grown from a church of 125 people into one that ministers to nearly 10,000 regular participants, comprising four different regional communities: Victorville, Apple Valley, Phelan, and Hesperia.
Pastor Tom Mercer and his wife, Sheryl, lead a team of pastors and other staff leaders who oversee ministries designed to help people prepare for their vital role as worldchangers. Tom has seen three decades of change at HDC, but his heart for the lost has never grown tired of embracing new ways to communicate the truth of God’s redeeming love.
The High School Director’s role is to prepare students to change their worlds for Christ. That means that every student will be challenged to develop a growing, personal relationship with God that consistently impacts their daily life. Through weekend worship and practical teaching, students deepen their love and understanding of God. Through intentional small groups, students build meaningful relationships that equip and encourage them to walk with God and impact their world. Through meaningful service opportunities, students learn to give themselves away for the sake of Christ and others. Christ shapes students lives and we love to share in that process on our campuses but also through camps, missions trips, beach days and the many other exciting programs and events we provide.
Weekend Services – During the weekend services, the high school students of High Desert Church come together for student-specific worship services.
Wednesday Nights – On Wednesday nights students come from all across Victorville to hang out during open gym, hear a lesson, and break into small groups to go deeper.