Our leaders

The staff and leadership here at Mill City Church is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them. You can contact the church office at mail@millcitychurch.net.

  • Chris James


    Chris has lived in Lowell for seventeen years serving as a campus minister at UMass Lowell and founding pastor of Mill City Church. His primary responsibilities at Mill City involve the visioning and leadership training in the church as well as the weekly teaching during Sunday morning worship gatherings. He holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi (B.A. in Music) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Chris is a frequent speaker at collegiate events across the country and is the author of Commit: Releasing the Hold of Reluctance and the forthcoming Intentional: How the Gospel Transforms the Way we Date, Relate, and Marry (Spring, 2019). An avid baseball fan, he has watched a game at every Major League Baseball stadium. Contact Chris at chris@millcitychurch.net.

  • Robbie Merkosky

    Associate Pastor

    Robbie has served Mill City Church and Christian Student Fellowship since 2012 through discipleship, leading community groups and other Bible studies, teaching, and media production. He graduated in 2023 with a M.A. in Ministry Leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Robbie is husband to Carla and father to Hudson. He enjoys anything to do with media (photography, videography, music production, web design, etc.). Contact Robbie at robbie@millcitychurch.net.

  • Santiago Paredes

    Lay Elder

    Santiago (Santi) is a Greater Lowell native and a Computer Science graduate from UMASS Lowell. After becoming a Christian in college, he decided to plant himself in Lowell to reinvest in the city and in his peers just as leaders from Christian Student Fellowship at UMASS Lowell did for him when he was a student. Santi has served as an elder at Mill City Church since 2018. During the week, Santi works as a software engineer and his wife Alicia works as a hospital lab technician. Together they enjoy playing music, baking, and extending hospitality to students and locals in the area.

  • Lissy Sandoval


    Lissy and her family connected with Mill City Church in 2013. In 2019, she began serving with Christian Student Fellowship, and Mill City Church. She is passionate about sharing the gospel with students and women in the community. Her family loves to use their home as a place where people can be loved and ministered to. Lissy is a Lowell native. She is married to Oscar and together they have two daughters Bella and AnnaBelle. She enjoys reading a good book with a delicious cup of coffee, hiking and watching true crime documentaries. Contact Lissy at lissy@millcitychurch.net.

  • Sean Hays


    Sean plugged into campus ministry through Christian Student Fellowship and caught a vision for making disciples of younger guys, using music to help the church sing, and loving his city through the local church body of Mill City Church. Since graduating from UMASS Lowell in Fall 2016 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, he has planted himself in Lowell and works as a manufacturing engineer making medical balloons. Sean loves skiing, game nights and indiscriminately eating baked goods. Sean can be reached at sphays@verizon.net.

  • Kim Campelli

    Administrative assistant

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  • Caleb Traylor

    Facility Care

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  • Gabby Da Silva

    First Impressions

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