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Donnell Wyche, Senior Pastor

Donnell Wyche

The Reverend Donnell Wyche serves full-time as the Senior Pastor and the Head of Staff. Pastor Donnell joined the Vineyard church in 1997 and joined the staff in 1999 and was ordained in 2004. He grew up in Washington, DC and received his B.A. in computer science from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and is a graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute. Passionate about the intersections of race, faith, politics, and technology, Pastor Donnell started out as a Solution Architect at IBM in Southfield, MI. Since then, Pastor Donnell has served as a national task force leader for youth ministry and multi-ethnicity within VineyardUSA. He has led seminars and trainings on becoming culturally competent, transitioning your church to a multi-ethnic church, and has served as a part-time instructor in web technologies at Washtenaw Community College. Pastor Donnell is the president of the board of the InterFaith Council for Peace and Justice and has pursued issues of affordable, fair, and accessible housing as a board member of the Religious Action for Affordable Housing. As a trained computer engineer, Pastor Donnell created, in partnership with the late Phyllis Tickle, the online home of The Divine Hours. His latest technology project is Community Center for Churches, a software tool to help pastors better care for and shepherd their congregants. Pastor Donnell is married to Maria, an early childhood advocate and speech-language pathologist, and together, they are raising three multi-ethnic, spiritually engaged, peace loving, politically aware, woke activists! You can reach Donnell via email or by phone at (734) 477-9135 x115.

Nigel Berry, Family Life & Staff Pastor

Nigel Berry

Nigel Berry currently serves as the church's Family Life and Staff Pastor, working in tandem with Mary and Sam to craft a phenomenal culture for youth and families. He served as the Youth Ministries Director for seven years, joining the staff in 2009. Nigel is a 2006 graduate from Huntington University with a degree in Youth Ministries and from the Vineyard Institute in 2011. Nigel is married to Tina and has two daughters, Cora and Sydel. He is 5'11", bounces when he walks, and brews tasty beverages in his free time. He enjoys playing x-box and soccer and serves on the board for the Ann Arbor Soccer Association.


Anna Hillaker, Pastoral Associate for Care

Anna Hillaker

Anna Hillaker grew up in the Ann Arbor area, and was born into the Vineyard community. Her parents met at UofM and have been active participants since the church’s inception. Anna attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids where she received a degree in Religion and where her sense of call to ministry was cultivated. She then went on to study at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, where she graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2013. This past year has brought her back to Michigan, where she has continued to seek and develop her passion for ministry. She is serving in an interim role as the Pastoral Care Associate at the Vineyard, where she helps to foster and develop the areas of spiritual formation and pastoral care. She also works as a caregiver for a delightful elderly woman. In her spare time, you can find her cooking and baking, reading everything she can get her hands on, and writing poetry and creative non-fiction. She loves the outdoors, delicious coffee, engaging conversations, and frequenting local independent bookstores. You can reach Anna via email or by phone at (734) 477-9135.

Lily Merritt, Connections Coordinator

Samantha TidballLily Merritt was born in Qing Dao, China and at age three moved to the Metro-Detroit area. Lily attended Albion College in Albion, MI where she received a degree in both Economics and General Music. During her time in college serving as a leader in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship & felt called to continue working with the organization after graduation. She then went on to serve with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on staff for 3 years. Lily's love of genuine community and connection has brought her to a new position as Connections Coordinator where she will continue to seek ways to increase welcome and hospitality throughout the church. Lily loves photography as well and began her photography business, Abben and Lily Photography, in 2016. In her spare time you can find her involved in a DIY project, playing board games, hanging out with friends, playing with her dog Alex, or drinking coffee. You can reach Lily via email or by phone at 734.219.3947.


Samantha "Sam" Tidball, Youth Ministry Coordinator

Samantha TidballSamantha "Sam" Tidball grew up in west Michigan graduating from Calvin College with a degree in rhetoric communications and youth ministry. In 2008, she got married and moved to Nashville to pursue a career in youth ministry while her husband, Andrew, attended Vanderbilt to earn his PhD in neuroscience. During her time in Nashville, Sam completed a two year certification at the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT) while attending classes at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Memphis Theological Seminary. She spent most of her days in Tennessee reflecting the love of Christ to teens and their families as the youth minister at a United Methodist church. Sam and her husband moved to Ann Arbor after her husband accepted a post-doc position at U of M. They have two kids, Desmond and Briley. She also writes youth curriculum for the United Methodist Publishing House. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, singing, outdoor adventures, family hikes, snowboarding, cross country skiing, softball, and playing ice-hockey for an Ann Arbor rec league. You can reach Sam via email or phone 734 477-9135 x128.

Shaun Garth Walker, Worship Director

Shaun Garth Walker

Shaun Garth Walker serves as the church’s Worship Director, helping to get as many people worshiping Jesus as much as possible as often as possible. He lives near Depot Town in Ypsilanti with his fabulous wife Mary, along with their four children, Ethan, Sadie, Rosie, and Levi.  Shaun graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a journalism degree, but can be found working most nights of the week at various local bars playing rock music (yup, in various local bars playing rock music). He is also an avid supporter of God’s team, Manchester United. You can reach Shaun via email or phone 734 477-9135 x118.

 

 

Jesica Ligi, Office Administrator

Jessica LigiJesica Ligi serves as the churches Office Administrator. Jesica has been married to her husband, Anthony, for 15 years and together they have three awesome boy; Jacob, Ben, & Nathan, and a bundle of energy goldendoodle named Finn. Jesica grew up in Michigan and absolutely loves it here! Her family has settled themselves in South Lyon (just outside of Washtenaw). She likes to be outside, go camping, plant flowers, read tons of books, take naps, and watch her boys play hockey. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University and is excited to be working here at the Vineyard! You can reach Jesica via email or phone 734 477-9135 x111.

 


 

 

 
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