Our leadership

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Our Elders

At VGF, we believe that Jesus is the Chief Shepherd over the church and He is the one that provides growth. However, we believe that He also appoints men to oversee and care for local church. The New Testament describes elders as pastors and overseers who are to shepherd the flock of God, protect the flock, watch for and guard against wolves, be examples to the flock, visit and pray for the sick, exercise oversight in the church, take care of the church, preach and teach in the church, exhort in sound doctrine, and refute those who contradict. Our elder team at VGF is committed to this mission.

Scripture also gives us a clear list of qualifications for those who would be appointed to such positions (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1—2; 1 Peter 5:1–3). The qualifications include (but are not limited to) male eldership, importance of family in the life of the elder, and shared leadership (plurality of elders). These qualities are extremely important in our eldership and show that these men are godly, wise, and are able to demonstrate the fruit needed for effective leadership and discipleship. 


Our council

The second office or position mentioned in the pastoral epistles is that of the deacon, which is simply translated as “servant.” The qualifications listed in Scripture for deacons don’t include any particular gifting or ability, only a standard of character and spiritual integrity. The term deacon itself leads us to conclude that they are the ones who, under the elders/overseers/pastors, carry out practical ministerial and administrative duties in the church.

The second office or position mentioned in the pastoral epistles is that of the deacon, which is simply translated as “servant.” The qualifications listed in Scripture for deacons don’t include any particular gifting or ability, only a standard of character and spiritual integrity. The term deacon itself leads us to conclude that they are the ones who, under the elders/overseers/pastors, carry out practical ministerial and administrative duties in the church.

*A copy of The Policy Governance Manual of VGF is available upon request.

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Our staff

Our church staff is comprised of pastors, ministry leaders, and interns who are committed to equipping the saints for the mission of Jesus Christ. Each individual is devoted to furthering the cause of Christ and the joy of his people by using their specific gifts and talents that God in his grace has supplied.

To contact one of our staff members directly, please click the box below.

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Our Services

Our weekend gatherings are one of the primary ways that we connect. We connect to God and connect to other people through reading the word together, through hearing the word taught to us, through singing together and through praying together.

So we invite you to come connect with us at any of our weekend gatherings. Check out the listings below for service times and more information. Whether you're planning a visit, or just browsing our website, we hope this page guides you through "what to expect" when you attend one of our services.


We Start on Time

With two services: Saturdays at 6:30pm and Sundays at 10am. We strive to be punctual. We encourage our attendees to arrive a little early to fellowship, grab some coffee, drop the kids off with our awesome Children's Ministry Volunteers, and be in their seat before the countdown hits zero.

We Learn

Whether it's Pastor John, Pastor Todd, Andrew Dempsey, or Mitch Marczewski delivering the message... We get into the Word. Our teaching approach is culturally relevant and Biblically faithful. Sermons last about forty-five minutes. 

We Sing Loudly

It is our joy to bring glory to Jesus in every area of our lives... including our singing to Him. We also have a heart for reaching the younger generation in the community through our music. Simply put, our corporate worship time reflects both of those desires. We sing loudly and we sing from the heart. 

We Respond

At the conclusion of each message, it's not uncommon that we have ministry time... We believe the Lord responds to us when we respond to Him.

 
 

The Gospel

The gospel is the center of the Bible’s theology and the climax of its story. We can define the Gospel as this: the good news of Jesus Christ who died for our sins and rose from the dead as the fulfillment of the promised kingdom of God.  

Sin is more than just making mistakes or not measuring up. R.C. Sproul calls sin “cosmic treason.” Our sin is a rebellion against a completely holy and just God. His holiness requires a just response to the sin that we’ve committed. The response that is necessary damns us to eternal torment for our transgressions. This wrath, however, isn’t capricious or unwarranted but rather it is a holy wrath that comes from a perfect God exercising perfect justice. The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ saved us from the wrath that we deserved. His sacrifice on the cross absorbed the just wrath of God that was directed towards us. He became the sin of the world so that those who would believe in Him would be saved. He not only paid the debt of sin that we owed but He also credited to us His righteousness. So we were not only absolved of guilt but we were bestowed the perfect righteousness of Christ. 

Our response to the Gospel is simple: we repent and believe. Jesus says in Mark 1:14-15, “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” The gospel involves repentance. We turn from sin and towards Christ. We are sorrowful for the damage and rebellion of sin, this creates repentance, or an active turning from sin. The Gospel also involves belief. It's not mere intellectual assent, however; it's a belief that is all-encompassing. We believe the Gospel in our every day lives. Christ’s sacrifice not only paid our debt but also gave us His righteousness as well. We live the remainder of our days daily believing in Christ’s work in our hearts and trusting that He will finish what He started (Phil 1:6; Jude 24-25). 

The Gospel drives us to repentance, faith, obedience and gratitude that shapes the way we live our lives, interact within our relationships, and directs our ambitions. The Gospel is not the door we walk through to salvation but it’s the path we walk upon until we meet Jesus face to face.

 
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Our Beliefs

 

We Believe: That God reveals Himself to sinners and He saves them for His glory. He does this through creation, through His Spirit and through His Word.

We Believe: In one God, the Creator of all things who is infinitely perfect and exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity is equally God and has divine attributes.

We Believe: No one is like God, no one is equal to God and there are no other gods. Just to list a few of His attributes, the Bible describes God as Holy, Just, Loving, All-knowing, Patient, Eternal, Unchanging and Wise. We capitalize these attributes of God because we believe He does not just exhibit these behaviors, but they are His complete essence.

We Believe: Jesus is the full expression of God the Father; He is God’s self-revelation and only through Him can we come to the Father.

We Believe: Only God is worthy of glory. The goal of life is to bring God glory in everything we do. It is the purpose of God's people.

We Believe: We are saved by grace alone through faith. We cannot impress God by our works or our morality, as salvation is a free gift of grace. Grace is undeserved and cannot be earned, it is a gift of love from the Father.

We Believe: Every word in the Bible is divinely inspired. Although the Bible was penned by men, it was written by God, speaking to men through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit that inspired the writing is the same Spirit that indwells those who are saved, and He will bring meaning, understanding and power to obey the Word of God.

We Believe: In the Spirit-given gifts of 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12, and Ephesians 4, as well as, the order that comes with those gifts. The Spirit gives the gifts as He determines, not as we demand. In addition, the gifts are not proof of salvation, but further proof of God's grace and power. They are to be used by each member to benefit the entire Body of Christ.

We Believe: We believe the church is built by Christ, which is why we never worry about our weekly attendance. We exist only to honor Him. The gathering of saints is important to the Body, but a personal, growing relationship with Christ does not happen just on the weekend, which is why we believe in community groups. Church is not once a week, church is life together in Jesus.

We Believe: The church is missional in its makeup. Jesus has called us to go make disciples. The Church should proclaim the name of Jesus and be the voice used by God in the local community.

Frequently asked questions

What does "VGF" mean?

Our church previously went by the name "Vineyard Grace Fellowship," or "VGF" for short. In 2017 we prayerfully deciding to disassociate our church body from the Vineyard Church movement and are now in the process of prayerfully considering what new name we will go by. But for the time being, we are simply VGF Church.

What if I want to be married at VGF or have a VGF ceremony pastor?

We are excited to celebrate marriage in our community, and are honored that you would ask one of our pastoral staff to officiate!  As part of the planning and scheduling process, we ask that all engaged parties wishing to be married by one of our VGF pastors read and abide by the following parameters.  We know there may be some people who disagree or object to the following boundaries, and we respect your right to do so.  However, we ask that the same courtesy be extended to our church and our pastoral staff as we endeavor to honor God as best we know how.  

In order to be married by a VGF pastor, we ask:

*that all engaged couples complete six (6) pre-marital counseling sessions with one of our staff or leaders. Marriage is a serious endeavor, created by a God of covenant, a covenant established between one man and one woman. It is disheartening to know that almost ½ of all marriages end in divorce, so we require pre-marital counseling to try to get your marriage going on the right track.

*that engaged couples not be living together or engaging in pre-marital sexual relations. The book of Hebrews urges us to “keep the marriage bed pure”, a theme consistently expressed throughout the Bible of the sacredness of sexual intimacy. We will ask you to be celibate and living apart until your wedding.

*all VGF wedding inquiries for use of the building will be vetted by our building administrator, Brenin Young. He may be reached at breniny@vgf.church.  Because of VGF service schedule, we only permit Saturday morning weddings - with the timing of: done by 1:00PM and cleaned up and out the door by 2:00PM.  And we hold a strict policy of no alcohol on the grounds of VGF and if using a DJ, please understand that as we honor God in our building for worship services, all music, though modern, cannot contain foul language or be overtly sexual in nature. Details may be discussed in person.

If you are interested in pursing premarital counseling, a ceremony pastor or general "wedding" questions, please contact Marilyn Schouten at marilyns.vgf.church

What if I want to be baptized at VGF?
 

We are excited for each individual who inquires about baptism at VGF. We are grateful for the grace of God that has issued the challenge of discipleship upon each heart and trust that in your walk with Christ this step of "public confession" will become the outward expression of an inward heart change and your identification as a follower of Jesus Christ. We require that each person attend a baptismal class on the Tuesday prior to each time (usually a Sunday event) of baptism. Details and website information (vgf.church/events) will host the dates and times for these celebrations.

What if I want my baby/child dedicated to the Lord?

At VGF we believe that each person, when old enough to decide to follow Christ through their own confession of faith, will have the opportunity to be baptized, therefore we do not offer baby baptism, We believe that baptism is an outward confession and that babies, though innocent, are not capable to make that heart confession to the Lord. With that being said, we do offer two times each year (March and September) for each family who wishes to make a public statement in dedicating their baby/child to Christ. There is no need to sign up, you and your family bring the children to the front of the church, on the designated weekend, stating that you will  raise them in the truth of God's Word and you (and the church of believers) will be examples of Christ.

What if I want to have a funeral at VGF?

For a funeral event at VGF - the coordination of the date is usually made with the local funeral director in charge of the family estate. The date/timing must coincide with the building events coordinator, Brenin Young (we do not cancel church events to host for funerals, but will try our best to figure out a day/time.) There is no charge to use the facility if the timing of the funeral event is available for the VGF facility. If VGF will be asked to host a luncheon, please contact Marilyn Schouten at marilyns@vgf.church for further details and options.