We are a Christian non-denominational church associated with the Vineyard movement — one of more than 1,500 churches worldwide.
At The Vineyard Church, our hope is to be a community that displays the love of Jesus while joyfully growing together as a family and passionately giving back to our local community and the world.
Values affect how we think and consequently, what we do. They are a driving force, not only in our present ministries, but also in the ministries that are yet to be developed.
At The Vineyard Church, we value:
The Bible | The Bible is our final authority over opinions, dreams, revelations, visions, and any other authoritative source that we may look to for direction.
The Pursuit of God | The depth of God's relationship with us is inexhaustible. Therefore, we seek Him and wait expectantly for his presence in all that we do.
Simplicity | We want to be "naturally supernatural," avoiding behavior that draws attention away from God and to ourselves. Simplicity affects our worship style, how we pray for the sick and minister to the poor, carry out discipleship, teach the Bible and so on.
Relationship | Caring for people is our highest priority after submission to God. To the best of our ability we will treat each person with respect, dignity and loving patience.
The Equipping of Individuals | God calls and enables believers to express the talents, gifts and ministries that He has set aside for them. The orientation of all ministry is toward the integration of biblical truth into everyday living that impacts our community and beyond, not limited to individual improvement or self-fulfillment.
Compassion and Mercy | We desire to accept into our fellowship any sincere believer who is attempting to walk in obedience to God, is repentant of his or her sins and is in submission to the authority of the church.
Unity | Our brothers and sisters are not our enemies. Therefore, we relate to one another honorably, seeking to preserve the bond of peace.
Family | We deeply value the building up of families and believe in the priority of children.
Risk-taking | We are willing to let people make mistakes as they grow in their gifting. We know that gifting develops in an environment of trial and error, so we are willing to be patient with people's weaknesses and failures while they learn.
Generosity | We are stewards of God's gifts and resources. This means that when God directs, we will be willing to give away what we have and to risk the security of current success in order to advance the kingdom on earth in greater ways.
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The Early Years
In 1995, our lead pastor, Mark Pope, felt led to plant a church that would reach out to the lost within our community on behalf of Jesus Christ. This was the beginning of what is now The Vineyard Church. For the first few years, a small group met in Mark’s basement and later grew to renting temporary facilities. On Christmas Eve 2000, we officially became a Vineyard church and moved into our first full-time facility on South Merrifield Avenue. In 2004, we began the process of looking for a long-term place to call home.
The Jackson Road Location
On March 1, 2009, we had our first Sunday Celebration in our new building located on the south side of Mishawaka. In the first few months, we saw dozens of people come to Christ and our attendance quickly grew from 300 to over 700. Over the years, we have had several building expansions, partnered with pastors from around the world for mission’s efforts, and continued to grow.
In order to reach the greater community, Northpoint Vineyard Church was planted in 2013 on the north side of South Bend.
In 2016, REACH was born out of a recurring dream of Pastor Mark, which underscored Jesus’ mission of saving lost people. What started as a dream to launch five church plants or campuses in five years has grown into a vision and a plan where we can already see God’s hand at work. Throughout REACH, it is our desire to not only extend the walls of the church but also to retain the spiritual vitality of our present Jackson Road Campus. Since then, we have launched the Grape Road Campus, Sturgis Venue, and an on-site Chapel Venue at Jackson Road.
South Bend Vineyard Church
When we started this initiative called REACH, we also had a heart for church plants. We felt like God wanted to develop future leaders to launch independent Vineyard churches in the area. The first church plant from REACH is the South Bend Vineyard Church, which began gathering in January of 2018.
If you are interested in South Bend Vineyard Church, please email David Murrell at to get involved!
REACH was born out of a recurring dream of our Lead Pastor, Mark Pope, which underscored Jesus’ mission of saving lost people. Isaiah 54:2-3 says, “Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense! For you will soon be bursting at the seams” (NLT). What started as a dream to launch five church plants or campuses in five years has grown into a vision and a plan where we can already see God’s hand at work. Throughout REACH, it is our desire to not only extend the walls of the church but also to retain the spiritual vitality of our present Jackson Road Campus.
Who is Involved?
Because of the size of the vision, there will be opportunities for everyone to get involved. Each venue and campus have teams dedicated to helping share the message of Jesus.
Where are we going?
We are open to wherever God is prompting us to go. We look forward to new adventures and areas to extend our walls to influence our world.
Why is it important?
Over the past 20 years, The Vineyard Church has made a remarkable impact in our community simply by sharing what God is doing. Each year we see lives changed and incredible ministry happening both within the walls and outside the walls of our campus. We continue to see God’s hand in the work before us, and our desire is to continue to make room for new believers to encounter God. We also want to share what God is doing at our Jackson Road campus and extend that to our region through church plants and additional campuses. One of the fastest and most effective ways for people to encounter Jesus is through new church plants or multi-campus efforts.
How can I get involved?
If you are interested or have questions, please email Steve Huffman, Pastor of Campus Development, at to get involved!