Frank Jolly, Pastor
cell: 704-562-8344
Email: frank@mercybaptist.church
 
Pastor Frank is a native North Carolinian born and raised in Charlotte. He is married to Tracy Jolly and the Father of three children, Brad, Bridget, and Samuel.  Frank received his B.A., in Religion from Emmanuel Baptist University in 1997 and his MAT., in 2000. In 2007 Emmanuel Theological Seminary bestowed an honorary degree of Doctor of Ministry. 

PASTORS TESTIMONY
 While growing up in Charlotte, my family was a member of a local Baptist church. One year while attending vacation bible school, several kids along with myself made a profession of faith. The result of my profession did not lead to a real conversion. Throughout my teenage years, I made many bad decisions and took many wrong turns. I like many young boys in my neighborhood began to experiment with drugs and alcohol. In 1977 my best friend died in a drowning accident that was heavily influenced by alcohol. This event was a major turning for me and left me with the reality of consequences, fear, and death. 

In the summer of 1978, my sister was saved and I witnessed a life-changing passion for God in her life. Although I was aware of my emptiness and need for salvation, I really did not want anything to do with her religion and thought all her friends were nutty. And though I did not want anything to do with her radical salvation nor admit the noticeable reality of her satisfaction with Christ Alone, she was patient and prayerful for me.

One fateful Saturday my sister invited me to attend a wedding with the folks she worshipped with, reluctantly I attended. After the service, I attended the wedding fellowship and heard testimonies and songs about the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ. To my great surprise, these people were nothing like I had presumed. In fact, they were quite kind and had a noticeable joy in their lives one of which I secretly admired and desired. I had never seen anybody speak of the Lord as if they actually knew him!  Sitting alone on the staircase, listening to songs of grace and testimonies of salvation, my soul was flooded with conviction and for an instant felt as though my heart would explode; the grace of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit wrought in me a great conviction. My sinful nature would not let me give up my life right then and there, but I knew that was what I needed. Although I did not call on the Lord that day, I left with a new thought; a thought of hope… maybe there is hope for me.

For the next few months, I would attend gatherings every other week or so. One of the men gave me a verse of scripture to ponder, it was Ephesians 2:8 and 9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast". This passage would be my beacon in the darkness of my life. I would ponder its words over and over and for the first time, I began to understand that God's salvation did not require my perfection or good works of righteousness but was rather a gift from God! Truly God's word and comforting conviction of the Holy Spirit had captured and refreshed my parched soul. I could not get past this word..........it was too good to be true. How could I say no to such a gift? My will was broken my victory was won and the longing of my heart for forgiveness, meaning, and purpose was fulfilled. By the grace of God, I was born of the Spirit of God. God’s marvelous grace had secured peace in my soul. Oh, how I bless the day when "at the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light and the burden of my heart was rolled away"! That fateful day I became a new creature in Christ Jesus with a new life ahead, a clean heart, a clean conscience.  

Shortly after my conversion, the Lord began to deal with my heart about preaching the gospel.  I was so frightened, I did not tell anyone for two years. Never the less, the gifts and calling of God were not deterred and the Lord's "still small voice," at last resulted in my surrender to his call. Now then I am twice surrendered, first to his salvation and secondly to service. The greatest privilege of my life is to serve our risen savior, Jesus Christ, and his people. 


By His Mercy,

Pastor Frank