Joe Vieira

Joe Vieira

LEAD PASTOR

A little bit about Joe

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? Sixteen years ago a friend of mine named, Dan, brought me to the Vineyard. He said there was a cool church at the beach for guys like us. He was right and I never left.

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly" - G.K. Chesterton

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I desperately wanted to be a professional athlete.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? The city's strong community vibe and beautiful natural surroundings.

Email: joev@beachesvineyard.net


  Bobby Spahn

Bobby Spahn

COMMUNITY PASTOR

A little bit about Bobby

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? A couple of my closest friends in the world stumbled upon Beaches Vineyard 18 years ago. I’d come to Jax Beach to visit them and they invited me.

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you?

    For it is important that awake people be awake,
              or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
              the signals we give — yes or no, or maybe —
              should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.
                        — William Stafford, from A Ritual To Read To Each Other

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 23.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? Living on the edge.

Email: bobby@beachesvineyard.net


  Andrew Edwards

Andrew Edwards

STUDENT MINISTRIES DIRECTOR

A little bit about Andrew

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? My best friend from college was going to the Vineyard and after much convincing I finally went to a service and just loved it.

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? The story of Peter walking on the water. Peter makes this crazy request after seeing Jesus walk on water and Jesus invites him into something crazy and then pulls him up when he falls.

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Batman, of course...and then in high school years the lead singer of a punk band. Neither became true.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? I love living at the beach.

Email: youth@beachesvineyard.net

 


  James Abbott

James Abbott

  Colton McCoy

Colton McCoy

WORSHIP DIRECTORS


A little bit about James

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? A real good friend of mine had started attending this church and I decided to check it out.

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? James 1:2-3, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance."

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Law enforcement, and then a country music singer, and now as a 42 year old child, a chaplain.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? So many different cultures.

A little bit about Colton

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? My parents and I started attending around 99’ -00’

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
    -‭‭ Romans‬ ‭8:37-39‬

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A Preacher, Surfer or Musician

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? The size and differences. I’ve lived here all my life and constantly find new interesting areas and stories about it.

Email: worship@beachesvineyard.net


  Cheryl Abbott

Cheryl Abbott

INFANT-KINDERGARTEN DIRECTOR & CHURCH LIFE COORDINATOR

A little bit about Cheryl

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? My husband had visited a long time ago with friends. After getting married, we started looking and praying for a church that felt right for both of us. Through prayer, he remembered Beaches Vineyard and mentioned we should check it out. We knew after our first service this was “home” and we’ve been here ever since. God was undeniably present and we are so grateful he brought us to this community.

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? It’s hard to pick one. Almost all my life I’ve relied on Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” But more recently in my walk, I’ve found great comfort in Isaiah 46:4, Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Not a suit, that’s for sure! Astronaut at first. Then a veterinarian, but I went to college for Marine Biology before switching over to communications at the end of my schooling. I wanted to explore, to learn, and to take care of the things around me. It’s interesting to see how God has used that and formed it into what I do now.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? The beach comes to mind first. But honestly, my favorite thing might be that I’ve lived here for nearly 20 years and I still find new treasures all the time.

Email: kingdomkids@beachesvineyard.net


  Carolyn Valeria

Carolyn Valeria

1ST-2ND GRADE DIRECTOR

A little bit about Carolyn

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? My (now husband) boyfriend at the time was attending Beaches Vineyard so I tagged along with him. Little did I know it would become such a big part of my life!

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides quiet waters, he refreshes my soul."

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An actress, veterinarian, and teacher.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? My favorite thing about this city is the sense of community. The people in this city show love and kindness to one another. Also, there’s really good restaurants everywhere. Also, there’s the beach.

Email: vineyardkids@beachesvineyard.net


  Dustin & Cassidee Drake

Dustin & Cassidee Drake

3RD-5TH GRADE DIRECTORS

A little bit about Dustin

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? We were directed to try out Beaches Vineyard by some friends, Jeff and Susie Kook

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a child I dreamed of being a world explorer like Indiana Jones.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? My favorite thing about our city is that it is coastal!

A little bit about Cassidee

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? Jeff and Susie Koch brought us to Vineyard! We are so thankful they did!

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? “ Defend the Bible? I would rather defend a lion! Unchain it and let it defend itself. “ Charles Spurgeon

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to work in any creative field when I was a child.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? My favorite thing about this city is that there is always something new to explore!

Email: Grades3-5@beachesvineyard.net


  Nanette Van Doran

Nanette Van Doran

BUSINESS MANAGER AND ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM LEADER

A little bit about Nanette

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? My husband and I were part of the original church plant from the Jacksonville Vineyard.

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? 1 John 4:7-8 "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A singer.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? Family that live here.

Email: nanette@beachesvineyard.net


  Jessica Bunnell

Jessica Bunnell

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

A little bit about Jessica

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? It was where my sister went to church, so when I moved here I started going too and fell in love with the community.

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? "When I dwell with you, I do so in the present—I live in the present. Not the past, although much can be remembered and learned by looking back, but only for a visit, not an extended stay. And for sure, I do not dwell in the future you visualize or imagine....your imagination of the future, which is almost always dictated by fear of some kind, rarely, if ever, pictures me there with you." - The Shack

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be what I thought was the most glamorous job that only really beautiful people could have: An Applebees waitress.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? That I can bike to the beach or drive for 15 minutes and find myself downtown surrounded by big buildings, or at an NFL game, (Go Jags!) It's the best of both worlds.

Email: media@beachesvineyard.net


  Karissia Polakowski

Karissia Polakowski

CHURCH RECEPTIONIST

A little bit about Karissia

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? I was new to Jacksonville and one of my brothers home town friends, Kaitlin Jared, heard we were in Jacksonville now and she invited us.

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? Matthew 6:27 “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Everything…it changed by week.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? The local feels.

Email: receptionist@beachesvineyard.net


  Sally Manlove

Sally Manlove

CHURCH LIFE COORDINATOR ASSISTANT

A little bit about Sally

  • What or who brought you to Beaches Vineyard? When we visited for the first time we could sense that this was a place full of people genuinely seeking the Lord.

  • What is a memorable quote or scripture verse that has changed you? “Adoption is a beautiful picture of redemption. It is the Gospel in my living room.” – Katie Davis (Kisses from Katie)

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A singer.

  • What is your favorite thing about this city? Small town feel in a big city.

Email: sally@beachesvineyard.net


 

| FOUNDING PASTORS: LEE + PAT BROOKINS |

A little bit about Lee
 - Favorite thing Jesus said:  I choose you not you choose Me. (John 15:16)
 - One word (or phrase) that describes your relationship with Jesus:  Very personal and real.
 - What excites you most about Beaches Vineyard and your role here:  Changing lives
 - (Bonus Question) Favorite album of all time?:  Creedance Clearwater Revival
 

A little bit about Pat
 - Favorite thing Jesus said:  I will not leave you as orphans (comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless); I will come (back) to you. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭18)
 - One word (or phrase) that describes your relationship with Jesus:  He is enough.
 - What excites you most about Beaches Vineyard and your role here:  Getting to see our love and values work out it's expression in the following generations.
 - (Bonus Question) What was the best show you've ever been to?: Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba in Orlando