Admin Director

Ashley Gwaltney

Hiya, my name is Ashley Gwaltney, and I am the Office Administrator here at the Ventura Vineyard. I also help with other things like VV’s social media, graphics, hospitality, and building maintenance. Little bit about me: I was born and raised in the East Valley of Arizona and lived there until 2013 when my husband and I moved to Ventura. Not a bad swap, to be honest. I do not miss the heat – or the beige! We really love…
Teaching Team

Bob Harper

Hi, my name is Bob Harper. I am the lead pastor here at the Ventura Vineyard. Welcome to our website and welcome to our church. There are lots of things I would love to tell you if we were face to face and many things I hope you will experience if you visit. We believe in the Bible and seek to know and apply it to our lives. We enjoy worship and believe that we actually encounter the living God…
Worship Director

Chris Gwaltney

Chris is the Worship Director for Ventura Vineyard. He was a church planter for seven years and has been in ministry for thirteen. He’s also writing this in the third person because that’s what you do for bios, he guesses. In high school, he taught himself to play guitar and sing, and became enamored with the way music can bring people closer together and reveal truths that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to see.  He’s also been a nerd longer…
Teaching Team

Catherine Anderson

Hello. My name is Catherine Anderson. I serve on the Teaching Team, as an ad-hocmember of the Leadership Team, and, saving the best for last, as a preschool teacher in Children’s Ministry. My husband Tom and I have lived in Ventura County since 1978. We have 3 grownchildren and 6 grandchildren. Therefore, I live in a perpetually messy house filled with books, paw prints, fingerprints, art projects, toys, dirty dishes, and occasionally an unrecognizable item. We have been part of…

Gini Downing

Hello!  My name is Gini Downing, and I’ve been a member of Ventura Vineyard since its inception. I currently serve as a member of the pastoral team, the teaching team, and as an elder and member of the board of directors.  And, you’ll see me playing keyboards a couple times  a month as well.  My passion is in the area of Spiritual Formation.  I frequently teach classes and workshops on prayer, worship, spiritual formation, and spiritual disciplines, and have written…

Jared Bangs

My name is Jared Bangs. I was born here in Ventura and have lived here for most of my life, aside from a few brief stints in New Zealand and Hawaii. I have been happily married to my wife Martha since 1995, and we have three amazing adult kids. I am a software developer professionally, and I enjoy board games and other (non-derogatorily) “nerd” hobbies. I helped plant and lead worship at a Vineyard church in Hawaii in 1996 and…

Jeff Ham

Hi. My name is Jeff Ham and I serve as a member of the Service Host team and Tech team. You can also find me producing plays for Fractured Actors Theater Company in Suite J of the Ventura Vineyard. I grew up in Florida and lived in a few other Eastern US states before moving to California in 1996. While living in Los Angeles, I met my wife Shannon and we moved to Ventura in 2008. We have two precocious,…

Jen Hermann

Hi! I’m Jen Hermann and I’m so honored to be a part of the elder team. I’ve been married to James for a bunch of years, and we have three kids who are all grown now. I’m a California girl who took a few years detour in the Midwest.  I’m a seeker and a questioner, a skeptic and a dreamer. I believe that God has something bigger and better and deeper and wilder in the works. I prefer mystery and…

Richard Sochel

My name is Richard Sochel. I am very glad you stopped to read this and other bios on the website.  The Ventura Vineyard is a creative, unique, and special church. It has been my church family, learning community and place of worship since 2003. I am married to Kathy Navarro Sochel and I have two adult children. It is my privilege and honor to be part of the church’s Leadership Team to serve the Ventura Vineyard community both as an Elder…
Youth Director

Trevor Wilmoth

Hola, my name is Trevor Wilmoth and I am the Youth Director here at the Ventura Vineyard! I’ve seen just about every iteration of the High School and Jr. High Ministries as a sibling of a student, a student myself, worship leader, volunteer, and now director. Together with my team, I lead the Vineyard’s combo middle and high school ministry, “The Blend.” It is a great blessing that I am allowed to work with such wonderful fellow youth leaders now,…
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