Pastoral Staff & Leaders

Lead Pastor

Chris & Tanya Syvertsen

Chris Syvertsen has been part of various shoreline churches over the past 35 years serving in numerous roles as Youth Leader, Deacon, Treasurer, Elder, Associate Pastor, and Lead Pastor. In March 2018 we welcomed Chris as the Lead Pastor of Shoreline Vineyard.

Chris has a passion for reaching into the community and presenting the Gospel message in a fresh and enjoyable way to those who do not yet have a relationship with Jesus as Savior. Together with his wife Tanya, they try to live out their faith and inject their fun and bright personality into every aspect of ministry.

Chris’ favorite scripture is Joshua 1:7-9 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Youth Ministries & Associate Pastor

Grant & Amy Brandsen

Grant & Amy, since 2013, have created and led our student ministries, called Illuminate.

Both received excellent foundational ministry and leadership training
during their two years with the Christian outreach, Youth with a Mission (YWAM). Grant & Amy have led teams of teens on ministry/mission trips around the world.

It’s been a marvelous thing to watch them invite and build from 4-6 faithful students to 30-40, blending some with no religious background together with those from families with a strong Christian tradition.

Here’s the link to the Illuminate page for more information about them and what’s currently on tap for our junior & senior high students, as well as the college/20s crowd.

Women's Ministries

Eileen Cramer

Eileen Cramer leads our women’s ministry

Men's Ministry

Don Cramer

Don Cramer leads our men’s ministry.

Children's Ministries

Maria Secki & Arlene Hristov

Maria and Arlene have formed a strong team as captains of our children’s ministry known as KidzChurch (for pre-K to 5th graders). That’s included creating their own customized, multi-sensory curriculum that’s just right for this age group


Marc Potocsky

Marc, a former rock ’n roll drummer, is one of our regular musicians, but his real passion comes out in the monthly “Oasis” he leads. That’s a stripped-down communion time with God, interspersed with guitar and/or song, Scriptures or praye


Catherine Rampone

Catherine is who you can thank for all the making sure we have water, coffee, as well as other comforts on a Sunday morning.


Bryan Connolly

Bryan, one of the Shoreline Vineyard members with the longest tenure, is our Sunday “announcement guy” (imagine a hybrid of comedic wit and spiritual vitality). He’s also one of our long-time financial trustees and at the core of our business-related tasks.


Michael Orce

Michael Orce has attended Shoreline Vineyard since 2003 and has been serving as a Trustee since 2015.  His experience and leadership in both the business world and church has been a great asset to our fellowship and we are so pleased to have him part of the leadership team.  Michael is currently the Executive Director of a regional law firm.  He and his wife Blandina live in Guilford with their three sons, Carter, Jonathan, and Andrew.

Ministry Leaders

Our youngest leaders are just 30 and our oldest are over 60 (with others in between) so that’s a lot of collective energy and wisdom!