Our purpose is to glorify God by knowing Him and making Him known to others. It is to provide a non-traditional church home where people in our community may mature in their relationship with God as they are equipped as disciples of Jesus Christ, ministering to one another and the community at large in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Vineyard finds its roots in the unique period of the 1970's when a seeking generation met a sovereign movement of God. This more ?anti-establishment?generation sought a living faith, marked by simplicity of structure, vitality of contemporary music, personal experience of God's love, and an invitation to make a real difference in a lost world. As the calling and cause of Christ fell afresh, hundreds of thousands of lives captured what traditions had often lost. Building on the foundations of this fresh movement of God, in 1974 a fellowship began in West Los Angeles with Kenn and Joannie Gulliksen, which was led to take the name of the "Vineyard"(Isaiah 27:2-3, John 15:5.) God worked through many mistakes as well as successes as people were willing to take risks to become more like Jesus and authenticate the Good News of the Gospel. Several couples went out and began other Vineyards in California, with similar priorities of worship, relationship, healing, training, and giving.
In the early 1980's John Wimber (located in Anaheim) became the spiritual father of this emerging movement of associated fellowships, and God imparted to John a vision for thousands of new fellowships as well as renewal to the larger church.
As God's Spirit continued to bless and shape this vision, John and the Vineyard's ministry emerged into one of the largest and most long-standing ministries of renewal to the church worldwide in recent history. The official name of the Vineyard movement is The Vineyard, A Community of Churches. There are currently approximately 1200 Vineyard Churches in the United States and abroad. As the movement continues to emerge, the conviction remains that God's desire is not primarily for us to build the Vineyard but to seek His Kingdom, to love the whole church, to bless what He's blessing, and to cooperate with Him as He reveals Himself in the process.
Here in our own community, the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Woodbridge continues to mature as a spiritual family who share in the calling to glorify God and reveal His Kingdom. The church?s founding pastor, Jim Robb, along with his wife Beverly, moved to the area in the winter of 1987, following completion of his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. Jim and Beverly began the process of gathering people to form the core of a new Vineyard church plant. They met in homes until they had their first public meeting at Fred Lynn Middle School. The church grew rapidly and was able to move into its current facility at 13550 Jefferson Davis Highway in May of 1990.
The year 2002 marked a major transition in the life of the church. In March of that year, Pastor Jim Robb died of a heart attack. A pastoral search process resulted in the calling of Rick Frantz as the new senior pastor. Pastor Rick began serving in that capacity in July of 2002. Under his leadership, the church solidified a foundation of strong biblical teaching, contemporary worship, ministry to families, and outreach to the poor and the lost.
In May 2006, Rick Frantz resigned as senior pastor to answer God's call on his life and associate pastor Dan Davis became our new senior pastor. More than ever we celebrate our experience of God's faithfulness and fruitfulness in our midst.