Meet Our Staff

Senior Pastor Fred Herron

Fred Herron was raised in the Kansas City area. He met Christ in a life-changing way at a church camp when he was sixteen. It was then he was called to Christian ministry. After graduating from Park Hill High School, Fred attended Baylor University majoring in business administration and religion. While attending Baylor he met Janet, also from Kansas City, and the couple was married in 1982. Upon graduating from Baylor, Fred and Janet moved to Fort Worth, Texas, so Fred could attend Southwestern Baptist Seminary. Fred’s first pastoral job was in Hampton, Virginia, where Fred served as an associate pastor in a Baptist church. In 1990 Fred and Janet moved back to Kansas City dreaming of starting a new Vineyard church somewhere in the Northland.

Fred spent many hours, days, weeks, and months contacting people both by going door-to-door and phoning old acquaintances. His Vineyard ministry began with five people in Fred and Janet’s small apartment’s living room. After a season, and with more people, Sunday evening meetings began in a commercial building just south of KCI airport. By the end of September 1992, Fred, Janet, and the congregation of 50 people initiated Sunday morning services in Lakeview Middle School. In June 2001 Fred received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Fuller Seminary.

In addition to having a keen sense of humor, Fred is an avid reader. He also thoroughly enjoys bike riding and bike racing and has a deep love for the mountains–hiking and fishing.

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Creative Arts Pastor Curt Bartlett

Curt Bartlett is our Creative Arts Pastor. As a  guitarist/singer/writer/producer, Curt has toured and recorded with  some of the top contemporary Christian artists over the past 30 years.  His vision for the Worship & Arts Ministry is to help facilitate God’s  presence through the artistic and heartfelt expressions of song, drama, video and contemporary media. He and his wife Jackie have four lovely daughters – Brooke, Rachel, Kristen and Caroline. His hobbies include baseball, motorcycles and all things Apple (Mac).

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Connections Pastor Tim Dykes
Tim Dykes is our Connections and Emergency Response Team Pastor. He is eager to take people from visitor to fully-engaged members of the church serving in  the areas that God has created them for. Tim wants to see you grow in Christ and serve Him with joy. Tim is married to Jill and they have four  girls- Sophia, Chloe, Miranda, and Lucy and one son Samuel. Tim is now a member of Tony’s “loathes driving a mini-van” club. Tim would like to eat Cliff bars for every meal. As a family, they enjoy taking walks, riding bikes, and family worship.

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Executive Pastor of Adult MinistriesRoger serves as Executive Pastor of Adult Ministries and has been on staff since April 2007. In addition to serving on the executive team, he oversees small groups and discipleship. He is passionate about spiritual growth and building an authentic community in Christ through small groups. Originally from Winter Park, Florida, Roger has been married to Jackie since 2001, and they have a 13 year-old son, Aiden, two dogs, and a cat. Roger has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida, a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and did a couple years of coursework toward a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the same school. After being called into ministry at an Encounter God retreat, he then completed a two-year certificate in biblical studies and leadership from the Vineyard Institute and completed a pastoral internship at The Vineyard Church in Urbana, Illinois. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Roger enjoys reading, chess, pool, watching movies, hanging out with his family, and riding motorcycles. He also sings baritone in the Kansas City Symphony Chorus.

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Jennifer Reese (1)

Jennifer is the Brighton Campus pastor. Raised in the Kansas City area, she and her husband Eric met while working at McDonalds when they were 16. They married in 2005 and have 3 children; Caden, Avery and Carson. Jennifer worked as a retail manager before becoming a domestic engineer (stay-at-home-mom) after the birth of their first son in 2007. After serving and leading in various roles at Vineyard, she felt called into full time ministry and is working toward a Certificate of Biblical Leadership at Vineyard Institute.

In her free time Jennifer enjoys pie, bonfires, burgers, hosting parties, bbq, power naps, tacos, sarcasm and cleaning up after her dear sweet children. She is passionate about leading the teams that create a great Sunday morning service where the congregation gets filled up with God’s truth and love so they can go out and do His work in the community.

 

Liberty Campus Pastor Eddie McKechnie

Eddie grew up in Roeland Park, KS. He formerly traveled the world as a Marine and worked as a Traffic Signal Technician for the City of Lenexa for many years.  He also has completed a two-year certificate in biblical studies and leadership from the Vineyard Institute. He is married to Pam and currently lives in Kansas City, MO. They both have two grown sons and love spending time with their grandsons, Joel and Archer.  He loves blues music, action movies, martial arts and nature. He is passionate about talking to people one on one about Jesus, especially those suffering from addiction.

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Executive Pastor Tony Wilks Tony serves Vineyard Church by overseeing our strategic growth,  buildings & grounds, stewardship programs, communication systems,  and staff administration. Originally from Garden City, Kansas, Tony  graduated from Kansas State University as Cum Laude with a Bachelor  of Architecture. Tony has been the design architect on several fire  stations, city halls and multiple churches in the metro area, including  the revised master plan for our building & grounds.

Tony is married to Beth and they have three children–Matthew, Julia and Andrea. Tony loves being a husband & dad, camping with friends & family, traveling, teaching, and watching good action movies.

Obscure facts: he was once a fire fighter, a disc-jockey, head chef in a cajun restaurant, loves motorcycles–but doesn’t own one anymore (don’t ask), rebuilt a 74 Camaro and now loathes driving a mini-van.

Favorite Quote: “Life is a grindstone. Whether it wears you out, or shines you up–depends upon what you are made of.”

Favorite Scripture: Micah 6:8 “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

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Executive Pastor of Family Life

Roger serves as Vineyard’s Family Ministry pastor, he brings strong leadership and a passion to see young people pursue a life-long journey following Jesus.  His desire is for families to feel they have a partnership with Vineyard Church in building healthy homes where kids grow in their love for Jesus. Roger has 20 years of experience as a leader in the corporate community, and church ministry. He has spent the last 20 years serving in Children’s, Student, and Family Ministries.

Roger received his BA in Management from Baker University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Baker University.

He and Jennine have been married since 1994 and have one amazing son. He loves to hang out with his family & friends, play golf, cook, and is a life-long learner.

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Community Care Pastor Derk Hanna

Derk serves Vineyard Church by providing overall leadership for  community care. Originally from York, Nebraska, Derk graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. In 2002, he earned a Law Degree from UMKC. He also has completed a two-year certificate in biblical studies and leadership from the Vineyard Institute.

In 2009, Derk and his wife Gina founded Beauty for Ashes prison  ministry. Beauty for Ashes was the first ministry to take the Oaks of  Righteousness class into prison when they brought Oaks to the Maximum Security Unit at Lansing Penitentiary in 2010. In 2011, Beauty for Ashes was the recipient of a Top Tier Passion Award from the National Christian Foundation. In 2012, they won the grand prize Passion Award.

Derk is married to Gina, they have three sons – Guylan, Ian and Dylan.

Favorite scripture: “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Phil 4:6

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Worship and Leadership Development Pastor Steve Jones

Steve Jones is our Leadership Development Pastor. He is also a songwriter who has written such Vineyard songs as Saving Grace, Draw Me, and Free. Steve is also the lead singer for the band, Autumn in Repair.

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High School & Young Adult Pastor Season Tingler

Season grew up in Lathrop, Missouri. After high school, she pursued a college softball scholarship and played shortstop for Southwest Baptist University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in December of 2009. She has spent the last four years teaching for the Smithville School District.  She taught first grade & sixth grade, as well as being the head softball coach and Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor for Smithville High School. She left her teaching and coaching career to pursue the passion that is most important to her full-time: loving & leading people to a deeper relationship with Christ as they discover the life of abundance He has for them. Season and her husband Jerad enjoy watching professional and youth sports, coaching, & playing slow-pitch softball. They are sports fanatics, but love baseball/softball the most. They even got married on the softball field they met on.

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 Family Life Worship Pastor Jessica Tholl

Jessica is our Family Life Worship Pastor.  She was born and raised in Kansas City, attended Winnetonka High School and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Truman State University.   Jessica has been a follower of Jesus since age 14, when she came to Christ through the youth group here at Vineyard.  She is passionate about worship and excited to equip children, youth, and young adults through worship and the arts.

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Women’s Ministry Pastor Nancy Mabry

Nancy oversees our women’s ministry. She was born and raised on her family’s homestead, a cattle ranch in Lincoln County, KS. She received her Bachelor’s degree  in Nursing from Fort Hays State University in 1980.  She is a  Certified Nurse Educator with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership and Management.  She also has completed a two-year certificate in biblical studies and leadership from the Vineyard Institute. She has been a solo mother for most of the last 17 years, while raising 4 now adult children.  Upon moving to Kansas City in 2011, Nancy came straight to  the Vineyard and immediately became very engaged. Nancy  cares deeply about making a positive difference in as many lives as she can reach, helping them heal from the hurts of the past through their relationship with Christ, while winning them to the Lord.

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Children's Ministry Pastor Lisa Kennell

Lisa oversees all of the programming for children at Vineyard Church from birth through the 5th grade. She became a follower of Christ at age 17. She is passionate about teaching children about Christ and helping them build a foundation that will result in a lifelong relationship with Christ. She and her husband of 25 years, have two sons – Garrett and Logan. During her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, read, travel, and decorate.

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Brighton Campus Worship Pastor Jenny Tran

 

Jenny Tran was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and gave her life to Christ at the age of 10.  Jenny’s passion for worship blossomed by serving in kids worship. As she grew, she moved on to leading worship in her local church . She found a passion for leading others into experiencing the Lord’s presence. Jenny graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Music minor in Vocal Performance. After College, Jenny married her high school sweet heart, Dung Tran, and they moved to Kansas City. Together they have two sons: Jaxon and Hendrix. Other than singing, Jenny enjoys boating, gardening, and antique shopping.

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Nick Sabots Middle School Pastor

Nick serves as Vineyard’s Middle School Pastor. He and his wife, Annah, have been married for 8 years and have a 3 year old son, Kairon. Nick graduated from Family of Faith Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry and is currently working on his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Having spent over 10 years in various roles of youth ministry, Nick has a passion for students and seeing them reach their God-given destiny. During his free time, Nick is a die-hard sports fan, an avid reader, Netflix binge-watcher, and a “hack” golfer.

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Mark CosbyMark was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Following High School, Mark went to Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO to learn more about the story of God and his plan of redemption through Christ. He thought God was preparing him for church ministry, but found out along the way, God had plans for influence in business and in his church. God was helping Mark find his place in the story of God.

This journey has taken Mark to countries all over the world in operating big business. Mark and his wife Pat came to Kansas City a couple years ago from Arizona to get closer to family. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Mark has been a youth pastor, teaching pastor, entrepreneur, businessman, husband, father, and remains a student of God’s word. Mark has been trained in Missions, Evangelism, Holistic Stewardship, Business development and Leadership and has an immense passion for the power of prayer in releasing God’s power in our lives.

Mark desires to cast vision and encourage all to participate in finding their place in God’s story as we grow and mature in Christ as servants of the King. Mark has found that when we seek Christ first the journey is anything but boring.


Support Staff

Jody Barrett – Administrative Assistant to Executive Pastor (Tony Wilks)

Denise Bearce: Administrative Assistant – H2O Middle School Ministry (Nick Sybouts)

Jeremy Buske: Pastoral Intern to Roger Sodsod

Josie Coleman: Administrative Assistant – Small Groups and Discipleship (Roger Sodsod)

Heather Chatlos: Director of Communication

Matt Cox: Video Producer

Carla Deason: Food Pantry Director

Sharon James: Receptionist & Office Management

John Mann: Digital Communications and Photography Administrator

Connie Barkalow: Administrative Assistant – Children’s Ministry (Lisa Kennel)

Allie Markley: Evangelism Administrator (Gina Hanna)

Kerryn May:  Personal Assistant to Senior Pastor (Fred Herron)

Debbie Maynard: Business Administrator

Rachel Miller: Connections Administrative Assistant (Mark Cosby/Tim Dykes)

Matt Miser: Facilities Director

Connie Mueller: Administrative Assistant – Pastoral Prayer & Community  (Derk Hanna)

Cassidy Perry: Digital Communications Administrator

Stella Pigago: Pastoral Intern to Season Tingler

Tim Rupp: Pastoral Intern to Derk Hanna

Jessica Siercks: The Rock, High School Ministry Administrator (Season Tingler)

Jenny Siercks: Administrative Assistant – Facility Scheduling & Purchasing

Kelly Martin: Worship Administrative Assistant (Curt Bartlett/Steve Jones)