History of the Association of Vineyard Churches
In 1974, after working as an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California and planting a church called Jesus Chapel in El Paso, Texas, Kenn and Joanie Gulliksen moved to Los Angeles to begin a ministry that had been on their hearts for several years. Starting as a small Bible study and fellowship, it quickly grew into a church. God prophetically gave the name "Vineyard" to those who initially gathered together. In the next few years, literally thousands received Jesus Christ through the ministry of the church.
In the Spring of 1982, John Wimber (former manager and keyboard player for the Righteous Brothers) and several other pastors led their churches into relationships with the Vineyard, as their vision coincided with and completed that of the original Vineyards. It was obvious that God had called John Wimber to pastor the pastors, and to train and encourage men and women to pursue what God had given them. As a result, the people called the Vineyard have reached out to bless and encourage churches all over the world as well as planting churches. The Vineyard has extensive and fruitful relationships with many American denominations and pastors, the Church of England, and many other churches in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Latin America and the South Pacific. These relationships include para-church organizations such as YWAM, World Vision, seminaries like Fuller and underground churches in Europe, Asia and China.
In 1987, the various Vineyard churches formed a formal church association called the Association of Vineyard Churches. The churches are self-governing, but overseen and encouraged on a voluntary basis by pastors who serve as Regional coordinators (we are a part of the Midwest Region coordinated by Happy Lehman from Champaign, IL) and in each area (we are a part of the Southern Wisconsin cluster coordinated by Pat Mulchahy from Cedarburg, WI).
History Of Vineyard Community Church
Vineyard Community Church began as Lord of Life Congregation. In November, 1985, Pastor Bob Groth, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and his wife Bonnie left the American Lutheran Church to plant a church at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison. It was our heart's desire to serve a congregation open to the work of the Holy Spirit and genuine in love for each other.In 1995, we affiliated with the Association of Vineyard Churches. In 1999, we felt God was leading us back to Oregon