"Pat Schatzline"

Rescuing, Reviving, and Restoring a Generation!

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Mercy Seat Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 1150
Trussville, AL 35173

Phone: (205)637-0639
Fax: (205)637-1163


Administration Office Email:

Jamie Kowalski: President’s Office


Forerunner School of Ministry

Quinton Carter: Director

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Mercy Seat Ministries

Mercy Seat Ministries, Inc. was founded by Patrick and Karen Schatzline in 1997 after serving as youth pastors at three incredible churches. Pat and Karen launched MSM in order to fulfill the great commission. Since the launch of MSM in 1997, Pat and Karen have become two of America’s leading church speakers, revivalists, youth communicators, and university and conference speakers.


With a schedule that stays full year-round, Pat & Karen have established a reputation for bringing purpose through the power of Christ, and a longing to grow deeper in the presence of God. They minister in churches, schools, universities, stadiums, outreaches, retreats, camps, leadership conferences, men’s &women’s conferences, and marriage retreats. They both travel globally seeing salvations, miracles, and signs & wonders. They have ministered at some of the largest youth conferences in the world. They travel often to Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Venezuela, and Canada fulfilling the great commission.


Mercy Seat Ministries also has several evangelists that travel the nation under their covering. Pat and Karen both have honorary doctorates. From 2006-2010, Pat and Karen were the founders and Lead Pastors of the Summit Church at Birmingham. In May of 2010, Pat and Karen Schatzline resigned the Summit Church to focus all of their attention on Mercy Seat Ministries and The Forerunner Schools of Ministry and the spreading of the gospel around the world.


Pat Schatzline is one of America’s leading communicators, and evangelists to students, and adults. Pat and his wife Karen co-founded Mercy Seat Ministries in 1997. Pat has ministered to over 2 million people as he has traveled the globe ministering God’s love and power at churches, conferences, camps, retreats, and universities. Pat is the keynote speaker at some of the largest youth conferences in the world. He is known for his crazy humor, unique ability to communicate God’s word with passion and illustrations, and most of all for his deep desire to see a generation of adults and youth experience the power of God and God’s amazing love.


Pat has authored and also contributed to many articles and books. Pat is known as a father and mentor of many of America’s top leaders. Pat and Karen founded the Forerunner School of Ministry in 2001. Since the initial launch of The Forerunner School of Ministry they have helped to launch many more sites. Through the school of ministry they have launched hundreds into full time ministry. On a weekly basis,hundreds listen to Pat’s podcast. He has served on many national boards across America and has been featured on Christian television such as TBN, JCTV, and Daystar TV Network. Pat has also written articles magazines and newspapers. He recently launched his new award-winning book through Charisma Media in January of 2013 called, “Why is God so mad at Me?” The book deals directly with a generation’s lost perspective on the character and love of God. The book fervently declares, “God is not mad at you, but He is mad about you!”Family Christian Stores, Lifeway, Barnes and Noble, and many other mainstream retailers spotlighted the book. In February of 2013, his book was awarded the “National Critics Choice” award.


New Ventures:

Pat and Karen recently established Legacy Conference This is a conference dedicated to the young in ministry to help them establish a foundation for a life of ministry. They also recently co-founded the “Mercy Seat Evangelist”web site at www.mercyseatevangelists.com.  This site is dedicated to the launching of young evangelists across the world.


Pat and Karen Schatzline have been married since 1990. They have two awesome kids named Nate and Abby. Their daughter, Abby is in elementary school and was adopted from China by the Schatzline family in October of 2003. Their son, Nate, is a former college football athlete who now serves as a youth pastor at Trinity Church in Dallas. Nate got married in June of 2012 to his wife, Adrienne.  Along with traveling the world as evangelists, the Schatzline family simply loves to hang out and have fun as a family! They enjoy playing games, working out, playing sports, and watching cool movies. They believe they are called to be Forerunners for Jesus and believe in living by faith and watching God do miracles. They believe the ministry has got to be fun! Their home and offices are currently located in Birmingham, Alabama.

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