As a native New Englander, Joel grew up in Stoneham. He met his wife Patty, a native New Yorker, at a small Bible College where they both attended and then they were married in 1993.
Joel came to faith as a young child. His parents explored many different churches and denominations over the years, which increased his experiences and eventually challenged him to personally explore his faith as a young adult and seek after Jesus both academically and experientially throughout his life. This has helped him relate to people of all faiths and backgrounds and even those un-churched that have found themselves seeking for a spiritual awakening in their own life.
The interesting twist is that this experience of exploring many churches caused in him a passion to create a church that speaks to the church-going and non-churchgoing person alike. One that helps peoples profoundly experience faith and the Bible in a non-judgmental, openhearted, and truly relevant way.
In 1995 Joel and Patty attended and volunteered with the teens at a local church. In 1996, they invited him on staff to serve as a full-time Assistant Pastor over youth. After graduating from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary with his Masters of Divinity in 2005, he became the Lead Pastor of Vineyard Community Church.
On a lighter side, Joel loves the outdoors and warm weather. In his busy schedule, he enjoys time away playing golf, mountain biking through trails, really almost anything sports related, and spending time with his family some place warm and by the ocean. They enjoy life, family and ministry on the North Shore with their son.
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Nancy grew up in the inner city of Philadelphia where her faith journey started at an early age. As a teen, her family moved to Gloucester MA, and she began going to church on her own. She found it difficult to connect there and for several years did her faith journey very much alone. She realized she needed to experience faith with others, which she found in another local church community. It is from this experience that Nancy has a passion to genuinely welcome people as they come into church; to know their name, hear their story and help them on their faith journey as they connect with God - within community.
Nancy’s path in life was not always an easy one. She experienced the ugliness of childhood abuse, which resulted in many broken and shattered areas of her being. Since then, God has given her the courage to come out of hiding and isolation through a process of healing and embracing God’s love - demonstrated through His community.
Nancy has been in ministry for over 30 years and her personal mission is “to be an honest portrayal of God’s transforming power; as she encourages and empowers others in the love and freedom God’s healing offers”. It is in that vulnerability of sharing her life that Nancy teaches and ministers. She passionately believes God can and will transform and restore any life that is given to Him.
Nancy and her husband Ron, who celebrated 38 incredible years of marriage and have two adult children, enjoy laughing together, walking, hiking, learning to ride bikes together, exploring new areas & traveling abroad.
Nancy is a spiritual director and works with many in the church to learn how to better listen to the voice of God in their life. Nancy oversees staff development and assists Joel in implementing and executing the vision, strategy and overall ministry growth of the church.
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Jim Zartman grew up leading worship in the Vineyard church in Columbus. Feeling energized by what he was experiencing in worship and a life of following Jesus he moved to Philly in 1998 to help plant the Blue Route Vineyard. After attending Vineyard Leadership Institute he continued to volunteer in leading worship and training leaders. Jim has been leading worship and involved in ministry for over 20 years. He loves the music side of things and has been a part of many albums and has scored three films but the core passion revolves around seeing the partners of these projects come alive.
In 2004 he met a beautiful girl (Abby) while playing a gig in a coffee house and they have been married for over a decade now and have an adorable and very vocal daughter (Vera). Abby has always loved the east coast and is excited to get to know the area and engage with community as they partner together on building relationships with people and see them grow in who they were made to be.
Jim oversees worship, arts, life groups, and is part of the pastoral team at Vineyard.
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Director of Children's Ministry
Patty is a native New Yorker who has been a part of the Vineyard Community Church for 12 years and in children's and youth ministry for over 15 years. She worked in the corporate world for 17 years and she is currently attending Gordon Conwell Seminary -CUME Masters program. She loves serving in the church and watching people of all ages experiencing God and growing in their faith, but especially kids. She loves being a mom and making memories with friends and family here in New England.
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Born and raised a New Englander, Caitlin has traveled all over the country chasing wanderlust, faith, and creativity. She grew up in Wakefield, Massachusetts in a family of artists and considers herself a mixed-media artist, extreme journaler, writer, poet, traveler, mentor, and above all else, teacher.
She is a graduate of the University of Mass Dartmouth with a BFA in Art Education. She has a long record of working and volunteering with children, youth, and students. She has worked with our childrens program, mentored in art education, and been a student teacher. She also spent a year in Alabama as a Studio Manager for InsideOut Art Studio facilitating the artistic growth of adults with special needs.
After spending four months traveling across the country she felt called to return and be a part of serving Vine39 which had been on her heart a long time. - "I love the idea of experiencing something bigger then myself, and I'm just so blessed to finally have the ability to serve this community. Living my life with greater intention, I have the grand opportunity to be a part of the growth and life of Vine39. This church is my family and I'm looking forward to taking a new adventure with them."
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Joel Hubbard - President
David Tornstrom – Treasurer
Eric Haseltine – Board Member
Phil Martineau – Board Member
Debbie Elwell - Board Member