True Vine Church is led by our pastor Mike Connolly and his wife Karen together with a leadership team consisting of: Steve Doggett, Maarten and Jane Herman, Peter Herman, Marius and Elena Iordache, Reuben Mowle, Peter and Sarah Rudd, Faye Smith and Andy Stubbings. The church is overseen by Tony Rozée who is involved in the teaching and training of leaders, as well as the founding of churches in places where they have yet to be established.
our leadership team:
Mike is married to Karen and they have two sons Luke and Charlie. Mike became a member of the Church in 1993, with Karen following two years later after they were married in April 1995. Having come down from Glasgow Mike left behind a history of drug addiction, prison and long spells in psychiatric hospitals. Becoming a Christian in 1988, Jesus led him step by step out of drug addiction and mental illness. Mike was appointed our Pastor in September 2009.
Karen was born on the island. Before becoming a christian she spent every weekend drinking, clubbing and trying to have a good time, but life just felt empty. In 1989 her friend shared the Gospel with her and she realised her heart was empty and needing filling with God's love. That night she became a christian and has never looked back. Karen is now actively involved working for the church alongside her husband, Pastor Mike. They both love to minister the love of God to people in church and across the island. Karen loves a good girly film, clothes shopping and having fun with her family and friends.
Steve moved to the Isle of Wight in 1992. At present Steve is senior partner at Grove House Surgery. Steve and his wife Claire have 4 children. His main role at TVC is training and equipping with a particular emphasis on young people. Steve travels regularly to Southern Africa to equip church leaders.
Maarten & Jane Herman
Maarten and Jane have been married since 1989 and have three children (Becca, Peter and Josh). They have lived on the Island since 2003 and joined this Church at that time. Maarten is a Maths Teacher at a local College and plays bass guitar in the worship band. Jane works part time as a Research Nurse at the hospital and is actively involved in the Prophetic Ministry Team. Together they are part of the Pastoral Care Team, host a homegroup and help with the children’s work.
Peter has lived on the island since 2003. He has done some overseas missionary work with Mission24 and youth work in Burton on Trent. He’s now currently at Solent University studying Graphic Design. In his spare time he enjoys piano and spending time with his family and friends. He has a passion for people coming to Jesus and is hungry to see the younger generation to surrender their lives to Him. He leads the church's youth meeting on a Monday evening.
Marius & Elena Iordache
Marius has been married to Elena since May 2000, they have two boys and two girls. They came to the UK from Romania in 2008 and moved to Isle of Wight in 2009. In 2012 they joined the church. Marius became a christian in 1998 and since then he has been involved in worship by singing and playing drums and he was involved in leadership leading a teenage bible study group then a youth group. Marius and Elena are currently both an active part of the worship team.
Reuben attended True Vine Church growing up and returned to the church in his early 20s. He regularly leads worship and is part of the church's media team. He works as a videographer both as a freelance wedding filmmaker and for a local marketing agency.
He is excited to get married this summer to his fiancé Jess.
He is passionate about seeing people come to Christ and having their lives transformed.
Peter & Sarah Rudd
Peter and Sarah have attended True Vine Church since their marriage in 1990. They are responsible for the management of finances within the church, general administration and Peter is also Chair of Trustees of the church's charitable trust. They have two grown up children, Nick and Abi. Peter is a Practice Manager for a GP Surgery and Sarah is the administrator for Isle of Wight Youth for Christ.
Faye has been a member of the church since the day she was born! Many in the church remember her as a baby and as a little girl (she played Mary in the Christmas nativity at the age of 4!) Faye studied and lived in Bath for four years and has worked with both Isle of Wight and Bath Youth for Christ. She currently works in a secondary school and at Revive's Newport Youth Café. At church Faye plays the drums in the worship team and has just started preaching. Faye is a proud Auntie to her nephews and niece and also delights in her three Goddaughters.
Andy has been part of the church since its inception. He is married to Angela and has three sons, all in their twenties. Andy has been in business with his brother Si for the past 30 years, running a machinery dealership. He oversees the Prophetic ministry at True Vine Church and speaks regularly on Sundays.