Staff

Jay Pathak

Jay Pathak is the Senior Pastor of the Mile High Vineyard. Prior to planting our church in 2001, he served as a leader in the Columbus Vineyard’s young-adult ministry, Joshua House, and as an intern to the senior pastor, Rich Nathan, in Columbus, Ohio.

As the Senior Pastor of the MHV, Jay strategically guides the mission and vision of the church as a whole, is the main teaching pastor and provides oversight to each of our hubs. He has spoken nationally and internationally for Vineyard and other groups in both conference and classroom settings. In addition, he is a member of Vineyard USA’s Executive Team.

Committed to engaging and impacting those outside the church walls, Jay created the Engage video series with Carl Medearis – a seven-week course designed to create space to discuss the person and teachings of Jesus in an non-threatening environment  – and co-wrote the book, The Art of Neighboring, with Dave Runyon. This unique and challenging book asks the question: “What is the most loving thing I can do for the people who live right next door?”

Jay has a BA in Philosophy from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Vineyard Leadership Institute. He and his wife, Danielle, were married in 1998 and have two daughters, Jasmine and Sofia.

 

Danielle Pathak, Spiritual Formation and Staff Pastor

Danielle Pathak is the Spiritual Formation and Staff Pastor for the Mile High Vineyard. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Danielle moved to Colorado in 2001 with her husband, Jay, to plant our church. Over the years, she has found a deep love and passion for introducing people to Jesus and also encouraging them to invest holistically in the health of their lives. She’s used those gifts to oversee our Women’s, Marriage and Wholeness Ministries as well as to work as the Ministries Pastor for several years.  A couple years ago, Danielle started to lean into learning about spiritual formation, and in 2013, she pursued training with Dave Nixon and completed the Vineyard’s Denver School of Spiritual Direction.

Now, in her vital role of Spiritual Formation Pastor, she oversees our growing staff and core leaders with spiritual oversight and growth plans. She has a love for seeing people grow and stretch in their lives with Jesus and for them to reach “outside the box” in the ways they connect with God. Danielle has a profound gift in making spiritual disciplines accessible to others and showing us what it’s like to grow and form our lives with Jesus. She is currently implementing and overseeing a “soul care” culture with trainings and exercises for our staff and leaders, and she has helped build a high value for spiritual direction (having one-on-one companionship on our spiritual journeys) at the Mile High Vineyard.

Danielle has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from The Ohio State University. She and Jay were married in 1998 and have two daughters, Jasmine and Sofia.

danielle@milehighvineyard.org

 

Corey Garris, Pastor & Chief of Staff

Corey Garris is Chief of Staff at the Mile High Vineyard. He joined our staff in January 2014, as the completion of a ten-month journey he and his wife Cyndia had embarked on to determine the Lord’s direction for their future. Prior to working at MHV, Corey oversaw the development of campuses at Vineyard Columbus, was a campus pastor himself, and also helped send out church plants.

Corey knows firsthand the impact that the Gospel, good leadership, consistent discipleship, and living life in community can have on someone. He’s passionate about seeing Jesus transform lives in our city and about hubs being life-giving communities that profoundly impact their neighborhoods and communities. As Chief of Staff, Corey is responsible for supplying pastoral care and leadership to the church as well as overseeing the development of MHV Hubs throughout the Denver metro area.

Corey is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in Criminal Justice. He and Cyndia have been married since 2003 and have two daughters, Ava and Rylee.

corey@milehighvineyard.org

 

Becca Knudsen, Executive Pastor

Becca Knudsen is the Executive Pastor for the Mile High Vineyard. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Becca moved to Colorado in 2005 with her husband Chris to pursue a Masters in Music at the University of Colorado. But, while pursuing that degree, she realized and embraced her desire to do ministry full time instead of music. She worked part time for the church until she graduated from CU and then came on full time.

As our Executive Pastor, Becca oversees all the logistical and tactical needs of the Mile High Vineyard. Becca has helped to establish more structure and systems in the church to allow for church growth and excellence in all we do. One of the key systems she has developed and implemented is called “peace management,” which helps our staff, church and many others learn to mange their lives better so they live from a place of peace, rather than from a place of stress.  Also, she and her husband Chris  implemented the church’s ministry and outreach to the large refugee population in the Denver metro area. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was involved in the Grove City Vineyard and served as a Young Life Leader for five years in Columbus, Ohio.

Becca and her husband Chris, whom she met in middle school, were married in 2004. They have two children, Eloise and Soren.

becca@milehighvineyard.org

 

Amy Druck, Justice and Missions Developer

Amy Druck is the Justice and Missions Developer at the Mile High Vineyard. For her entire life, she has sensed a calling to focus on those under resourced in our community, both locally and globally. As a young girl, she always noticed those who the average person would never give a second glance to and jumped at various opportunities to serve them – including teaching soccer to inner-city kids, directing a summer camp for under-privileged children and serving food to the homeless. Amy’s dream for Mile High Vineyard is that we would continue to be a missional community – inviting our local community into what Jesus is doing and at the same time interacting with people in our city, in our nation and across the world who are neglected and cast aside.

In her role at MHV, Amy helps develop and coordinate opportunities for the church to participate in missions both locally and globally. In addition, she oversees all the non-profits we work with, ensuring people can serve and plug into those ministries throughout the Denver area. Finally, she also oversees all our Sunday Morning Teams in Arvada.

Originally from Mattituck, New York, Amy and her family moved to Denver where Amy and her husband, Peter, were on staff with Prodigal Gatherings, a local non-profit ministry that worked with street youth and homeless children in Denver. She joined the MHV staff in 2008.  Amy is a graduate from Messiah College (Grantham, Pennsylvania) with a major in Sociology and a minor in Bible. In 2001, she married her childhood friend, Peter Druck. They started a family shortly after getting married and now have three boys: Elliot, Malachi and Ari.

amy@milehighvineyard.org

 

Anabeth Morgan, Worship Pastor

Anabeth Morgan is the Worship Pastor for the Mile High Vineyard. Originally from a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, Anabeth has always loved the church. It was within the walls of the Vineyard Church in Kansas City, MO that she began to feel God tugging on her heart to lead others in worship. With the help of wonderful leaders and friends, she began her journey in worship leading. Her heart is to see God’s Kingdom come to earth so that people would be healed, set free, changed and moved to say “Yes!” to Jesus. She joined the MHV staff in 2011.

As our Worship Pastor, Anabeth oversees the worship and audiovisual ministries for both the Arvada and the Denver hubs. This includes all worship and A/V aspects of our Sunday and Kids (Launch) services, small groups and various other events. Plus she mentors and raises-up new worship leaders and musicians. In addition to her role at our church, she serves Vineyard Worship for events and has been featured on numerous Vineyard Worship recordings including “Bringing the World to Life” and “I Love Your Presence – Live from Phoenix, and most recently “Cultivation Generation Live – My Foundation”. She has a new album set to release in July 2013.

Anabeth is a graduate of Mississippi State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Exercise Science and Psychology. She and her college sweetheart, Kyle, have been married since 2003.

anabeth@milehighvineyard.org

 

Lyndsey Bell, Children’s Church Director

Lyndsey Bell is the Children’s Church Director at the Mile High Vineyard. Lyndsey and her husband Doug moved to Colorado from Pennsylvania in 2009 and, after a recommendation to visit the church and after listening to some of Jay’s sermons online, they knew MHV was the place for them. Lyndsey joined the staff in 2012.

Knowing the impact that even a short amount of time in church can have on a child and living out the firm belief that our Sunday Children’s Church isn’t just “childcare” but a place to build relationships and teach kids how to connect with Jesus in their own way, Lyndsey helps develop and foster an atmosphere that is enjoyable enough for kids and families to want to come back to each week but also engaging enough so that everyone is growing in his or her relationship with Jesus. In her role as Children’s Church Director, Lyndsey partners with families in teaching their children about God, community and service. Lyndsey’s goal is for kids to learn how God has created them and how He speaks to them individually and to know that they are valuable, contributing members of our community.

As a parent, she loves learning how to engage with her son about Jesus and believes that Children’s Church programming is just one tool that helps accomplish that. She is especially fond of how our programming provides parents with additional resources that are coordinated with what the kids are learning on Sundays. Knowing that her son loves coming to church and engaging with what we do makes her want to provide the same experience to every family that comes through our doors.

Lyndsey is a graduate of Messiah College (Grantham, Pennsylvania) with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Criminal Justice. She and her husband Doug have been married since 2001; their son, Jeremiah was born in late 2006.

bell@milehighvineyard.org

 

Jessica Bryski, Pastoral Care Coordinator
Jessica Bryski is the Pastoral Care Coordinator at the Mile High Vineyard. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jessica has been a part of the church since summer 2011 when she felt the Lord asking her to move to Denver specifically to volunteer at the Mile High Vineyard. She volunteered at the 2011 Cause Conference and came on staff full time as Jay Pathak’s assistant later that year. Even while serving in the vital role as Jay’s assistant, Jessica’s passion to use her gifts to help see people come to healing and freedom in Christ was evident.

Now, in her role as our Pastoral Care Coordinator, Jessica oversees our “non-Sunday ministries,” (such as Marriage, Meals, Money, Pastor-on Call/Crisis, Benevolence and Recovery) which are pivotal in helping others find the wholeness and healing that Jesus offers – in really practical and tangible ways. Whether through coordination of peer mentors, intercessors and classes or through collaboration with area resources and organizations, Jessica is thrilled to be able to help catalyze genuine transformation of the whole person. She has experienced the need for and the power of pastoral care firsthand and is overwhelmed with the opportunity to now be able to come alongside others, resource them and encourage them in their own journeys, knowing that there’s nothing better than seeing others come to know the freedom that’s found in Jesus alone.

Jessica and her husband Todd, whom she met at the 2011 Denver Cause Conference, were married in 2012. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Ohio State University

jessica@milehighvineyard.org

 

Christian Summers, Connection Coordinator

Christian Summers is the Connection Coordinator for the Arvada Hub of the Mile High Vineyard. A Colorado native, Christian and his family were missionaries in the Philippines for two years. After returning to the US in late 2011, they joined the church early the next year and Christian came on staff in 2013.

As an extreme extrovert, Christian is fueled by people. His greatest joy is to meet people, hear their stories and see them know Jesus. And, as Connection Coordinator, he gets to do just that. Christian helps all of our visitors and guests become members of our family, helping them connect and get plugged in – whether through a simple coffee meeting, our Connect lunches or the Arvada Discovering Series. Desiring to see every person – whether first-time visitor or regular attendee – feel welcomed and invited in the MHV family, he dreams of a day when we will have a network of ‘hubs’ across Denver that enable as many people as possible to discover Jesus. He is thrilled to get to work in a position that is all about people and enabling them to meet Him.

Christian is a graduate of Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Organizational Recreation. He and his wife Bridget have been married since 2004 and have three children (Riley, Caedmon, and Eliana) and a mutt named Buddy.

christian@milehighvineyard.org


Natalie Grillo, Circles and Connect Administrator

Natalie Grillo is the Circles and Connect Administrator for the Mile High Vineyard. Originally from the Northeast, Natalie has been a vital leader in our church since 2002. Over the years, she’s seen MHV grow and respond to the people and opportunities God has brought and, in many ways, feels like she’s been privileged to grow up, heal and thrive in tandem with how the church has grown and developed. She was thrilled to come on staff in 2013.

Natalie is passionate about creating spaces for others to grow in their relationships with Jesus and others – believing that we live life most vibrantly and healthfully when we live in community with other Jesus-followers. In her role as Circles and Connect Administrator, Natalie fulfills that passion by using her gifts of administration, planning, implementation, leadership and discipleship to influence and oversee the main community-building engines of our church. She works to ensure all guests feel welcomed, known and connected and to enable everyone to have access to a small group of people with whom to live life, grow and learn.

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Taylor University (Fort Wayne, IN) and is a graduate of the Vineyard Leadership Institute.

natalie@milehighvineyard.org

 

Lani Simmons, Office Manager

Lani Simmons is the Office Manager at the Mile High Vineyard. Originally from Ouray, Colorado, Lani has been a part of the church since 2009 and came on staff in late 2010.

As Office Manager, Lani is a communication liaison between ministry areas of the church and the church staff. She manages traditional office duties, assists the church staff with a multitude of administrative tasks.  Her efforts are vital in aiding and enhancing communication and quality in all that we do as a church.

Lani holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication and minors in Leadership and Spanish from Colorado Christian University. Lani and her husband Grant have been married since 2007; their daughter Reegan was born in 2014.

lani@milehighvineyard.org

 

 

Lindsey Arnold, Office Assistant

Lindsey Arnold is a part-time Administrative Assistant for the Mile High Vineyard. With a high personal value on living in community with others, she and her husband Nick started attending MHV in 2006, and Lindsey came on staff in 2009.

As an Administrative Assistant, Lindsey is a vital member of our team, helping connect people into our church community (through visitor follow-up and Sunday service follow-up) and adeptly managing much of our behind-the-scenes operations (including some financial management). Without Lindsey, many of the things we’ve all come to depend on and expect each week wouldn’t occur. In addition to her vital role as Administrative Assistant, Lindsey loves to do newcomer meetings, where she meets with people one-on-one, learns about who they are and what they’re interested in, and then helps connect them into our community. She truly believes in and supports what Jesus is doing in the MHV community and feels privileged to get to be a part of that work in any capacity.  Prior to coming on staff, Lindsey worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Lindsey and her husband Nick, whom she met in college, were married in 2006 and have three children, Ellie, Ava and Eli. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado Denver.

lindsey@milehighvineyard.org

 

Bethany Williams, Office Assistant

Bethany Williams is the Office Assistant at the Mile High Vineyard. Originally from Billings, Montana, Bethany has been a part of the church since fall 2010 and came on staff in early 2014.

As Office Assistant, Bethany is our organizational, get-things-done guru! She loves organizing systems and helping people – which is exactly what she gets to do on our staff. She plans and coordinates our ministry events and classes (including Discovering Community and Discovering Membership), and she maintains all of the church’s weekly communications (newsletters, social media and podcasts). In addition, she assists the church staff with a multitude of administrative tasks.

Bethany and her husband Brandon have been married since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Colorado.bethany@milehighvineyard.org


Joe Martino, Facilities Manager

Joe Martino is the Facilities Manger for the Mile High Vineyard. He joined the church in 2002, having built relationships with those in the church while training at a Kung Fu school next to our original building. Through everyone’s openness and kindness, Joe began to attend Sunday services. MHV quickly became his home church and has been ever since. He came on staff in August of 2012.

As facilities manager, Joe organizes the cleaning, repair, improvements and weekly upkeep for the Arvada Hub in order to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment. He also plans and implements space and energy efficiency. His hope is to create and facilitate an environment for people to come and experience community in the life of Jesus. With a love for serving others and providing behind-the-scenes support, his goal is to continually improve the efficiency and the aesthetic environment of our Arvada Hub building in order to create a comfortable place for worship, special events and organizations in our community.

Joe and his wife Ivy have been married since 2009. They have two daughters Alice and Emma. Joe will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (with specialties in Conflict Management and Leadership) at Regis University in late 2013 with plans to pursue a Master of Arts in decision-making processes and essay writing after that.

joe@milehighvineyard.org

 

Jerry Lanier, Events and Facilities Coordinator

Jerry Lanier is the Events and Facilities Coordinator at the Mile High Vineyard. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Jerry first connected to MHV during our 2010 Cause Conference. He then attended and graduated from the Heroic Leadership Institute (Lewiston, Maine) in 2012. Responding to the Lord’s prompting, Jerry moved to Denver in July 2013 to join our staff and to assist in the launch of the Heroic Leadership Institute in Denver.

As the Events and Facilities Coordinator, Jerry assists our Facilities Manager with cleaning, repairs, improvements and weekly upkeep at our Arvada Hub. He also helps to prepare the
building to be used for any events that our church, our church community or local organizations may be hosting there.

In his staff role, Jerry’s aim is to help enable our church be known for our openness and willingness to use our resources to serve the people around us by hosting a wide range of
church and community events and through facilitating an environment of hospitality. With nearly ten years’ experience as a graphic artist, Jerry has a passion to create aesthetically pleasing environments, knowing that such spaces promote comfort and beauty and can assist people in exploring what life with God is and what it looks like to follow Jesus.

jerry@milehighvineyard.org