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
Regional Leader

Brenda, affectionately known as “B” had the assurance of a life-time call to ministry when she was a teenager and has been following that path ever since. She is passionate about seeing people become whole and be a right reflection of who God is. Her favorite ways to spend spare time are long talks over coffee with friends about God, or riding her motorcycle along with Michael up the North Shore of Lake Superior or getting lost in Canada on windy roads. She is crazy about watching Professional Bull Riding, listen’s to country music, and often preaches in her cowgirl boots. Brenda is a Senior Pastor at Duluth Vineyard, has served as an Area Pastor in her Region, and in 2013 was appointed as the Regional Leader for the Midwest North Region, serving and caring for 8 Area Pastors and about 51 local churches and ministries in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Chicago, IL area.

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 & Vineyard Pilgrimage Specialist

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.

Casey also serves as the Specialist for helping our region understand and integrate the Vineyard Pilgrimage
as it is developed more. Vineyard Pilgrimage exists to see every person, from the youngest child to the seasoned sage, develop a lifelong passion for God and for the Vineyard expression. We’re building a strategic pathway for intentional and continuous spiritual development that is rooted in Kingdom of God theology and Vineyard values. The Vineyard Pilgrimage empowers and equips churches to eliminate ministry silos and provides a unified track for development in the areas of leadership and parenting.

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.

Daniel & Leticia Mercado
Area Leaders

Daniel and Leticia Mercado are the Pastors at La Viña Gurnee in Gurnee IL.  They planted the church 6 years ago 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.

Brian Brinkert
Specialist: Bi-vocational Pastoral Care

Brian Brinkert is currently an Associate Pastor at Duluth Vineyard Church in Duluth, MN. He and his wife, Andrea originally helped plant a church in Cedar Rapids and then moved to Mankato, MN to plant Two Rivers Vineyard Church and pastored there for 13 years. In 2017, Brian and his family joined the staff at Duluth Vineyard where he oversees Small Groups, Weekend Teams, and Men’s Ministry. He also is assisting in the Church Planting Residency Program as a trainer and mentor. Brian has a passion for encouraging pastors and church planters. Brian and Andrea have been married since 1995, and love enjoying life with their two teenage daughters.

Jason and Betsy Patrick
Specialists: Youth Pastor’s Mentors

Jason and his wife Betsy have many years of working with youth and Jason is on staff at Vineyard Church of Elgin in Elgin, IL, where he serves as both Youth Pastor and Community Pastor. He married his high school sweetheart, Betsy, and they have a beautiful family. Seeing teens experience God’s love for them and watching that love transform them is one of their greatest joy’s. The Patrick’s are networking, training, resourcing, and providing care for all Youth Pastors and Leaders through out the region.

Janice Ornquist
Vineyard Kids Specialist

Through 20 years as a Co-senior Pastor, Janice has greatly valued and invested in the oversight, budgeting, recruiting, team building, struggles, growth, and delight of Vineyard kids in the local church. She is passionate about the importance of staffing high quality, envisioned volunteer leaders as a major key to a healthy growing church. As the MWN Vineyard Kids Specialist, her desire it to connect with your local children’s leaders and to serve them with coaching, encouragement, vision, and resources.


Ted Kim, Asa Harting & Justin Law
Regional Worship Specialists

Ted Kim, Asa Harting, and Justin Law, along with Brenda, are committed to gather, train, provide encouragement, vision, coaching, and resources to the local church. Our goal is to elevate worship and foster a deeper level of community, cause, and creativity among our Worship Leaders, across the Midwest North Region.