about life church vineyard
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needed & known,
discipled & equipped
One of the most challenging aspects of a new endeavor like Life Church Vineyard is to clearly define its core values. A church family is only as healthy as its spiritual DNA, both as a congregation and as individuals.
When someone comes to church for the first time, their radar is working overtime to pick up the DNA. They wonder, “Are these people proud, are they humble? Are they friendly or are they standoffish? What’s the DNA here? Does it match mine?”
DNA shows up when we least expect. It surfaces when we’re exhilarated, irritated, or exhausted – when we’re at our best and when we’re at our worst. It represents our core values, the “defaults” that are pre-set into our personal lives.
When you come to Life Church, you will find that you can truly be yourself. Life Church’s DNA is genuine, patient and compassionate. Love and mercy toward one another are woven into our nucleus. There is mercy for mistakes and love for the unlovely. Our love isn’t based on performance, but on who we are in Christ. We need mercy, and we will offer mercy. At our core, we understand that we are all flawed but forgiven people who are fleshing out our salvation in fits and starts.
I believe today’s church is moving quickly to a more simplified form. Simple worship, simple preaching/teaching and simplified fellowship opportunities. Life Church is committed to this simplified approach to church life. We are committed to drawing people together for the simple purpose of worshipping together, sharing the Word together, and fellowshipping together. We want to be “Bigger than Life,” focusing our resources, energies and our lives outward from Life Church toward our community.
I’m excited about this trend in churches in general, and at Life Church in particular. We’re not after a slick presentation, just an authentic, sincere and natural church experience. I’m not sure exactly what it will look like, but I’m intrigued… and I’m ready.
Pastor Mitch Price
Mitch & Lara Price serve as the “Dad & Mom” of our church family. Mitch is our Lead Pastor and Lara is our Administrative Pastor, as well as one of our Worship Leaders, here at Life Church. They have a son, Zack, who is in middle school. As a family they enjoy playing Mexican Train Dominos together, watching old TV series like Andy Griffith & Little House on the Prairie as well as camping and skiing/snowboarding… preferably in the mountains of Colorado! Mitch is a bi-vocational pastor as he also helps run the family custom home building business, Price Custom Homes. They are passionate about following Jesus closer today than yesterday…and encouraging others to do the same.
Jason & Becky Grubb serve at Life Church on our Leadership Team. Jason is bi-vocational pastor. He serves as our Worship & Media Pastor and works at the Fairfield County Engineers Office. Becky is a critical care nurse at Fairfield Medical Center. They have 2 daughters, Megan & Elaina. Megan is a graduate of Ohio University and Elaina is currently enrolled at Ohio University with the goal of being a nurse. As a family they love spending time together, either at the dinner table or vacationing on the beach. They love serving others and sharing the love of Christ in the workplace and the community.
Todd and Debbie Hamilton serve at Life Church on our Leadership Team. Debbie has played the piano since she was 5 and loves serving on the worship team as a keyboardist & has a passion for songwriting. She also currently serves as a Junior High teacher on Sunday mornings and Drew, their son, is her helper. Todd & Debbie are founders of N8 Family Chiropractic clinics, where their mission is to teach people the benefits of wellness chiropractic adjustments: to heal, prevent and maximize performance, allowing the body to work the way God designed. Todd & Debbie love learning and following the leadership qualities of Jesus and bring that style of servant leadership not only to their business but to the church as well. Todd & Debbie desire to honor God with every aspect of their lives. They are currently reading the Bible through in a year and discuss that. They have 2 boys, Drew and Adam, and enjoy travel and family date nights where they play cards and games.
David & Sherry Rauch serve at Life Church on our Leadership Team. David serves on our Worship & Media team and Sherry teaches in our Saplings (preschool) class and leads our Home Meals team. Together they help lead our Visitation Ministry and Bickford Nursing Home Ministry alongside Sherry’s parents, Jerry & Anna Wentz. They are also certified SYMBIS facilitators which is a ministry to our engaged couples and struggling marriages. David works for Rockwell Automation as a business lead for several product lines for Ohio. Sherry was a preschool teacher but in 2011 decided to stay at home to help with the care of their grandchildren, which she thoroughly enjoys! For recreation, they enjoy riding bikes together and travelling abroad. Through their 32 years together, and all the ups and downs life brings, they say “Life is grand with Jehovah leading our life!”
Jerry & Anna Wentz serve at Life Church on our Leadership Team and are Life Group Leaders for our Sunday School class that meets from 8:15-9:15am. They also help lead and serve on our Visitation Ministry as well as our Nursing Home Ministry. Jerry and Anna have a heart for people! They are great encouragers in seeing the Kingdom of God advance personally in their own lives as well as corporately in the church. As retirees, when not serving our church family, they work on Anna’s mom’s farm and help take care of her as well as Jerry’s mom. They also enjoy fishing together and spending time with their three adult children and their spouses as well as their 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.