Pastors & Staff


Pastoral Staff

TYLER JONES
LEAD PASTOR

Tyler and his wife Kimberly moved to Raleigh in 1997 after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill. After working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at North Carolina State University for five years, they felt called to plant a church in downtown Raleigh. Vintage Church was planted in the fall of 2002 with a small group of people and currently has three locations in the Triangle that meet every Sunday. He has served in leadership of Acts29 and planted five church-planting regions, while coaching and working alongside church plants in Europe and Africa. Tyler also founded Advance the Church, a cooperative nondenominational movement to help plant and revitalize local churches. Tyler and Kimberly have three little ones: Ellia, Lyla, and Lincoln. 


JOHN KERR
EXECUTIVE PASTOR

John, along with his wife Alison and their three children Lara, Robbie, and Hayley, arrived in Raleigh in 1996. They came from West Kilbride, Scotland, to begin their third international assignment with IBM. This became a  permanent move and allowed the Kerrs to continue serving in their local church as lay leaders in an urban church plant. John has served the local church in a variety of roles over the years as Youth Director, Bible Study Fellowship Leader, Worship Leader, and Community Chaplain, while John’s passion for soccer also led to serving as a soccer coach. It was the Kerr children who introduced Vintage to their parents while at the Oberlin Road location. It was also at Vintage where Lara met her husband, Ben Purnell, and a splash of Carolina Blue was happily added to the Kerr Clan tartan! Prior to joining Vintage, as well as celebrating 36 years of marriage, John also celebrated 30 years of service with IBM/Lenovo, where he led teams in both the USA and China. The Kerrs get more excited about “Y’all” every day.


AARON ANDERSON
DURHAM PASTOR

Aaron Anderson joined Vintage staff in 2013 to pastor Vintage Church Durham. Prior to coming to Vintage, he and his family were in Atlanta, where Aaron worked as Associate Director of Imprint Institute. During his time there, Aaron focused on theological education for men and women in the urban context. Aaron graduated in 2005 from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he played Division I-AA football. Aaron worked with Kids Across America for nine years, devoting time to youth and family ministries. Aaron has a passion for discipling men and women to become who God designed them to be. He received his M.A. in Youth and Family Ministry from John Brown University, and he’s currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Leadership at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Aaron and Phabienne have three children: Mathias, Parker, and Brooke.

ELLIOT GRUDEM
PASTOR OF CHURCH PLANTING

Elliot is the founder of the Leaders Collective, an organization he started to help pastors sustain fruitful ministry. He also serves as the Pastor of Church Planting at Vintage Church, which means he helps the church develop leaders and plant churches. He has served as director of the Acts29 Network and a pastor at Mars Hill Church (Seattle) and senior minister at Christ the King Presbyterian Church, a church he replanted in Raleigh. Elliot also worked for an urban ministry in New Orleans. He worked for a Fortune 100 company prior to seminary. He is the editor of Christian Beliefs, a book he completed with his father, Wayne. Elliot holds degrees from Miami University (BA, History and English) and Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He and his wife Kacey have been married for nearly 20 years and have one daughter. They live in Raleigh.


MATT STEVENS
CREATIVE ARTS PASTOR

Since the launch of Vintage Church in 2002, Matt has overseen the creative expression of God’s love through sermon series, music, videos, and church gatherings. In addition, Matt led worship on Sundays, wrote songs, and built multiple bands with the desire to lead the church to know and honor Jesus Christ. From 2011-2015 he served as Lead Pastor of Vintage Church Downtown. Matt is back leading the creative vision of Vintage Church as Creative Arts Pastor, where he oversees the creative vision and expression of all three Vintage churches, as well as leading worship at Vintage Church Downtown. He is overwhelmingly thankful to be married to his wife Christin, and is a proud father of three feisty and fun daughters. Matt is a graduate of James Madison University where he ran hurdles and sprints for the Men’s Track and Field team.


TANNER GRIFFITH
MIDTOWN PASTOR

Tanner is the lead pastor of Vintage Church Midtown. Tanner is an alumni of Virginia Tech and completed his Master of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. Tanner is married to Kara and has a daughter, Archer and a son, Abel.


JARED TRUMBO
MIDTOWN ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Jared and his wife Chyloe met at Liberty University where he played soccer and studied Religion and Spanish. Jared served as a Youth Pastor in Columbus, OH for nine years until the Lord led the Trumbos to serve orphans in Beijing, China. After several years, they ended up in the Triangle to minister to the international student population at UNC. The Trumbos were attending Vintage Church Midtown when Jared was hired as Associate Pastor in June 2016. Jared and Chyloe have 4 boys and love doing ministry together as a family.



Lay Elders

BRAD HODGSON
PASTOR, MIDTOWN

Brad and his wife Courtney have been a part of the Vintage family from the beginning, knowing Tyler as their staff leader with InterVarsity at NC State. Since the beginning, Brad has been constantly challenged, humbled, and encouraged by the provision and faithfulness of Jesus in using the local church to redeem the city he loves. Brad lives in Raleigh with his beautiful wife Courtney, their son Caedmon, and daughters Lydia and Hadley. They are excited to see God’s plan unfold as they seek to love and redeem their neighborhood and city through Jesus.


PAUL ROBBINS
PASTOR, DURHAM

Paul and his wife Mary met at a community group when Paul was on a short term missions trip serving Mary’s church in Maryland. After dating long distance for a year and a half and a two month engagement they got married in Paul’s home state of Arkansas in 2005. From there Paul got a degree in Computer Animation at Full Sail University in Orlando and it was off to a video game job in Wisconsin. Florida to Wisconsin was quite a shift and the Robbins’ are happy to be back here in the south where the sweet tea flows like wine and barbecue is a noun. They came to Durham in 2009 when Paul got a position as an animator for a video game company. Soon after arriving they had a couple kids and are showing no sign of stopping. Paul loves the Gospel and has a particular interest in evangelism, apologetics and one-on-one discipleship.

PATRICK MYERS
PASTOR, DURHAM

Patrick Myers is an elder and leads the worship teams at Vintage Church in Durham. After selling his Baltimore-based business of 10 years, he moved to Namibia, Africa, to serve full-time at a children’s orphanage. It was there that he met his amazing wife Katie. Following their engagement abroad, they returned home, were married and settled in Baltimore for a few years until God moved them to Durham in 2010. Upon visiting Vintage, they found a church that held high the truth of the Gospel and the name of Jesus. Patrick’s heart is for people to know Jesus, to see the church advance in and through the Gospel and to make much of Jesus through music.


TAYLOR ROBERTS
PASTOR, DOWNTOWN

Taylor and Claire Roberts have called the Raleigh area home since attending NC State University. God led them to Vintage in 2003, and they have been amazed to watch God grow His church in the Triangle. Taylor married the coolest woman in the world, Claire, and they have two amazing children: a son named Tavener and a daughter named Emory.



Support Staff

PAIGE ASADY
LEAD DEACON, PRE-K CLASSROOMS, DOWNTOWN

A lover of Jesus above all, Paige grew up in the city of country music, Nashville, TN, and has a heart that bleeds orange (Go VOLS!). After graduating from the University of Tennessee, she found her way to Raleigh through help from corporate America and the love of her life–Armin. Her family was introduced to Vintage from a friend in Charlotte and has called it home for three years. Having served in many facets over the years her heart has always been pulled towards kids ministry. By day Paige is a senior marketing manager; by night she’s a wife to her husband Armin and mom to her two amazing children, Alex & Anderson. In her free time Paige is working out, playing with her kids, and probably falling asleep.


JOHN BAGGERMAN
FACILITIES MANAGER, DOWNTOWN

Born and bred on the east coast of sunny Florida, John moved to Raleigh in the summer of 2015. He attended Palm Beach Atlantic University where he earned a degree in Ministry Leadership. Post college John has served in various church internship roles in both Florida and Georgia, while also working jobs that let him get his hands dirty. When he’s not tightening toilet seats and changing light bulbs at the historic Vintage Church building in Downtown Raleigh, you can find him exploring the Triangle, venturing to the mountains or sea, biking, enjoying all things music, or eating ice cream.


CLAIRE BASISTA
LEAD DEACON, K-2 CLASSROOMS, DOWNTOWN

Claire was born and raised in Greensboro, NC, and moved to Raleigh in 2011 to attend NC State, where she was a Young Life leader for 4 years at West Millbrook Middle School. Claire began serving with Vintage Kids in November 2013, and is captivated by Vintage’s humble approach to Jesus, something she’d never experienced before. In her spare time, Claire likes to write, read, and babysit all of the children in Raleigh.


SAVANNAH CARROLL
MINISTRY DIRECTOR, DOWNTOWN

Savannah grew up in Texas, but after living in North Carolina for over a decade she gladly calls Raleigh home. After graduating from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a concentration in Philosophy & Apologetics in 2013, she is now finishing another degree in Nursing. She’s been a member at Vintage since 2011 where she has served as an intern, greeter, community group leader, and now ministry director. She considers it a great honor to be living life with the people at Vintage. If she’s not in school or working, she likes reading, running, trying not to be clumsy, and spending time with her husband Josh.


THOMAS DAMERON
PRODUCTION DIRECTOR, CENTRAL

Thomas grew up in Raleigh, but moved to Harrisonburg, VA, in 1999. While up there, he made some extremely significant milestones. In chronological order, he started his career in event production, dedicated his life to Jesus, completed a college degree, and met his wife Sarah. After settling back in Raleigh in 2006, he now splits his time between coordinating technical productions for Vintage and working as a freelance tech for a variety of concerts, special events, and meetings. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys hanging out with his wife and family, cooking and enjoying food, and tasting snobby beer.


DREW JOHNSON
LEAD DEACON FOR VINTAGE BUDDIES, DOWNTOWN

Drew was born and raised in Matthews, NC. He moved to Raleigh in 2011 to attend NC State University where he received his Bachelor’s in Social Work and his Bachelor’s in psychology. After graduating from NC State he attended UNC Chapel Hill where he received his Master’s in Social Work (though he’ll always pull for the Wolfpack). Drew currently works for an organization in Durham that serves young adults who are transitioning into independent living, has 10 years of experience volunteering with individuals who have special needs through Rainbow Ministries, and has worked for the Autism Society of NC since 2014. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with friends.


ROBYN PATTERSON
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, CENTRAL

Robyn assists Elliot Grudem, serves the pastors involved with the Leaders Collective, and coaches fellow assistants. She graduated with a public relations degree from Campbell University in 2008. After working at The Salvation Army, she joined Vintage Church’s staff in 2009. When she’s not defending her love of kale to her co-workers, Robyn likes trying new restaurants in the Triangle (she once asked Elliot to create her a bucket list — it has yet to disappoint!). She also enjoys biking around town with her husband, puzzling (yes, its a verb), and dancing at wedding receptions.


MIKE SIMONS
LEAD DEACON, BAND, DOWNTOWN

Mike moved back to Raleigh from Nashville in 2007 and has been at Vintage since 2008. In his past, Mike was a touring musician, but now he uses his gifts for God’s glory as he serves Vintage part-time, leading worship and writing songs. Mike and his wife of 14 years, Suzanne, enjoy traveling, living in community, advocating for broken marriages and laughing with their three children.


ERIC SPIVEY
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, CENTRAL

Eric hails from Gastonia, North Carolina. After graduating from Appalachian State University in May of 2012 he moved to Raleigh to intern with Vintage. That same summer he met his lovely wife, Annika, also at Vintage. Eric serves as the Operations Director on our Central Operations team. He’s honored to be involved in the spread of God’s Kingdom through Vintage Church and is glad to call Raleigh home.


DENISE WELLING
VINTAGE KIDS DIRECTOR, DOWNTOWN

Denise serves as the lead deacon and Sunday coordinator over Vintage Kids. She has over 22 years of experience working with children both in a daycare capacity and children’s ministries. Currently she serves at Vintage every Sunday and is a nanny to an adorable little girl during the week. In her free time, she and her husband, Jeff, love to camp, fish, and spend time with their six kids and 10 grandkids.

CANDACE ASBURY
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, CENTRAL

God brought Candace to Raleigh for what she thought would be four years as a proud Wolfpack student, but after plugging into the local church and growing in gospel-centered community, her heart for this city grew into a conviction to labor and plant roots here. She is beyond grateful to watch God’s beautiful redemptive work in Raleigh and is excited for what is to come. In her free time, Candace loves hunting for antiques at the flea market, playing outside, eating really good ice-cream, and going on dates with her husband Kyle.


JOSH BAIN
WORSHIP LEADER, DOWNTOWN

Josh has called Raleigh home since 1997, despite a few short stints in Florida, New York, and Nashville during and after college. He started attending and leading worship at our church in downtown Raleigh in 2008. Currently, Josh works as a composer and audio engineer for a local production company and leads the development of musicians and bands at Vintage Church Downtown. He is passionate about seeing Vintage respond to God’s grace through worship. Josh and his wife, Lizzy, live in Southeast Raleigh with their daughter, Zoey, and their son, Eli. When he is away from work, he enjoys time with family and friends, making music, traveling, orphan advocacy, and all things sports.


STEVEN BLACKBURN
OPERATIONS AND FACILITIES DIRECTOR, DOWNTOWN

Steven serves Vintage Church as the director of operations for downtown. He and his family recently moved to the Raleigh area from Johnson City, Tennessee where Steven worked in insurance sales, property management, and the construction industry throughout the last decade. His heart came alive for local church ministry as he helped plant a church in Tennessee during their last two years there. Steven and his beautiful wife Allison have three amazing children-Finn, Johnnie June, and Willa.


JAY CLARKE
VIDEOGRAPHER, CENTRAL

Jay was raised in nearby Pittsboro before attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to study film production. After graduating in 2009, he returned to the Triangle and started attending Vintage. He spent several years working primarily in video marketing and event videography, but is excited to now assist Vintage in showing Raleigh the love of Jesus. When Jay isn’t behind the camera he loves playing with dogs, watching college basketball, and eating tater tots. Lots of tater tots.


LAUREN HILL
LEAD DEACON, VINTAGE KIDS TODDLERS, DOWNTOWN

Lauren was born and raised in Petersburg, VA, where she worked in childcare for 6 years before moving to Blacksburg, VA, to be with her husband Ethan while he was in school (yes, she married a Hokie). While there she served as an assistant children’s director at a church and loved every minute of it. After moving to Raleigh, the Hills began attending Vintage prior to the birth of their first child. Now with two kids Lauren is amazed at how much Vintage has become a part of calling Raleigh home. She couldn’t wait to serve in the children’s ministry (big surprise) and help in any way possible, and her hope is to share Christ’s love by loving on the children of Vintage. In her spare time you’ll find her loving on her two children, dog, and husband (not necessarily in that order). She also loves working out, hiking, and spending time with her husband, on the beach or in the mountains.


AMY JONES
ART DIRECTOR, CENTRAL

In 2003, Amy Jones came to Raleigh to attend the College of Design at NC State, and soon after discovered Vintage Church. She could not have predicted the beautiful way those two paths would converge almost ten years later when she joined staff with a passion to leverage creative direction to make the church relevant and attractive to this great city. Amy met her husband Jason while serving as a greeter, and they were married at Vintage Church Downtown in 2008. They have two amazing children, Wilder and Tillie.


KAYLA PLEASANTS
LEAD DEACON, VINTAGE KIDS 3RD-5TH GRADES, DOWNTOWN

Kayla has called Raleigh home since she joined the Wolfpack as a student in elementary education, staying after graduation to plug into Vintage and the community around her. Since moving to Raleigh, she has fallen in love with this city and its people. Kayla works for Wake County Public Schools as an elementary teacher and loves working with children both in public education and at Vintage. She uses the gifts she’s been given in teaching as lead deacon working part-time over the Vintage Kids 3rd-5th grade classroom. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside, drinking all the coffee, and adventuring with her husband, Tyler.


KATE SPEAR
OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, CENTRAL

Kate Spear joined Vintage staff in May 2016 and has been a member of Vintage since 2014. Kate assists Eric Spivey and the central operations team. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Charlotte and has nine years of administrative experience. Kate is a lover of Jesus’ grace, concerts, antiques, all things shabby chic, and good coffee. In August 2015 she married the love of her life, Jeff. Kate is incredibly grateful to work in a gospel-driven community with a deep love for the City of Oaks.


SADIE VO
DIRECTOR OF GUEST SERVICES, DOWNTOWN

Sadie grew up in Orlando, FL, and yes, even spent a summer working for the Mouse at Disney. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, Sadie got married and followed her husband, Trung, to the Triangle. Being completely new to the area, it wasn’t until they found Vintage that the Vos could truly call Raleigh home. Sadie joins us after working for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC and UNC School of Law. She has an expertise in organization and administration, but is also deeply passionate about hospitality and caring for people. When she’s not at work, you can find Sadie riding her bike with her husband, gardening, or walking her two dogs around downtown.


TED YAP
COLLEGE AND STUDENT DIRECTOR, DOWNTOWN

Ted was raised in the mountains of North Carolina and moved to Raleigh in 2008 to attend NC State University for both undergrad and graduate school. There he learned way more about pine bark and water than anyone should ever know. You can find him riding his bike around downtown, playing bass on Sundays, or pretending to garden. He serves as the College and Student Director at Vintage Downtown and is excited to point others to the freedom he’s found in Jesus.

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