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
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
REACH Church Plants
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.
South Bend Vineyard Church
The first church plant from REACH is the South Bend Vineyard Church, which began gathering in January of 2018.
Lighthouse Vineyard Church
The second church plant from REACH is the Lighthouse Vineyard Church in Elkhart, IN. They began gathering in the summer of 2018.
If you are interested in Lighthouse Vineyard Church, please email Clint Schwartz ( or check out their website (lighthousevineyard.church).