lead pastor - johnny@LANCASTERVINEYARD.ORG

    Johnny serves as the Lead Pastor here at the Vineyard and oversees teaching and preaching, discipleship, and leadership development. He is happily married to his wife Jess and has 3 kids (Levi, Jolene and Lily) . 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. During his free time, he enjoys being outside, working on a woodworking project or reading a good book. 

  • Phil herington

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR/children's pastor -

    Phil serves as our Children's Pastor and Associate Pastor. As Children's Pastor, he oversees the ministry and programs for infants through 5th grade and as the Associate Pastor, Phil oversees Sunday morning services. Phil is married to Abby and they 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 one 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.

  • cassie berry

    director of getting ministry done - 


    Cassie serves as our Director of Getting Ministry Done, which includes assisting each of the Pastors and volunteer ministry leaders. In her new role, Cassie will also oversee the execution of Sunday morning church services, the receptionist and office volunteers, as well as coordinate all of the events that take place in the building. Cassie attended the Lancaster Vineyard as a youth in our early days at the YMCA and rejoined the family, fully involved, in 2018. She is newly married to Jack Berry and graduated in 2017 from Ohio University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Moderate to Intensive Educational Based Needs (Special Education). She has served in many volunteer positions within the church including Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, Small Groups, and Cafe. When God revealed to her that teaching was not her calling, Cassie found a passion in assisting others in ministry, which will lead to the transformation of many lives towards Jesus. In her free time, she loves to go to amusement parks, attend various concerts and spend an evening in Downtown Lancaster with her friends.

  • sarah bay


  • carolyn bateson



    founding pastor -

    Joel serves as the Founding 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 4 years at the Oasis Church in northwest Ohio, they felt called to plant a Vineyard church in Lancaster. Joel pastored the Lancaster Vineyard for 23 years until transitioning to his new role on Vineyard USA's National Team. You can read more on that HERE. 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.