Senior Pastor

Pastor Jose I. Palacios





   Jose I Palacios was born in Gudalajara, Mexico. He received Jesus at the age of 12 years old and was called to ministry in 1976 while attending a service in a General Assembly. He attended the Seminario Nazareno Hispanoamericano (Spanish American Nazarene Seminary) in San Antonio, TX. There, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. He got married to Vicky Moreno (now Palacios) on December the 20th, 1986 at the Primera Iglesia de Guadalajara.

   Jose and Vicky have three beautiful children: Vania Salem, Jose Pedro and Levi Natanael. He has been pastor of the Mercedes Church of the Nazarene for more than 12 years. Formerly, he was pastor at the Cuarta Iglesia del Nazareno in Gudalajara and District Superintendent for 18 years (9 in Mexico West District and 9 in Texas-Oklahoma Latin District).

Youth Pastor

Pastor Vania S. Palacios


   Pastor Vania became part-time youth pastor at Mercedes Church of the Nazarene on November 11, 2012. She graduated from Southern Nazarene University in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Youth Ministry and Psychology and is working on her Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Texas Brownsville. She enjoys reading and learning as well as teaching youth and seeing their lives transform into young men and women of God. Vania is passionate about loving the broken and making disciples to do the same.  She is also currently serving as the Nazarene Youth International president in our district.