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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.


David Parker

Creative Arts Pastor

Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Married to Michelle, with three children.
    • Went to Ozark Christian College … and Lincoln Christian College … and Emmanuel Christian Seminary.
    • Sang and led creative arts for a church in Chicago, and another in Nashville.
    • Started a church in Sedona, Arizona.

Not So Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Grew up in Missouri and is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.
    • Loves laying by the pool, boating, swimming, wake boarding, knee boarding, beaching out. He likes water!
    • Though he likes water, he does not like eating fish.
    • Though he does not binge on fish, he does binge on Netflix.


Samantha Pierce

Next Gen Pastor

Official Sounding Stuff:

    • From: Huntington Beach, CA
    • Married to Jamie, with three children
    • Has been on staff with two churches before Verve, overseeing family ministries.
    • Has been the head of the PTA and a Girls Scout Troop leader.

Not So Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Samantha has an unhealthy fear of spiders and the cotton inside of medicine bottles. (Don’t ask.)
    • Samantha has an unhealthy love of cooking shows (Chopped!) and crime dramas (Criminal Minds!).
    • Samantha has an unhealthy addiction to coffee and dark chocolate.
    • Samantha has a healthy love of the beach. But don’t ask her about cottage cheese!


Jacob Sanders

Operations Director

Official Sounding Stuff:

    • From: The extremely small town of Oakland, Kentucky
    • Married to Alicia
    • 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.)


Tony Schwartz

Next Steps Pastor

Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Married to Lisa, with three children.
    • Went to Wheaton University.
    • Has an MBA.
    • Played football in college and helps coach at Faith Lutheran High School.

Not So Official Sounding Stuff:

    • Tony loves the Chicago Cubs, and has a dog named Wrigley.
    • Tony loves stone crab claws from Joe’s Stone Crab, but is not named Joe.
    • Tony loves Angels & Airwaves, but is no angel.
    • Tony loves the movie No Country For Old Men but isn’t an old man… yet.