Our Staff

Rich Nathan
Senior Pastor
614.259.5313

Rich Nathan is the senior pastor of Vineyard Columbus, a position that he has been serving in since 1987. Prior to becoming the church's first Senior Pastor, Rich taught business law at The Ohio State University for five years.

He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and received his Juris Doctorate with honors from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1980. Rich has served on the National Board for Vineyard USA for more than two decades and is currently serving as the leader of the Large Church Task Force for the Vineyard. He is a popular national and international conference speaker.

Rich co-authored “Both And” (IVP Books, 2013) with Insoo Kim as well as “Empowered Evangelicals” (Ampelon Revised 2009) with Ken Wilson. Rich is also the author of “Who is My Enemy? Welcoming People the Church Rejects” (Zondervan, 2002). He has written numerous articles on leadership in publications such as Leadership Magazine.

Rich was born and raised in New York City. He and his wife, Marlene, have been married for over 40 years. They have two children and six grandchildren.

You can hear his talks on our Watch & Listen page. To stay connected regularly, subscribe to Rich's monthly Congregational Email

Campus Pastors

Irene Casale-Petrarca
La Viña Pastor
614.259.5254

Irene Casale-Petrarca serves as the pastor for La Viña, the Spanish-speaking Campus of Vineyard Columbus, launched in October 2013. She and her family moved to the U.S.A. eight years ago and have been attending Vineyard Columbus for the last seven years. Since 2010, Irene has been involved with International Ministries and has led a Hispanic small group.  She also completed the Advanced Certificate of Biblical Leadership from Vineyard Institute (VI) in 2013.

Irene is originally from Venezuela where she worked as a pediatrician. She has been married for 26 years and is the mother of three boys. Irene loves serving the Lord and his people, walking, enjoying nature and meeting people from every nation and culture.

Scott Engebretson
Sawmill Campus Pastor
614.259.5255

Before pastoring our Sawmill Campus, Scott served on staff at churches in Mississippi and in New Jersey. Scott also serves on the Church Extension Ministry team that works with training, equipping, and sending church planters from Vineyard Columbus.

Scott and Hannah met in seminary and were married in 2006. Hannah was born and raised in Zambia, Africa, where her parents served 18 years as missionaries and church planters. They have three kids – Ella, Dylan, and Lincoln.

 

Scott loves reading, music and movies of all sorts, and visiting cites of all shapes and sizes. Scott received a Bachelor of Urban Planning degree at the University of Cincinnati. He is currently finishing a dissertation on urban planning in ancient Israel to complete a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies/Old Testament. It should also be mentioned that Scott is a rather fervent Indianapolis Colts fan.

Charles Montgomery
East Campus Pastor
614.259.5245

Charles A. Montgomery, Jr is the East Campus Pastor. In this role he is responsible for the oversight and day-to-day operations of the campus, which is located at 333 Jericho Road in Pickerington. Charles is also an Affiliated Professor at Ohio Christian University. Prior to these positions, Charles served as Pastor Rich Nathan's research assistant for two years. And prior to coming to Vineyard, he was licensed and ordained by the National Baptist Church, U.S.A. and has faithfully served on church staffs in California, Georgia and Ohio. Charles earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Morehouse College, a Master of Divinity from Emory University, and a Ph.D. from Union Institute and University, with an emphasis in Ethical and Creative Leadership. He is an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan (Go Bucks!) and has been blissfully married to his lovely wife, Lady Kimberly, since 2003. They are humbled and excited about leading our East Campus!

Andrew Oswalt
Lane Avenue Campus Pastor
614.259.5302

Andrew and his wife Ginny met while attending Columbus College of Art and Design, and came into relationship with Jesus at Vineyard Columbus after five years of marriage. Since that time, in addition to a professional career in sales and non-profit management, Andrew completed the Vineyard Leadership Institute and led Hear the Cry, a non-profit organization responding to the AIDS crisis in Africa. After many years of lay leadership at Vineyard, Andrew launched the Lane Avenue Campus in 2011 and became its pastor.   At the same time, he began pursuing a Master’s of Divinity at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He and Ginny have 3 young children, and live in Clintonville.  

Vineyardkids Staff

April Murphy
Pastor of Children's Ministry
614.259.5442
Mike Szlapak
Grade School Pastor
614.259.5317
Beth Best
Nursery & Baby Dedication Pastoral Coordinator
614.259.5402
Sherry Chapin
Campus Liaison
Marta Davila
Childcare Provider
Myra Gaiters
Administrative Assistant
614.259.5486
Liz Gee
Early Childhood Ministry Coordinator
614.259.5361
Debi Leake
Kids Quest Ministry Coordinator
Lilia Morales
Drama and Arts Coordinator
614.259.5406
Deb Petermann
Bridge Builders Ministry Team Coordinator
Holly Watson
Ministry Assistant
Pam White
Assistant Pastor
614.259.5375

VC Students - High School Staff

Kerry Davis
Empowered Life and Youth Pastor
614.259.5502
Shane Huey
Assistant Pastor
614.259.5341
Mike Chaparro
Assistant Pastor, VC Students / High School
Gerald Baker
Campus Leader
Kevin Gilmore
Program Manager, After School Programs (Middle & High School)
614.259.5523
Sarah Wiechman
High School Ministry Assistant
Isaiah Williams
VC Students Intern

VC Students - Middle School Staff

Kerry Davis
Empowered Life and Youth Pastor
614.259.5502
Michael Doom
Assistant Pastor
614.259.5517
Eryn Flemmings
Worship Assistant
Laura Weiant
Ministry Assistant

Community Life Staff

Amanda Nash
Community Life Pastor
614.259.5449
Rudy Alexeeff
Assistant Pastor
614.259.5397
Darren Bennet
Intern - Community Life
Helena Dameron
Intern
Jessica Gatton
Assistant Pastor
614.259.5288
Deb George
Administrative Assistant
614.259.5358
Paige Goslin
Pastor of Discipleship Ministry
Marsha Martin
Administrative Assistant
Matt Shetler
Assistant Pastor
614.259.5483

Marriage & Family Life Staff

Ron Hitchcock
Marriage & Family Life Pastor
614.259.5365
Schuyler Gross
Intern
Mindy Layman
Administrative Assistant
614.259.5365
Jason Loehr
Assistant Pastor
614.259.5401
Myiesha McCrary
Wedding Administrator and Dating Ministry Coordinator
Kelli Messick
Assistant Pastor
614.259.5395

Support for Life Staff

Lorie Kaufman-Rees
Pastor, Care Ministries and Support for Life
614.259.5353
Debra Johnson
Support for Life Ministry Assistant, Lay Counseling
614.259.5289

Counseling Center Featured Staff

Jerrica Cobbs
Intern
Xandula Gaitor
MA, LPC
614.259.5488
Vicky Grady
MA, CPC
614.259.5356
Mark Sullivan
MSW, LISW Clinical Social Worker
614.259.5329
Yolanda Zellars
Intake Coordinator
614.259.5409

La Viña Staff

Irene Casale-Petrarca
La Viña Pastor
614.259.5254
Joyce Shuster
Administrative Assistant
614.259.5303

Sawmill Staff

Scott Engebretson
Sawmill Campus Pastor
614.259.5255
Allyse Huey
Administrative Assistant (Sawmill Campus)
614.259.5439

Lane Avenue Staff

Andrew Oswalt
Lane Avenue Campus Pastor
614.259.5302
David Lee
Worship Coordinator - Lane Avenue Campus

Twenty-Something Staff

Christian Root
Twenty-Something Campus Pastor
614.259.5458
Manjari Randeria
Intern - VC-20 Campus
Shane Huey
Assistant Pastor
614.259.5341
Joyce Shuster
Administrative Assistant
614.259.5303

East Staff

Charles Montgomery
East Campus Pastor
614.259.5245
Jamie Frisbey
Administrative Assistant
614-259-5245

Women's Ministry Staff

Julie Franks
Intern
Marlene Nathan
Women's Ministry Pastor
614.259.5335
Naja Robinson
Assistant Pastor
614-259-5515
Liz Ward
Ministry Assistant
614.259.5335

Men's Life Featured Staff

Stephen Van Dop
Church Extension & Evangelism and Men's Ministry Pastor
614.259.5303

Vineyard Institute Staff

Andy Saperstein
Pastor of Leader Development
614.259.5358
Rob Kasper
General Manager, Vineyard Institute
Amy Moorehead
Student Advisor
614.259.5320

Financial Ministry Staff

Kent Irwin
Financial Ministry Pastor
614.259.5505
Kaydian Comer
Intern, Financial Ministry
Kent Irwin
Financial Ministry Pastor
614.259.5505

Operations Staff

Marius Douglas
Controller
Traci Fletcher
Operations Assistant
Craig Heselton
Executive Pastor
614.259.5313
Todd Krulcik
Director of Human Resources
David Russell
IT Manager
Corrine Stevens
Director of Operations
614.259.5332

Church Planting Staff

Stephen Van Dop
Church Extension & Evangelism and Men's Ministry Pastor
614.259.5303
Joyce Shuster
Administrative Assistant
614.259.5303

International Ministries Staff

Bill Christensen
Associate Pastor/International Ministries Pastor
614.259.5369
Ximena Lozada-Rosales
Ministry Assistant
Carli Snyder
Ministry Assistant/Refugee Relief Coordinator
614.259.5511
Jackie Williams
Administrative Assistant

Connect Staff

Eric Pickerill
Outreach & Connect Pastor
Adrienne Ash
Assistant Pastor, Outreach & Connect
614.259.5494
Cinnamon Doran
Administrative Assistant
614.259.5235
Casey Knight
Hospitality Manager
614.259.5292
Nykki O'Bryan
Administrative Assistant - Weekend and Welcome Ministry

Worship Arts Staff

Craig Allen
Worship Arts Pastor
614.259.5354
Danielle Evans
Administrative Assistant to Pastor Craig Allen
614.259.5310
Caleb Miller
Assistant Pastor, Worship Arts
614.259.5498

Media Arts Staff

Barney Houchins
Media Arts Director
Sarah Ammerman
Video Engineer & Lighting Designer
James Hixon
Audio Engineer
614.657.6958
Madison Macklin
Live Event Producer

Community Center Staff

Daniel Nathan
Pastor & Executive Director, VCC and Mercy & Justice
614.259.5343
Carol Achmoody
Health Clinics Coordinator
614.259.5512
Dee Bennett
Administrative Assistant, Youth Education
614.259.5251
Maria Broeckel
Director of Program Development
614.259.5296
Kevin Brown
Community Center Outreach Coordinator
614.259.5461
Kevin Gilmore
Program Manager, After School Programs (Middle & High School)
614.259.5523
Jenn Guthrie
Ministry Assistant, Health Clinics
Nann Horn
Lead Teacher, After School Program (Middle School)
614.259.5507
Nikki Mills
Program Manager, Elementary After School and Summer Programs
614.259.5244
Kelly Sheldon
Academic Coordinator for Youth Education
614.259.5393
Jerome Smith
Director of Sports & Exercise Programs
614.259.5394
Gina Watts
Operations Manager, Mercy and Justice Ministry

Community Relations Staff

Kwesi Kambon
Pastor, Community Relations & Special Projects
614.259.5237
Anna Fullen
Mentoring Coordinator -- Community Connectors
Dawn Hosmer
Mentoring Coordinator, Community Connectors

Urban Ministry Staff

Dan Franz
Urban Ministry Pastor
614.259.5336
Chuck Fisher
Ministry Assistant
614.259.5403
Jenney Rice
Ministry Assistant
614.259.5370
Deborah Scott
Ministry Assistant
614.259.5348
Rhodie Shreve
Administrative Assistant
614.259.5441

Value Life Staff

Diane Bauman
Pastor of Volunteer & Value Life Ministries
614.259.5318
Jennifer Ebert
Intern - Value Life
Dianna Fairchild
Ministry Assistant

Human Resources Staff

Joanne Kay
Human Resources Specialist
614.259.5240
Todd Krulcik
Director of Human Resources
Bernie Larsen
Human Resources Specialist
614.259.5473
Valerie Middleton
Receptionist
Rebekah Young
Human Resources Assistant
614.259.5240

Bookstore Staff

Jeff Baker
Manager
614.259.5323
Meg Kuta
Clerk
614.891.6440

Global Cafe Staff

Cristiana Orozco
Cook
Ginny Ruguru
Cook
Emily Watson
Front of House Assistant

Communications Staff

Tom Rees
Communications Manager
6142595258
Traci Fletcher
Operations Assistant

Funerals and Visitation Care Staff

Anthony Cannon
Funeral Pastor and Visitation Care Team
614.259.5364

Executive Staff

Denise Birkhoff
Executive Assistant
614.259.5241
Craig Heselton
Executive Pastor
614.259.5313
Rich Nathan
Senior Pastor
614.259.5313