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.
Moving to Jackson Road
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.
Becoming a Multicampus Church
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 grew into a vision and a plan where we've seen God’s hand at work. Our desire was to not only extend the walls of the church but also to maintain the spiritual vitality of our original Jackson Road Campus. During REACH, we began an additional campus, birthed new church plants, and experimented with additional on-site and distant venues.
2016 | Grape Road Campus, Chapel Venue & Sturgis Venue
2017 | South Bend Vineyard Church
2018 | Lighthouse Vineyard Church
2019 | Cornerstone Vineyard Church
Church plants are new churches established around our area. They are independent churches but are still part of The Vineyard Movement. You can learn more about each church below.
Northpoint Vineyard Church
Pastor Tara Wallace was leading at The Vineyard for over 10 years. Much of that time she was involved in overseeing the children's ministry among other ministry areas. Northpoint Vineyard Chuch has a passion to see people know and experience God’s never-ending love for them through the ministry of the local church.
Lead Pastor | Tara Wallace
Address | 14719 State Road 23, Granger, IN 46530
Phone | 574.252.9225
South Bend Vineyard Church
Pastor David & Kim Murrell felt called to plant SBVC after being on staff for a few years and leading the Chapel Venue. South Bend Vineyard Church exists to invite others to know Jesus, invest in believers and impact the community through service.
Lead Pastor | David Murrell
Address | 50715 IN-933, South Bend, IN 46637
Phone | 574.276.4108
Lighthouse Vineyard Church
Pastor Clint Schwartz was on staff as the Executive Pastor at Vineyard Church in Mishawaka for 11 years and Rose served in many areas including Young Adult Ministry, Prayer & Healing Ministry & Photography. At Lighthouse Vineyard Church, their mission is simple: love God, love people, and shine Jesus.
Lead Pastor | Clint Schwartz
Address | 3300 Benham Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46517
Cornerstone Vineyard Church
Pastor Matt Poorman was on staff & pastored at The Vineyard Church in Mishawaka for almost 10 years. As a part of that journey, he launched the Grape Road Campus in July of 2016. It grew exponentially throughout the 2+ years of his leadership. With that experience, he felt the call from God to plant a church of his own. Simply, Cornerstone Vineyard Church is enthusiastic about all ages pursuing, experiencing & having an authentic relationship with Jesus, others, and our community.
Lead Pastor | Matt Poorman
Address | 305 North Beech Road, Osceola, IN 46561
Phone | 574.993.3964