The Vine Staff
Travis & Jennica Conklin
Lead Pastor & Welcome Director
Travis grew up in the mountains of Montana while his wife, Jennica, was born and raised in the great Hoosier state. Both have been serving in ministry since their youth, and spent most of their first decade of marriage helping with church plants. It was through helping other pastors with church planting that they discerned their calling to plant a church in Goshen, in 2014. Travis & Jennica enjoy life with two children: a son, Ezekiel and daughter, Elliet. Travis is a natural-born entrepreneur and often dreams up business ideas he’ll never use, just for the fun of it. In his free time, he prefers any activity that gets him outside and into the woods. Jennica is one of 8 children, so she never developed a large need for alone time. She loves anything that involves being with people and laughing: a game night, a bonfire, or a day at the beach. They are both passionate about helping people connect to God and each other through intentional relationships.
Pastor of Spiritual Direction
Bill was born in the state-next-door, in Elmhurst, Illinois. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Barbara over 30 years and has 4 grown children and 10 adorable grandchildren. Bill has retired from the military after 23 year of service to our country, which enabled him and his family to live in some amazing places and be involved church leadership and a couple of church plants. Bill and Barbara lived in Montana for 20 years until God called them to move to Indiana to help with the Vine. Bill oversees our Prayer Ministry, Outreach, Classes, Young Adult ministries and our vibrant pre-service Prayer Meeting. Bill and Barbara love to spend time in the presence of God, beautifully exhibit the gift of hospitality and genuinely love people. Bill misses days of solitary hunting and hiking in the mountains of Montana, but is enjoying the great increase of population in Indiana.
Jordan grew up here in the Elkhart area. He has been serving full time in ministry for the last 12 years. He loves serving through leading worship and developing leaders. Jordan and Cheyenne moved into the area two years ago from California. They have two children, Elliot and Birdy. They are passionate about serving Jesus alongside others. As a family they love going for walks and discovering new places to eat and drink coffee.
Director of Children's Ministry
Carmen grew up in Millersburg, IN and received her Bachelors of Elementary Education from Indiana University. After college she worked as a teacher for a few years but was then led to work outside of the education realm. She quickly learned that she had a desire to work with and positively impact the lives of children which led her to start volunteering in the Quest Kids class on Sundays. Carmen felt led to work with children again permanently and was very excited to join The Vine Team in 2020. Carmen currently resides in South Bend with her husband, James, their son, Reid and their four-legged fur babies. Carmen loves working with children and is passionate about leading them to Christ. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and taking walks in nature.
Lisa Welling grew up in Warsaw, IN and moved to Goshen after she graduated from college. She met and married Tim Welling a little over a year and a half later. They have 4 grown boys, Joshua, Nathan, Jeremy, and Daniel. They also have a daughter, Renee, and a daughter-in law, Mariah. Lisa spent over 13 years homeschooling her children, leading co-ops and serving in various ministries in the church. She has a passion to help people connect to Jesus and help them take the next steps to understand the life changing love of God. Lisa loves reading and starts her mornings talking to God with a mug full of good coffee. She especially likes to spend time in nature intentionally seeking to hear from God through his creation.
Building & Grounds Coordinator
Doug grew up in Elkhart, Indiana. He has a degree in Radio Broadcasting and has worked at numerous TV and radio stations. He came from an unchurched home and invited Jesus into his heart at the age of 31. Doug is our Building & Grounds Coordinator; he keeps our building ship-shape and oversees our Cleaning and Maintenance Teams. Doug loves classic movies and TV shows, the older the better. He and his wife, Shana, have 7 children and 14 grandkids and an 80 lb. English Bulldog named Pork Chop.
Jenna was born and raised in Shipshewana, IN before her family moved to Goshen in her teens. Her obsession with books, language, and everything Japanese led her to attend Purdue University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Asian Studies while working part time as a Financial Aid Counselor. While attending Purdue, she married Jared Kuhns and the two moved back to the area after graduation. Jenna and Jared are both avid gamers and love playing board, tabletop, and console games, and can often be found gaming together on date nights. Jenna has a passion for warm fuzzy blankets, caffeine, teaching God’s word, and game nights.