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David Parker, Lead Pastor, dparker@desertvineyard.org

David Parker. Pastor David Parker, along with his wife Nancy, live in Lancaster, California where David is the senior pastor of the Church. David received his education at the University of Missouri in ancient history and at Regent College, Canada, in theology. He is the author of a series of inductive Bible study guides and has spent a good portion of his ministry helping people understand and apply the word of God to their lives. During the 1980s, David was involved in church leadership in both the United States and Canada. He became identified with the Vineyard movement in 1985 and has traveled widely throughout the Vineyard churches since that time. In 1991, David and his family moved to the United Kingdom to pursue an itinerant teaching and equipping ministry to the church in Great Britain. At the end of their two years there, the Parker family returned to the United States with David assuming the leadership of the Church after the passing of its founding pastor, Brent Rue. For twenty years David has successfully led the Desert Vineyard church to become the fruitful and thriving ministry it is today.

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Nancy Parker, Director of Women’s Ministries, nkp@desertvineyard.org

Nancy has served in ministry alongside her husband David for nearly thirty years. Along with overseeing Women’s ministries Nancy oversees the Teen Moms and Mothers of Preschoolers and the much acclaimed Desert Vineyard annual Christmas Tea. Partnering alongside her husband David, Nancy’s leadership scope extends far beyond her regular responsibilities through her outward embrace towards our community as well as international missions.

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Larry Ali, Executive Pastor, lali@desertvineyard.org

Larry Ali. Executive Pastor, became a full time staff member of the Church as administrator in September 1986, and a licensed pastor in November 1988. Larry and his wife Theresa, live in Lancaster, California. In 1980, Larry began attending the Desert Vineyard where he first encountered faith in Christ. Larry’s leadership and long term history with the Church has lent itself toward the Church’s ability to successfully navigate through much transition and growth, ultimately contributing to the current status of health and vitality that the Church now experiences. Prior to his coming to the Church, Larry was in business management in southern California for seven years. As the Executive Pastor, Larry is responsible for overseeing the legal, financial and corporate affairs of the Church. Additionally, Larry maintains oversight of all staff members.

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Paul Lopiccolo, Pastor Worship Ministries, plopiccolo@desertvineyard.org

Paul Lopiccolo, oversees worship ministries for five venues and twelve separate worship services each weekend.

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Eric Fleckenstein, Care Ministries Pastor, efleckenstein@desertvineyard.org

Eric Fleckenstein oversees a number of important ministries at the Desert Vineyard. Besides running Caregivers, Lay Counseling, Prayer Ministry and our Hospitality Ministry, which includes ushers and coffee, he also runs the Midweek Wednesday night service, where he can engage with people through preaching and fellowship. He also acts as host for the Cafe Sanctuary service on the weekends, and when he is not there, he is probably filling in for David preaching that weekend. Eric is married to the amazing and beautiful Wendy and together they have three great kids that keep them very busy! Eric has also been a diehard LA Kings fan for 20 years and was thrilled when the Cup finally came to LA in 2012.

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Connie Thieman, Children’s Pastor, cthieman@desertvineyard.org

Connie became a full time staff at the DV in July of 2002. She and her husband, Gary, with their 2 dogs, Tater and Beau, live in Rosamond, CA, since 1990. The combination of her Communications degree at MSU and the professional management work at 20th Century Fox, acting in TV shows like NYPD Blue, LA Law with her debut in Die Hard 2 were the segue to what she felt God used to train her to lead this cutting edge Kids’ Ministry. Her performing arts background has inspired her to instruct a weekly drama workshop at DV on teaching the Bible creatively to train up kids ­­­through diverse learning styles.  She loves when a parent shares that their kids can’t wait to come to church! In 2008 she was invited to the Vineyard USA Kids’ Task Force Team. She currently is the Western Regional Representative for this task force consulting and resourcing other Kids’ Ministries.  One of the things that has constantly been asked of her is how do you recruit, train, and keep volunteers?  This led to her leading workshops to build leaders Regionally and at the Vineyard National Pastors / Leaders Conferences. It is her passion to equip people to serve and understand God’s call with a deeper awareness of His presence and power. On her time off recently in 2012 she slipped away to the set for the opportunity to Executive Produce a film, Happy Log, with Gary. On location they explored parts of the Gulf Coast close to where she grew  up. The film is a fictitious story loosely based on a slice of Gary’s childhood growing up in the 50’s.

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David Swift, Compassion Ministries Pastor, dswift@desertvineyard.org

As the Compassion Ministry Pastor, David oversees: Outreach, Recovery, Small Groups, Singles and Benevolence. These ministries are focused on reaching those most marginalized by providing spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and many times, financial assistance. All of our compassion ministries address the community’s needs in ways that are sustainable, essential and effective. It is the compassionate love of Christ lived out, not only in word, but, truly, in our lives that impacts us and those around us. David partners with Pastor Eric Fleckenstein in hosting and preaching duties for Mid-Week services as well as delivering the occasional Weekend service. David is also equally diligent in locking his keys in his car.

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Barry Galloway, Tehachapi Mountain Vineyard Pastor, bgalloway@desertvineyard.org

Barry Galloway and his wife Saundra hail from Texas where they planted a church between stints at the Desert Vineyard. In 2007 they returned to their desert home away from Texas to Pastor over the Tehachapi Mountain Vineyard (TMV), an extension campus about an hour away from Lancaster in the (sometimes) snowy mountains of Tehachapi, CA. In 2012, TMV celebrated the opening of their new building, an exciting step in expanding the Lord’s ministry in and through the community. A fun fact about Barry might be: He has a unique spiritual gift that he claims to put into practice often. It is the gift of napping.

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Chris Wangsgard, Marriage & Family Pastor, cwangsgard@desertvineyard.org

Chris Wangsgard became a licensed pastor at the Desert Vineyard in 1991. As a teacher for 34 years in Lancaster, Chris maintains trusted relationships in the community that often connect families with needed resources. Chris went on his first mission trip to Burma with the Desert Vineyard in 1984, then began attending the Desert Vineyard in 1985 and was the Children’s Ministry Director from 1988 to 1995. Chris and his wife Kathy have served in the counseling, parenting, children’s and marriage ministries for the past 20 years. Chris is responsible for doing the initial counseling session for individuals and families that are seeking lay counseling.

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Steve Irwin, Community Pastor, sirwin@desertvineyard.org

Steve Irwin has lived in the Antelope Valley since 1969 and started attending the Vineyard in 1978. It was at the Vineyard that Steve began serving in outreach ministries, in the summer 1981 he quit his job and began making trips to Mexico to help build an orphanage. The relationships Steve built while serving in this ministry opened a door for what would become a career for him working in the Aerospace Industry in 1982, he was only 18, and has never been unemployed since. That same year Steve met the most wonderful person at the Vineyard, Regina, she quickly became his best friend and a year later his wife in 1983. Steve became a pastor on staff in 2004 serving at our Tehachapi Mountain Vineyard church. Over the years Steve and Regina have been involved in missions, church plants, youth and children’s ministries, mentoring… They both currently serve as leaders on the on the worship team for all venues.

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Brian Roseborough, Youth Ministries Pastor, broseborough@desertvineyard.org

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Randy Beasley, Director of Mens Ministry, rbeasley@desertvineyard.org

Randy Beasley serves as the Men’s Ministry director at the Desert Vineyard. Besides leading men in Bible studies, movie nights, and fishing and camping trips, he also oversees the Mexico Ministry which builds and assembles loft houses for those in need in Mexico. He also serves as the overseer for our Helping Hands ministry which provides much needed support in labor and materials for people requiring assistance around their homes, from painting to building ramps.

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Rick Squires, Community Pastor, rsquires@desertvineyard.org

Rick Squires serves the Desert Vineyard community leading a weekly outreach ministry for women at the Acton Rehabilitation center where he is able to preach and encourage. He can also be seen regularly playing bass on the Worship Team. He is passionate about engaging people to grow in their gifting and encouraging them to move forward into the fullness of a life in Christ. Rick spends his free time hobbling through half-marathons, cramming for tests at Fuller Theological Seminary and mourning the record of the St. Louis Rams. He and his wife January are the proud parents of two kids, Lauren and Danial.

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Richard Hanley, Community Pastor, rhanley@desertvineyard.org

Richard Hanley serves as one of the Community Pastors at the the Desert Vineyard. His main area of focus is as the Pastor overseeing VI. Vineyard Institute (VI) is a two-year program which combines the best of formal education – through every book of the Bible – with practical hands-on ministry. He has the opportunity to do formal Mentoring with the students in several areas of ministry: pastoral care, evangelism, preaching and teaching. Outside of his Community Pastoring duties, he is a middle school science teacher, husband, father and graduate student.

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Jorge Noriega, Community Pastor, jnoriega@desertvineyard.org

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Stacy Waddle, Vineyard Community Church Pastor, swaddle@desertvineyard.org

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Mark VanGilder, Director Prison Ministries, mvangilder@desertvineyard.org

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Jordan Corlew, Youth Ministry Intern, jcorlew@desertvineyard.org

Jordan Corlew works at the Desert Vineyard helping lead and develop our Youth Ministry program, particularly with the High School Ministry, where he teaches during all of our weekend services and leads our midweek Wednesday night high school service. He married the lovely Tiffany Corlew in July 2012, and together they have worked diligently to care for and love the youth of the Desert Vineyard. He is also currently a student in our at distance Vineyard Leadership Institute program, where he finds growth and encouragement in his studies on leadership and the Bible. He is a huge sports fan, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys.

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Michael Meramble, Community Pastor, mmeramble@desertvineyard.org

Michael Meramble serves at the Desert Vineyard in a variety of ways. He oversees the College Ministry and helps coordinate Vineyard Leadership Institute students in their weekly class. in 2012 he began a Master’s program at Fuller Theological Seminary majoring in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis on International Development and Urban Studies.

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