meet the team
Being a part of the team at the North Jersey Vineyard is far more than “just a job” … it’s a family.
PHIL CHORLIAN | LEAD PASTOR
Phil planted the North Jersey Vineyard in 1997 and serves as the Lead Pastor. Phil’s responsibilities include preaching and teaching, leadership development, and casting and communicating vision for the church. Phil also serves the wider Vineyard movement as a member of Vineyard USA’s national executive team and leads the “Healthy Church Development Team.” Through workshops, seminars, and coaching, this team seeks to help Vineyard churches move towards greater church health and community impact.
Phil and his wife Norma have been married since 1991 and have 4 children. Phil is an avid runner and is often training for his next marathon.
MARY ANNE DE LA TORRE | ASSOCIATE PASTOR | KIDS CHURCH
Mary Anne serves as an Associate Pastor in charge of the Children’s Ministry at the North Jersey Vineyard, having received her Bachelor’s degree from Grove City College in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Spanish.
Mary Anne seeks that children experience Jesus for themselves. She hopes to bless and encourage them in their faith journey to know God, experience His presence, and to continue to seek the Lord’s good and perfect plans for the rest of their lives. She facilitates this vision through training and recruiting volunteers, special events, meeting and praying with children and families, and most especially relying on the Lord.
Mary Anne and her husband Rich have two kids, Marcus and Noemi. She loves to travel, spend time with her family, and works part-time as a donut connoisseur. She tries to run to offset all the donuts in her spare time
GRIMALDI MARTINEZ | ASSOCIATE PASTOR | WORSHIP
Grimaldi is the Worship Pastor at the North Jersey Vineyard, leading several worship teams for our weekend services. The aspect of ministry that he enjoys the most is training and releasing people to serve in the ways that they are gifted. “I love seeing them come from rudimentary musical skills and a basic understanding of worship to becoming effective worship leaders and musicians.”
Grimaldi and his wife Celine have 4 children — 2 boys and 2 girls. When Grimaldi has time to himself, he loves playing electric guitar, as well as boxing and working out as a boxer.
THOMAS MCKELLICK | ASSOCIATE PASTOR | TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS
Thomas, a Maine native, is the Youth and Young Adults Pastor at the North Jersey Vineyard, working with students from 6-12th grade and young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. After high school, he studied at Vineyard College of Mission in Boise, ID with areas of focus on video production and church planting. Thomas worked on staff for over seven years at Pathway Vineyard in Lewiston, ME and served as the director of Heroic Leadership Institute, a 9 month discipleship school for young adults in the Vineyard Movement. One of his greatest passions is seeing young people learn how deeply God values them and embracing the fullness that He offers along their journey.
Thomas and his wife Mary have a beautiful two year old daughter, Evangeline. She makes life so much fun!
During his own free time Thomas likes to go to the beach, play disc golf, root for the Bruins, but mostly spend time with his family.
CHARLES TAYLOR | ASSOCIATE PASTOR | SPIRITUAL FORMATION & OUTREACH
Charles is the Pastor of Spiritual Formation & Outreach at the North Jersey Vineyard. Having traveled throughout the United States and to nearly twenty countries internationally, he is uniquely gifted to engage people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. His passion is to equip people to reflect, experience, and reach others with the life changing goodness of God. Charles also comes from a strong academic background holding an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and graduate degrees from Nyack College and Princeton Theological Seminary.
When he is not hanging out with the awesome people of the Vineyard Charles can be found in the wrestling room as a coach and in the classroom as a professor.
SUE SEHULSTER | CREATIVE & COMMUNICATIONS | HOLY SPIRIT MINISTRIES
Sue wears a few hats at the North Jersey Vineyard, serving as the creative developer/graphic designer, communications director, as well as overseeing all of the Holy Spirit Ministry components including Prayer Ministry, Healing on the Streets (HOTS), and the School of Kingdom Ministry. Sue has a passion for the creative — whether it’s through writing, singing on the worship team, graphics, or training and equipping others to step into empowered Holy Spirit ministry.
Sue and her husband Don have two teens, Aidan and Grace, and a rescue dog named Penny. Sue loves the outdoors — working in her garden, hiking, and mountain biking — as well as cooking and hanging out with friends and family. With a double Bachelor’s degree in both History and English Literature from Eastern University in PA, Sue enjoys immersing herself in those areas, especially traveling with her family to places steeped in history, and is always looking forward to new adventures in her future.
JESSICA ARBOLEDA | FINANCIAL manager | Spanish site pastor
With a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Liberty University, Jessica serves as our Financial Administrator and site pastor for our Spanish service, fully enjoying not only her roles in these positions, but also discovering her path and purpose in God.
While Jessica serves the North Jersey Vineyard in this professional capacity, she also loves being able to serve the community by guiding and assisting others in the organization of their own finances.
Jessica is married to Guillermo Reyes, and she enjoys spending her time watching movies and reading.
monica mantilla | ADMINISTRATIVE assistant — office
Monica Mantilla serves as our Administrative Assistant. Her role, however, does not end there! Monica is also involved in all aspects of making sure everything runs smoothly — organization, logistics, as well as facilitating the every day functions in the church.
Monica is originally from Colombia were she graduated and was employed as an Executive Assistant for a national organization. She is fluent in Spanish which is a big blessing to the North Jersey Vineyard Spanish community.
Monica's passion is to warmly welcome and assist all who enter the church doors. She is married to David Rodriguez and enjoys hiking, music, long road trips, the beach, and especially spending time with her children and grandchildren.
GINA ORTIZ | ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT — lead pastor
Growing up in the ministry, Gina brings over 25 years of ministry experience to the North Jersey Vineyard Church. Gina holds a degree in Human Ecology: Family & Child Studies and Education and has helped with everything from cleaning the church building to administrative and ministry work.
Gina and her husband Fred met in college and have been married since 2000. Together they have a teenage son. A New Jersey native, Gina enjoys taking day trips throughout the Garden State and surrounding areas with her family. Gina considers it a true joy to serve the Lord at the North Jersey Vineyard Church. If there is one thing Gina would want you to know about her it’s “how much I love Jesus.”