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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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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Betsy grew up in Rhode Island and knew she wanted to explore other parts of the country. She left New England and the ocean, for 15 years. She attended the University of Denver and graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology. Soon after college, Betsy moved to Chicago to pursue her career in social services, working with many different populations. There she found her passion working with children and the elderly.
While living in Chicago Betsy decided to go back to school and try a completely different field of electronics and technology. The combination of being a people person in the field of technology and networking allowed Betsy a successful and rewarding 15 year career in the nonprofit sector supporting end users and networks. Four years ago, Betsy realized she didn’t have the passion anymore for technology and wanted to work with people not computers. She earned a certification as a Medical Assistant and Certified Nurse Aide. Today she works two days a week in an Adult Day Care program with people who have Alzheimer's and loves the work.
It was in Chicago that Betsy discovered the Vineyard and began attending church again. This is where she discovered God in a new way, different from the Catholic Church she had been raised in. Betsy's faith has always been her strength and what she has drawn on throughout her life to face many physical challenges. Her faith has always allowed her to take risks and try new adventures. One of the biggest challenges throughout life has been the hearing loss she has had since birth. She is deaf in her left ear and has partial hearing one ear. Her hearing loss has often been misinterpreted as being standoffish and unfriendly and not seen as a people person. Once you get to know Betsy and face her when speaking to her, people quickly learn how easy going and approachable she is.
Betsy relocated back to New England to be near the ocean and her family. It was at this time that she began the wonderful journey as Aunt to four wonderfully different nieces and nephews.Betsy is the happiest outside, in sunshine, near the ocean, biking, kayaking, reading, laughing and being around family and friends.
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