Lead Pastor & Elder
I have served as pastor to The Vine Community Church since its inception in 2018. I was married to Lydia in 2011, and have three children; Naomi, Levi, and James. They are our joy, and we love them very much. I received my M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and have found my time as pastor of The Vine to be my great delight. For relaxation and pleasure, I enjoy wood-working, writing, and bantering on my podcast, Faith & Fable. Teaching and preaching is my privilege, but seeing the Gospel transform lives is my joy.
I formerly served as the associate pastor until I retired in July of 2021. My academic credentials include an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute, a bachelor’s degree in Management\Communication from Concordia University, and a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from Master’s Divinity School (Evansville, IN). I am a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC, formerly NANC). I’ve been married to my wonderful wife Liz for 47 years. We have a great son and sweet daughter-in-law, with whom we have the privilege to serve with at The Vine. We have three precious grand-kids who keep us young. My personal interests are reading history, especially American History, theology, and biblical counseling books. I enjoy computer wargames, blogging, historical miniatures painting, baseball, summer fishing, and biking with my wife.
I joined The Vine Community Church in July of 2019. I was married to my wife, Ivon, in 2020 and we have one daughter, Janet. She is a beautiful blessing from the Lord. I have a Bachelors in Business from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. In my rest time I enjoy reading, cooking, swimming, biking, skiing, and ice skating. My passion is for local missions and seeing the people of Milwaukee come to faith in Jesus Christ. Additionally, it is my great joy to come alongside my brothers and sisters of The Vine as we grow in sound doctrine and practice.
MEET THE STAFF
My wife Holli and I live in Greendale with our four wonderful children: Lincoln, Shea, Timothy, & Peter. I work as a criminal prosecutor at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, while Holli is a 2nd Grade teacher at Grace Christian Academy. I came to faith in my teenage years and met Holli as we attended college at UW-Parkside. After proposing to Holli in the college library (you had to be there!), we married and joined The Vine Community Church as it planted in 2018. Since joining VCC, we have grown immensely in our trust in, and love for the word of God. In our spare time we enjoy reading, hanging out with friends, and visiting Milwaukee’s various beer gardens (mostly for the polka!).
In early 2021, my husband, Christopher, and I joined The Vine Community Church, and it’s been my joy and privilege to serve as the church’s administrative assistant. In our time here, we have developed a deeper love of God, His word, and have enjoyed meaningful friendships. I’m a graduate of UW-Milwaukee and have loved making this city my home. In my free time I enjoy cooking, hiking, and playing cribbage with my husband at our local coffeeshop.
My wife Brittany and I have been members of The Vine Community Church since its inception back in 2018. We've been married since 2005 and we have 5 children: Benjamin, Elijah, Alayna, Nathaniel, and Natalia. My degree is in structural engineering, but I'm currently supervising a project management team at MiTek Inc in New Berlin. Our family has been blessed by the teaching of God's Word and the communion with fellow believers at The Vine. It's our great privilege to be able to serve here for the furtherance of His kingdom.