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About Us

Our leaders


Ben Chennells

Teaching Pastor

Ben is a resident of Junction City since 2003 and has taught Latin and classical mythology at Sheridan High School since 2002. He and his wife Karen have been married for 22 years and have five children: Abby, Joel, Beth, Maddie, and Carter. Ben and his family were part of the Lancaster Vineyard for 12 years but felt for a long time the desire to serve closer to home. They are excited about God’s work in the Vineyard Christian Church of Perry County! Ben enjoys reading and exercise, as well as learning just about anything new.


Melissa Pearson

Assistant Pastor of Ministries

Melissa currently lives in Junction City with her husband Ben and two children, Gus and Briel. She has attended the Lancaster Vineyard for 16 years and is very excited to be a part of a Vineyard in her community! Melissa enjoys hiking, traveling, baking, and watching her kids play sports. She loves having a house full of family and friends!


Theresa Thimmes

Worship Director

Teresa lives on a small farm in the Junction City area with her husband Todd, 2 dogs, 2 horses, and 1 cat. She is a nurse at Grant Hospital in Columbus and longs to see her patients (and everyone) be healed miraculously by Jesus. Teresa is the proud mother of two grown daughters and a son and three step daughters – all of whom live too far away! She became involved with the Columbus Vineyard in 1988 and was part of the Lancaster Vineyard Church plant in the 90’s, while continuing to intercede for revival for Perry County. Teresa is excited to see her heart’s desire be fulfilled as she leads our worship team.


Mark Evans

Care Director

Mark has lived in Perry County (God`s Country) for 15 years, 5 of those years in Thornville, before moving to Junction City. He has been married since 1987 to his wife Sherri. He has 2 daughters, a son, son-in-law, and 4 grandchildren. His passion for life comes from the simplicity of country living and serving others. He enjoys fishing, hunting, golf, and spending time building relationships with family, friends, and our community. Mark's passion for life came through a life changing experience where the Grace of God healed his wounds and offered him a life of freedom and joy to help others.


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