Marlin and Shirley were both raised on farms in rural Nebraska. They attended their senior prom together and then he went to the University of Nebraska and entered a pre-med program of study while she went to work for BD making test tubes. A year later they married in Arcadia, moved back to college in Lincoln. It was there that God began to move in his heart, away from the medical field and into something else. Four years later they went to Texas Baptist College and 3 years later he graduated and moved to Weirton in 1985. Marlin came here with the intent of being here for just a few years but has become known as Brother Hawley and Pastor Hawley for 30 plus years. His first love is watching people come to Christ and being saved and then watching those people grow as Christians. His greatest strength is his amazing wife Shirley. His second strength is his ability to get things done. Both are gifts from God. They have 4 married children and 12 grandchildren.
Jarrett has been part of MBC since 1988 when he started to attend Mercy Baptist Academy. He quickly developed a love for being around Christians and meeting Erin at school, fell in love with her as well. He excelled in basketball and computers while attending MBA. He also excelled in soul winning with the men of Mercy and growing as a Christian. He graduated from MBA and attended college locally while he waited for Erin to graduate and when she did they married. They served at Mercy for a year but God took them to Crown College where they both received their 4 year degrees in Bible and Education, then God has blessed that commitment by giving them 4 wonderful children and a comfortable home in Weirton. God continues to change their roles in his ministry but their commitment to serving God is obvious to all that spend time with this family. Jarrett and Erin have 4 school age children.
Joshua Stalnaker was born May 28th, 1995 in Frederick, Maryland. He grew up on a small farm where he grew to appreciate God’s creation. He felt God’s calling to go into ministry during his senior year of high school. In 2013 he began attending Union University in Jackson, TN to study Ministry and Missions. He graduated from Union in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. During the summer of 2017, Joshua interned at the church he grew up in (Emmanuel Alliance Church). During this time, he searched for ministry jobs and eventually applied for the role of Family Pastor at Mercy Baptist Church. After interviews and prayer, the spirit led Joshua to MBC to serve as the Family Pastor and minister to children and those that care for them. Joshua has served MBC since November of 2017. God continues to provide for Joshua, all while he continues to grow in faith and knowledge thanks to being surround by strong believers.