Pastor Max Shelnutt came to Mercer Baptist Church as the Lead Pastor in September, 2019. He has served in numerous churches in California, as well as working in the field of education.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the California State University, and both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Max has been married to his wife, Chau, for over 32 years. They have four children, and one grandchild. (Fun fact: Max helped produce, write, and perform in a local access television show in his college days, and has recently published his first book reflecting on his days as a classroom teacher.)