Zach Nielsen, Pastor and Elder
Zach is a teaching pastor and elder who oversees leadership development and preaching. Before joining Scott to plant The Vine, he was a worship pastor in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Christian singer/song-writer in Nashville, Tennessee. Zach and his amazing wife Kim have four children: Taylor, Autumn, Emery, and Mya. Zach is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and Covenant Theological Seminary.
David Jordan, Elder
David, a project manager at a technology company in the Madison area, became an elder at the Vine in 2014. He and his wife, Jacklyn lead the Elver Park City Group in the southwest corner of Madison. In the spring of 2015, David and Jacklyn welcomed a new baby boy, Matthias, into their home.
James Davenport, Elder
James has served as an elder at The Vine since 2017 and has since become our NextGen pastor, providing oversight for our children from birth through high school. He and his wife, Emily, have one daughter, Lucy, and help lead the Waubesa City Group. James is a graduate of Iowa State University and Moody Bible Theological Seminary and also currently works for a student mission’s organization – Next Step Ministries - as their Discipleship Coordinator.
Laurel Eccles, Care and Discipleship & Administrative Coordinator
Laurel provides care and discipleship for women and serves as the church coordinator. Along with her husband Justin and two children, Hannah and Asher, Laurel recently re-located to the Madison area after serving for 12 years in Istanbul, Turkey. Laurel is a graduate of Iowa State University and has her Master's in Biblical Counseling from Southern Seminary. She has worked in the areas of cross-cultural women's ministry, refugee ministry, arts and worship ministry and counseling. She is a wonderful addition to the staff at The Vine.
Michael McKittrick, Pastoral Resident & Elder
Michael is a pastoral resident exploring the call to church plant in the Madison area, and he also teaches at Charis Classical Academy in Madison. Before coming to Madison, Michael served for two years as a pastoral resident at College Church in Wheaton as well as an intern at Crossway Community Church in Bristol, WI, where he met his wife Heather. They now have three girls, Eliza, Gloria and Fiona. He was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, but came to the US to attend Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Despite losing most of his Canadian accent, he can still be found cheering for Canada in hockey.