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. 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. Donnell is married to Maria, father to Mikaela, Sebastian & Alyvia and currently lives in Ann Arbor. From time to time, Donnell writes for the Vineyard USA Youth magazine, Redpoint. Donnell lead 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.
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.
Diane Sonda, Childrens' Ministry Director
Diane Sonda is married to Paul and together they have six grown children. Diane has graduated from the University of North Carolina with degrees in Special Education and General Education. She taught school for 25 years at a variety of levels from Pre-School through 8th grade, and has tutored high school math. Diane has been attending the Vineyard since it’s beginning days in Milan. She’s been involved in Prayer Ministry, Stephen Ministry, and recently served as a Youth Intern, working with Donnell. Diane is really enjoying getting to know the teachers and the families that are a part of the Children’s Ministry Program. You can reach Diane via email or phone at 734 477-9135 x117.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Anna Bolinder, Office Administrator
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.
Sarah Brinker, Children's Ministry Assistant
Sarah Brinker spent several years of studying at Eastern Michigan University and now calls Ypsilanti her home. In the fall of 2013, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Proceeding her graduation, Sarah decided to remain local. She currently, works for a local non-profit as a life coach for developmentally delayed adults and serves as a part time Children's Ministry Assistant at the church. During the friendlier months of Michigan Sarah frequents farmers markets and running paths. During the the cooler months she cozies up coffee shops and tries to remind herself that winter doesn’t actually last forever. You may contact Sarah via email.