Philip Thurman

Philip is our Lead Pastor and oversees the mission and vision of church. He is a co-founder of Vertical Church and has been here from the beginning. Philip teaches on Sundays, is passionate about global missions, church planting, and investing in his community as a volunteer soccer coach for a local high school. He and his wife Lori live in the Madison area and have three kids Brice, Shelby, and Eli.


While all members of our team attend a Vertical campus, some of them are not at a specific campus. These team members are listed below.


Meghan Petyak
Executive Pastor

Meghan keeps the staff in line and on budget as the director of finances and office administration. She also leads the staff team and oversees all day to day operations. Meghan and her husband Mike live in the Madison area and have three kids Keaton, Parker and Macie.


Luke Campbell
Creative Director

As the Creative Director, Luke oversees all creative endeavors of Vertical Church like worship, graphic design, videos, and website design. He leads all campus worship leaders and is heavily involved in the programming of the weekend worship experience.

 Amata Castillo    Executive Assistant

 Amata Castillo

  Executive Assistant

Justin Roberts
Director of Missional Living

As the Director of Missional Living, Justin works with out of state and international missions partners, organizes Vertical Go trips, trains leaders, and leads Vertical Go missions trip. He also mobilizes local missions by organizing monthly Second Sunday projects for each campus.



To see campus specific team members and find out who you can expect to see at a Sunday experience, select a campus: