Our Team: US

Chris Field

Founder and Executive Director

Fieldhouse5Chris is the Founder and Executive Director of Mercy Project. He traveled to Ghana for the first time in August 2009 and has since been on a mission to bring new life to children in slavery as well as empower those around him to make the world a better place.

Chris began school at Texas A&M and graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Christian Ministry in 2006. He completed his Masters in Christian Ministry in the spring of 2013.

Chris and his wife Stacey have been married since 2005. They have five children – Famous, Micah, Beckett, Lincoln, and Theodore. Chris is a gifted speaker, avid runner, and inspirational world-changer.

Clint Askins


Askins_webClint is the COO at Mercy Project. He and his wife, Hailey, were the Country Directors in Ghana from 2013-2017, where they were able to build a strong foundation for the staff to help children and families on the ground in Ghana.

Clint graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Youth Ministry in 2006 and a Masters in Christian Ministry in 2009. He was the Youth Minister at the Littleton Church of Christ in Denver, CO until he and Hailey moved to Ghana in 2013. As COO, Clint focuses on improving all aspects of Mercy Project’s operations in Ghana in order to bring further freedom for children and sustainability for impoverished families.

Clint and Hailey have been married since 2012 and live in Denver where they enjoy biking, camping, and any outdoor activity in the beautiful state of Colorado.

Gretchen Nickson

Creative Director

Gretchen is the Creative Director for Mercy Project. She began volunteering in 2009 and moved from Dallas to join Mercy Project full time in December 2011.

Gretchen graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BFA in Graphic Design and oversees all aspects of creative work, design for fundraising events, social media, and marketing and promotional details. She is also a gifted photographer and took most of the pictures on our website.

When she’s not working, Gretchen enjoys running, spending time outdoors camping and hiking, and drinking way too much coffee.

Erin Gage

Director of Development

Erin is the Director of Development for Mercy Project. She still remembers the first time she heard about, and was inspired by, Mercy Project in 2010 when it was just getting underway; Erin became a child sponsor in 2015 and joined the Mercy Project staff in July of 2017.

Erin graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in History and has been working in higher ed fundraising since 2016. She cultivates relationships with Mercy Project supporters across the country and oversees all donor programs from monthly donors to major gifts.

When she’s not working, Erin enjoys all things outdoors including camping and mountaineering. It’s a good thing, as she and her golden doodle, Petal, live in Denver where they can enjoy the mountains year round.

Dan McClain

Race Director

Dan is the Race Director for the BCS Marathon Race Series, specifically the Baylor Scott & White Marathon + Half Marathon, Mercy Project’s premier fundraising event of the year. He grew up in the Los Angeles area, studied at Mt. San Antonio College, and went to broadcasting school in Hollywood. After working as a DJ at radio stations in the LA and Little Rock areas, Dan moved to College Station in 2012 to open Brazos Running Company.

An avid runner and triathlete, Dan has been married to his lovely wife Janine for 23 years. They have 4 fur kids – 2 cats and 2 dogs – and enjoy all things outdoors, camping, and hiking.