Dan Kopp – Lead Pastor
As someone born and raised on the Eastside, his local roots run deep. He was raised going to the Catholic Church (St. Ronald’s in Clinton Township) and graduated from Fraser High School (go Ramblers!). About the time he enrolled in Oakland University he gave up on God and became a pretty hardcore atheist. Several years later, his spiritual journey re-started and kicked into high gear. He found himself quitting his GM/Delphi engineering job and moving to California to attend seminary. Upon graduation he moved back to Michigan, where he met Kellie. They got married in 2004 and began dreaming about planting a church together. After Dan’s 25-day hospitalization in 2009 they realized tomorrow is not promised to us so their church planting dreams kicked into high gear. The Eastside Vineyard was launched less than a year later. To read the rest of the story click here.
Dave Carlson – Executive Pastor
For the past 4 years Dave and his wife Chris have traveled as itinerant missionaries going wherever God has sent them. During that time they have learned firsthand about the Father’s heart of God and have experienced his supernatural provision over and over. Their current mission has brought them back to the Eastside Vineyard where this adventure with God started. They have the exciting role of overseeing the church’s transformation from being portable to having a permanent home. Prior to leaving his job Dave was the Director of Engineering at an automotive supplier.
Chris Carlson – Connections Coordinator
For 15 years Chris lived with a chronic neurological condition known as the “suicide disease.” After all medical options were exasperated, Chris and her husband Dave were attending The Eastside Vineyard Church and were introduced to the fact that God still heals today. Then, on August 28, 2012, Chris was completely, supernaturally healed after receiving prayer (see their story at here!). Since that time, Chris and Dave have made themselves available to God traveling the world as missionaries. Their latest mission finds them back at their home church, The Eastside Vineyard, where they are working to keep up with Father God to find a 24/7 ministry facility that their Eastside Vineyard Church family can truly call home. Chris also helps out with anything connections related including the Bridge, small groups, outreach projects, etc.
Brad Wall – Worship Director
Brad is a life-long Midwesterner. His spiritual journey began at a young age. He started asking hard questions through middle school, wanting to understand the Bible and know God deeper. Throughout high school he struggled with not feeling God’s presence and feeling misguided. After a death in the family Brad realized his need for a Savior knowing God wanted his whole heart. He moved to Minneapolis where he attended the University of Northwestern St. Paul and interned at the Mercy Vineyard church in Minnesota. He graduated as a ministry major with a concentration in music. Brad now lives in Ferndale with His wife Anna and dog Berkley. Brad loves being in nature. He enjoys biking, boating, and hiking.
Lisa Schlinke – Director of Vineyard Kids
Lisa Schlinke and her family joined the Eastside Vineyard Church four years ago. Lisa currently serves on the Advisory board as well as the prayer team. She joined the Vineyard Kids ministry team in November of 2016 after leading the middle school aged kids. Lisa studied Spanish at Texas State University and has had many exciting experiences in regard to teaching kids. These experiences range from teaching in public schools to teaching in a circus program in Waiblingen, Germany. Lisa is blessed to be married to her amazing husband of 15 years and they have two terrific daughters. Lisa’s passion is to foster an environment that is warm and fun for kids, as well as honoring to God. Her hope is that children of all ages not only learn about the Lord, but know Him for a lifetime!
Amanda Adas – Director of Early Childhood Programs
Amanda has been a part of the Eastside Vineyard family since its early days. She has always felt a calling to serve, a calling that led her to pursue a career in the medical profession where she has served many roles and worked with people of all ages. A loving mother of two, grandmother of one and a devoted follower of Christ, Amanda has always worked hard, persevered and tries to lead others to the Lord by her own example. In November 2015, Amanda assumed the role of the Director of Early Childhood Programs at the Eastside Vineyard, giving her the opportunity to continue to pursue her passion for leading others to Christ and to support parents in building a biblical foundation their children can stand on the rest of their lives. In this position Amanda enjoys helping guide the volunteers and teaching children about God and his unconditional love. In doing so, Amanda demonstrates the same compassion for the Vineyard Kids that she once did during her time at Children’s Hospital where she got her start in the profession years ago. For Amanda, a lifetime resident of Macomb County, the Eastside Vineyard has opened spiritual doors through which she hopes many will follow.
Steve Motrinc – Administrative Assisant
First and foremost, Steve is a husband and father to four awesome kids. Beyond that, he is the administrative assistant at our church. In his own words, “I love the awesome community that we have here, and I am so honored to be right in the middle of it! I love helping the church to run smoothly and taking care of anyone’s needs.” He and his family have been involved in the Vineyard movement since 2006, and try hard to walk the path that Jesus laid for us every day. He enjoys golfing and serving on the music ministry team playing bass or percussion.
Wendy Waszkiewicz – Volunteer Coordinator
Getting to know people and encouraging them is something Wendy really enjoys doing. As the Volunteer Coordinator for TEVC that is exactly what she does. She tries to connect people in positions that utilize their gifts and encourages them in that role as it supports the serving positions within the church on Sunday mornings. Wendy also has a passion for studying the Bible and encouraging Spiritual growth in others. She loves co-leading a small group study and women’s retreats that she organizes at Capuchin Retreat Center. She has been married to David for 30 years. They have two adult sons.
Julie Altman – Director of Stephen Ministry
Julie is a native Michigander from Royal Oak, the youngest of 5 siblings. She is married to Terry Altman. Between them, they have 4 adult children with spouses and 9 grandchildren. Her spiritual journey began at Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church, followed by membership in a Lutheran church. After a long and winding life path, she experienced an unexpected and personal encounter with Jesus Christ. As He promised, life was never the same, and Julie’s heart for Christ and desire to come alongside and help others grew. Julie and Terry joined The Eastside Vineyard Church in February 2015 and found a church family, a place to serve, and a reason to seek more of God. As the Stephen Ministry Director, Julie is helping to launch our congregation’s one-to-one care-giving ministry.
Alan Lubnow – Director of Portability
Alan loves to tinker and serve. As our portability director, he gets to do both on a regular basis. From fixing and replacing equipment to refining the duties of our volunteers, he does his best to make sure we are up and running on Sunday mornings. He is a husband and father of two. His family leads and participates in various small groups and community activities.
Tom Petz – IT Support
Technologies like podcasts, videos, email, and social media have all changed the way that people experience God’s love through the church. Tom’s role is to make sure that all of our technology fits together seamlessly to create a connected experience for church goers, whether they live close by or far away. Tom loves the “Kingdom of God” focus at Eastside Vineyard, how service is built into the core DNA of the church. Married with two kids, Tom is an avid technologist and teacher, and enjoys reading, cooking, and boating in his spare time.