Here at the Vine we have a staff that feels so called to lead others in worship. They would love to get to know you and your family as we all worship together, serve together, and grow closer to Christ together. Make sure when you come to visit that you introduce yourself and your family so we can all get to know each other!

Kyle Strauser

Senior Pastor

I am so glad that you have taken the time to get on our website to find out a little more about our church! My name is Kyle Strauser and I am the senior pastor at The Vine. I joined The Vine in January 2015 and I can honestly tell you that I love it here! We are a congregation of loving people that are dedicated to serving Jesus and one another. 

I have been married to my wife Christine for 32 years and we have two adult daughters, Katie and Natalie. Christine works at The Vine as our Administrative Assistant. Katie is a graduate of Milligan College in Johnson City, Tennessee and works as a Labor & Delivery Nurse while attending midwifery school. She is married to Tyler, who is our Student Pastor. Natalie attended culinary school and works for a large catering company. We also have two wonderful grandsons. I am a 2005 Graduate of Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee with a dual major in The Bible and in New Testament Preaching.

I have been in ministry for 27 years and also worked for 10 years as a senior mechanical designer for Otis Elevator Company in Bloomington, Indiana before the Lord called me into ministry. I love people and love being a minister in the Lord’s church. There is nothing else in life that I would rather do more than serve in the church and be able to minister to God’s people as they also minister to me. My family and I have grown to love this community and we hope and pray that we can get to know you as well. So stop by The Vine and say Hi! We would love to meet you!

God Bless,


Amanda Ellenberger

Children's Pastor

Hello! My name is Amanda Ellenberger. I am the Children’s Pastor at The Vine Church. I am truly blessed to be able to lead children to Jesus and serve the Lord. I have been serving as Children’s Minister at The Vine since October 2021. I have 8 years experience total serving as a Children’s Minister.   

I have been married to my husband, Matt, for 22 years. We have four beautiful children named Brooke, Wyatt, Carson, and Sophia. Matt and I are originally from Berne, Indiana.

I have taught elementary art for 22 years at Walnut and Ladoga Elementary schools. Children are my passion and I love mentoring and loving them in every aspect whether that be at church or school.

We would love to have you visit The Vine Church!  It has a growing children’s ministry and we will welcome you with open arms!



Tyler Davis

Student Pastor

I was born and raised in Small-town, USA, otherwise known as Ladoga, IN. I lived in that great thriving metropolis for around 18 years before heading off to Knoxville, Tennessee to go to Johnson University. After Johnson, I married my beautiful wife on July 1, 2017 where we spent the next 2 years living in East TN and then Orlando Florida. We have two wonderful sons as well!

I graduated from Johnson University – Tennessee (’17) with an undergraduate degree in both Bible & Theology and Media Ministry. I then went on to obtain my master’s degree in Strategic Ministry from Johnson University – Florida (’19).

My entire personality is very laid back. I grew up in a sarcastic family, and I myself have those same sarcastic traits. I am so thankful that you have accepted me into your family! I am honored to be here and am looking forward to serving the people of Crawfordsville!

Grace & Peace, 


Christine Strauser

Administrative Assistant

My name is Christine Strauser and I am the Administrative Assistant. I began working at The Vine in June of 2022 after many years working in schools as an instructional assistant and substitute teacher.


I have been married to Pastor Kyle for 32 years. We have two adult daughters and two grandsons. We are originally from a small town in southern Indiana. We have lived in Crawfordsville since 2011. We enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling and camping.


Kyle and I love working at The Vine! It is a very special place with loving folks who will welcome you with a smile and a hug. Please come and visit us-you will be glad you did!

Jennifer Morris


My name is Jennifer Morris, and I am the Treasurer. I began working at The Vine in January 2018 as the

Secretary/Treasurer. I really enjoy this job as the staff and congregation are amazing.

I have been married to my husband Jim for 34 years. We are both originally from the Lafayette, IN area,

but have lived in Crawfordsville for 30 years. Jim & I both work at Lakeside Book Company. We are

active in our home church and love serving the Lord.

We have 3 grown children Christopher, Jacob (wife Meagan) and Elizabeth. We have 3 wonderful

grandchildren 11-year-old Logan, 3-year-old Cody and 2-month-old Daisy. We also have 4 furry kids - 3

Siamese cats (Loki, Odin and Cocoa) and a chocolate lab (Sadie.)

Come for a visit, we’d love to see you!


If you wish to contact Jennifer, please email: vinechristianchurchtreasurer@gmail.com