STAFF & LEADERSHIP           

  • JOEL SEYMOUR

    senior pastor - joel@lancastervineyard.org


    Joel serves as the Senior Pastor of the Lancaster Vineyard. He’s in love with his wife Kristi and together they have three great kids: Jesse, Luke, and Emmie. Joel graduated from Kentucky Christian College in 1994 with a BA in Christian Ministries (preaching emphasis) and a BA in Biblical Studies. Upon graduating Joel and Kristi were a part of a church planting team in northwest Ohio. In 1998, after 4years at the Oasis Church in northwest Ohio, they felt called to plant a Vineyard church in Lancaster. Besides being the senior pastor, Joel serves as an Area Pastoral Care Leader for VineyardUSA and has been known to be an assistant little league coach. Joel dreams about growing old with his wife, raising his fun loving kids to be lifelong disciples, seeing a Vineyard in every county seat in SE Ohio, and watching the Reds go back to the World Series one day. 



  • JOHNNY FRIESNER

    youth PASTOR - johnny@LANCASTERVINEYARD.ORG

    Johnny serves as the Youth Pastor here at the Vineyard and oversees grades 6th through 12th. His responsibilities also include coordinating media projects (videos, website, graphics, etc). He is happily married to his wife Jess and have a son named Levi. He graduated from Ohio State in 2009 where he began doing ministry with international students, went on mission trips and worked with teens with the organization YouthWorks. Following college, he completed a 5-month Discipleship Training School through YWAM (Youth With a Mission) in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Haiti. Johnny has a passion to see young teenagers love and serve Jesus and to be the church of today. During his free time, he enjoys being outside, working on a woodworking project or reading a good book. 


  • Phil herington

    children's pastor - phil@LANCASTERVINEyard.org

    Phil serves as our Children's Pastor and oversees the ministry and programs for infants through 5th grade. Phil is married to Abby and have two beautiful daughters, Molly and Nora. He graduated from University of Dayton in 2002 and immediately started on his M.Div. at Ashland Seminary, which he received in 2007. He has been an active leader at Lancaster Vineyard for over 11 years leading worship and small groups. He has been instrumental in VBS since the first in 2014. Phil is passionate about discipleship and excited to be a part of bringing about eternal life-changing transformation for each kid who participates. When Phil is not at church, he loves reading and watching (not playing) sports and cheering on his favorite teams.


  • STACEY johnson

    Administrative assistant - stacey@LANCASTERVINEYARD.ORG

    Stacey serves full-time as the Administrative Assistant to the staff and volunteer ministry leaders.  She has been a member of Lancaster Vineyard Church since 2001, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource/Business Management from Ohio University and graduated in 2006 from Vineyard Leadership Institute, a graduate-level ministry program.  Stacey's work history is varied with experience in management, hospitality, education, banking, sales and training & development.  It was in 2012 that she heard God's call in to the church and has been genuinely grateful for the opportunity to serve Him and our Vineyard family.  Stacey currently oversees the Connect Ministry Team, that welcomes folks on Sundays and brings people together at special events throughout the year.