Meet the Team

Lead couple

Mark and Tarryn Wesson lead the team at Mercy Vineyard Church. They hail from Kwazulu Natal, with Mark growing up in a Baptist Missionary home in Margate and Tarryn in the beautiful farming region of Northern KZN. They married in 2015, and together have 4 boys: Joshua (25), Callan (20), Aidan (19) and little Logan (4). 

2016 was a busy year for them: moving province, a new church and schools, having a baby and adjusting to the life and culture of Cape Town. Mark worked in missions (Eastern Cape & KZN) for 7 years and has pastored in a number of differnet church "streams". He has found his "happy place" in the Vineyard, and more specifically at Mercy Vineyard. Tarryn is a qualified textile designer, who also has a passion for dance and writing! Together they have a heart to see Mercy like a family, experiencing the presence of their Father.    

Leadership Team

We believe that men and woman qualify for leadership and so have a mixed team of dedicated men & woman with great unity and strength. 

Finance Team

We have a small team of men and women who meet regularly to discuss Mercy's financial matters and annual budget. 


Laura Maree has been a member of Mercy Vineyard since the beginning and started working for the church in 2017 Monday to Thursday mornings. Having obtained her degree in Jewellery Design and Metalwork from Stellenbosch, she left for the UK in 2001 to travel and work for 9 years in various industries from architecture and gemstones to the NHS and charity work. In 2010 she returned to SA, married Gideon and has 2 beautiful children. She loves her job and has a passion for people and hopes to be serving Mercy and it's members for a very long time!

Children's Church Coordinator

Stephanie Penkler has a passion for learning about God's story and mission. She spent 2 years studying theology through the Vineyard Institute and completed the Advanced Certificate of Leadership. In 2019 God put it on her heart to start working with the children at Mercy Vineyard. Since then, she has learnt to grow down and meet people where they are at no matter what age they are. Stephanie is excited about reconciliation and breaking barriers. She loves to see how God works with children to bring the kingdom into this challenging world we live in. She works part-time for Mercy and part-time for the Department of Health as a Speech and Language Therapist, serving people of all ages with Intellectual Disability. Stephanie loves to give people a voice and help them walk the long journey to successful communication..