Gerardo Mejia, a native of Ecuador, moved to Southern California with his family at 12 years old. He would soon become an overnight success in the film and music industry. Gerardo appeared in numerous television and film roles, most notably for his leads in “Can’t Buy Me Love” with Patrick Dempsey and "Colors" with Sean Penn. He would soon become known all over the world for his song “Rico Suave” from the top selling album, “Mo Ritmo”. After Gerardo’s success as an artist, he continued to work behind the scenes as an A&R Executive for nearly a decade. He was responsible for procuring and closing the signing of Enrique Iglesias and was the A&R for his first two English albums. Almost a decade later Gerardo answered his calling from the Lord and released a Christian album “180 Degrees”. The crossover hit “Suena” allowed Gerardo to visit hundreds of churches throughout the world and touch thousands of lives with his music and testimony.
Gerardo led a home Bible study with his wife Kathy of 50 or more people for seven years in Southern California where he was a lay pastor. He is the father of three wonderful children Bianca, Nadia and Jaden and grandfather to a beautiful baby girl Lily. In 2015 Gerardo relocated to Ashland Kentucky and submitted to the voice of the Lord once again. Along with a handful of faithful men and women searching for a church to call home, came the birth of House of Grace. Now an ordained Pastor under Praise Chapel Ministries, Gerardo and his incredible team of Pastors are making an impact on the streets of Ashland and the surrounding area.