Mercedes currently resides in Ventura, CA, and takes the coastal drive up to Santa Barbara where she works in event sales and management at a luxury hotel. She has a BA in Psychology from UCLA, and served the University Lutheran Chapel at UCLA for 8 years in various capacities. She enjoys reading, writing, and baking in her spare time, has a deep love of travel and history, and thoroughly believes that the most enlightening and fruitful conversations and relationships develop when gathered around food and drink. Her articles on the Jagged Word will link to topics and themes addressed in the podcast Ringside with the Preacher Men. Read Mercedes articles here.