Regional Leadership Team

Regional Leadership Teams in the Vineyard are led by a Regional Leader (RL) and each area within the Region has an Area Pastor (AP).
Meet the team below.


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Brenda Gatlin
Super Regional Leader

Brenda, affectionately known as “B”, has had the assurance of a life-time call to full-time kingdom ministry since the age of 17. She is passionate about leading from her transparent authenticity and seeing people set free from oppression. She is focused on healing and becoming whole biblical people, so we are a right reflection of who God is. She has a long track record of fruitfulness, for training and equipping others to continue doing all the things that Jesus did and for helping leaders become healthy.

Brenda and her husband Michael have been Senior Pastors at Duluth Vineyard in Minnesota since 1997. In addition to this local leadership, Brenda served as an Area Pastor in her Region for 5 years, and in 2013 was appointed as the Regional Leader for the Midwest North Region. For nearly 10 years, she has been serving about 50 local churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Chicago area. Michael and Brenda have been the sending church for 6 Vineyard church plants and love Multiply Vineyard communities.

In the fall of 2021, Brenda and Michael celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. They are parents to three grown and married children, and grandparents to two girls. Her favorite ways to practice Sabbath are riding her motorcycle along Lake Superior, long talks over coffee with friends, being grandma (Mimi) to her two granddaughters, being a fan of professional bull riding, baking, and puzzling through the long winter evenings of Northern Minnesota.


Daniel & Leticia Mercado
Regional Leaders

Daniel and Leticia Mercado are the Pastors at La Viña Gurnee in Gurnee IL.  They planted the church and are excited to see what the Lord has in store for them as a family and the church. They have been married for 25 years and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Danny and Letty are passionate about discipling, equipping and guiding people to the transforming power of Jesus Christ.


Greg Perkinson
Area Leader

Greg Perkinson is one of the Midwest North Region’s Area Pastor’s, serving in the Minneapolis Metro area (8 churches). He and his wife, Sara, have been at South Metro Vineyard for over 10 years. Sara was born and raised in MN and Greg is from Southern Indiana. We served under several lead pastors, went through several transitions, and then unexpectedly were asked to lead the Church. Sara & Greg have 4 beautiful children, great family & friends, and love their local home church.


Pat & Lisa Mulcahy
Area Leader

Pat and Lisa Mulcahy are the Lead Pastors of Vineyard Community Church in Grafton, WI. Pat also serves as the Area Pastor for the Southern Wisconsin area, which includes five other Vineyard churches and church plants. The Mulcahys, along with four other adults and about 15 children, planted the Vineyard in Grafton 15 years ago. The last few years has brought about the completion of a newly constructed building which has provided many opportunities for Vineyard Community Church to grow.


Miguel & Rocio Aviles
Area Leaders

Miguel and Rocio Aviles, are the Area Leaders serving our Spanish speaking Pastors in Minnesota. They are lead pastors of La Viña de Burnsville in Burnsville, Minnesota, and planted the church in the Spring of 2012, with the help of an incredible team. Miguel and Rocio are passionate for the lost. They are also serving as Region Representatives for La Viña Multiplica and currently helping to plant another La Viña in St. Paul, Minnesota. They have been married for 24 years and have two wonderful children, Samantha and Miguel.


Dave & Anita Frederick
Area Leaders

Dave and Anita have been involved with the Vineyard since the mid-1980’s. Since then they have planted churches in Chicago, Oak Park, and now in Wheaton. Both are bi-vocational; Dave serves the church while also running a business (Leaders Book Summaries), and when Anita is not teaching, developing ministries, or filling in the latest hole, she serves as a missionary with Children’s Relief International in areas of deep poverty and oppression. Dave stays more on the home front and loves to teach, coach and develop leaders. They have three wonderful children—Tehillah, Jeshua, and Shiloah. Tehillah and Jeshua married two equally wonderful spouses—Nathan and Olivia whom we love dearly. Their favorite pastime is to spend long hours processing life with their children and dreaming of the next time they will all be together again.


David Maldonado
Area Leader

David grew up in the inner-city of Chicago as a kid of Vineyard pastors but began to steadfastly follow Jesus in his college years. He met Geno and Shannon Olison while attending the Urbana Vineyard and joined their team to help plant the South Suburban Vineyard Church.  David has been a senior leader at the SSV for nine years, five of those years serving as Assistant Pastor under Geno and Shannon. He says, “I’m living the dream with my wonderful wife, Jenny, and my two boys.  We love to play games, watch movies, and have tickle fights. God’s faithfulness and generosity are so evident in my life, and it’s my joy to share the Good News of His great love!”  Beyond the Vineyard, David is an engineer by trade and a little league coach on nights and weekends.


Casey LaCore
Area Leader

Casey is the Children’s ministries pastor/missions pastor and is generally responsible for volunteers at the Duluth Vineyard. She also oversees outreach/integration/evangelism. She has been working at Duluth Vineyard for 6 years in several roles and is a member of the senior leadership team. Casey is a wife to a very kind man, mother of 4 fabulous adult children, mother-in-law to 2 lovely ladies and grandmother to 3 awesome children. She has worked in several areas over the years; 10 years in residential mental health and disable adults, 8 years as a home daycare provider, 10 years in volunteer management and civic engagement. She has a degree in Community Enhancement and master’s degree in education.


Michael Houle
Area Leader

Michael Houle is one the Midwest North Region’s Area Pastor’s, serving Northern Wisconsin. He and his wife, Trisha, are the lead pastors of Valley Vineyard Church in Chippewa Falls. Michael and Trisha, along with their family, planted the church in 2005, and have enjoyed watching the church grow and affect their community for Jesus. Also, Trisha, along with serving the church, is a full time nurse, and Michael serves on the Multiply Vineyard Team serving and helping multiply rural churches. They have two amazing young adult children, and enjoy spending time with them, their family and friends.