Pastors & Staff

Executive Leadership Team

Tyler Jones

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.

Matt Stevens

Matt Stevens

Executive Director of Culture and Communication

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 Executive Director of Culture and Communication, where he oversees the creative vision, campaigns, and communication. 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.

John Kerr

John Kerr

Executive Pastor of Local Congregations

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.

Ellie Ismail

Ellie Ismail

Executive Director of Strategy and Operations

Ellie was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. She received her Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Florida State University, then relocated to Raleigh in 2011, working as a technical sales engineer. She began attending Vintage Church her first week in Raleigh, becoming a member that same year. Ellie fell in love with the natural beauty of NC, the local triangle community, and also with Adam, meeting him in their community group that first year, marrying in 2012. With the amazing support of her husband, Ellie co-founded a small company in 2014, becoming more involved in the local entrepreneurial community. After sunsetting her 2-year-old business, she knew she still wanted to lead an effort that tended to the well-being of others. Leaving sales, she joined a startup in Durham, learning the ins and outs of business operations as their Director of Operations for almost five years. With God preparing her heart and mind over the years, she felt the pull to move into ministry, joining Vintage’s staff in 2019 as their Executive Director of Operations. She has a heart to bring her passions and skills to help grow and love the church and city, sharing Christ’s unending love to everyone.

Local Congregation Pastors

Jordan Penley

Jordan Penley

Local Pastor, Downtown

Jordan and Jessica came to Raleigh in the late 2000s to study at North Carolina’s finest university, NC State. After graduating, they both worked with Cru at NC State for several years. Now, Jordan is gratefully serving as the Local Pastor at Vintage’s downtown location. He spends his week shepherding and caring for the Downtown staff team, discipling leaders at Vintage, launching community groups, and caring for pastors in the Acts29 Church Planting network. Jordan is passionate about equipping followers of Jesus to spiritually engage with others and challenging doubters and seekers to investigate the claims of Jesus. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Theological Studies at Grimké Seminary. Jordan and Jessica are thankful to be a part of what Jesus is doing in our church and the city of Raleigh.

Jared Trumbo

Jared Trumbo

Local Pastor, North

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 North when Jared was hired as Associate Pastor in June 2016 and then transisitioned into the North Local Pastor in 2020. Jared and Chyloe have 4 boys and love doing ministry together as a family.

Shaun Cross

Shaun Cross

Local Pastor, Durham

Shaun grew up in Northern Virginia. He found his way to NC in college where he studied Religion and Broadcast Journalism at Campbell University. After attending Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, he moved back to NC and was on staff at a church in Fuquay-Varina. In 2014, he and his family moved to Northeast Washington DC as church planters. There he founded and pastored Union Church. In the summer of 2020, the Cross family moved to Durham to serve on staff here at Vintage Church. Shaun is passionate about helping people rest in the gospel and love their neighbors through lives marked by justice and mercy. Shaun is married to Melissa and they have three children: Hazel, Anderson, and Milo.

David Mobley

David Mobley

West Pastor, West

David and his wife, Lauren, met at NC State and began attending Vintage Church as sophomores in 2007 when they initially felt God’s call to church planting.  Upon graduation, they moved to Charlotte for a job offer and served at a local church plant until they felt called in 2015 to move back to Raleigh and rejoin Vintage as the next step towards church planting.  After completing the Eldership process and Church Residency Program, a Core Group from Vintage Church Downtown planted Vintage Church West on January 5th, 2020 in the heart of Cary & Apex.  David and Lauren have two children – Amelia Grace and Asher.

Local Congregation Associate Pastors

Brian Pell

Brian Pell

Associate Pastor, Downtown

Brian has lived all across the U.S. and made it to the Triangle in the midst of the pandemic. Though he grew up in the church, he found it disappointing and would never have envisioned a life of ministry. But, God had other plans and transformed Brian’s heart and mind in high school before calling him to pastoral ministry in college. He graduated from Grove City College with a couple degrees and recently finished his Mdiv from Denver Seminary. It was in Denver that he cut his teeth in various roles that involved preaching and teaching, and he helped lead a church out of one of its darkest seasons. Brian adores his wife, Kaitlyn, and his two Mini Aussies, Ryder and Rosie. He enjoys reading, writing, Florida football, and good coffee, bourbon, and music. He’s energized and motivated at the opportunity to serve the Triangle and see the gospel transform people here.

Chris Freeman

Chris Freeman

Associate Pastor, North

Chris is a North Carolina native and currently lives in Raleigh with his beautiful wife, Kaitlyn, and their two sons. The Freeman’s have been members of Vintage Church for nearly a decade and have been blessed to call the North congregation their home. Chris has served the Kingdom professionally for roughly 13 years through various nonprofits designed to engage the city, specifically in youth and family ministry. On October 1st, 2020, he joined the Vintage Church: North team as an Associate Pastor and is continually amazed by Jesus’ use of His church to make much of His name. Chris is a self-proclaimed connoisseur of smoked meats, a collector of vinyl records, guitar player, and an unauthorized music historian. 

Philip Lauria

Philip Lauria

Ministries Director, Durham

Phil grew up in Buffalo, NY where he met his high school sweetheart, Heather. Phil joined the Marine Corps after high school and went on to complete a degree in history and special education. After college, he moved to Durham, NC to begin his career as a special education teacher in the same city where Heather was working as a nurse. They were married in 2016, and life in North Carolina has been their greatest adventure. Phil and Heather began attending Vintage Church Durham shortly after getting married and knew that God had called them to dig deeper into the Durham community. They are blessed with a growing family as foster parents in their city and have a baby on the way. They are excited to serve the church together and to share the love of Christ through action.

Downtown Staff

Kayla Pleasants

Kayla Pleasants

Director of Families, Downtown

Kayla came to Raleigh in 2007 as an education major at NC State and began attending Vintage Church as a sophomore in college. After plugging into a community group, Kayla made Raleigh and Vintage her home, and stayed in Raleigh after graduation. Kayla loves children and families and spent years working in public education before joining Vintage Staff as the Family Director. Kayla loves drinking all the coffee and spending her free time with her husband, Tyler, and daughter, Winnie, hiking, camping, and enjoying Raleigh.

Eric Spivey

Eric Spivey

Director of Community Groups, Downtown

Eric hails from Gastonia, North Carolina. After graduating from Appalachian State University in May of 2012 he moved to Raleigh to intern with Vintage Church Durham. That same summer at Vintage he met his lovely wife, Annika. Now Eric serves as the Community Groups Director for Vintage Church Downtown and helps out on the 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.

Ben Snow

Ben Snow

Director of College, Downtown

Ben is a Raleigh native and a graduate of N.C. State University. He served in college campus ministry in the Dominican Republic and eastern North Carolina before joining the staff at Vintage. Ben loves being active, whether it’s playing soccer or tennis, walking, rock climbing, or playing any other sport. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and taking trips to the beach or mountains. He’s thankful for the opportunity to serve with Vintage College and is excited to see lives changed for the glory of God.

Craig Smitley

Craig Smitley

Benevolence and Facilities Manager, Downtown

Born and raised in Ohio, Craig went on to Mt. Vernon Nazarene University where he met his wife Marsha.

After starting his career at Union Carbide in 1980, Craig and Marsha were transferred to Raleigh in 1981 where they raised their two boys and now have the privilege of loving on four grandkids.  Over a career of 39 years, Craig worked as an Analytical and Residue Chemist.  During those years God used Craig and Marsha in various ministries, including 17 years of working in urban ministry with at-risk children.

Currently Craig is serving God through his work at Vintage Church as Facilities Director.

Dylan Motta

Dylan Motta

Director of Student Ministry, Downtown

Dylan was born and raised in Grove City, Pennsylvania, Dylan earned two Bachelor’s degrees in the fields of Biblical and Religious Studies and Communications from Grove City College.  After graduating in 2017, Dylan got married, escaped the cold winters, and moved south to Union County, North Carolina with his new wife, Kristen, to join YoungLife staff.  Every time Dylan and Kristen visited family in Raleigh, they fell more in love with both the city and Vintage church, which truly felt like home. During the summer of 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, Dylan started his dream role at Vintage Church working with middle and high school students in the Raleigh area. He has a passion for building relationships and cultivating the next generation of leaders.  In his free time, Dylan enjoys exploring downtown Raleigh with his wife and new puppy, Nugget, looking for the best food, adventuring outdoors, and enjoying time on the lake. 

Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark

Partnership Intern, Downtown

Lauren grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and moved to Raleigh in 2016 as a Social Work major at NC State. After falling in love with the city and with a church that showed her the freedom and love found in Jesus, she felt the call to labor and plant roots here. She is incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to serve this city through working with our local social justice partnerships, through telling college students about Jesus, through rousing the church to respond to God’s call to care for the orphan, and through building gospel-centered community among believers. Lauren loves the mountains, playing soccer, a good coffee shop accompanied by a good book, concerts, traveling, time spent with friends, and of course, enjoying the sweetest city- Raleigh!

Ty Perry

Ty Perry

Music Ministry Intern, Downtown

Ty is a Raleigh native. Ty has a passion for worship and young adult ministries. He graduated from NC State. He loves music, movies, and ultimate frisbee. Despite being the youngest and shortest of the three Tyler’s on Vintage staff, Ty will be serving in both the worship and college ministries. He is so excited to share God’s goodness through worship and spread the love of Christ to the local college community.

Denise Welling

Denise Welling

Director of Kids Ministry, 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. In her free time, she and her husband, Jeff, love to camp, fish, and spend time with their six kids and 10 grandkids.

Savannah Carroll

Savannah Carroll

Membership 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 Membership 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 and their son, Bez.

North Staff

Jessica Hughey

Jessica Hughey

Director of Kids Ministry, North

Jessica Hughey is originally from Memphis, TN where she graduated from Christian Brothers University with a Masters’ degree in Elementary Education. She taught Kindergarten and first grade in Memphis, Charlotte, and Raleigh for seven years before staying home with her daughter Emily. She and her husband Michael are in the long process of adopting their son from Burundi and hope to bring him home in the coming year. She loves running, being outside, and eating ice cream.

Tylor Gladden

Tylor Gladden

Worship Director, North

Tylor was born and raised in Asheboro, NC. He received a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Greensboro College in 2008. In 2010, Tylor gave his life to Jesus, then followed Gods calling to move to Raleigh in 2011 where he found work as a Sales Consultant at CarMax. In 2012, Tylor married his high school sweetheart Laura, then continued to serve with his wife in the Children’s Ministry at his prior church for 5 years until their church split. In 2018, The Gladden‘s were introduced to Vintage North by their neighbors, and within the 2 years of attending Vintage Church North, Tylor was hired on as a Worship Director October 1st. Tylor and Laura have two beautiful girls: Hope and Mae.

Chad Collins

Chad Collins

Operations Assistant, North

Originally from Hillsville, Virginia, Chad moved to NC State University in 1994 and has called Raleigh home ever since.  During his time at NC State, Chad worked with the men’s basketball program and is an avid Wolfpack fan.  He spent ten years working for a sports travel company and is in his sixth year with Wake County Public Schools.  His current job is Director of the Academy of Finance at Sanderson High School. His greatest find at NC state was his wife, Mary Catherine, and they have been married since 2001.  They have three children – Brady, Austin and Macie.  Chad and his family have been attending Vintage North (formerly Midtown) since February 2015.  A member of this family has done everything but preach at Vintage and they truly love serving in this amazing community!  Chad’s Operations Assistant role includes logistical planning, set up and tear down for Sunday services and other special events. 

Durham Staff

Seth Dady

Seth Dady

Worship Director, Durham

Seth was born and raised in Texas. In 2003, he married his high school sweetheart, Crystal, and moved to Colorado in 2006, where they spent the next 10 years in full-time ministry. During that time he served in a variety of different roles beginning with youth ministry and transitioning into church planting and pastoring worship leaders and artists in the local church. In 2017, God called Seth and his family to Raleigh to join staff at Southbridge Fellowship, where he continued to pastor worship and creative arts ministries while learning the culture and make-up of RDU. During the following three years, God cultivated a deep love for the people and city of Durham. The Lord confirmed the call as Seth accepted an invitation to join Vintage’s staff and serve as the worship director in Durham. He is a contemplative soul with a deep love for discipleship and leveraging others into their gifting. Seth is passionate about Jesus, the Church, his wife and their 3 kids, Stella, Quinn, and Sutton. He is committed to seeing the Church embody John’s vision in Revelation 7, when one day all tribes will worship King Jesus together, on earth as it will be in heaven.

Central Staff

Madison Hill

Madison Hill

Director of Communication, Central

Madison grew up in Raleigh and went to college at UNC Wilmington. He was invited by a friend to attend Vintage in 2006 while he was home from school. Madison quickly felt at home at Vintage and kept up with the church from afar until he moved back to Raleigh in 2008 to teach Middle School Health and PE. That job did not take long for him to realize he wanted to pursue other things. Madison spent the last 11 years working for Young Life camping at Windy Gap in the mountains of North Carolina. Madison met his wife Alex at Windy Gap and they were married in the Fall of 2014 in her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. They recently had their first child, Sadie in October of 2020. Madison believes Alex is the most natural mom ever and that he is still trying to figure it out. They both love watching Braves baseball, playing with their two labs, and sitting outside telling stories with friends. Madison and Alex are honored to be a part of the Vintage family. 

Tyler Wright

Tyler Wright

Director of Worship, Central

Tyler is a native of Raleigh. After venturing out to the midwest for undergraduate work in Worship Studies at Greenville University, he returned to the Oak City. After time spent as a worship director and a touring musician, Tyler found a home at Vintage Church Downtown. You can find him brewing and consuming too much coffee, writing songs, playing ultimate frisbee, or finding an excuse to go to Brewery Bhavana – again. Tyler is currently working on a Masters of Worship Studies at the Institute for Worship Studies. He is passionate about equipping people to grow and develop more and more into the ways that God has gifted them to build His Kingdom and loves the way he gets to pursue that at Vintage Church Downtown.

Marissa Greene

Marissa Greene

Director of Operations, Central

Marissa was born and raised in Cary, NC. She attended two years of college at UNC Charlotte and transferred to NC State in 2015. She became involved in a campus ministry shortly after transferring and went on a summer mission to Clearwater, Florida in 2016 where she deepened her walk with the Lord. She graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and is an avid fan of true-crime podcasts. She loves coffee, a great hike, and her sweet pup, Cappie (named after a cappuccino). She enjoys playing any kind of sport and loves road trips with friends, especially to the mountains. She is a big fan of event planning and is extremely detail-oriented. Marissa has a huge heart for serving her community. She joined Vintage in 2017 and began volunteering with the college ministry in 2018. She worked in insurance for nearly 3 years after graduation but has always wanted to do ministry. She joined the Vintage staff team in October of 2020 and looks forward to serving the Lord, the Vintage congregation, and the city of Raleigh in her role as Director of Operations.

Kate Spear

Kate Spear

Operations Admin, Central

Kate has been a member of Vintage since September 2014 and joined staff in May 2016. She supports all Vintage Church locations and wears many hats such as administrative, finance, events, and hospitality. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Charlotte and has over ten years of administrative experience. Kate is a lover of Jesus’ grace, doTERRA, concerts, antiques, exploring fun spots with her award-winning bearded husband, and good coffee. Kate is incredibly grateful to work in a gospel-driven community with a deep love for the City of Oaks.

Sydney Brock

Sydney Brock

Events and Admin Coordinator, Central

Sydney grew up in Raleigh & went to school in Wilmington, NC at UNCW. She has a heart for encouraging, serving, and loving others. Sydney got married shortly after graduating college and she and her husband, Sammy, moved back to Raleigh. Sydney loves going on long runs, baking for her friends and family, coffee, sitting on the beach as long as possible, and chasing a pretty sunrise or sunset! 

Amy Jones

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.

Jay Clarke

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.

Thomas Dameron

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.

Meg Pritchard

Meg Pritchard

Operations Project Manager, Central

A Virginia Beach native, Meg moved to Raleigh after graduating from UVA (Wahoowa!) in 2012. For the record – she lived at the beach all her life and STILL cannot surf. At all. Vintage Church happened to be the first church she visited after moving to Raleigh and it quickly became her family. After volunteering as a service director on Sundays, Meg’s skills of organization, communication, and love for people became apparent and she came on staff part-time as our Communications Director before joi. Meg strongly dislikes snow, doesn’t hate litotes, enjoys IMAX movies, roller coasters, and all things Harry Potter related. She’s also constantly on the hunt for new restaurants to try in Raleigh – recommendations are always appreciated!

Kathryn Elias

Kathryn Elias

Wedding Coordinator, Central

Kathryn grew up in western North Carolina, had a short stint in Mississippi for boarding school then headed to Raleigh to attend NC State University. She now gladly calls Raleigh home, specifically downtown, just a short walk from our downtown location. Prior to coming on staff for Vintage, Kathryn worked in marketing, both for nonprofits and corporations. She is now enrolled at Campbell Law School and is Vintage Church’s wedding coordinator in her spare time. She likes spending time with her husband Cooper, volunteering with Vintage Kids Ministry, runs with her dog Bailey, yoga, great food and drink, and a good debate. She strongly dislikes hot, humid weather, small talk, and cliches

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