cobb vineyard staff
Thomas and Lori were married in 1987 and have five amazing children (and three amazing daughter in laws): David (and Deborah), Austin (and Gemma), Rebecca, Justin (and Emily), and Caitlin, as well as three adorable grandsons (Jace, Tommy, and Luke). 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.
Children's Ministry Director
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.
Patrick and Nisha have been married for sixteen blissful years. They are the proud parents of Patrick (P.J.) and Jordan. As a family, they love reading, music of all kinds, movies, exploring new places, and relaxing outdoors i.e. fishing and napping in hammocks. Patrick was a high school history teacher for fifteen years while also leading the youth group at Vineyard Church of Augusta in Augusta, Ga. Patrick loves all Chicago sports and cheers on his hometown teams however he will cheer for the Braves as long as they are not playing the Cubs or White Sox and is a die-hard Georgia Bulldog fan much to the chagrin of his Florida Gator wife. It is his desire to guide students to the heart of God and watch the Holy Spirit transform them to the people that God has designed them to be as they are salt and light to the Kennesaw community, the state of Georgia, and the world.
Rebecca has been serving and actively involved in CVC missions since 2007. She joined our staff in 2018. She organizes and leads international mission trips, coordinates volunteers for local outreaches, and is heavily involved in the foster care system. She trained through Youth with a Mission (YWAM) and Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. She graduated from Kennesaw State University. She loves to travel in her spare time and has been to 40 different countries. She also enjoys being outside, hosting game nights, and eating chicken parmesan.
Jonah transitioned from youth ministry to college ministry in the summer of 2019. Jonah has enormous vision for the college students in the Kennesaw area and holds discipleship as a pillar in ministry. He also loves being active with things like skateboarding, mountain biking, and CrossFit.
Brittanie has been on staff with CVC as the office manager since January 2014. Brittanie devotes her time to organizing events, schedules, social media, web and all things involving communications. She serves on the worship team playing the keyboard & singing. They have 2 boys, Brantley & Colton, and a spunky Australian Shepherd, named Dolly. Brittanie graduated from Southeastern University with her Bachelors in Communications. She enjoys country music, snow skiing, & 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.
Middle School Student Leader
Tahd and his wife Carma met at Toccoa Falls College where they graduated in June of 2015. They are proud parents of their son, Joel, and eagerly await their second child. Tahd graduated with a B.S. in Ministry Leadership with a focus in Biblical Hebrew. After graduating college he spent a year as an Assistant Pastor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he developed his skills in Preaching, Youth Ministry, Pastoral Care, and Peacemaking Conflict Management. Tahd is passionate about teaching, theology, and watching the Holy Spirit bring people, especially students, together. Tahd loves to drink Dr. Pepper and fly his quadcopter when he is not spending time with his family.
Student Worship Leader
Jonathan has been serving at Cobb Vineyard since fall of 2015, and has been on staff since summer of 2018. He has a passion for students, training up young leaders, and worship. He serves on our worship team on Sundays and coordinates our student worship on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. He is also a graduate of the Vineyard Ministry Community program held here at CVC. He enjoys finding new music, spending time with his friends, and traveling.