Donnell Wyche, Senior Pastor
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. 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. You can reach Donnell via email or by phone at (734) 477-9135 x115.
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, Executive Director
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.
Anna Hillaker, Pastoral Associate for Care
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.
Samantha "Sam" Tidball, Youth Ministry Coordinator
Samantha "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 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
Jesica 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.
Paula Gimotty, Administrative Assistant
Paula Gimotty is Pastor Donnell's assistant. She is the mother of four children, Three girls ages 11, 5 and 3 and a boy age 10. She and her husband, Brian have been married for 15 years and have had the privilege of living and serving Jesus in four continents (Europe, Africa, Asia and North America ) in a variety of capacities ranging from secondary school teaching in the UK, relief work in Burundi/Congo during the genocide, development work in Central Asia, and church planting with a French speaking Vineyard church in Belgium. Paula gets excited about seeing people released in their gifts for God’s glory and the beauty and diversity of how God touches and transforms people in different cultures and from different backgrounds. She enjoys learning languages, meeting new people, traveling and hiking, camping, waterskiing, hospitality, drinking coffee, and spending time with her family.
Lindsay Balazer, Connections Coordinator
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.