Bubba Justice (wife Melany)- Senior Pastor
Bubba has been the pastor since the church was started in 1994. He had been a part of VCF Birmingham since 1983, when it was still Hillcrest Baptist Church. He served VCF Birmingham as youth pastor, children’s pastor, small group coordinator, and assistant pastor. He attended Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham and Birmingham School of the Bible. He holds a BS in accounting from UAB, and a Masters of Biblical Studies from Birmingham School of Theology. He and Melany have been married since 1987. Melany is a paralegal, and serves on the worship team. They have two daughters (Jessilyn & Katelyn) in college at Lee University. Facebook | Twitter | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Cole (wife Stacy)- Executive/ Worship Pastor
Steve graduated from Samford University with a music education degree. He has been working on staff at churches since 1982. He has been at IVC since it began in 1994. Steve is both Worship and Executive Pastor. His wife Stacy manages a cosmetic studio in the Riverchase Promenade. She also helps lead with Steve on the worship team. Steve and Stacy have two young daughters, Halle Kate and Anna Claire (adopted from China in 2009.)
Suzanne Williams (husband Ward)- Children's Pastor
Suzanne has been on the IVC staff since 2002. Suzanne graduated from Samford University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has completed counseling courses at Reformed Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and has served as a Montessori school teacher, Middle School guidance counselor, Laity Lodge Youth Camp counselor, and a county mental health service provider. She is married to Ward Williams who is the executive director of Vineyard Family Services. Ward and Suzanne have three young children: Tate, Carson and Sarah Paige.
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Mittie McCarty- College Pastor
Mittie is a graduate of Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, TX where she majored in theology. She served as a missionary for 7 years in Kent,England working with over 15,000 young people each year on school campuses. She has worked with college leaders at 4 colleges in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa to disciple, train, and equip them in reaching out to their own campus communities. With the help of these leaders, we have developed a 1-3 year internship program called ACTS: Advancing Campus Outreach through Students. Our program currently works with students at Samford and reaches International Students at UAB.
Jason Richardson (wife Stephanie)- Youth Pastor
Jason joined the staff as the youth pastor in September 2009 after spending 2 years on staff at the Anaheim Vineyard. He has been in ministry since 1999, serving in many churches, youth camps and campus organizations. He has served as worship leader, small group leader, audio-visual coordinator, 4th and 5th grade Sunday school coordinator and facilities coordinator. Jason’s wife Stephanie also serves with the youth & works at a local hair salon. They have been married since 2004. They have two children, Jeremiah & Nicola.
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J Downes (wife Tammi)- Ministry Assistant
J and his wife Tammi relocated from Pasadena, CA in 2010. J has been actively involved at IVC, at first volunteering and then with the Apprentice Program prior to joining the staff. As Ministry Assistant he coordinates our Small Groups, Financial Peace University and the Alpha course and works closely with the Senior Pastor and the other staff wherever it is needed. His wife Tammi works as a manager at AT&T. They have been married since 2008 and have recently added to their family of grown children by adopting two smaller children: Kayleigh and Jordan.
Gina Burns (husband Greg)- Administrative Assistant
Gina has been attending the Vineyard since 1999. She joined the staff in March 2006. She and her husband Greg have led small groups and served in youth and outreach ministries. She also helps organize several of our large events. They have two teenage sons Hunter and Tobie.