about life church vineyard
a place to be
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
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. 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 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 serves as our Church Administrator. 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 retired from 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!”
John & Pam Wells
John and Pam Wells serve on our Leadership team at Life Church Vineyard. John and Pam live in McConnelsville, Ohio. They have two adult children. Their son lives in Jackson, Wyoming. Their daughter teaches in Lancaster and resides near Somerset with her family. Pam previously was employed at a local community bank but left the workforce early to provide daycare for their grandchildren. John is the elected Morgan County Common Pleas Judge. They started attending Life Church Vineyard in 2017.
Scott & Stephanie Van Den Berg
Scott & Stephanie Van Den Berg serve at Life Church on our Leadership Team. They have been in Vineyard church leadership for over 17 years and are very excited about the future of Life Church. Stephanie serves on the Operation Christmas Child team, leads our funeral meals team, and contributes to several other ministries as well. Scott and Stephanie have 2 children, Jessica and Joseph, and six grandchildren. Scott and Stephanie are both retired, Scott from Supply Chain engineering and operations, and Stephanie from culinary research and development. They enjoy their time renovating their 1863 home, traveling, attending their grandchildren’s sporting events, and sharing their gift of hospitality with others.