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, Joe, Dan, Robin, Andi, Sandy, David, and Ben. They enjoy REST when they can find it! Prior to joining the church in 2002, Dave was employed by Dow Chemical as an IT professional. Dave is a graduate of the Vineyard Leadership Institute (VLI) and the reigning leader of our Midland County Fair parking brigade Jodi is our former care coordinator and women’s ministry leader and serves throughout the church. She is also a life coach and barista at Journey’s coffee house downtown.
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT PASTOR AARON & KALI COCHRAN
Aaron is the Youth and Young Adult Pastor at the Vineyard. Aaron and his wife, Kali, have been married since 2011 and enjoy serving the Lord. Aaron graduated from Cornerstone University with a BS degree in Ministry Leadership and Kali graduated from SVSU with a BS degree in Political Science, Public Administration, and Health Science. Prior to coming to the Vineyard, Aaron completed multiple youth ministry internships and served as the Youth Director at Eagle Ridge Church of God. Kali works at United Way as the Director of Resource Development, Data, and Engagement. Together, they love traveling, snowboarding, scuba diving, and having fun with family and friends! Aaron also enjoys video games and has been playing the drums for more than 20 years!! Following God and serving people, inside and outside of the church, is their passion! Aaron can often be heard saying that "The youth aren't the future of the church; they already are part of the church!”
STAFF & WORSHIP PASTOR MIKE AND TIFFANY LEITER
Mike Leiter is the Staff & Worship pastor at the Vineyard. Mike and his wife Tiffany have been married since 1995 and have three boys: Mason (b. 1998), Geoffrey (b. 2000) and Jonathan (b. 2004). Mike was first called into the ministry in 1994 and served in the Wesleyan Church from 1994 until 2006. Mike served as assistant pastor at Faith Wesleyan Church from 1998-2000 and as senior pastor of Dice Wesleyan Church from 2001-2006. Mike received his ministerial education through the Wesleyan Ministerial Studies program.
Mike joined the Vineyard movement in 2006 as a volunteer at New Life Vineyard serving in worship and small group ministry until joining our staff full-time in March of 2018. Mike is also a student at the Vineyard Institute working toward his Certificate in Advanced Biblical Studies.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys studying theology, writing music, and playing video games with his three boys.
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.