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Donnell Wyche, Executive Pastor

Donnell Wyche

Donnell Wyche serves full-time as the Executive Pastor and the Head of Staff. 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. Donnell is the Great Lakes Regional leader for both the Vineyard USA Youth & Ethnic Diversity Task Forces. Donnell serves on the board of the InterFaith Council for Peace and Justice and on the board of the Religious Action for Affordable Housing. Before joining the Vineyard staff full-time, Donnell worked for IBM in Southfield, Michigan as an eBusiness Solutions Manager. Donnell is also the lead developer of a new church management software tool, Community Center for Churches and worked for four years as a part-time instructor in the Internet Professional Department at Washtenaw Community College. Donnell is married to Maria, father to Mikaela, Sebastian & Alyvia and lives in Ann Arbor. From time to time, Donnell writes for the Vineyard USA Youth magazine, Redpoint. Donnell leads the weekly Discipleship classes on Tuesday mornings at 9:15am. You can reach Donnell via email or by phone at (734) 477-9135 x115.

Lindsay Balazer, Engagement Coordinator

Lindsay Balazer

Lindsay Balazer grew up in metro-Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Communications. She is married to Andy and they have four children. She met Andy during college through Athletes in Action (AIA) which was a ministry on campus.  After graduation, Lindsay stayed on campus and worked as an intern for a year with AIA organizing events and meeting with student-athletes.  The next year, after moving to Northville, they helped start the college ministry at Oak Pointe Church. Lindsay loves people and coffee, and has fallen in love with Ann Arbor because it has so many different kinds of both! She deeply values community and loves to connect with others.  Her passion at the church is to invite, involve and inspire others to become active participants in the community in whatever way that looks for them. You can reach Lindsay via email or by phone at (734) 477-9135 x114.

Nigel Berry, Youth Ministries Director/MOI Coordinator

Nigel Berry

Nigel Berry has served as the church's Youth Ministries Director since 2009 and as the Mission Outpost Coordinator since 2015. Nigel graduated in 2006 from Huntington University with a degree in Youth Ministries and from the Vineyard Leadership Institute program 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. Nigel also enjoys playing x-box and soccer. You can reach Nigel via email or phone at (734) 477-9135 x125 and/or follow him on Twitter.



Julius Buzzard, Welcome, Outreach, College Coordinator

Julius Buzzard

Julius Buzzard serves full-time, coordinating the welcome, outreach, and college (as well as other various ministries of the church). He began his journey with Ann Arbor Vineyard during May of 2013, after graduating from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry days earlier. After three years with Jackson Nazarene's youth ministry, this journey quickly shifted into a full time role with as a Mission Outpost Intern. After serving as an intern for a year, Julius volunteered to teach summer school with Teach For America before rejoining the staff. He grew up in the tri-cities and chose to move to Ann Arbor in search of the world through the eyes of something much larger than himself. Julius enjoys camping, backpacking, running, speaking to groups, playing with cats, geocaching, and dancing. You can reach Julius via email or by phone at (734) 477-9135 x129.


Shonagh Chimbira, Pastoral Care Coordinator

Shongah ChimbiraShonagh Chimbira was born in Scotland and grew up in both the UK and Zimbabwe. She received her MSc in Crop Protection from the University of Zimbabwe in 1998 and then worked in ecotoxicology research for 5 years in the United Kingdom before emigrating to the U.S in 2005 with her family. Shonagh has worked for the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor since 2012. She is a trained Spiritual Director, and is currently pursuing a MDiv at Ashland Theological Seminary. Shonagh is married to Wilson and they have three children. Shonagh loves to paint, sew, garden, and to read- especially books on Southern African history and culture.

As Pastoral Care Coordinator, Shonagh is active in both providing pastoral care and training others to provide pastoral care to those who are sick, lonely and unable to join us for worship at home, in senior care facilities and hospitals. She also directs our Spiritual Directors, Stephen Ministers, and Lay Pastors as they offer comfort and care for those who have experienced some kind of loss in their lives. You can reach Shonagh via email or by phone at (734) 477-9135 x113

Angie Hardy, Children's Ministry Director

Angela Hardy

Angela Hardy has lived in the Ann Arbor area all her life, and has deep roots in the Vineyard church. Her parents met as students at UofM during the"Jesus Movement" and began going to Emmaus when it met at the old Cleary College (now a Walgreen's, of course). Her family stayed with the church when it became the Milan Vineyard, and helped to plant the Ann Arbor Vineyard. She has a degree in Elementary Education from EMU, as well as a certificate to teach using the Montessori method. At various times she has taught children ages 2-12 in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Bellville, and Farmington Hills for the past 10 years. She loves working with families to help support the growth of their young children. She lives in Ypsilanti with her husband, Ben, and her own young sons, Silas and Asa. As a family they love going on bike rides and hiking in Western Michigan. You can reach Angie via email or by phone at (734) 477-9135 x117.

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.

 


Anna Bolinder, Office Administrator

Anna BolinderAnna Bolinder grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Calvin College with a bachelors in Exercise Science. In July of 2012, Anna embarked on the World Race: an eleven month missions and discipleship program to eleven countries. The entire experience was life-changing in all aspects! In the summer of 2014 she moved to Ypsilanti and started working part time as the Office Administrator. Anna loves adventures and traveling, experiencing new cultures and foods, spending time with family and friends, listening to music and singing along, and almost any outdoor activity. You can reach Anna via email or by phone at 734 477-9135 x111



Jamie Bott, Administrative Assistant

Jamie Bott

Jamie Bott grew up in west Michigan and graduated from Asbury University with a bachelors in English secondary education. Jamie is married to Sam and has three children. After teaching at an international school in Vienna, Austria for three years, she and Sam settled in Ann Arbor and started attending the Vineyard. After volunteering to help Donnell Wyche out with some admin work, she now works part-time as his administrative assistant while tying to manage the chaos of three kids at home. After wiping up sticky floors, folding laundry, and repeating herself 27 times a day, her favorite activities are going on walks, singing in the University of Michigan Choral Union, having coffee with friends, and reading. You can reach Jamie via email.



 

 

 

 
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