Melanie Forsythe


Melanie Forsythe is the Lead Pastor of LIFE Vineyard Church, a vibrant faith community in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.  She came to faith in the post-christian landscape of Australia.  There, Melanie was a youth pastor for many years before moving to America alongside her now late husband and co-founder of LIFE Vineyard.  In spite of the unexpected loss of her husband in late 2018, Melanie is unapologetically in love with the Gospel, and full of hope and vision for the future of the local church.  Her Selah conference, held annually in Columbus reaches women from all walks of life, calling them to live lives of authentic devotion to Jesus.


Nick Bradley

executive pastor

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska Nick is a retired outdoors man. He now spends his time hanging out with his son Whittaker and wife Rebecca. He was the drummer on the LIFE plant team. Now at church he does all the financials, preaches once a month, loves leading trips to our Orphan homes in Asia and helps fulfill the vision of Melanie.

david carey

associate pastor

David is an Indiana boy that always seems to find his way back to the midwest!  He has been married to his lovely wife Amanda for 13 years and they have a little boy named Isaiah and a little girl named Eden.  David loves fishing and making music.  He has a passion to see the church engage in the word of God and worship Him with sincerity.  

angie auman

discipleship pastor

Angie lives in Granville with her husband AJ and her two sons Jake and Noah. She enjoys the beach, baseball games, meaningful conversations and having fun. She is passionate about caring for leaders, seeing people connected through church community and teaching others how to engage with God in practical ways.

james truslow

creative director

James Truslow is an Ohio boy through and through.  He is married to his wife Abbey and they have a beautiful little girl named Ivy.  He has been a touring artist and worship leader for over 15 years and has a heart to unify and empower the creatives in the city of Columbus.

Lorrie Sturm

Women's Ministry Director

Lorrie is a native of Ohio and helped with the start of our church plant. She loves the mountains but not as much as her grandchildren. At the church Lorrie helps with practical side of ministry, keeping everyone's feet on the ground. 

Courtney Maestri

Children's Director

Courtney Maestri is a pastor's daughter from Eastern Ohio.  She has the amazing privilege of working with volunteers to introduce the Gospel to the kids who attend LIFE, and teach them they are fully loved by God.  When not at church, Courtney, her husband Devon, and their four kids are probably at a playground, making fairy houses, or planning their next adventure.

Aaron Ellington

student director

Hailing from Sandusky Ohio, this Cedar Point fanatic loves a good rollercoaster.  He also is a sneaker head that loves him some Kevin Durant.  He came to know Jesus in a real way in high school and is a passionate about seeing the youth engaged and active in their community and in the church.