Mark Pope, Lead Pastor
Mark Pope is the founding and Lead Pastor of The Vineyard Church. Mark graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Psychology, and later earned a Masters degree in Ministry from Bethel College. He became a follower of Jesus in June of 1983 as a young adult.
Mark and his wife, Denise, have three children. They have lived in the South Bend / Mishawaka area since 1986. Mark started The Vineyard Church in the basement of his home in November of 1995. Before planting Vineyard he served in three other ministries (one church plant) overseeing evangelism, youth ministry and directing worship.
His passion is for people who are looking for a new start and he loves the adventure of following Jesus Christ. He is currently experiencing yet another mid-life crisis and believes a Harley Davidson (or perhaps another loud custom bike) would be a great addition to his life. His wife Denise is not so sure!