Senior Pastor
Arty Hart,

Arty is a Gainesville native and UF grad. After graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas Arty and his wife Jackie returned home to Gainesville, and what is now The Vineyard began as a small group in their home.

“Belonging” has been at the heart of Vineyard Gainesville from those early days, where many of it’s first members were people looking for a place to fit in church.

Arty’s passion is “to see the lights come on for folks” whether that means finding God’s love for the first time, discovering the person presence and power of the Holy Spirit, or moving into their unique calling as God’s beloved – made for a purpose.

In addition to being the founding pastor of Vineyard Gainesville, Arty also serves as the Area Leader for the Vineyard USA, overseeing Vineyard churches in North Florida.

Community Pastor
Jacob Larson,

Jacob has lived in Gainesville for 15 years. He graduated from the University of Florida where he met his wife, Jackie, at YoungLife, where he was also on staff for four years after college. Jacob and Jackie have two ridiculously cute daughters named Nathalie and Valerie. He has been on staff at the Vineyard since 2002 and says he is amazed at the opportunities God is asking him and his family to be a part of. Jacob’s passions are bringing heaven on earth by loving those who need real life on life relationships, his family and his city.

Worship Director
Jared Hart,

Jared was born and raised in Gainesville and is a proud ACR. He has been playing music for the better part of 15 years in and around the city of Gainesville with various bands, and as a member of Vineyard Gainesville’s worship team. He met his wife, Rachel, in Lakeland, FL where they lived together for the first 3 1/2 years of their marriage before returning home to Gainesville. They have two beautiful daughters, Reagan and Annabelle.

Being a lifelong “Vineyardite” and “PK” (pastor’s kid) has given Jared a unique perspective of the Vineyard and the greater church as a whole. His greatest passion is to see our worship at the Vineyard create a space where people can come and respond to God’s love through worship in a safe place, free of judgment or apprehension. He also longs to see that love transform and unify the entire church, regardless of denomination or creed.

Theresa Williams,

Theresa has lived in the Gainesville area for 29 years, and absolutely loves it.  She and her husband Mike have been a part of Vineyard Gainesville since its beginning, and they have been involved in many ministries.  Theresa has been involved with the Vineyard’s finances on and off over the years, and came on staff in 2007.  Theresa is currently a part of the Kid’s Ministry and the Ministry Team.  Her passion is to see women healed and restored, and to walk in the freedom that God holds for them.

Executive Pastor
Mel Swartz,

Before being called into full time ministry Mel was in the Cabinetry and Millwork industry for 17 years spending the last 4 years as a consultant to the industry. After answering the call to full time ministry (in the affirmative this time) he and his family moved from San Antonio, TX to be a part of the staff at Vineyard Gainesville. Mel currently oversees the men’s ministry, small groups, pastoral care, programming, communication and preaches.

Mel’s most intense passion is to see all people delivered form fear, slavery & death and to realize a vibrant life filled with love and freedom through Jesus. Besides enjoying his family life Mel’s other interests include, Bible study, Bible discussion, Hebrew, healing prayer ministry, surfing, golf, travel, films & music. Mel studied Philosophy & Classics at the University of Florida.