cobb vineyard staff
Thomas and Lori were married in 1987 and have five amazing children (and three amazing daughter-in-laws and 2 amazing son-in-laws): David (and Deborah), Austin (and Gemma), Rebecca (and David) Justin (and Emily), and Caitlin (and Colton), as well as 5 adorable grandchildren (Jace, Tommy, Luke, Barrett, Eloise, Addie Jo, and Clara). They love to play games, play tennis, and just about anything else that has a score at the end! They also love to travel, spend time at the lake (Thomas loves to fish!), and read all kinds of books. Thomas serves as the Area Leader for the Association of Vineyard Churches. Lori has a passion for prayer and leads intercession and many of our evangelism initiatives. She also runs the gymnastics program for the city of Kennesaw, GA.
Joel has been on staff at Cobb Vineyard since 2010. He oversees Worship Arts, Graphics and Video, and Prayer along with leadership development. Along with writing the book, The Spirit Soul and Body of Worship and co-authoring the book “War on Fear,” Joel was founder and Senior Pastor of Cross Bridge Church in Marietta, GA and was the associate pastor of the Atlanta Vineyard Church. Prior to being a pastor, Joel worked in the entertainment department of Sea World, Orlando and was the musical conductor for international tours with his wife, Contemporary Christian Recording Artist, Trace Balin. When not causing groans with his dad jokes, Joel can be found walking the parks with his family and dog, Mozart, recording guitar, working out at Planet Fitness (especially the days they serve pizza and bagels), and searching for the most interesting Ted Talks.
Chris has been a part of Cobb Vineyard Church since he was 8 years old! He and his wife, Lauren, first met at Youth Group right here at Cobb Vineyard. Youth ministry has had a huge impact on their personal and spiritual lives; and has equipped them to lead our Student Ministry. Before that, Chris and Lauren spent a number of years overseas as missionaries to Southeast Asia. They are both very competitive and can typically make a competition out of anything. Chris is a paint contractor and Lauren is a middle-school science teacher. They welcomed their son Bryson in December of 2021.
Katelyn joined our staff in 2018. She has a passion for children and traveling. She spent 2.5 years living in a hut in Zambia while with the Peace Corp. While there, she built a preschool and trained local teachers. She graduated from Bridgewater College in Virginia. When it’s nice outside she rides her bike to church. In her spare time she likes to read, hike, and eat grilled cheese.
Brittanie has been on staff with CVC as the office manager since January 2014. Brittanie devotes her time to organizing events, schedules, social media, website, and all things involving communication. She serves on the worship team playing the keyboard & singing. She married her sweetheart, Joel in 2008 and has 3 children, Brantley, Colton, and Charlotte. She is an animal lover with an Australian shepherd, beagle, potbelly pig, and a few chickens! Brittanie graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelors in Communications. She enjoys music, snow skiing (once a year), & hiking in her spare time and spends most weekends designing flowers for weddings & events!
Bill McGilvary has been on staff at Cobb Vineyard since 2010. After being CFO for his multi-million dollar family business and helping run construction companies, Bill became the finance director of CrossBridge Church in Marietta. When Crossbridge merged with CVC 8 years ago, Bill came on staff in our finance department. His favorite hobbies include fishing, traveling, and he is actively involved in our Men's Ministry.