Our Staff

Vince Antonucci

Lead Pastor
As Lead Pastor, Vince is responsible for the overall vision and direction of Verve, leads our staff, and does most of the speaking at our services.

Official Sounding Stuff:

Not So Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Hates snow, but loves Snow Patrol
    • Hates math, but loves the Counting Crows
    • Also loves Cameron Crow movies, but nothing else crow related
    • Raving fan of the Dodgers, Raiders, and the Fightin’ Illini (Vince went to Law School at the University of Illinois)
    • Has not been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive … yet.


Jeff Bennett

Executive Pastor
Jeff is responsible for overseeing Verve’s staff and ministries, and helping people who come to Verve take the next steps in their spiritual journeys.

Official Sounding Stuff:

    • From: Virginia Beach.
    • Married to Lisa, with two daughters.
    • Graduated from Mid-Atlantic Christian University and Cincinnati Christian University.
    • Started a church called LifeBridge in Acworth, GA.
    • Southwest Network Director for Stadia: New Church Strategies.

Not So Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Allergic to chocolate, but not white chocolate… because it’s not really chocolate… never mind.
    • Rode Magic Carpet ride at Magic Kingdom with Uma Thurman.
    • Met Mike Tyson… in prison… never mind.
    • Wants to visit every MLB park… 14 down, 16 to go.
    • Is a raving Duke fan… but married a Tarheel… never mind.


Amy Boles

Next Gen Pastor
Amy leads Verve’s ministries for children and students, from weekend programming to special events. She helps families become more connected to Verve and creates fun and safe environments in which children can learn about God.

Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Born and raised in Indiana
    • Married to Brent, with a dog, Porkchop
    • University of Michigan grad
    • Worked as a school administrator, school teacher and at a ginormous church in Indiana before moving to Las Vegas

Not So Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Amy loves ’80’s hair bands.
    • But she doesn’t love 80-year-old women with their hair in rubber bands.
    • Amy is a diehard Hoosiers fan.
    • But she’s not a fan of Die Hard. (Yippee-ki-yay)
    • Amy enjoys playing flag football and her favorite movie is Braveheart.
    • But she’s not a dude.


Jake Keck

Creative Arts Pastor
Jake equips and oversees the leaders on our Creative Arts team, which handles all the stuff we do in our services for adults.

Official Sounding Stuff:

    • From: Kokomo, Indiana. (Though he’s been in Vegas a long time.)
    • Married to Candice, with two kids
    • Attended Johnson Bible College
    • Has worked in construction, real estate, and for Apple

Not So Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Jake has one pet peeve: Scooping the poop of his two Boxers, Diesel and Athena
    • Jake speaks two languages: English and Pig Latin
    • Jake roots for three Indiana teams: The Colts, the Hoosiers, and the Irish
    • Jake has four communicable diseases. But we’re not telling which!


Margaret Nitzel

Community Life Assistant
Margaret is responsible for overseeing Verve’s community events and outreach ministries, plus helping people who come to Verve become more connected with their passions..

Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Born and raised right here in Las Vegas
    • Married to Nathan
    • Graduated from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, with a Bachelor’s in sociology on a Division I softball scholarship
    • Speaks English and Spanish
    • Previously worked with State of Nevada Unemployment and Job Connect, where she helped welfare recipients and the unemployed.

Not So Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Only person on Verve’s staff to actually be good enough at a sport for a college team to let them play.
    • Ironically, has zero interest in sports. (Only winning.)
    • Is allergic to doing the dishes, picking up dog poop, and losing.
    • Killed a bear with her own hands because the bear had chocolate, and she loves chocolate more than any woodland creature’s life. This orphaned two baby bears and was very sad. But also very delicious.


Jacob Sanders

Operations Director

Official Sounding Stuff:

    • From: The extremely small town of Oakland, Kentucky
    • Graduated from Western Kentucky University
    • Interned with Verve twice before coming on staff full-time
    • Loves finding new ways to use technology to make things easier and quicker

Not So Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Jacob’s favorite food is fried chicken. (Being from Kentucky, with the last name Sanders, he had no choice.)
    • Jacob roots for the Tennessee Titans, though he’s not from Tennessee nor has he ever been a titan. (Well, technically speaking.)
    • Jacob’s favorite TV show is Arrested Development. (But he has never been arrested.)
    • Rumor has it that Jacob’s life was the basis for the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. (He denies it.)