Donnell Wyche, Executive Pastor
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 and evenings at 7pm. You can reach Donnell via email or by phone at (734) 477-9135 x115.
Lindsay Balazer, Engagement 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. You can reach Lindsay via email or by phone at (734) 477-9135 x114.
Nigel Berry, Youth Ministries Director
Nigel Berry transitioned from our Youth Ministry Intern into his new role as the community's part-time Youth Director in 2009, bringing with him his deep love for God and youth. Nigel is a 2006 graduate of Huntington University with a degree in Youth Ministries and is a 2011 graduate or the Vineyard Leadership Institute. Nigel is married to Tina and has a little girl named Cora. Nigel is 5'11", bounces when he walks, and is highly skilled at hide-and-go-seek. In his free time he plays x-box and dreams of writing children's books involving flying rhinos; they eat airplanes. You can reach Nigel via email or phone at 734 477-9135 x125.
Julius Buzzard, Welcome, Outreach, College Coordinator
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 x112.
Shonagh Chimbira, Pastoral Care Coordinator
Shonagh 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 worked for the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor for two years. 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
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.
Anna Bolinder, Office Administrator
Brenda MacLeod, Business Assistant
Brenda MacLeod serves part-time as our Business Assistant. Brenda is married and a mother of two amazing children. She has a Marketing & Management Degree. Brenda enjoys reading, movies, daily walking, going "up north" and spending time with her family. You can reach Brenda via email or by phone at 734 477-9135 x116
Jamie Bott, Administrative Assistant
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.
Amy Getz, Celebration Intern & College Coordinator
Amy Getz, a native Yspilantian, has attended the Vineyard all her life. Her experience at church has had a significant impact on her worldview, as well as her faith journey. After four years away at Grove City College, in Grove City, PA, Amy is back in Ypsi with a degree in Molecular Biology. She is interested in pursuing a career in the sciences, but is also passionate about college and adult ministry. While in school, she was involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship where she co-led a women's small group and served on the worship and leadership team. She loves learning about different cultures, trying new foods, drinking coffee, listening to gospel music, and hearing peoples' stories and testimonies. She can be reached via email.