Meet the 2018-2019 Vineyard Kids Regional Leadership Team!
Jessica Gentes, Southwest
Hi there! My name is Jessica Gentes. I am from Gilbert, Arizona - Vineyard Gilbert Church. I have been involved in Kid’s Ministry for 5 years and counting! My husband and I met at our church here in Gilbert and have grown up together since elementary age. We both have a heart for the Vineyard and love our city! We enjoy being outdoors to explore!
Niki Wolter, Northwest
I have been married almost 14 years to my husband Corey and have 2 wonderful children. I have a B.S. in Business & Human Resources Management from Simpson Christian University. The Vineyard church community is where I was saved and became a follower of Jesus as a young adult. My passion to serve in kids ministry began with the hope I have for my own children to know Christ personally. To love Jesus, know they are loved by Jesus, and love others like Jesus. Once on staff at Red Bluff Vineyard as Children’s Pastor in 2015, God quickly made it clear in my heart this passion was not just for kids but equally for all volunteers, leaders and pastors serving with children.
Janice Ornquist, midwest north
Janice and her husband, Bryan, live on a small hobby ranch in the lakes country of northwest Minnesota. She loves being with people of all ages, and currently serves at Lakes Area Vineyard Church as a pastor where she served as co-senior pastor for 20 years. She loves time in her flower gardens, boating, playing with her horses, dogs, and rag-doll cats plus long walks with friends and Jesus. As a certified and active Spiritual Director, her passion is to lead adults and kids into contemplative spirituality and transformative growth.
sarah anderson, northwest
Sarah Anderson is a children’s pastor in Cincinnati, Ohio at Vineyard Northwest. She is passionate about equipping kids to do kingdom work and helping them to encounter God in real ways. She and her husband, Grant, have been married for thirteen years and have three amazing sons and a feisty bunny.
Jessica schlotterbeck, mid-atlantic
Jessica Schlotterbeck is a pastor at the Hub City Vineyard in Hagerstown, Maryland. She ministers to children and families. She and her, husband, Chris and their family planted the church 12 years ago. Prior to moving home to start the church, she ministered alongside her husband at the Syracuse NY Vineyard. Jessica has her bachelor’s of arts degree in Elementary Education. She has a passion to teach children how to connect to God, hear his voice and pray for others. Jessica loves running with friends and coffee. Jessica has five awesome children who love to dance, Isaac (20), Trinity (18), Zoe (15), Lily Joy (11), and Nolan (8).
Jean Street, midwest north
Hi I’m Jean Street and have led the kids’ ministry at the Vineyard Church of Davenport for 20 years! My passion is to encourage children’s pastors to lead the kids in their churches to love and follow Jesus. My husband and I have 4 grown children and 7 amazing grandchildren. Most days you can find me riding my bike, reading a book or drinking coffee.
Liz Powell, south central
Liz grew up in the Chicago suburbs where she attended a Christian college and met her fun-loving husband, Dan. Together they do ministry at the Vineyard Church of Baton Rouge. Liz also has her masters degree in Evangelism and Leadership. She has served as the Family Pastor for 4 years and is passionate to champion kids and family spirituality.
Sarah Linn, central california
Hi everyone! My name is Sarah Linn and I am the kids pastor at Mountainbrook Church in San Luis Obispo, California! My husband, Rory, and I have three active kids- Lucy, Ezra and Kirby. I love spending time with friends and family, hiking and reading! I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve you as your regional kids leader!
mike szlapak, great lakes east
Mike has been a believer since he was 12 (that was a long time ago). He was called to be a pastor at the age of 15 and has been involved in some kind of children’s ministry since he was 17. Mike has been married to Amy since 1991 and has 3 children, and 3 grandchildren (he is too young to have grandkids but hey, you roll with the punches). He graduated from Nazarene Bible College, in Colorado Springs with a BA in Christian Education (yeah, they have that so you can be a children’s pastor) and an Associates in Biblical Studies. In 1999, Mike moved his family to Columbus, Ohio to serve as the grade school pastor at Vineyard Columbus (moving from Colorado to Ohio – it had to be God). Mike oversees a ministry called Kidz Quest, which serve between 450-550 children, grades 1-5 and 125 adults each weekend. Mike’s ministry is characterized by; his relevant teaching, funny antics, and his passion to see children fall in love with Jesus so they live out their faith. His gifts are teaching, compassion, and leading coupled with his sense of humor.
adam greenwell, the big sky
My name is Adam Greenwell and I am the associate pastor of the Billings Vineyard Church in Billings, Montana! My wife Jenna and I moved to Billings with our 3 girls in 2013 from our home state of Colorado. Jenna and I have been a part of the Vineyard since 2008 when I left the Marine Corps to serve Jesus. We love the being under the Big Sky and enjoying all the recreation Montana offers!
amanda olmstead, rocky mountain
Amanda radiates creativity, spunk, and the perfect amount of fun goofiness wherever she goes. With over a decade of experience working with children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities as an in-school social worker, Amanda believes that kids are the most interesting and inspiring people on the planet. She loves hiking, sporting events that involve hot dogs and spending time with her husband of nine glorious years, Geoff.
michele davidson, east
Hi I am Michele Davidson and I am with the Pathway Vineyard Church in Lewiston, Maine. I have been serving in Children’s Ministry for over 26 years. I worked in Christian Education for over 18 years and I was hired as the Children’s Pastor almost 8 years ago. When I am not serving, I love going on long walks with my husband Toebe of 34 years. I love drinking strong coffee and playing with my 3-legged bunny Cocoa.