Our Elders are responsible for the health and oversight of The Vine. God has deputized them with the responsibilities to know, feed, care for and protect His people. Each elder is called to find his strength and encouragement by constantly centering his heart on the Gospel of Jesus. He has given the elder prayer and ministry of the Word of God as primary means to apply the gospel. An elder is, first and foremost, a servant-leader in our midst. As Christ came to serve and not be served, our elders should model and lead our body with that same heart and attitude.
Chuck is a dedicated and passionate Special Education teacher at Forsyth Central High School. He’s involved with the Men’s Ministry and Life Group. He has a heart for leading people through deep study of God’s Word. Chuck is married to Ioli, The Vine’s Office Manager and has one son, Josh.
Eric and his wife Patricia have been at The Vine for 9 years and he has been an Elder since 2013. They have three beautiful girls: Kelly, Kara, and Kassie. Eric manages the Production Team for the church.
Brad and his wife, Jen joined the Vine in 2013. They came the first Sunday after moving to Cumming and have never left. They are so grateful for the Vine – its leadership, and members. Brad and Jen have a 2 children, Abigail and Noah, for whom they are so grateful and they help lead a Life Group that they love being a part of. Brad currently works for Dell as a field Account Executive.
Glen and his wife, Leila have been married for thirty five years this October. They are blessed with two sons: Aaron 33 yrs and Brandon 31 yrs old. Glen was a VP with PF Chang’s China Bistro and was one of their original equity partners. He retired two years ago in June and was thankful to put down my suitcase in order to lift up my family and friends and to continue to pursue my spiritual journey. He loves to read his bible, lead a life group, workout, paint, travel and play with his huge dog Caeli. He loves the Lord deeply and am so very thankful for the grace and mercy He covers him with each and every day.
Chuck moved to Atlanta in 1994 with his family to pursue business interests after living in Franklin, TN. He and wife, Cheri, have two sons – Mason and Chase – and have been members at The Vine since 2004. Chuck was ordained as an Elder in the PCA in 1990 and currently serves on The Vine’s Elder Ministry Team where he serves on the Worship Arts Ministry, Pastoral Care, and he and Cheri also lead a Life Group. His passions include playing guitar, Men’s Ministry, and fishing. He is currently transitioning to full time ministry with Mercy Music.
Joe and his wife Sandi have been members of The Vine since 2008, and before that were members of Perimeter Church for 10 years. They have two daughters. He became an Elder at the Vine in 2012, and is currently involved with the Men’s Ministry, and participates with the worship team on special occasions. Joe also entertains at area nursing homes and actively participates in a Bible Study group.
Mike Coffey and his wife Sherrie joined The Vine in 2003. Mike has been an Elder at The Vine since 2004 and first became an Elder in the Presbyterian Church of America in 1998. He has served in several capacities during the past ten years and has served in a leadership capacity at two church plants. He and Sherrie have two daughters.
Bob and his wife Melanie have been members at The Vine since the beginning, when we were meeting at the Three Chimney’s Clubhouse. He has been an Elder since August 2001 through North Georgia Presbytery from New Hope Community Church.
DR. DALE GOODMAN
Dale Goodman is a Pastoral Counselor with Fresh Start for the Mind, a comprehensive counseling center, in Suwanne, Ga. He served over 30 years in church ministry to youth, families, and couples in Florida, California, Illinois and Georgia. Dale completed his doctorate degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Marriage and Family Ministries. He is married to Linda. They have one daughter, and four grandkids living south of Chicago, Illinois.
Norm and his wife Leigh have been attending The Vine since 2004. They have nine children. He became an Elder while at Perimeter church in 1998 and has continued to serve at The Vine. He became a follower of Christ during his Junior year in High School through the music ministry at his home church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Brian has been happily married to Victoria “Tori” for 9 years and have been attending the Vine since 2010. Brian has been active in the Men’s ministry, STEMS, and a number of other ministries since joining the Vine. Together, Brian and Tori lead the Bridge Ministry whose heart is found in welcoming new attendees and connecting them into the wider body of the church.
Professionally, Brian works for a multi-national company based out of Sydney, Australia and works within the IT sector as a director as well as an Enterprise Architect where he designs solutions for the organization.
Personally, Brian enjoys life marriage and seeing where God is working. He enjoys sports, especially golf (especially when beating Pastor Jon and Tim!) and anything that is competitive in nature! You will often see Brian joking, or finding the lighter side of life around the church though when necessary, he deeply cares for people and loves to serve others in any way that he can to lift others up and glorifies God.
Brian and Tori are proud parents to:
Owen (16), Grace (15), Luke (15), Ben (14)
Rod, his wife, Deanne, and their four children, Nicole, Nate, Natalie, and Naomi have been attending The Vine Community Church since 2001. He became an Elder at the Vine in 2005. He became a follower of Christ during his childhood while attending the Warner Ave. Alliance church in Lewiston, Idaho. God continues to do a work in his life to this day, of which he is eternally grateful.
Mark Pfaller and his wife Kim for 3 years. They have 3 children, Makenzie, Caleb, and Mika. They have loved so many things about this church – the worship is powerful, The Grace of God in the gospel preached here has been such an encouragement, but the best part has been the relationships God has brought into our lives through the Vine. At the Vine he is a pastoral intern and have been “under care” with the Metro Atlanta Presbytery since January of this year, which means he is in the process of becoming a pastor within the PCA. He is also a student at Metro Atlanta Seminary and am planning to graduate with his Masters of Divinity degree in the spring of 2017. He co-leads a life group with Mark Pugh and am an active part of Missions: I participated on the Peru team in 2014 and lead the Kenya team in 2015. Professionally, He is in business management for a company called Panduit.
Mark and his wife Rhonda have two daughters, Reese and Rylie. Mark joined the staff of The Vine in July of 2010 to oversee the Loving the Community team and general operations of the church which includes the finances, building, and deacon teams. He also serves as a Life Group leader.
Tim has been an Elder since 1999, and a member of The Vine since 2001. Rescued by Christ at age seven, Tim is still learning to walk with God and help others to seek His Kingdom. He is passionate about theology and discipleship and strives to continually be mentoring men in the Gospel. He and his wife, Karen, have six children.
Michael and his wife Debbie have called The Vine their church home for over 10 years and Michael has served as an Elder since 2009. They have 3 children – Zachary, Abby, and Nathan. He and his family enjoy scouts, camping, horseback riding, and all kinds of kids sports. Michael works as financial planner/coach and has a deep passion for integrating life, ministry and worship.
John, his wife, Stephanie, and their three daughters, Chloe, Macy, and Chapel have been members of The Vine since 2003 and he has been an Elder since 2007. He has served on the EMT since 2010 years and has taught Middle School students for many years. Since 1997, John has led a Men’s Bible Study that meets every Friday.
Stuart and his wife Beth, have been members of The Vine since 2006, and he has served as an Elder since 2010. They have 5 children. Life verse: “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or faint hearted.” Hebrews 12:3