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Dr. Mark Merrill

Lead Pastor


Mike D. Robertson

Global Pastor


After being elected as Lead Pastor in early 2022, Merrill and his family relocated from the state of Georgia, where he served as the Georgia Network Superintendent for the Assemblies of God. Prior to that role, he pastored The Assembly at Warner Robins. His passion is to strengthen the local church in ways that bring renewal and revitalization. He is a graduate of George Fox Evangelical Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree in Semiotics, Church, & Culture.

Pastor Mike became Lead Pastor of Visalia First in

2008. In his time as Lead Pastor, the Church grew from 1,500 to 3,000 weekend attendees. In 2018 Pastor Mike championed a multi-year campaign to extend the physical footprint of Visalia First to it's new 3,000 seat Worship Center. In the years under his leadership, Visalia First grew to be a National Leader in Missions Giving, which solidified its Global Impact.

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