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M I N I S T RY C O N TAC T S Bookstore Jeff Baker, 614.259.5323 Church Planting Stephen Van Dop, 614.259.5303 Community Center Regina Smith, 614.259.5503 Community Life/Small Groups Deb George, 614.259.5358 Connect Cinnamon Doran, 614.259.5235 Counseling Center Yolanda Zellars, 614.259.5409 Empowered Life Kristi Webster, 614.259.5482 Financial Ministry Kent Irwin, 614.259.5505 Global Café 614.259.5400 Hospitality Casey Knight, 614.259.5292 International Ministries Macy McPeek, 614.259.5369 Marriage & Family Life Mindy Layman, 614.259.5365 Men’s Life Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303 Phase III Ron Schmidt, 614.425.7284 Singles Kerry Davis, 614.259.5502 Support for Life Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289 Urban Ministry Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 Value Life Diane Bauman, 614.259.5318 VC High School Shane Huey, 614.259.5341 VC Middle School Michael Doom, 614.259.5517 VineyardKids Myra Gaiters, 614.259.5486 Vineyard Institute Andy Saperstein, 614.259.5358 Volunteer Diane Bauman, 614.259.5318 Women Liz Ward, 614.259.5335 Worship Arts Danielle Evans, 614.259.5310

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MINISTRY RESPONSE TEAM If you’ve contacted one of our ministries and did not receive a response within a couple days, please reach out to our Ministry Response Team at 614.259.5371 or Please include your name, phone number with area code, and the ministry or person that you contacted. We appreciate your interest in Vineyard Columbus.

V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S PA S T O R S Senior Pastor, Rich Nathan

Lane Avenue Campus Pastor, Andrew Oswalt

Executive Asst. Denise Birkhoff, 614.259.5313

Admin. Asst. Calah Todd, 614.259.5245

Associate & International Ministries Pastor, Bill Christensen

Leader Development Pastor, Andy Saperstein

Admin. Asst. Macy McPeek, 614.259.5369

Admin. Asst. Deb George, 614.259.5358

Children’s Pastor, April Murphy

Marriage & Family Life Pastor, Ron Hitchcock

Admin. Asst. Myra Gaiters, 614.259.5486

Admin. Asst. Mindy Layman, 614.259.5365

Children’s Pastor, Mike Szlapak

Outreach & Connect Pastor, Eric Pickerill

Admin. Asst. Liz Gee, 614.259.5361

Admin. Asst. Cinnamon Doran, 614.259.5235

Church Extension & Evangelism Pastor, Stephen Van Dop

Sawmill Campus Pastor, Scott Engebretson

Admin. Asst. Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303

Admin. Asst. Calah Todd, 614.259.5245

Community Center Pastor, Daniel Nathan

Support For Life Pastor, Lorie Kaufman-Rees

Admin. Asst. Regina Smith, 614.259.5503

Ministry Asst. Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289

Community Life Pastor, Amanda Nash

Visitation Care Team & Homeless Ministries Pastor, Dan Franz

Admin. Asst. Marsha Martin, 614.259.5492

Admin. Asst. Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441

Community Relations & Special Projects Pastor, Kwesi Kambon

Volunteer & Value Life Pastor, Diane Bauman

Admin. Asst. Abby Fahmi, 614.259.5467

Admin. Asst. Jeannine Panovich, 614.259.5316

East Campus Pastor, Charles Montgomery

Women’s Pastor, Marlene Nathan

Admin. Asst. Calah Todd, 614.259.5245

Admin. Asst. Liz Ward, 614.259.5335

Empowered Life & Youth Pastor, Kerry Davis

Worship Arts Pastor, Craig Allen

Admin. Asst. Kristi Webster, 614.259.5482

Admin. Asst. Danielle Evans, 614.259.5310

Executive Pastor, Craig Heselton

Young Adult Pastor, Christian Root

Executive Asst. Denise Birkhoff, 614.259.5313

Admin. Asst. Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303

Financial and Career Ministries Pastor, Kent Irwin 614.259.5505 La Viña Campus Pastor, Irene Casale-Petrarca Admin. Asst. Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303

Pastors may be reached by contacting his/her assistant at the extension given. All staff members are listed at


nvariably, right before Easter, you will hear a seminary

never have heard of him. The resurrection of Jesus Christ

professor on the radio or a Bishop from some church

distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. Jesus

on TV say, “It really doesn’t matter if Jesus rose from the

is different than every other religious founder because

dead, or not. What really matters is the Golden Rule that

of his resurrection. The bones of Abraham, Muhammad,

he taught us – ‘to do unto others as you would have them

the Buddha, Confucius, Joseph Smith, and the founder of

do to you.’ Or you might hear them say something like,

every other religion are still here on earth. Jesus’ tomb

‘Ultimately, it really doesn’t matter if Jesus rose from the

is empty because he bodily rose from the dead. Jesus is

dead, or if his body’s still in the grave. What matters is

unique. Jesus is in a category of one!

Jesus’ example of non-violence which is so desperately needed in our war-torn world today’.”

outside of historians would have even heard of Jesus

The Golden Rule is important. And so is Jesus’ example

or what he taught about the Golden Rule, if he didn’t

of non-violence. But is it the case that the resurrection

rise from the dead. Historically, there were a number of

of Jesus is a take-it-or-leave-it proposition? Or to put

Jews who claimed to be the Messiah in the 1st and 2nd

it more plainly, does it matter if Jesus of Nazareth is

centuries AD. One of the most famous was a man named

currently alive or if he died 2000 years ago and stayed

Simon bar-Giora.

dead? If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead then we likely would 4

What many folks don’t realize is that very few people

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Simon bar-Giora tried to lead a Jewish rebellion against Rome, which resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem and

the burning of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD. He was put to death in front of a cheering Roman crowd in the city of Rome. Almost no one knows even one thing that Simon

have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. Imagine a Christian funeral in which a singer gets up and sings Julie Miller’s gospel song, “All My Tears.”

bar-Giora ever said or have even heard of him. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then he simply would

When I die, don't cry for me

have been one of more than a dozen Jewish Messianic

In my Father's arms, I'll be

pretenders who were consigned to the dust bin of history.

And wounds this world left on my soul

What made the Christian faith different from all the other messianic movements of the 1st and 2nd century AD, was what happened after the leader of the Christian

Will all be healed and I'll be whole It don't matter where you bury me

movement was killed. What happened was Jesus didn’t

I'll be home and I'll be free

stay dead. That’s why we remember his words. So when

It don't matter where I lay

people say what matters is not whether Jesus rose from the dead, what matters is what he said, the appropriate

All my tears, be washed away

response is “If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, you

So weep not for me, my friends

wouldn’t know what he said because nobody would have

When my time below does end

written it down.” Jesus would not have had his followers writing Gospels about his statements and spreading his message all over the world. Does it matter if Jesus rose from the dead or not? If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then Jesus’ death on the cross does not save us from our sins. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:17:

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. How do we know that Jesus’ death on a cross really

For my life belongs to Him Who will raise the dead again And then after they are done singing “All My Tears” the funeral closes with Amazing Grace. The last verse of Amazing Grace states:

When we’ve been there ten thousand years Bright shining as the sun We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we first begun

paid for our sins and that the guilt of our sins can be

What do these songs mean, if Jesus did not come back to

transferred from us to him? After all, thousands of Jews

life? How will we be with God for eternity, bright shining

were crucified by Rome. How do we know that the death

as the sun, unless the dead are raised? What sense does

of this one Jewish man, Jesus of Nazareth, paid for our sins? Because of his resurrection! Jesus’ resurrection was God’s Certificate of Approval in which God in essence said, “I accept the sacrifice of Jesus as the full and final payment for all of your sins.”

it make to sing “For my life belongs to him, who will raise the dead again,” if there is no resurrection? But because Jesus was raised from the dead, death is not the last word. The last word is resurrection! Death is not the final page. Death is simply the turning of the

Romans 4:25 says:

page. Because Jesus was raised from the dead there will

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised

be a great reunion. If your loved one was attached to

to life for our justification.

Jesus, and you place your faith in Christ, you will see one

If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then Christian funerals are a tragic joke.

another again. There will be a great reunion and a great homecoming. Because of the resurrection, we meet Jesus not just as a person who lived 2,000 years ago but as a

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:18:

person who is alive today and who will change the lives of

[If Jesus did not rise from the dead] then those also who

all who turn to him in faith. V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


Sunday, May 7, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher Senior Pastor Rich Nathan Meet pastors and learn more about the history and beliefs of Vineyard Columbus. This class is required for membership. No preregistration is necessary, unless you need childcare (ages 1-12). Next Class Sunday, July 30

Sunday, May 7, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher Pastor Scott Engebretson Whether you’ve followed Jesus for a short time or many years, discover practical ways to mature and thrive. We’ll offer ways to read the Bible so that it comes to life, pray with more power, and live a life of holistic stewardship. Next Class Sunday, July 30

Sunday, May 7, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher Pastor Craig Heselton Get to know and experience the Holy Spirit, sent by God to bring the Kingdom of God and his presence into our lives and the world. You’ll also learn how to follow his lead in praying for healing in people’s lives. Next Class Sunday, July 30 Learn about additional Meeting God classes on p. 24. Sunday, May 7, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher Pastor Diane Bauman As followers of Jesus, we are all called to serve. Whether you have been around Vineyard Columbus for a week or years, you’ll find this class helpful in discovering where God wants you to serve and grow. Next Class Sunday, July 30

Sunday, May 7, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher Pastor Stephen Van Dop The purpose of this class is to train and encourage every Christian, to share Christ, everywhere, in every way, all the time. Next Class Sunday, July 30


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Get Connected: Join A Small Group




Saturdays, April 29- June 24, 12-2pm

Life is better together, and we believe this kind of life

Cooper Road Campus

happens in a Vineyard Columbus small group. Small groups

Contact Adrienne Ash,

bring people together from different cultures, life stages,

Are you new to Christianity or do you know someone who

and experiences for a rich community of worship, friendship,

is interested in exploring faith? If so, come check out our

growth, and service. Stop by the small group area at your

Alpha Kickoff and hear why nearly 30 million people have

campus to learn more!

done Alpha. There will be live music, a bite to eat, and a

Membership 101

conversation about life and faith.

Baptism Celebrations

Sunday, May 7, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher Senior Pastor Rich Nathan

Saturday, April 29, 6pm, Cooper Road Campus

Childcare Register for free at

Sunday, April 30, 9am & 11:30am, Cooper Road Campus

Meet pastors and learn more about the history and beliefs

Next Baptism Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11

of Vineyard Columbus. This class is required for membership. No preregistration is necessary, unless you need childcare

Baptism Classes

(ages 1–12).

Saturdays, April 1, 8 & 22, after services

Next Class Sunday, July 30

Sundays, April 2, 9 & 23, after services

Learn about all of our Vineyard Growth Classes on p. 10.

If you’re a new follower of Jesus, getting baptized is an important next step. It’s a public proclamation of your decision to follow Christ. In order to participate in baptism, you must attend one of the required classes listed above. Find more info online or at the Info Counter in the Lobby.


Youth Baptism Classes

Tuesdays, 7–8:30pm

Saturdays, April 1, 8 & 22, after services

Through May 2

Sundays, April 2, 9 & 23, after services

Cost $30/child (includes T–shirt and workbooks)

Contact Pastors Kerry Davis, 614.259.5502 or

Register or at the VineyardKids counter

Mike Szlapak, 614.259.5317

during weekend services

If you’re a new follower of Jesus between the ages of 10

Contact Ryan Hatfield,

and 18, please take one of these required classes.

AWANA disciples kids in 1st through 6th grade through biblical

Exploring Community is Fully Alive!

teaching, scripture memorization, relationships, and fun!

Mondays, April 10-May 15, 7-9pm Cooper Road Campus Register Childcare $3 per child or $5 per family (children ages 1-12) Contact Exploring Community provides a great opportunity to explore small groups on-campus, build new relationships, and learn more about our small groups throughout the city. During this session, we will be participating in Fully Alive! If you did not get a chance to join a group, you can join us in becoming Fully Alive!

V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


Baby Dedication Saturday, May 20


Check-In: registration window, 5:30pm

Celebrate Family: Fully Alive Parent Conference

Sunday, May 21

Saturday, April 29, 9am-1pm

Check-In: registration window, 8:30am (for 9am service)

Cost $20 per family

Check-In: registration window, 11am (for 11:30am service)

Childcare $5 per family, ages 1-12; space is limited, please

Contact Beth Best,

register early

Next Baby Dedication October 28 & October 29

Register Contact Mindy Layman,

Baby Dedication Classes

This one-day conference will be an inspiring, positive, and

Saturdays, April 29 & May 6, 7:45pm

supportive place for all parents. We will honor and celebrate

Sundays, April 30 & May 7, 1:15pm

parents as they have been entrusted with the most important

Dedication Application Deadline Monday, May 8

job in the world—modeling discipleship and reconciliation

Contact Beth Best,

to their children. Main sessions will discuss each stage of

Attendance is required on a one–time basis. If you have

the parenting journey—from new and expecting parents, to

previously attended a class for another child, you do not have

those with adult children living in their home—and breakout

to attend again. Applications are available at the Information

sessions will be available to address the needs of single

Counter and online. Please bring your completed application

parents, foster/adoptive parents, and stepfamilies. Parents

to the class.

will learn how to form healthy, lifelong relationships with

VineyardKids Mother’s Day Choir Saturday & Sunday, May 13-14, Cooper Road Campus Cost $8 (t-shirt) Grades K-8 Register Children and youth interested in rehearsal schedule and singing in VK Choir are encouraged to register

their families.

Journey to Oneness: Committed Dating & Engaged Couples (formerly How2Become1) Thursdays, April 20 – May 25 (7-9pm) Additional two weeks for stepfamilies on June 1 & 8 (7-9pm) Cost $20 per person (includes required reading material and online relationship inventory)

VC Students


VC Students (Middle & High School)

Open to all couples in committed dating relationships, those

Weekend Services:

considering engagement, and engaged couples! Come learn

Saturdays, 6pm & Sundays, 9am & 11:30am

how to have the kind of marriage God intended. Open to all,

Contact Shane Huey, 614.259.5341 or

but required for those getting married at Vineyard Columbus.

Couples creating a stepfamily will be encouraged to attend

VC Students (Middle and High School) is the new name of our

the two additional classes—come and get equipped to create

community of students from all across the city seeking to

a family plan that will prepare both you and your children for

experience God and grow deeper in their faith. We'd love for you


to see what God is doing in the lives of students just like you.


their children and will make a commitment to prioritizing

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Contact Mindy,

Journey to Oneness: Married Couples East Campus

Side by Side

Tuesdays, April 18 – May 9, 7-9pm, East Campus

Visit Facebook (search: Vineyard Homeschool Network)

Childcare Childcare is free, ages 1-12, (must register a week in

Registration Not Required


Contact Martha,

Cost $25 per couple (includes required reading material and

Side by Side is a night of refreshment for moms who

online relationship inventory)

homeschool. We meet in the Community Center once a


month throughout the school year.

Contact Mindy, This is our foundational marriage class, for couples looking to enrich or restore their relationship. This class will encourage and equip you to honor God in your marriage. By attending, you will be eligible to participate in Begin Again or be coached by a married couple. Join us at our East Campus in Pickerington for this session!

Monday, April 10, 7–9pm

Vineyard Homeschool Network Contact Martha, Our mission is to support and empower families who home educate their children. Our vision is that each family involved will feel supported in their efforts to homeschool their children, as we all contribute our unique gifts to benefit and build up one another, and to provide support to children and


parents through classes, field trips, and social engagements.



Contact Julie Pierce (614.625.7335,, Abigail Shaw ( or Peggy Steinbower ( Chosen4Love is a community of families with a passion for adoption and foster care. We serve as a resource for adoptive families, and for people who are considering becoming foster or adoptive parents. Please connect with one of us for support and encouragement in this area.

Find us on Facebook at Vineyard Columbus Homeschool

A D U LT M I N I S T R I E S Men's Ministry 180 Men’s Recovery Group Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus Contact John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or 180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness.

Father-Daughter Dance

This ministry is open to all men. We emphasize both the

Friday, May 5, 7-9pm, Auditorium

healing power of God and the personal responsibility of men

Contact Kwesi Kambon,

to pursue purity. We include worship, teaching, small group

or 614.259.5237

accountability, mentoring, and healing prayer.

Cost $35 per couple and $10 for each additional girl. Registration (must register by April 30) Join us for our 4th Annual Father-Daughter Dance. This semi-formal dance will allow girls (ages 5-18) and the significant men in their lives (dad, step-dad, grandfather, uncle, foster dad, etc.) to bond and create memories for years to come. We have a fun evening planned with a professional DJ, and special treats for the girls. For our young ladies who need a sensory break, a few alternative activities will be provided. There will be a calm room available and space to play basic board games and UNO. We will offer basic dance lessons. Gluten and lactose-free treats will be available. Light refreshments will be available. We encourage early registration because we are expecting to sell out!

Vineyard Women Beth Moore Bible Study “Entrusted” Evening session begins Wednesday, April 19, 7-9pm Morning session begins Thursday, April 20, 9:30-11:30am Childcare $3 per child or $5 per family for children ages 1–12 each week (must register in advance) Register Contact Liz Ward, or 614.259.5335 Final words can be compelling. In Paul’s final letter, he charged Timothy, his beloved son in the faith, to not be ashamed to fulfill God’s call on his life. We were never meant to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves. In this 6-session Bible study, Beth Moore will challenge you to do the same. V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


International Women’s Breakfast 1st Saturdays, 9:30–11:30am (next meeting: May 6)


Contact Flo Gimei, or

Phase III: A Ministry for Retirees

Nicole Gonzalez–Angulo,

1st Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30am

We are a group of women from all over the world that meets

Contact Ron Schmidt,

monthly to experience unity in Christ while we honor our

This ministry is for people of retirement age who want to

diversity. We share a meal, listen to a brief teaching, discuss,

flourish in the Kingdom of God during the third phase of their

and pray for one another. Please bring a dish to share, but if

lives. We have opportunities to have fun and develop deep

you are unable to bring food, come anyway!

relationships with other Christians of the same age; grow

Mom’s Refresh 3rd Fridays, 9:30–11:30am (next meeting: April 21) Childcare $3 per child or $5 per family for children ages 1–5 (must register in advance) Register Registration Deadline Monday, April 17 Contact Erica Roof, or Emily Wilkins, Join other moms to experience God and build friendships through worship, teaching, and service. Infants are welcome in the room with moms. Toys and mats are provided. Moms are welcome to pack a lunch and stay after from 11:30am–12:30pm.

Soul Provider 2nd Fridays, 6:30–9pm (next meeting: May 12)

The April 14 meeting is being canceled. All single moms are encouraged to attend Good Friday service. Childcare Free childcare available for ages 1–12 (must register in advance) Register Contact Zandra McEntie, 614.899.8390 or Soul Provider is a ministry for moms who are single with children up to 18–years–old, living at home, and still in high school. Join us for dinner (free), kids’ programs, and spiritual encouragement and renewal.

personally and spiritually; and give back by serving (typically involves supporting other Vineyard Columbus ministries).

Singles Ministry Free Social Dance Classes 1st Fridays & 3rd Sundays, February–May, 7:30–9:30pm (Not meeting in April)

Childcare Not available Visit These free dance classes are followed by practicing and socializing. Adult singles and married couples are welcome. No partner is necessary. Dress is casual.

Kingdom Seekers Group 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Contact Ray Beaumier, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesdays, 7–9pm, Upper Arlington

Contact Rosann Gingerich, We welcome all singles 40+ seeking first the Kingdom of God for bible study and fellowship.

I N T E R N AT I O N A L Immigration Services Immigration Intake and Consultation Clinics Thursdays, 10am–12pm, Vineyard Community Center

Contact Beth Watkins, 614.259.5322 or

Vineyard Women: Event Team

Cost $20 payable at the time of intake

Contact Liz Ward,

Vineyard Immigration Counseling Services (“ICS”) provides

We are looking for women who enjoy meeting people,

family based immigration legal representation to persons

serving others, and offering hospitality to join our Event

at 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and below. ICS

Team. Some of the ways you can help include promoting

responds to requests for representation and legal questions

the event, administrative help, decorating, greeting,

from the public through its Intake Clinic. Consultations will

registration, and more. We have a great time serving together and would love to have you join us!

be available for those who complete the intake process; however, representation decisions will be made on a case by case basis and are subject to ICS availability. Intake is the mandatory first step to receiving services. We will provide low-cost consultations for individuals interested in applying for immigration. We will meet with the immigrant after the formal intake process. Intakes are limited to the first five persons on a first come, first serve basis.


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International Ministries

La Viña Servicio en Español

VC International Teams

Cooper Road Campus

For more information about our teams sharing Jesus overseas,

Para más información, contactar a Irene Casale–Petrarca,

email us at

614.259.5254 o

East Campus Missions Prayer Group 3rd Mondays, 7pm, East Campus

Contact John Olver, If you live on the east side of Columbus and have a heart for the nations, join us to pray for the nations and Vineyard Columbus’ missionaries in various areas of the world.

Short Term Missions Fair Saturday, April 8 & Sunday, April 9

Domingos, 11:30am, en la capilla (Chapel),

La Viña es un servicio completamente en Español y nos reunimos en la capilla (Chapel) en Cooper Road. Nuestra visión es servir a la comunidad de Columbus, presentándoles el amor de Jesús y ver sus vidas ser transformadas por el poder de Dios. No somos solamente una iglesia además somos una familia en Cristo. ¡Bienvenido como eres!


Contact Ximena Lozada, 614.256.5410 or

Vineyard Columbus Visitation Care Team

Contact Visitation Care Team, 614.259.5239.

Are you interested in going on an adventure to see the love of

We want to come alongside our church and their families who

Jesus spread among the nations? Join us after the weekend

are hospitalized, in long–term care, or homebound. If you or a

services at all our campuses for our Short Term Missions fair.

family member would like to be visited, please call us.

Come hear about the places Vineyard Columbus is serving

Funeral Needs

around the world and how you can be a part of it!

Vineyard Columbus Missions Prayer Group

Contact 614.259.5372 If you are a member of Vineyard Columbus and need funeral

2nd & 4th Mondays, 6:45–8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

and pastoral care services, please call us.

Contact Tim Hart, 614.557.0395 or

Empowered Life Pray for our international ministry work. We typically worship, share updates on our missionaries, and pray for special areas of

Open Prayer for Healing Sessions Cooper Road Campus

the world and our VC missionaries.

Monday, April 3, 7-9pm

La Viña: Spanish–Speaking Campus

Saturday, April 8, 9-11am

La Viña Service

Contact Kristi Webster,

Saturday, April 22, 9-11am

Sundays, 11:30am, in the Chapel, Cooper Road Campus

Open to anyone needing physical, emotional, or deliverance

Contact Irene Casale–Petrarca, 614.256.5254 or

healing prayer. No appointment needed.

Career & Financial

La Viña is a service that is completely in Spanish and meets in the Chapel (la capilla) at Cooper Road. Our vision is to serve the Hispanic community of Columbus, showing them God’s love and seeing their lives transformed by the power of God. We are

Business Owners Group Contact Rita Itsell, If you are a fellow business owner looking to expand your

not only a church, but also a family in Christ. You are welcome

knowledge in overall business management, this new

as you are!

program may be for you. If you're interested in this group, please contact Rita.


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Career Acceleration Class

Job & Intern Opportunities

Mondays, April 24-June 26, 6:30-8pm


Cost $10

Vineyard Columbus is an exciting place to work with great

Contact Kent Irwin,

benefits and a dynamic atmosphere centered on God’s

Resumes? Interviewing? Networking? This 9-week class will

mission. We have full–time, part–time, and internship

help you tackle all of these and be in a better position to get

positions available. We are committed to diversity and the

that job you are seeking! We have a Professional Recruiter

mission of the church.

that leads the class, which provides a real world view of what employers are looking for. This is a fantastic hands-on class that has helped people get new jobs right away. Through learning, practice, and participation you will learn a lot. The class also lends itself for networking and friendships to build with fellow class members over the course of 9 weeks together. Class size is limited to 25 individuals.

Vineyard Career Elevation 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30pm

Cost Free Visit Childcare Not available Contact Kent Irwin, Offering one-on-one employment coaching, with the four

Financially Alive Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University

most key areas of gaining new employment or making

Thursdays, April 27- June 22, 7-8:45pm

networking, and how to set up an effective job search. Please


bring a laptop if you have one, your most recent resume,

Cost Materials are estimated to cost $100, including shipping

pen, and paper. Elevation is held in the Vineyard Columbus

Childcare Chris Newkirk at

Community Center. No childcare will be provided.

($30 per child, $50 for two or more children)

Contact Kent Irwin, This class helps you understand and follow Jesus and biblical financial wisdom to gain control of your money, beat debt, increase generosity, and build wealth. During this class, we will cover the following: • Learn how to get and stay out of debt and save and build your financial resources. • Develop a cash flow plan and maximize money through smart buying. • Relate healthily with your spouse over money matters. A

a change: resume writing, preparing for your interview,

Interested in volunteering with the Career Ministry? See p. 25.

Community Center 2017 Vineyard Summer Program: Rooted June 12 – July 28 (closed July 3-July 7), 9am-4pm

Grades Children currently enrolled in K-5. Cost $600 (includes lunch and snack) Before/After Care Available for the first 30 children to sign up! Fee is $175 per child. Hours are 8-9am and 4-5pm.

majority of couples report this class significantly improved

Our Vineyard Community Center staff are excited as they

their marriage.

prepare for summer camp. The program will include worship

• Lay a foundation for responsibly purchasing a home and invest for retirement and college expenses. • Develop a life of generosity, apply biblical wisdom, and enjoy less stress.

and devotion, new off-site trips, dance, sports, outdoor recreation, special interest classes, and much more. Limited discounts are available and applied at registration. Verification of income may be required for discounts.

Designing Your Legacy: Estate Planning Workshop

The Ohio Benefit Bank

Saturday, April 22, 9:30–11:30am

Call 614.259.5441 for an appointment.

Cost Free

The Ohio Benefit Bank helps moderate to low income families


apply for over 20 public benefits, such as food stamps,

Childcare not available

Medicaid, and HEAP. Veterans can get assistance in accessing

Contact Kent Irwin,

records and applying for educational benefits, too.

Saturdays, 8–11am, 5th Avenue or Northside Food Pantries

Preparing for the future reflects good stewardship and protects the things that mean the most to you. Learn how to pass on your values, not just your valuables. Learn from experts how to establish your own living trust, as well as other important issues and documents. There will be no pressure, no commitments, no cost. V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G



• Chiropractic Clinic Cooper Road (appointment only)

Lower Lights Christian Health Center

Call Fridays, 10–10:30am to schedule appointments,

Cooper Road: Mondays, 8am–5pm & Wednesdays, 1:30–5pm


171 E. 5th Avenue: Mondays–Fridays, 8am–5pm

We provide evaluation and chiropractic care for those with

Appointments Call Lower Lights, 614.274.1455 (Option 1).

pain involving headaches, necks, back, or joints.

LLCHC is a faith–based, non–profit community health provider

Interested in volunteering in our clinics? See p. 26.

ministering the love of Christ through full–service cradle–to– grave medical care focused on whole–person wellness. They see patients with Medicaid, Medicare, CareSource, Molina, and

Mercy & Justice

private insurance as well as uninsured patients. Services are

Orphan Care

offered for the whole family on a sliding fee scale based upon

Contact Diane Bauman,

income. However, all patients are seen regardless of ability to

Please contact Diane if you would like to receive updates and

pay. Services offered include pre–natal care, immunizations,

ways to help with our Orphan Care Ministry.

well–child checkups, physicals, routine care, and chronic disease management.

Asia’s Hope: PreK Eng 6 Home Contact Diane Bauman,

Free Medical, Chiropractic, Dental, & Vision Clinics

Vineyard Columbus is partnering with Asia’s Hope by providing

Vineyard Free Health Clinics: 6000 Cooper Road, Westerville

support for a home in Cambodia. Twenty children at high risk

We provide free medical, chiropractic, dental, and vision

of sexual and economic exploitation have been rescued and

care for patients ages 18 and up to those who qualify. Our

now live together as a family. Staff provide individual care,

clinics serve those who are uninsured OR have Medicaid or

education, a Christian environment, and job skills so each child

are Medicaid–eligible with incomes below 200 percent of the

can succeed as an independent adult.

Federal Poverty level. (No Medicare or other government– issued health care programs are eligible for services.) For more info, call 614.259.5428. Si usted sólo habla español, puede comunicarse con la clínica latina al 614.293.9906. • Medical Clinic Cooper Road: Every Tuesday evening

Support for Life Find a list of Support for Life groups at or at the Small Groups Counter in the Lobby. Interested in volunteering with Support for Life? See p. 30.

Walk in, first come, first served. We can see 10–12 patients

10 Core Competencies

(dependent upon staffing). Sign–in begins at 5:30pm;

Tuesdays, May 2 – July 11, 7–9pm

line forms earlier. We provide diagnosis and treatment


of illnesses only. Basic work physicals available by calling

Contact John Doyel, 740.649.6050

614.259.5428 prior to coming to the clinic. No lab tests,

Cost $50 per couple or $30 per person (book included)

injections, or X–rays.

This 10-week class will help singles, husbands and wives, and parents of teens understand how to establish and maintain

• Dental Clinic Cooper Road (appointment only) Call Fridays, 9–9:45am to schedule appointments,

sexual purity. If you, your spouse, or family member struggles in this area, this class will help you.


180 Men’s Recovery Group

We provide dental exams, X–rays, fillings, extractions, and

Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus

cleanings. (No wisdom teeth, bridgework, orthodontics, or

Contact John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or


180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness. This ministry is open to all men. We emphasize both the

• Vision Clinic

to pursue purity. We include worship, teaching, small group

Call Fridays, 10–10:30am to schedule appointments,

accountability, mentoring, and healing prayer.

614.259.5428. We offer eye exams and vouchers for free glasses to those who qualify. 14

healing power of God and the personal responsibility of men

Cooper Road (appointment only)

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Advanced Caring for People One on One

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Thursdays, April 20-May 11, 7-9pm

Beginning in April


Contact/Register Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289 or

Contact Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289

Lay counselors meet with individuals on a short term basis

Do you yearn to be emotionally alive? The Emotionally Healthy

to provide a listening ear, supportive encouragement,

Spirituality course directly addresses the reality that emotional

empowered prayer, and biblical guidance. This training gives

maturity and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not

leaders actual tools and activities to use with others on a

possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally

one-on-one basis to facilitate healing, growth, and a deeper

immature. Learn through eight powerful life changing

personal relationship with God. Caring for People One on

sessions how to incorporate daily life rhythms that lead us

One or previous lay counseling training is a prerequisite. An

to a healthier relationship with Jesus and with others. Please

application can be found on

register with Debbie Johnson.

All Things New

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Mondays, 4–6pm

1st Tuesdays, 7–9pm


Childcare available (must register in advance)

The purpose of this eight–week group is to create a safe

Register Kris Garwood,, 614.259.5472

place for women with past childhood sexual abuse to share

This group allows grandparents to share the joys and the

their stories and to receive further healing. We will go

struggles of parenting again with those who understand. Each

through Nicole Bromley’s “HUSH” book and “SOAR” workbook.

month speakers address a relevant topic.

Registration and books for a nominal fee are required for participation.

Wednesdays, August 23-November 15, 7-9pm

Celebrate Recovery

Contact Chuck Clark,

Fridays, 7–10pm, Cooper Road Campus

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk

Childcare $3/child or $5/family each week (for ages 1–12; must

alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.


You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. This


13-week co-ed discussion/support group is for those grieving

Contact Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289

the death of a loved one and can be joined at any time.

Celebrate Recovery is a safe, biblical, Christ–centered recovery fellowship to help us heal from any addictive, compulsive, or destructive behavior. Meetings include worship, teaching, sharing, and fellowship.

Healing for the Survivors of Domestic Violence Beginning Sunday, April 23, 6:30-8:30pm Contact/Register Pam, This is an eight-week support group for those who are walking

Circle of Love - Special Event

out of and/or have survived domestic violence situations. This

Monday, May 1, 7-9pm

support group will help you feel safe and secure, trust, forgive,


set boundaries, and be kind to yourself again all through the

Do you or a person you know struggle with unwanted same sex

love of the Lord. To register or for more info, contact Pam at

attraction? This one night workshop will help answer questions

about many aspects of homosexuality and talk about how to reconcile one’s view of homosexuality with one’s Christian beliefs all within a safe and caring environment. If you are struggling, you don’t have to do it alone. Come find hope.

Hearts Restored Support Group Tuesdays, 7–9pm Contact Hearts Restored is a ministry for women who have been

Circle of Love Group

wounded by their spouse’s sexual sin. Find healing, hope, and

1st Mondays, 7–9pm

strength with others by experiencing God in the midst of crisis.

Contact Fred & Nora Seeman, This confidential group meets to bring hope, support, and resources to the family and friends of people who have same–sex attractions.



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Redefining Christ

Beginning Tuesday, April 25, 7-9pm

Tuesdays, beginning April 18, 6:30-8:30pm

Contact Dana Moody,

Contact/Register Gina Harding,

This is a nine-week closed support group offering hope,

This closed, cyclical support group is for women who have

healing, encouragement, and accountability for women who

come from a high control or cult background and now

want to be more hungry for God and less dependent on food

desire a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This

(compulsive or emotional eating) or dieting (obsession with

is not a theological debate group. Our purpose is to support

weight or exercise) to meet emotional needs. Meetings will

these women and come along side of them. Our goal is to

include a short teaching, group discussion, and prayer. There is

springboard into a praying small group for further discipleship.

no cost, but space is limited, so preregistration is requested.

No participants may join after the first class has begun, and

Lay Counseling Application Contact Support for Life, 614.259.5289

preregistration is required. Each meeting will include worship and teaching, but the main focus will be on sharing and prayer. Contact Gina Harding to register.

The Support for Life Ministry has a trained team of volunteer


“lay” counselors who come alongside people in difficult

Thursdays, 7:30pm

seasons or situations to minister insight, healing, and spiritual

Contact Tom, or Support for Life,

growth in a one–on–one, non–clinical environment. Lay

614.259.5289 or

counseling is not professional counseling, nor is it “free”

This is a substance (drug/alcohol) abuse recovery group for

counseling. Lay counselors meet with individuals on a short

young men.

term basis and are trained to provide a listening ear, supportive encouragement, empowered prayer, and biblical guidance. Interested in becoming a lay counselor? See p. 29.

Loving Someone with Mental Illness 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7–9pm Contact Karen Twinem, 614.439.8475 This is a support group for families and friends of people with mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major

Sisters of Sarah Thursday, May 4, 7:15–9:15pm Contact Melissa,, 614.353.1792 or Jeannine,, 614.578.7094 Sisters of Sarah is a hope and support group for women facing the hardship of primary or secondary infertility. We invite you with open arms for a time of sharing food, socializing, open discussion, and prayer together.

depression, borderline personality disorder, etc.). Each meeting

Sister Sister

includes a short teaching, discussion, and prayer.

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7–9pm

Professional Counseling Center Contact 614.259.5409 The Vineyard Counseling Center’s clinically–trained counselors offer a biblical approach to help people achieve wholeness in all aspects of their lives. We also have male and female

Contact Elizabeth, 614.397.7764 or We are a group of women who have all survived multiple tragic events and are able to help other women as we share as sisters in Christ. We focus on outreach and discipleship, studying God’s Word, worshiping, and prayer.

Graduate Candidate Interns, $20/session, with experience in

Support for Life 101

seeing children, teens, adults, and married couples.

Sunday, April 30, 2-5:30pm Register or 614.259.5472 This is the foundational training to become a support group leader or lay counselor in Support for Life. Learn more on p. 30.

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Fully Alive Artwork by VC Artists Through April 16, Cooper Road Campus Hours Following the 6pm & 11am services Artists in the church will be displaying their artwork around

Art Exhibit Jesus Fully Alive: His Life and Ministry

this theme for our Lenten campaign. We may have artwork on

Through April 16

in the lobbies, and café area as well.

Cooper Road Campus, 2nd Floor

display to the right of the north entrance as you exit the lobby,

Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection of John Kohan to visually portray

Joyful Noise Worship Service (Special Needs)

the fully alive life of Jesus. Art can change the world and how

2nd Sundays, 5:30–6:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

we see it, especially through the eyes of our faith. Take a look!

Contact Pam Newman,

We are again grateful to show beautiful global works from the

Join our Accessible Worship Service for people affected by

The Book of Joshua

disabilities and their families, friends, and neighbors. We have

Mondays, April 10 & 17, 7-8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

a worship band, brief message, and prayer time. Bring your

Childcare not available

tambourines and streamers.

Michael Karoly, a longtime Vineyard Columbus member, teaches through the Book of Joshua. Michael gives in-depth

Good Friday Service

teaching on one of the Old Testament’s most fascinating

Friday, April 14, 7-8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

books, explaining how to apply God’s Word to our lives


today. Detailed class notes will be handed out/sent by email

Join us for this special service as we reflect on the sacrificial

each week. Each class stands alone; no need to attend each

death of Jesus. We will offer children’s programming for ages

session. Classes are 90 minutes in length in lecture format. No

1–Kindergarten. Visit

childcare; no registration. We will finish the Book of Joshua by

Easter Services

studying Joshua 24.

Deaf Ministry Events

Saturday and Sunday, April 15 & 16 Visit

Worship Service Interpretation: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays,

Please invite family and friends to join us as we celebrate the

9am Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Sundays, 9–10:30am

resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Contact Angela Moore,

• Cooper Road Campus

The Vineyard Columbus Cooper Road Worship Service is

Saturday, April 15: 3:30pm & 6pm

interpreted in ASL for the Deaf. We also offer a Deaf Bible Study

Sunday, April 16: 9am (with deaf interpretation) & 11:30am

for the Deaf.

Fully Alive Art Exhibit: Gardens are for Growing Stop by the Global Café and enjoy the artwork. Some of the projects will involve our KidzQuest kids growing plants from seedlings and giving them to community gardens to grow over the summer. Our Arawak Garden near our 5th Avenue pantry will be a benefactor of this effort. Also, by donating $1 to the Community Gardens at the café counter, you will help support this garden work of growing fresh produce, which is donated

• La Viña (Servicio en español) Domingo 16 de abril: 11:30am • East Campus Sunday, April 16: 9am & 11:30am • Sawmill Campus Sawmill Campus will be meeting at our Cooper Road Campus for Easter. • Lane Avenue Campus

to our local food pantries for distribution to families who

Sunday, April 16: 6:30am (Sunrise Service for all church)

are struggling to put food on their tables. Last year over 300

& 9:30am

pounds of fresh produce was donated to our pantries from our local gardens! Special thanks to Holly Toenges-Messarall for

• VCtwenty Sunday, April 16: 12pm

the panel artwork.

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Meeting God 303: Power Healing and Evangelism

Serve in Prayer (Lane Avenue Campus)

Sunday, April 30, 2:30-4:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Contact Klodiana Tedesco, or

Teacher Pastor Kerry Davis

Prerequisite Meeting God 301

There are many ways you can serve in prayer at Lane Avenue

Childcare Free childcare available (must register in advance)

Campus. For more info, contact Klodiana.

Register by Thursday, April 27 Contact Kristi Webster, Do you want to see God heal others? This class will explore New Testament healings and encourage you with stories of healing today. You will receive practical training and inspiration to pray for physical healing at church, work, school, or the

Twenty–Something Campus Sundays, 12pm, Lane Avenue Campus The Ohio 4–H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 30, join us to be part of what God is doing with young adults in our city. We offer


childcare during our services for infants two–years–old and

Meeting God 305: Releasing Freedom

across the city. For more info, contact Pastor Christian Root,

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30-8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus For info on small

Teacher Nancy Davis

groups, contact Jessica Gatton, 614.259.5288 or

Prerequisite Meeting God 301 Childcare Register online for free childcare Register by Sunday, April 23 Contact Kristi Webster, Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God and freedom for the captives, creating conflict with the present evil age. This class will equip you to obey Jesus’ command to partner with him to set people free from the powers of darkness.

younger. Throughout the week, we host small groups that meet

Community Life Fully Alive Small Group Leader & HOST Celebration Tuesday, May 2, 7:30pm Childcare Limited free childcare is available, but you must register by April 21.

Vineyard Artists Open Studio


Beginning, Wednesday, April 19, 7:15-8:30pm (Community

Come and celebrate all that God has done through the


hundreds of Fully Alive small groups! There will great food

Contact Holly Toenges-Messerall

and drinks, live worship, testimonies shared, and we will hear

from our Senior Pastor Rich Nathan. You don’t want to miss

Stop by and enjoy some creative time with other adult

this! All small group leaders and new hosts are invited! This

artists. Bring your own art project to work on during the time

is also where you can pick up the next small group series

together and be inspired.

created by Pastor Rich.



Engage: Intercessory Prayer Meeting (Cooper Road Campus)

If you are not sure where to serve, or want to explore other

Wednesday, April 12, 7-9pm

at, or stop by the Ministry


Counter in the Main Lobby for a Volunteer Catalog.

If you have a heart to see the kingdom come upon our church,

Contact Diane Bauman,

opportunities, check out the list of volunteer opportunities

city, and nation, come out to our intercessory prayer session.

Engage (Sawmill) 1st Wednesdays, 7–8:30pm

Bookstore Volunteer Opportunities

Sawmill Campus will meet at Cooper Road Campus in April

Cooper Road Campus

Contact Dustin Jasinski,

Volunteer once a week restocking books, contacting overdue

Engage is a service of meditation on scriptures and listening

books, and adding in new inventory

to what the Lord is saying to each person attending. Prayer is

Contact Jeff Baker, or

also available for special needs, congregational leaders, and


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Attention Small Group Leaders & Hosts

Career Ministry Volunteers

Did you know that we have a resource page just for our small

Contact Kent Irwin,

group leaders? Short on time this week to prepare a small

The Career Ministry is in great need of new volunteers that

group discussion? Wondering how you can get more training

can volunteer in a number of different roles: job coach, career

after LT1? Need some tips on how to make hosting easier? The

expert, administrator, database manager, networking pro,

Community Life Team wants to help you make the most of your

workplace navigation, and liaison between searchers and

time as you pray and prepare for your small group gatherings,

job providers.

so we’ve created, a website with several

Community Life Start a Small Group Contact


Bible study options as well as other helpful tools. If you have questions, write us at or visit our how to use video at–to–use–vcsmallgroups–org/.

If you have a heart for people, can provide a space for people

One Child One Community: Adopt A School

to meet, serve a snack, and turn on a video, then you can start

Contact Abby Fahmi, 614.259.5467 or

a small group! For more info, send us an email or stop by the

small group area of your campus.

If your small group is looking for a place to serve together,

Small Group: Leader Training 1 Contact or call 614.259.5358 Register Small Group Leader Training 1 is an introductory class to

One Child One Community needs groups to partner with us to support Columbus schools. For more info on how your group can serve, contact Abby Fahmi.

Deaf Ministry

become a small group leader at Vineyard Columbus. If you’ve

Deaf Ministry Service Opportunities

recently HOSTed a small group and want to continue or you’re

Contact Angela Moore,

new to leading an existing Vineyard Columbus small group, this

We need skilled volunteer ASL interpreters to sign for adults

is your next step. Small Group Leader Training 1 will give you

and children on a rotation at our Sunday, 9am Cooper Road

the basic tools you need to keep up the good work God is doing


in you and your group. You only need to attend one of the following sessions. Please

Early Childhood

register at

Early Childhood Worship Ministry

• Saturday, May 6, 9am-2pm, Cooper Road Campus

Contact Myra Gaiters, 614.259.5486 or

• Mondays, May 8 & 15, 6-9pm, Cooper Road Campus

(childcare available) • Saturday, May 20, 9am-2pm, Cooper Road Campus, East, and Sawmill Campuses • Sundays, June 4 & 11, 2:30-5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus (childcare available) • Mondays, June 5 & 12, 6-9pm, Cooper Road Campus (childcare available) • Saturday, August 26, 9am-2pm, Cooper Road Campus

Share your love for Jesus with children through music! Volunteer to lead children in worship once a month during our weekend services.

Fully Alive Service Opportunities Isaiah 65:17-25 describes a community that is fully alive and blessed by God. Based on these verses we developed service opportunities in five areas of need: Community Help, Community Gardens, Nursing Homes, Mom & Baby, and School Clean-up. Learn about all of the Fully Alive service opportunities on p. 40

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Global Café

International Friendships (IFI)

Global Café Volunteers


International Friendships (IFI) partners with Vineyard Columbus

New to the church or want to get connected? Be a part of

to promote friendships and show hospitality to international

our family of believers who get to experience God through

students at OSU.

service and fellowship. The Café is an atmosphere where fresh,

• IFI English Conversation Partner or Friendship Partner

Contact Jon–David Hawks, 740.258.4042 or

made–from–scratch food connects the community with the


love of Christ.

Become a conversation partner and help students practice

Health Clinics

English, learn about American culture, and more. Individuals

Vineyard Free Health Clinics: Volunteers

an international student or couple monthly for a meal or

Contact Carol Achmoody, 614.259.5512 or

and families can be friendship partners who meet with activity. • IFI Internship Program

We need dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists,

Contact Estera Pirosca,

pharmacists, and prayer team members (Meeting God 301

Visit (financial donations)

required for prayer team).

IFI would like to place interns (20 hours/week) in the chemical industry, actuarial science, finance/accounting,

Security Ministry Medical Response Team Contact Jason Pierce, or 614.625.6216 The Medical Response team is looking for volunteers that would be willing to help out with medical emergencies that occur during our weekend services.  If you are a doctor or nurse with hospital or ER experience, or an EMT (Basic or Paramedic) and are interested in learning more about the Medical Response Team please contact Jason Pierce.

VC International Teams & Ministries English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteers Contact Ximena Lozada,

statistical analysis, web design/media, and marketing. • Meals for IFI Friday Night Bible Studies Contact Tiria, IFI always needs people to help organize, prepare, and distribute food at our Friday night Bible study when students and volunteers share a meal together. Contact us if you or your small group are interested. • Small Group Outreach for IFI Contact Jon–David Hawks, 740.258.4042 or jondavidhawks@ Sign up International Friendships (IFI) has opportunities for small groups to help “reach the world” together including prayer, preparing food for a Bible study, making welcome bags, greeting new students, and hosting a used furniture sale.

If you have a heart for internationals and enjoy teaching, we

Missions Care Team

need volunteers to teach and assist our daytime and evening

Contact Dotty Christensen,

ESL classes.

If you enjoy hospitality, encouraging others, hearing how God’s working, or want to give gifts, time, energy, or money, then

ESL Conversation Partners

get involved with missionary care. Use your creativity to help

Contact Carli Snyder, 614.259.5511 or

expand care to those we as a church send to the nations. Our ESL students are eager to meet with English speakers

Short Term Missions Fair

to improve their conversational skills and form friendships.

Saturday, April 8 & Sunday, April 9

We ask for a one hour/week commitment with your student.

Contact Ximena Lozada, 614.256.5410 or

Timing will be determined by you and your ESL student’s


Are you interested in going on an adventure to see the love of Jesus spread among the nations? Join us after the weekend services at all our campuses for our Short Term Missions Fair. Come hear about the places Vineyard Columbus is serving around the world and how you can be a part of it!


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Volunteer Opportunities with Refugees

• Saturday Afternoon Activities

Local: Hyde Park ministry apartment

Saturday afternoons (times may vary), currently we have

Contact: Carli Synder, or

art afternoons from 3-5pm on a monthly basis.


We are looking for individuals and small groups to come to

In partnership with World Relief, Vineyard Columbus has

the ministry apartment on Saturday afternoons to engage

opened a ministry apartment at the Hyde Park apartment

with the residents in activities ranging from art at the

complex where fifty percent of the residents are refugees from

ministry apartment with young women, soccer games,

Syria, Iraq, and Somalia. We are serving the community there

barbecues, etc.

through various programs held at the ministry apartment. Here

• ESL (English as a second language classes)

are a list of ways you can get involved:

Mondays, 12:30-2pm & Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm

• Drop-In Center:

We have English as a second language classes for women

We are opening up the ministry apartment at consistent,

at the ministry apartment on Mondays from 12:30-2pm. We

specific times to help Hyde Park residents practice

provide childcare at the ministry apartment, and use the last

conversation, read their mail, and make phone calls. We also

half hour of the class time to engage in group conversation

help with other easy tasks that significantly help refugees

and talk about important subjects.

as they navigate culture, language, social services, and the

Global: Short & Long Term Teams

education system. We are looking for volunteers to shadow

Contact: Carli Synder, or

current volunteers at the times listed below to eventually


create additional drop-in center hours.


Mondays (women), 3-5pm

Vineyard Columbus is partnering with Operation Mobilization

Tuesdays (men), 3-5pm

in Athens, Greece to serve refugees. Visit vineyardcolumbus.

Thursdays (men), 3-5pm

org for more info about upcoming short and long term mission

• Coffee/Tea & Conversation Sundays (men), 7-9 pm We will be opening up the ministry apartment for coffee/tea


Media Arts

and conversation for men on Sunday nights. This will be the

Video, Audio & Lighting Support

first formal ‘men only’ event at the ministry apartment. We


are looking for male volunteers to come and start building

We’re looking for passionate, quick–thinking people who

relationships with the men at Hyde Park.

value quality to support the sights and sounds of the weekend

• Tuesday Night Homework Help Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm Contact Kelly Wagaman at for more information We are opening up the ministry apartment for a homework help night for grades K-12. Volunteers must attend a World Relief training, fill out a World Relief application, and consent to a background check. • Thursday Night Tutoring Program Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm Come help students grades Pre-K-12 complete their homework, learn English, and practice math skills. Volunteers must attend a World Relief training, fill out a World Relief application, and consent to a background check. Small groups are welcome on a rotating basis as well!

service. If you love to use technology to help people encounter God, contact us to start making a difference in your church.

Prison Ministries Help inmates grow into disciples of Christ. To join us serving those in prison, contact Deborah Scott, 614.259.5348 or

Art for Self-Awareness Instructor Contact Ellice, We are looking for women interested in teaching an art class in the women’s prison. There are two training classes being facilitated by Ellice Park. The training will be facilitated in the prison setting. Learn art techniques that assist us in opening ourselves to God and others within the context of the prison environment. RSVP to Ellice to plan for supplies or if you need additional information.


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Aunt Mary’s Storybook Project: Volunteers at Franklin County Jail

Special Needs

3rd Mondays, 6–8pm

Bridge Builders

Contact Deborah Scott,

Contact (children/middle schoolers)

The Franklin County Jail staff want to offer the Aunt Mary’s

Contact (teens/adults)

Storybook program to all residents. Volunteers record parents

Befriend a child, teen, or adult with special needs who wants

reading a story to their children, then wrap and send a CD

to be part of our church community.

of the recording and the book to the children. We need both men and women volunteers to commit two hours every other month. We also need a volunteer to lead and coordinate the small group. Training is available.

Body Builders Class (Special Needs) Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus Contact Deb, 614.259.5418 or

Women Serving Women: Prison Ministry

Adults who are VC members are needed for our Middle School

Contact Deborah Scott,

or Teens/Adults classes with special needs. Can you be kind,

There are different ministry opportunities for women to serve

laugh, sit at a table, color, listen, pray, and sing worship songs?

at the Ohio Reformatory for Women and Franklin Medical

Join us twice a month.

Center – Zone A.

Sensory Break Room/Buddy Connection

Franklin Medical Center Parenting Class Volunteers

Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus

Contact Deborah Scott,

Befriend a child who needs an extra hand getting used to

We would like to offer parenting classes for pregnant moms

church and children’s ministry. If their special needs interfere

at the Franklin Medical Center, the prison hospital. We will

with learning Jesus loves them, maybe they can meet Jesus

provide class materials and necessary training.

through your guidance and love. Become a mentor buddy in

Contact Christy Smith, 614.374.4859 or

our nationally–known program called the Sensory Break Room.

Men Serving Men: Prison Ministry

Serve on a rotation.

We minister to men during worship services at multiple facilities. Volunteer with worship, prayer team, or help at the

Special Needs Intervention Support Team


Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus

Delaware County Jail: 1–2 Saturdays/month, 10–11:30am

Contact Deb, 614.259.5418 or

Franklin County Jail: 3rd Saturdays, 8–10:30am

Jackson Pike: 3rd Saturdays, 6:45–8:45pm

If you have training in behavior intervention, special education,

Contact Scott Osborn, 740.244.6528 or

autism, and/or mental health support, consider being on call

to help us create a safety net when the Special Needs ministry

Franklin County Jail: 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 8–10:30am

needs extra help.

Contact John, 614.578.8371 or

Vineyard Prison Ministry Training: Prison Basics Saturday, May 6, 9am-12pm, Cooper Road Campus, E.03 Contact Lisa Ernst, 614.259.5248 or

Support for Life Become a Lay Counselor Contact Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289 or or Chuck Fisher,

We're looking for leaders to meet with individuals on a This training is the first step in a basic understanding of the culture, rules of the institutions, and how we build a bridge of friendship in the context of prison.

short term basis to provide a listening ear, supportive encouragement, empowered prayer, and biblical guidance. If you've benefited from support and healing during a difficult life season or situation that has resulted in growth and freedom, you may wish to help others by providing similar support on a one-on-one basis.

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Become a Support for Life Group Leader

• Licensed Barbers and Cosmetologists

Next session begins Tuesday, April 11

Contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

Contact/Register or


We are looking for licensed barbers to offer free haircuts for

We are looking for leaders who can create groups that offer a

2–4 hours at our pantry locations on Saturday mornings and

safe environment for those who are struggling to experience

licensed cosmetologists to volunteer services at our

the love of Jesus and the care of his community. If you've

Northside pantry.

benefited from support and healing during a difficult life

• Pantry Drivers & Helpers

season or situation that has resulted in growth and freedom,

Contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

you may wish to help others by leading a support or recovery

group related to the same issue.

Drivers and helpers needed for MidOhio Food pick–up for

Urban Ministry

Northside pantry. Take a Budget rental truck to MidOhio

Urban Ministry is a bridge between our church and the people of Columbus. We feed the hungry, care for the sick, and bring hope to prisoners and the homeless. For ways to volunteer, visit or contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

Food Pantries Our Urban Ministry has two food pantries that serve the community of Columbus. For more info, contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or, or visit

Foodbank every other week. You pick the day and time. Need to be strong enough to unload. • Food Sorting Contact Jenney Rice,, 614.259.5370 If you have one or more hours during the week, please consider helping sort food donations for our pantries.

Pantry Help Needed! Contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or We are in need of men to help deliver food from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to our food pantries. Ability to drive a box truck (stick

Opportunities to Serve:

shift) and forklift is helpful, but not necessary. Deliveries/Pick-

• 5th Avenue Food Pantry

ups are on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the daytime

181 East 5th Avenue

(depends on order). Approximate time commitment is 4 hours

Saturday, 8am–12pm

every other week. Please contact Rhodie if you can help!

Small groups need to be scheduled to serve at the pantry, so contact Rhodie. Carpool if possible, parking is limited. • Northside Food Pantry 4664 Cleveland Avenue To serve, park along Chester Road to allow guest parking around the building. You can also help once a month to sort food at Vineyard Columbus. • Monday Night Service Mondays, 6pm 5th Avenue Food Pantry, 181 East 5th Avenue Contact Jenney, 614.259.5370 or Small groups can plan, prepare, and serve a meal (we can provide meal ideas).

Helping Hands Saturdays, 9am–12pm Contact Jenney Rice, Helping Hands is a ministry supported by men who serve families in our community that need help with minor repairs and upkeep around their homes. These families are usually made up of single–parent homes, the elderly, or those who cannot afford to pay for the repairs on their own.

Homeless Backpack Program Contact Jenney Rice, We are looking to fill 90 backpacks for men and women who are homeless in our community. We will accept donations for the following items: backpacks, thermal underwear (tops and bottoms in sizes L – 3X), winter gloves, hats, socks, sweatshirts, flashlights, all size batteries, personal care items, hand and feet warmers, and cards of encouragement. Please label donation packages with “Homeless Backpack Program”.


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Visiting the Elderly

Coaches and Referees Needed!

Contact Chuck Fisher, 614.259.5403 or

Contact Jerome Smith, 614.259.5395 or (to learn more

information before you go)

Help with our Vineyard Athletics/NFL Flag Football and

• Heartland of Westerville

Cheerleading league. Vineyard Athletics Youth Basketball and

1060 Eastwind Drive 2nd Saturdays, 12:30pm • Edgewood Manor 140 N. State Street 3rd Sundays, 10:30pm • Villa Angela 5700 Karl Road 4th Saturdays, 2pm • Bryden Place

Cheerleading. We need coaches and referees for grades K–6.

Vineyard Free Health Clinics Volunteers Contact Carol Achmoody, 614.259.5512 or We need dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, pharmacists, and prayer team members (Meeting God 301 required for prayer team).

1169 Bryden Road

Volunteer with After–School Program or LAUNCH

Thursdays, 7:20–8:30pm

Monday–Friday, 3:30–6pm, August–May

VC Students

Contact Nikki Mills,

VC Students Small Groups & Weekend Services Leaders

reading buddies, and tutors with grade school, middle school,

Contact Shane Huey, (VC High School) Contact Michael Doom, (VC Middle School) Volunteer with VC Students in two special areas: Small Groups and Weekend Services. We’ll be sure to train you before leaving you alone with teenagers!

Volunteers can serve as classroom helpers, homework helpers, or high school students. A few hours a week can make a big difference in the life of a child.

One Child One Community Contact Anna Fullen, 614.259.5452 or Serve by mentoring a student or adopting one of six Columbus Schools in the Northland Area. Mentors meet monthly with a 5th grade student during school lunch and go on monthly field

Vineyard Community Center

trips or other activities. Mentor training is required. We are also

Artists Needed

the schools to volunteer at or provide donations on a regular


basis. For more info or to get involved, contact Anna Fullen.

Contact Vineyard Columbus Artists if you are a member of the church and interested in teaching an arts or crafts class.

looking for groups and individuals to serve by adopting one of

One Child One Community: Adopt a School Contact Abby Fahmi, 614.259.5467,

Artists Small Group (New)


If your small group is looking for a place to serve together,

Come with ideas to share and plan a course of growth

One Child One Community needs groups to partner with us to

beginning with a book study. All artists are welcome. Send us

support Columbus schools. For more info on how your group

an email if you're interested in being a part of this group.

can serve, contact Abby Fahmi.

Blood Drive Save the date! Wednesday, May 24 Vineyard Community Center Visit sponsor code: VineCommCtr. Give the Gift of Blood. The need for blood donations is ongoing, and every donor makes a difference


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Welcome Ministry Volunteer Opportunity

Kids’ Worship: Campus Volunteer Recruitment

If you love to talk and make people feel welcome, then you

We are looking for teens and adults who would like to help lead

should join the New Visitors Call Ministry! Each Monday

kids in worship at our campuses. Each campus handles kids’

our team calls the visitors who turned in a connect card or

worship differently and needs people who want to help the

decision prayer card during one of the weekend services.

little ones connect to God through the worship arts. No need

We make them feel welcomed and give them information

to play an instrument! We offer training, provide all necessary

about ways they can get connected at Vineyard. Most

materials, and include you in a volunteer rotation.

importantly we want them to know that in our large

Vineyard Women Vineyard Women Event Team Contact Liz Ward,

We are looking for women who enjoy meeting people, serving others, and offering hospitality to join our Event Team. Some of the ways you can help include promoting the event, administrative help, decorating, greeting, registration, and more. We have a great time serving together and would love to have you join us!

Contact Adrienne Ash,

church, they were seen and that they are important to us. You can make calls from your home or come to the church and make your calls.

G I V E & D O N AT E Aunt Mary’s Story Book Project: Donations (Prison Ministries) Contact Deborah Scott, 614.259.5348 or Our women’s prison ministry offers a program to incarcerated

Worship Arts

moms that enables them to record themselves reading a book

Serve with Worship Arts

to the children. We accept donations of new infant and


toddler board books. Drop off in bins at entrances and label

The Worship Arts Ministry is looking for experienced

“Aunt Mary’s.”

musicians (all instruments and vocalists) for all worship teams. We are also looking for bilingual vocalists. Email Danielle for more information.

to their children. We wrap the CD and book to send

Automobile Donations Donate used cars to Vineyard Columbus to bless others in our congregation. We accept all kinds and conditions and

Other Opportunities

provide a receipt for your tax purposes. If a car or small–to–

Baker’s Delight

provide it to a person or family. High mileage cars are O.K., as

Contact Mia Byrne, 614.751.5083 or

long as vehicles have been maintained and are in fairly good

We bake for the women’s shelter, single moms, children’s

condition. Other cars, not suitable due to condition or needing

volunteers, women’s ministry events, nursing homes, and

expensive repairs, will be sold, and the funds used for the

others. Great for friends, families, and small groups who

car ministry. To donate a car, contact Mandi, 614.259.5384.

are looking for outreach opportunities. Join us!

If you’re a member of Vineyard Columbus and in need of a

Ohio Benefit Bank Counselors Needed

medium sized SUV is well–maintained, we check it over and

vehicle, call 614.259.5408.


Business Owners

Guide clients through a user–friendly, web–based computer

Contact Rita Itsell,

program to access public benefits such as food stamps,

We are planning a new program for business owners

Medicaid, free tax filing, etc. If you are a church member,

looking to expand their knowledge in overall business

contact Rhodie Shreve, rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.

management. Please continue to visit

org or 614.259.5441 (for the 5th Avenue or Northside

financialministry. For more info, contact Rita Itsell.

Food Pantries), or Maria Broeckel, maria.broeckel@ or 614.259.5296 (for the Vineyard Community Center).

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Homeless Ministries Donations (Urban Ministries)

Project Venezuela

Please donate men’s T–shirts (sizes L–3XL) and any size of


men’s sweatshirts, socks, and jeans. Also, used/clean or new

There is a severe shortage of food, medicine, and other

blankets and propane. Please mark and place donations in the

basic needs in Venezuela. We want to offer some relief to

Urban Ministry bins located near the church entrances.

this country by sending some of these necessary items.

One Child One Community: Donations Contact Abby Fahmi, We partner with six Columbus schools for mentoring and support. This month we are collecting donations for the following: children’s hats and gloves, winter coats, pants, socks, and underwear. Drop off donations in the One Child One Community bins at the Worship Center or Ministry Center entrances.

Online Giving & TEXT to Give Contact 614.259.5443 or

Contact Irene Casale,,

There will be designated containers at the entrance of the church where you can donate items to ‘Project Venezuela’ for the next several months. These items will then be sent to Venezuelan churches that can distribute them to the populations in greatest need. Please consider participating in this demonstration of God’s love. Specific items needed: • Nonperishable foods: Rice, sugar, pasta, dry beans, corn flour, powdered milk, salt, peanut butter, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard. • Medicines: Tylenol/Motrin, antibiotics, allergy relief, and First Aid supplies.

You can make a one time offering or you can schedule regular

• Babies: Diapers, infant formula, baby food, and wipes.

giving by visiting You can also

• Hygiene: Soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, shampoo, hair

TEXT your amount to 614.333.0330 and follow the prompts.

conditioner, toothbrush, and deodorant/antiperspirant.

For more info, contact our Finance department.

Transitions Ministry

Pantry Donations (Urban Ministries)


We always need personal care items like soap, shampoo,

Cooper Road Donation Drop–off: Ministry Center lobby

deodorant, toothpaste, etc. Drop off in the metal bins by the

throughout the week.

Cooper Road Campus entrances.

Campus Donation Drop–off: During weekend worship


Planned Giving

Help us replenish our supplies for those in transition from

Contact Kent Irwin, 614.259.5505 or

homelessness. This month we are collecting pots and pans

sets, new pillows, queen–sized sheet sets in package, and

If you would like to discuss estate planning, contact Kent

serving dishes.


Value Life Donations Contact Thank you so much for your generous donations of baby clothing. Because of your support, our closets are full! We are in need of baby socks and bibs (new or gently used) all size diapers, and Similac brand formulas. Drop off items in the Ministry Center lobby. There are bins marked “Value Life”. For more info on ways to serve, like Value Life on Facebook or visit–life.


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W E L C O M E N E W M E M B E R S O F V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S ! East Campus

Bright Atsutse

Jill Graffeo

Kenzie Ryan

Karen Bell

Debra Balawajder

Vicky Greene

Bob Salemme

Wanda Bond

Ronald Balawajder

Vickie Grigsby Trout

Holly Schomerus

Christy Hall

Jackie Barton

Kim Hall

Aaron Schomerus

Brian Hall

Joi Beacham

Nate Hansen

Darryl Sharp

Ciara Higgins

Jessica Boss

Kimberly Hansen

Jonny Shelke

Ebone Johnson

Andrew Boy

Glenda Harrison

Jeremy Shemas

Kareem Moona

Born Jewel Brown

Bob Harvey

Joseph Shin

Amanda Moona

Deatra Brown

Michael Hlavsa

Issac Silva

Tracey Storts

Paul Bryant

Cathy Holmes

Amber Silva

John Wagner

Koren Burley

Kourtney Holmes

Brittany Sinzinger

Janine Winters

Morgan Burton

Johnathan Johnson

Marc Slaughter

Diane Caldwell

Rebecca Joseph

Deborah Smothers

Lane Ave. Campus

Jay Calvin

Danielle Kariuki

Robert Staats

Carrie Fletemeyer

Connie Carter

Duncan Kariuki

Jason Stickney

Kevin Fletemeyer

Beth Cattunar

Nadine Kinard

Vanessa Tambayong

Emily Frantz

Jay Chan

Josy Kishore

Bethlehem Terrefe

Kea Chaparro

Amelia Kollie

Biannca Tibbs Asare

LaViĂąa Campus

Austin Church

Sophie Koors

Patty Wagner

Rosa Laura Arellanos

Ellie Church

Zach Koors

Latisha Weekes

Esmeralda Hernandez

Ericka Cole

Mamusu Kosseh

Sandi Wenas

Leonardo Herrera Cao

Melinda Comstock

Kurt Kroplin

Delores Whitehead

Carlos Jose Morales Alvarez

Craig Comstock

Brooke Kroplin

Evan Williams

Daniel Ortiz

India Cooley

Lisa LaBauve

Drey Williams

Carmen Rodriguez

Cherie Coyne

Ziven Lach

Tony Wilson

Mayi Sasco

Aaron Croom

Rachel Lindner

Erica Womack

Madeline Sifonte-Castellano

Jana Croom

Ally Linhart

Maurice Womack

Corina Toledo Falcon

Ubi Da Cunha

Jim Merchant

Shannette Woodward

Jose Luis Cortez

Chazz Dabbs

Neelima Merigala

Laura Baker Cortez

Danielle Dabbs

Roy Navorska

Sawmill Campus

Zoraida Quintana

Autumn Daniels

Ezra Ngabo Mutenda

Megan Gilbert

Jazmin Molina

Alexis Daniels

Gracia Nibigira

Christine Jones

Sheila Cervantes

Leachuin Dean

Shelly O'Dell

Sean Peoples

William Carbajal

Shelley Devore

Jeff O'Dell

Theo Pernell

Carlos Carbuccia

Dylan DeWitt

Chris Orozco

Dierra Pernell

Liliana Munoz

Mike DiBartola

Marquelle Phillips

Emma Slater

Victor Munoz

Tony Dickson

Angelic Pinckney

Emily Wachalec

Paula Hernandez

Brad Dunn

Kirsten Poe

Heather Lewis

Dorcas Eghan

Stacey Pratt

VCtwenty Campus

Dora Ernst

Margie Ramsey

Meghan Allison

Cooper Road Campus

Solomon Ernst

Maria Raney

Jason Fullen

Larry Aberle

Kim Ferrell

Matt Reynolds

Ben Revell

Tausha Aberle

Mike Ferrell

Jeff Richards

Rachel Saloman

David Akainda

Stephen Gill

Cyndi Richards

Dayna Anderson

Shayla Glover

Betsy Rodenbeck

Joseph Arhin

Matthew Glover

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eith Parrill was the picture of success. According to

not a priority for the Parrill family. Keith’s life was full of

him, it resulted in lots of “trophies” like money, land,

everything, except God.

cars, and other possessions. He says, “With each trophy I


In 2004 when his mother got ill and his father stopped

lost a bit more of myself and my spiritual faith got weaker,

working to care for her, for the first time in his life Keith

and weaker.” Business opportunities continued to present

encountered something he couldn’t fix. The bottom was

themselves and his wealth grew, along with the pride that

also falling out of real estate at the time. In 2005, instead

often comes with accumulating stuff. “I was never not

of $7 million a year in home sales, he had 700 visitors go

grateful, but I thought I’d created my own success,” Keith

through his model homes without a single buyer. “[I was]


unable to keep control of the situation and fear started to

An intense person, Keith thought he could fix anything and

seep into my marriage, my business, and my life,” Keith says.

anyone. He was a winning high school and college athlete.

In 2006 his marriage of 19 years ended in divorce, and his

He was selected to complete Officer Candidate School as

mother and then father both passed away, all within 10

an Infantry Officer in the Army National Guard and then

months. The bank foreclosed on $4 million of the new

was chosen to lead the Armored Cavalry Helicopter Unit for

homes—they took the cars, the houses, and the stuff.

the State of Ohio. He married his girlfriend from the sixth

Anger set in. Keith moved into his deceased parents’ home,

grade, had two sons, and then became one of the leading

and he couldn’t even pay the water bill. “For more than a

home builders in Central Ohio. He worked three jobs so

month I would scoop water, breaking through a layer of ice

his wife could live her dream of staying home with their

in the old, leaky, backyard pool to perform my simple daily

boys. Though he had been raised in church, attendance was

functions,” he recalls.

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At the end of himself, steps away from homelessness, he

He stays connected when he’s out of town through a

reached out to his sister, Chris, for help. “I spent the last

Vineyard small group that meets up online every week. It

of my cell phone minutes calling Chris and asking ‘What

allows him to participate in community despite his travels.

is it that I am not getting? Why can’t I fix this? Why is this

When he is in town he volunteers on Sunday mornings

happening?’” Chris had been praying for Keith and invited

at Body Builders, a class for teens and young adults with

him to her house for Christmas. They talked about God and

special needs. “When Rich stood up front and asked for help

attitude changes Keith needed to make.

one weekend I thought, I’m sitting in this pew, single guy

It didn’t sink in. Keith’s brother set up a job for him to fly

for the last 8 years… I can do that,” Keith shares. He says it’s

helicopters in the oil fields of San Antonio, Texas. He got rid

a great way for an unmarried person to stay in relationship

of everything he owned except for three suitcases and, even

with others. “I’m still nervous at the beginning of every

though he had two sons who were struggling through their

service,” he confesses. “We speak a different language,

final years of high school, he thought starting a new life

but that’s okay. We meet them where they are. I walk in

was the perfect solution. He attempted to get to the airport

nervous but I walk out fulfilled.” Deb Petermann, Director

with those suitcases six times and each time something

of Bridge Builders Ministries, says Keith shows up at Body

came up sending him back to his sister’s house in Newark,

Builders with unconditional love and a humble spirit. She

Ohio. They would continue to talk about God, and pride

says, “When Keith is available he’s fully present. He’s very

versus humility.

teachable, very patient, and very flexible. That’s what we

Even though she didn’t go to Vineyard Columbus, Chris suggested that Keith should visit. Keith remembers, “She

need with the community of people we serve. When people come in with their own agenda, it doesn’t work.”

told me I need to check out Vineyard. She said there’s

Keith has rebuilt his relationship with his own sons and now

something about this guy, a Jewish attorney named Rich

mentors other young men for an hour in the evenings and

Nathan.” So he went to church and hasn’t stopped. “I was

weekends when he can. Many lack strong father figures.

living in Newark and driving to Vineyard every weekend.

They’ll help him with construction projects like building

I couldn’t get enough. I was driving a borrowed car with

a shed or remodeling a basement or even just learning

barely enough gas to get there.” Keith now quotes Rich

to paint a wall. “I find picking up a hammer and a saw

Nathan to describe his turnaround: “You never know Jesus

and demolishing a wall sometimes helps with anger and

is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” He says the Holy

anxiety,” Keith shares.

Spirit took his strong, dominant personality and softened it.

Whether it’s jumping on a plane with 24 hours’ notice

And he never did get on the airplane. Keith keeps the ticket

to manage a disaster, going to a comedy club with his

above his visor, though. “It’s a reminder of God’s grace and

former wife and two sons, worshiping at church with the

providence,” he explains. “And I’ve never opened those three

Body Builders, or just reading his Bible every morning, at

suitcases. I haven’t gone back to accumulating all that stuff

58-years-old, Keith knows he is living fully alive. “I live a life

again, intentionally. That’s not where my richness comes

of abundance…and I used to live a life of scarcity. I don’t take

from.” Keith says his richness now far exceeds the richness

the shallow breaths I used to take. I take deep breaths now.”

he had then. He is truly living life fully alive. He got his finances in order through the Financial Peace University classes at Vineyard. He started volunteering with the Red Cross and it turned into a job. He is now the Senior Disaster Program Manager of the American Red Cross and he loves it. “It’s kind of amazing with what I do for a living,” he beams. “I’m part of the largest humanitarian aid organization in the world and I’m not there to fix people. I’m there to love them and help them walk it out. They’ve just lost everything they have. And I try to be the best part of their worst day ever.”

On April 22 join volunteers from Vineyard Columbus to work with the Red Cross installing free smoke detectors around the city as part of the Fully Alive campaign. “For a project like this, to even get to stay half a step ahead of a disaster, to help people not have to have the worst day ever, it’s a win!” Keith Parrill, Senior Disaster Program Manager,

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Isaiah 65:17-25 describes a community that is fully alive and blessed by God. Based on these verses we developed service opportunities in five areas of need: Community Help, Community Gardens, Nursing Homes, Mom & Baby, and School Clean-up. Most of these service opportunities are launching on Saturday, April 22. Our hope is that after small groups and individuals get a taste of volunteering together, they will continue to serve regularly.

COMMUNITY GARDENS Join other small groups at one of the gardens located around the city, as we clear the ground, prepare for planting, and connect with those in our community. Visit our website for a list of gardens, dates, and locations. • Groups and Individuals Welcome, Family Friendly COMMUNITY HELP Home Fire Prevention and Smoke Detector Installation Saturday, April 22, 10:30am–2pm, Cooper Road Campus Teams of 8-10 will canvas streets with the American Red Cross offering simple, but effective, house fire prevention information and materials as well as installing smoke detectors for free. All materials, training, and installation materials will be provided prior to teams deploying in the neighborhoods. • Groups and Individuals Welcome Disaster Relief Volunteer Recruitment Seminar Saturday, April 22, 9–10:30am, Cooper Road Campus Attend this training so you can become a valuable part of teams deployed to victims of natural disasters, house fires, and emergencies locally and across the nation. Vineyard Columbus is partnering with the American Red Cross so we will be prepared as a church to respond in times of need. • Groups and Individuals Welcome, Family Friendly (children grades 3-5 will participate in a project and kids training) Monday Night Church Service Vineyard Food Pantry Mondays in April & May, 5-8pm, 181 E. Fifth Ave, 43201 Worship, a brief teaching and a meal is served to anyone who comes through the door. Groups are asked to plan and prepare a hot meal for 50-70 people. • Groups Only, Family Friendly (7 years and up, children must be supervised at all times) 36

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YWCA Family Center Breakfast Saturdays in April & May, 6:30–9:30am, 900 Harvey Ct. Columbus, 43219 Prepare and serve breakfast for families residing at the YWCA Family Center. Assist with prep, serving and clean-up of breakfast. • Groups Only, Children 10 years and up Homeless Camp Outreach Wednesdays & Saturdays in April & May, 5:15–8pm Prepare a hot meal in advance, serving 60-75 people. Teams will serve each person a meal, talk, pray and distribute needed supplies. • Groups only on Wednesdays (Individuals and Groups on Saturdays), No Children Transitions Donations Drop off at campuses on April 8, 9, 22, or 23 Together as a group collect one or more baskets of household items needed for the Transitions ministry. This ministry provides basic home goods for those transitioning from homelessness to housing. A list of needed items is available online at or stop by the service opportunities counter in the lobby for a list. • Groups and Individuals Welcome NURSING HOMES Dates and locations vary Together as a group serve at one of our nursing homes. You may serve in the recreation area by helping with activities and interacting with residents. Or, lead a short devotional time (details and materials provided to Small Group HOST or Leader). • Groups Only MOM & BABY Value Life Donations Drop off at campuses on April 8, 9, 22, or 23 Together as a group, collect diapers, formula, and prenatal vitamins for the women in unintended pregnancies we care for through the Value Life Ministry at Vineyard Columbus. • Groups and Individuals Welcome Adopt a Mom Orientation Meeting: Saturday, April 22, Cooper Road Campus Your group can adopt one of our pregnant moms and provide care, help with meals, and material resources. A onehour orientation meeting will provide a resource guide, tips and expectations for groups serving as an Adopt A Mom group. • Groups Only SCHOOL CLEANUP All Projects take place Saturday, April 22, locations vary Groups can adopt one of our Community Connector schools to assist with cleanup of the grounds, applying mulch, playground spruce ups and other projects as needed by the schools. Check out the website for a list of locations. • Family Friendly, Groups or Individuals welcome

LEARN MORE Find out more information about our areas of service.To sign up and learn more detailed information, visit V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


B O O K S TO R E 614.891.6440 M O N D AY Closed T U E S D AY 12-5pm W E D N E S D AY 12-5pm T H U R S D AY 12-5pm F R I D AY 12-5pm S AT U R D AY 5:30-8:15pm S U N D AY 8:45am-1:45pm Closed during services


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