COOPER ROAD CAMPUS
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, OH
SAWMILL CAMPUS
4140 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH
LANE AVENUE CAMPUS
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH
LA VIÑA
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, OH
EAST CAMPUS
333 Jericho Road, Pickerington, OH
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Rich Nathan

Rich Nathan

Senior Pastor

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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.
Eric Pickerill

Eric Pickerill

Associate Pastor

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Pastor Eric Pickerill serves as one of our Associate Pastors and in 2020, will transition into one of our co-Senior Pastors.  Eric spent time in the Netherlands in 2015, serving as Lead Pastor of Vineyard Amsterdam for seven years. Eric also spent a decade as pastor of Joshua House, a community of twenty-somethings at Vineyard Columbus, and as an intern for Rich Nathan, with Young Life in central Ohio, and on the staff of Liberty Presbyterian Church in Delaware.

Eric has a BA in Art Education from OSU and a Master in Theology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, where he wrote and published a dissertation called "The Secular Mystique." Eric has also served as our Outreach and Connection Pastor, helping Vineyard fulfill our mission to love our city.

Eric enjoys international traveling, motorcycles, late-night conversations with good friends and Belgian beer. He’s been married for 22 years to Julia, and they have three kids and a Sphynx cat. 
Julia Pickerill

Julia Pickerill

Associate Pastor

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Pastor Julia Pickerill serves as on of our Associate Pastors and in 2020, alongside her husband, Eric, will assume role as co-Senior Pastor. Julia joined Vineyard in 1996 after being introduced to the church by a close friend and Vineyard church planter.

Julia would work in various capacities at the church including preaching at Joshua House and traveling to teach at conferences and retreats around the Vineyard movement. In 2005, Julia became the youngest woman to preach at a Vineyard National Pastors’ Conference.

In 2008, the Pickerills led a team from VC to plant a church in Amsterdam, Netherlands. They served as co-Senior Pastors at Vineyard Amsterdam for seven years, while helping to establish the first Sustainable Faith School for Spiritual Direction in Europe.

After relocating back to the US in 2015, Julia practiced as a Spiritual Director and joined staff in 2018 as Pastor for Staff Care and Formation.

Julia received her B.A. in English Literature from OSU and is a trained Spiritual Director through the School of Sustainable Faith.
Apart from her pastoral duties, Julia is the mother of three kids, a dog with boundless energy, and a sphynx cat.

CAMPUS PASTORS


Irene Casale-Petrarca

Irene Casale-Petrarca

La Vina Campus Pastor

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(614) 259-5241

Irene Casale-Petrarca es la Pastora y fundadora de La Viña de Columbus, Campus en Español de la Iglesia Vineyard Columbus, fundado en octubre del 2013.

Casada por casi 31 años y es madre de tres hijos varones. Irene nació en Venezuela, donde se desempeñó como Pediatra por quince años. Ella vino a los Estados Unidos con su familia en el 2005. Se graduó del Instituto de Liderazgo Bíblico de Vineyard (VLI) en el 2013 y ha sido miembro de Vineyard por más de 11 años.

A Irene le apasiona servirle a Dios y a la gente, disfruta de caminar, de la naturaleza, de cocinar y de conocer personas de diferentes culturas y países.


Irene Casale-Petrarca is the founder and Pastor of La Viña de Columbus, the Spanish-Speaking Campus of Vineyard Columbus which was founded in 2013.

Married for almost 31 years and mother of three boys, Irene was born in Venezuela where she worked for 15 years as a Pediatrician. She came to the United States in 2005 with her family. She graduated from Vineyard Leadership Institute (now Vineyard Institute, VI) in 2013 and has been a member of Vineyard for over 10 years. Irene was the first female Pastor for La Viña churches in the United States.

Irene loves serving the Lord and his people, enjoying walking, cooking, nature, and meeting people from every nation and culture.

Scott Engebretson

Scott Engebretson

Sawmill Campus Pastor

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(614) 259-5439

Scott has been the Sawmill Campus Pastor since 2013. Before Sawmill, Scott served on staff at churches in Mississippi and in New Jersey. He also serves on the Church Extension Ministry team at Vineyard Columbus that works to train, equip, and send church planters. 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 received a Bachelor of Urban Planning degree at the University of Cincinnati. He has a PhD in Biblical Studies/Old Testament and has spent way too much time studying urban planning in ancient Israel. He loves reading, music and movies of all sorts, and visiting cites of all shapes and sizes. It should also be mentioned that Scott is a rather fervent Indianapolis Colts fan.

Charles Montgomery

Charles Montgomery

East Campus Pastor

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(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

Andrew Oswalt

Lane Campus Pastor

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614.259.5302

Andrew took a roundabout way to God. Growing up with a renowned Biblical scholar for a father, he grew up skeptical of the church. He met his wife Ginny at Columbus College of Art and Design and they both graduated with degrees in Fine Arts. Five years into their marriage, they both had powerful encounters with the peace, joy and purpose available through a relationship with Jesus.

While developing 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. He currently serves on the board of Riverview International Center, which focuses on empowering our international neighbors by providing opportunities to access services, resources, and education.

After many years of lay leadership at Vineyard, Andrew launched Vineyard Columbus – Lane Avenue in 2011 as its pastor. He is finishing a Master’s of Divinity at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He and Ginny live in Clintonville with their three children. Andrew is passionate about good coffee, ice cream, vegetarian cooking, building things, and riding his scooter.

BOOKSTORE TEAM


Jeff Baker

Manager

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(614) 259-5323

CHURCH EXTENTION TEAM


Nada Attallah

Administrative Assistant

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(614) 259-5303

Dr. Stephen van Dop

Pastor

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(614) 890-0000

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM


Amanda Bratschie

Director of Communications

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(614) 259-5258

COMMUNITY CENTER TEAM


Maria Broeckel

Director of Development

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(614) 259-5296

Daniel Nathan

Executive Director

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614-259-5343

Gina Watts

Executive Director VCC, Co-Director Missions Department

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(614) 259-5333

Jeanine Winfrey

Director, Immigration Counseling Services

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(614) 259-5322

COMMUNITY CONNECTORS TEAM


COMMUNITY LIFE TEAM


Amanda Pershing Nash

Pastor

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(614) 259-5449

CONNECT TEAM


Eric Pickerill

Associate Pastor

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COUNSELING CENTER TEAM


Xandula Gaitor

Counselor MA, LPC

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(614) 259-5488

Vicky Grady

Counselor MA, CPC

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(614) 259-5356

Dana Moody

Counselor MA, MFT

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(614) 259-5524

Mark Sullivan

Counselor MSW, LISW

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(614) 259-5329

Jackie Williams

Intake Coordinator

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(614) 259-5369

EAST CAMPUS TEAM


Charles Montgomery

East Campus Pastor

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(614) 259-5245

EXECUTIVE TEAM


Denise Birkhoff

Executive Assistant

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(614) 259-5313

Craig Heselton

Executive Pastor

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(614) 259-5425

Rich Nathan

Senior Pastor

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FINANCE DEPARTMENT


James Ondrey

Director of Finance/Comptroller

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(614) 259-5307

FINANCIAL MINISTRY TEAM


Kent Irwin

Pastor

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(614) 259-5505

FUNERALS & VISITATION CARE TEAM


Anthony Cannon

Pastor

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(614) 259-5364

GLOBAL CAFE TEAM


Corbin Jones

Manager

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(614) 259-5463

Christine Wilkerson

VCC Food Program Manager

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(614) 259-5463

HUMAN RESOURCES TEAM


INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES TEAM


Bill Christensen

Associate Pastor

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(614) 259-5338

Jackie Williams

Intake Coordinator

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(614) 259-5369

LA VINA TEAM


Irene Casale-Petrarca

La Vina Campus Pastor

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(614) 259-5241

LANE AVENUE TEAM


Andrew Oswalt

Lane Campus Pastor

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(614) 259-5241

MARRIAGE & FAMILY LIFE TEAM


Ron Hitchcock

Pastor

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(614) 259-5378

Jason Loehr

Assistant Pastor

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(614) 259-5401

Kelli Messick

Assistant Pastor

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(614) 259-5395

MEDIA ARTS TEAM


Barney Houchins

Media Arts Director

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MEN'S LIFE TEAM


Dr. Stephen van Dop

Pastor

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(614) 890-0000

OPERATIONS TEAM


Corbin Jones

Manager

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(614) 259-5463

David Russell

IT Manager

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(614) 259-5334

Corrine Stevens

Director of Operations

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(614) 259-5332

SAWMILL TEAM


Scott Engebretson

Sawmill Campus Pastor

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(614) 259-5439

SUPPORT FOR LIFE TEAM


Lorie Rees

Pastor

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(614) 259-5353

VALUE LIFE TEAM


Diane Bauman

Pastor

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(614) 259-5318

VC STUDENTS - HIGH SCHOOL TEAM


Santos Chaparro

Assistant Pastor

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(614) 259-5404

VC STUDENTS - MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM


Michael Doom

Assistant Pastor

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(614) 259-5517

VC TWENTY TEAM


Shane Huey

Pastor

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(614) 259-5341

VINEYARDKIDS TEAM


April Murphy

Pastor of Children's Ministry

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(614) 259-5442

Mike Szlapak

Grade School Pastor

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(614) 259-5317

Pam White

Early Childhood Assistant Pastor

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(614) 259-5375

WOMEN'S MINISTRY TEAM


Marlene Nathan

Pastor

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(614) 259-5297

WORSHIP ARTS TEAM


Craig Allen

Pastor

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(614) 259-5354

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