Dean and Matte both learned to follow Jesus in the Mennonite church in Manitoba. They met at a missions conference where Dean was playing drums and Matte was performing a dramatic sketch (all these years later, Dean still has an impeccable sense of rhythm and Matte is still being dramatic). Shortly after they got married, they moved to southern Ontario where Dean worked in a music store and Matte worked... more
Mike and Jocelyn Fornwald met in 2000 where they both worked at the Feast Church in Kamloops as the youth pastor and office administrator. Mike was (and still is) a fun-loving, risk-taking, Jesus-loving passionate man that caught Jocelyn's attention. Their office romance stared and soon they were dating and married in the fall of 2002. Mike took a year off from Youth Pastoring in 2004 and the pair... more
From their first date on February 7th 1993 to their engagement on April 1st and subsequent marriage on August 25th of that same year, Dawn & Daniel continue to live adventurously in every step, together. With their five kids (Andrew 23, Dani 20, David 18, Diara 15, Ahelia 12) the Snell's planted and with a terrific leadership team, continue to give pastoral oversight to the Nelson Vineyard Church in... more
Larry and Karen pastor the Halifax Metro Vineyard in Nova Scotia. They are very grateful that their three married children and seven grandchildren are in the area which are a huge source of joy and blessing. They met in the fall of 1978 at what is now Providence College in Manitoba, Karen's home province. Following graduation and marriage in 1981, they returned to Larry's home province of Nova Scotia to... more
Leon and Pam met in January of 1982 in Kansas City, Mo at the Nazarene Theological Seminary. Their first date was the middle of March, engaged by the middle of April, married by the end of May and started pastoring in June. They say that sums up their crazy 38 year whirlwind journey.
At the age of 19 Leon heard an audible call from the Lord to "go to Bible college and prepare to preach the gospel". Pam... more
Larry & Odia met in the fall of 1996. Their first date was at the "Fragrance of Justice Conference" in Winnipeg with John Wimber, Jackie Pullinger and David Ruis all sharing about how God's justice is manifested in our world today. They were deeply impacted by all that was given, although at that time the information was purely embryonic in nature it definitely has set the tone for their life and... more
Jeff and Megan will be stepping into the lead pastor role this September 20th at the Chilliwack Vineyard, inheriting this position from Vern and Sue Tompke. They have been married for 15 years and have three children, Liam age 13, Sawyer age 11 and Isla age 9. Jeff and Megan's journey into this role began about 6 years ago and came from an unexpected place. Their call to ministry was birthed from a... more
Before we first planted our church (Jan 2015), we prayed and asked God for clarity on how we should function as a church body. He gave us 44 pages of point form directives. Because of our belief in being ancient spiritual gates, releasing the kingdom through our worship, we prayed for worshipers. God sent us not just worshipers but several worship leaders. We are blessed. Members of our church family... more
Rik and Cathy Berry are regional leaders for the Atlantic Provinces. They pastor Valley Gate Vineyard, in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Rik and Cathy have six adult children and fourteen grandchildren so far. They pastored with the Canadian Baptists for eighteen years, including some mission work in South America, before pastoring in the Vineyard. Twenty-one years ago, they planted Valley Gate Vineyard out... more
Vineyard, Cape Town South Africa in 1996, then led by Derek Morphew, who performed their wedding ceremony in 1998. They served there until 2001.
In 2001 they felt the Lord was stirring their hearts with a desire to go to the nations. They started pursuing extended times of prayer and worship with very good friends, and spiritual mentors, Guy (South African) and Rosemary (Canadian) and others.
Through a... more
Back in the 80's, Vern and Susan met at Navigators in U.B.C. when they stumbled into Kingdom Ministries led by Gary Best, George Malone, Ken Blue and Andy Park. For them it was a perfect theological home for Susan's Catholic/Pentecostal background and Vern's Evangelical roots. The worship music gave language to their hunger for God and the theology gave freedom to expect God to show up in their daily... more
Our journey with the Vineyard and Canada began back in 2005, when a short-term mission trip turned in to a 2 year stay in North Vancouver, BC. We instantly fell in love with the way they did things! Intimate worship and ministry, real friendships, good teaching, and doing "the stuff" out on the streets. We married in 2007 and started a family back in the UK.
We made it our priority to find another... more