SENIOR PASTOR DON & MELODY MILTON
Don Milton is our Senior Pastor here at the Midland Vineyard® Don and Melody, his wife, have been married for almost twenty-five years. They met while attending Southern Bible College in Houston, Texas . There they received Bachelor's Degrees in Christian Ministry and Education. Don taught and worked for the college the first few years of marriage while attending seminary. Eventually they moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he could work full-time on his degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While in Fort Worth the Milton 's two daughters, Abigail and Gabrielle, were born. Melody also completed her nursing degree. After graduation Don pastored and worked in management for the Winn Dixie Corporation. The Milton 's have been pastoring the Vineyard in Midland for twelve years. Pastor Don often says, "I love this city, area, and church. I was born to live and minister here." The Milton 's favorite things to do are: worship, biking, gardening and hang out with people.
ASSOCIATE PASTOR DAVE & JODI VERCELLINO
Dave Vercellino is our Associate Pastor & Children’s Pastor. Dave's been married to his wife Jodi since 1985 following their graduation from Central Michigan University (they met in the library, honest!). Dave & Jodi have seven children (honest!), Joe, Dan, Robin, Andi, Sandy, David and Ben. They enjoy REST when they can find it! Prior to joining the church in 2002, Dave is a graduate of the Vineyard Leadership Institute (VLI) and the reigning leader of our Midland County Fair parking brigade. Jodi is our Community Life Director, Loving Relationships Value leader and an active part of the women’s ministry. She is also a barista at Journey’s downtown and enjoys substitute teaching at Bullock Creek Schools.
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT PASTOR JAMES & TARA APPLEGATE
Married since 2002, James and Tara have three children; Tyrus, Christopher and Lucy. James has been the youth and young adult pastor at New Life Vineyard since 2008 and he has been working with youth since 1998. He received his Bachelor's of Education from Central Michigan University. Here at the Vineyard James heads up Youth Ministires, Young Adult ministries, Graphics, Web, and VIdeo Production. Tara is a hair stylist at North West Hairstyling and has been cutting hair since 1999. Tara also helps with youth events, small groups, and is part of the Toddler Leadership team. Tara and James love and charrish their family time, youth, and extended family. When not serving and leading one, they are serving and leading the other.
MINISTRY COORDINATOR ART & CRYSTAL PRUNIER
Art Prunier is a retiree volunteer who focuses primarily on the areas of Prayer Ministries and of Financial Education. He and his wife Crystal met in Columbus, OH while attending the church that eventually became the Columbus Vineyard. They have been married since 1984.
In the area of prayer Art coordinates the Prayer and Healing Rooms prayer teams and teaches periodic adult classes such as Praying for Others. In the area of Financial Education he offers one-on-one financial counseling as well as teaching periodic classes such as Financial Peace University and Retirement Planning from a Christian Perspective. Art has a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and worked as a researcher at The Dow Chemical Company before retirement.