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John Wimber was a founding leader of the Vineyard From the beginning to his death
in 1997, His influence profoundly shaped the theology and practice of Vineyard churches. He was, in the words of Christianity Toady, a "beer-guzzling, drug-abusing pop musician who was converted at the age of 29 while chain smoking his way through a Quaker-led Bible study". By 1970 he was leading 11 Bible studies that involved more than 500 people.
In 1977 John planted Calvary Chapel of Yorba Linda, California. As John and his congregation sought God in intimate worship, they experienced empowerment by the Holy Spirit, significant renewal in the gifts and conversion growth. It became clear that the church's emphasis on the experience of the Holy Spirit was not shared by some of the leaders in the Calvary chapel movement.
In 1982, John and his leadership team left Calvary Chapel and joined a small group of Churches called "Vineyards", a mane chosen by Kenn Gulliksen, a prolific church planter affiliated with Calvary Chapel Leaders from the handful of Vineyard Churches began looking to John for direction - and the Vineyard "movement" was born.
Twenty years later, there are more than 850 Vineyard churches worldwide, an international church planting movement, a publishing house and a music production company. Vineyard worship songs have helped thousands of churches experience intimacy with God.
The Foothill Vineyard began in 1983 when (former) Senior Pastor Tom Dunn and his wife, Jan, started the church plant with about twenty people. With little resources and a heart for those in need, Foothill Vineyard was birthed.
After finishing the building project of the new facility at San Dimas Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, Pastor Tom retired. The church waited on the Lord for the one to take Tom's place as senior pastor. In 2003, the board and the church warmly welcomed Pastor Mike Barnett to take over the reins and lead them in the new millennium. Mike has been around the Vineyard church for many years, having been saved during the "Jesus Movement" in the 70's. Many faces of the ministry have changed during the last 5 years, and the church is growing on a regular basis... both in numbers, in faith, and in a steadfast position in community outreach.
Pastor Mike was saved during the "Jesus Movement" of the early 70's. He graduated from what is now Vanguard University with a BA in Biblical Studies.
Mike served at the Vineyard Newport Beach for eighteen years as an assistant pastor. In addition, he was principal and administrator of the church's Christian school. During this time he was priveleged to be an active member in the Vineyard community as well as participating in all of the Vineyard National Pastors' Conferences.
In the fall of 2003 Mike came to FVC where he has since served as senior pastor.
Mike and his wife Sheila currently live in La Verne and are the proud parents of four grown children who all love Jesus.
Associate Pastor Joshua Smith
Josh Smith has served in ministry for the last 10 years. He has been active in worship and youth ministries. Pastor Josh graduated from Vanguard University with a BA in music and his MA Theology from Talbot School of Theology
Prior to his time at FVC Pastor Josh was a teacher and youth pastor. He taught Social Sciences, Christian Worldview, Music Theory, and PE to 7 - 12th grades.
Currently, Pastor Josh, his wife Aurora, and two sons, Joshua & Caleb live in
La Verne, CA
AJ Zimmerman & Kristen Bothel
AJ is working on his Masters in Divinity at Azusa Pacific University where he also is a Teaching Assistant for Biblical Hebrew. When AJ is not working or in class he enjoys coffee, good books, napping, and being out of doors.
They met at Coffee Klatch in San Dimas while studying, got engaged 8 months later, and look forward to their wedding in May 2014. Kristen is working toward the completion of her Bible Degree at Life Pacific College where she is also serving in Residence Life. When she is not at work she enjoys coffee, painting, and rock climbing.
Eric & Lori Alvarez
Mary and John Egan
Letty and Andy Grimes
Children are among our greatest priority. The Lord's heart is turned towards the children and here at Foothill Vineyard, we recognize our awesome responsibility to raise our kids in the "nurturing and admonition of the Lord". We continually seek out those with a calling and heart to help our children become disciples. We do background screening of all those who wish to serve children to ensure the safety and protection of our kids.
Our purpose is to provide a safe, loving and fun environment where kids will
come to know God and His amazing love for them. We desire to train and equip
them to share God's love with others, and to follow Jesus in their everyday life.
Junior High Youth Pastors: Eric & Lori Alvarez
Junior High Youth Assistant: Emory Stephens
Sunday's at 10:45 am
Dismissed to Junior High room after worship in the sanctuary for teaching and activities.
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Pizza by the Slice for $1.00 each. Worship with the High School Youth Group
at 7:00 pm. Lessons and teaching are from 7:20 pm to 8:30 pm.
High School Youth Pastor: AJ Zimmerman
High School Leadership: Kristen Bothel, Sarah Smith, Marqueez , Drew Dawson, Pastor Josh
Sundays at 10:45
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Worship starts right at 7:00 pm. Teaching at 7:30 pm.
Compassion Ministry is a large entity as it encompasses the idea of compassion on many levels.
1. Food Bank providing emergency food assistance each Sunday from
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.
2. Working with Dovetail Ministries by assisting in emergency food box preparation.
If you're in need of emergency food assistance,
please visit our church on Sunday in Room 6.
How Can I Help?
We need Team Members to help out once or twice a month. We take a team of volunteers to Dovetail Ministries once a month and help put emergency food boxes together and do various other needed tasks around their warehouse. Please consider signing up to be a Compassion Ministry Team Member today.
Men's Breakfast Schedule
The FVC Men's Ministry hosts the monthly "Man Breakfast". We don't mess around. There's pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls and, best of all, no fruit to get in the way.
This is a great opportunity to get to know other men in the church
Breakfasts are every 2nd Saturday @ 8:00 am in the Cafe.
Power of 4 Small Groups
Men, if you're interested in joining a group (and you should be), then come on out to our next breakfast and we'll talk about it. This is a powerful time for the guys to be challenged by the Word of God, pray for one another, and simply hang-out for a while.
Updates coming soon!
One of the most distinguishing characteristics of Vineyard, and FVC, is our emphasis on worship. Through worship, we experience our King in a powerful and intimate way. Below is our view of worship. For a fuller explanation, please visit Vineyard USA.
The primary place where that relationship is nurtured and developed is in the act of worship–both private and corporate. So, experience-based worship is the central activity of all that we do in the Vineyard. It is worship that causes all else that we do to become an act of worship. We experience God’s presence as a palpable reality when we worship. As we worship we become increasingly sensitive and responsive to the Spirit’s presence so that we can do as Jesus did: “See what the Father is doing,” (john 5:19) and support His work with our lives.
The experience of God flowing out of a life of worship affects all aspects of our life so that all division between the secular and the sacred vanish. We believe that the Spirit distributes His gifts to us resulting in prophecy, prayer languages, healing, miracles and many other gifts as we joyfully experience His presence.
We value an approach to God’s presence that is respectful both of God and of those we are with. We eschew hype and other efforts to manipulate either God’s presence or the response of others to His presence. We distinguish between the Holy Spirit and the human response which shares in all the beauty and brokenness of our humanity. We also believe that as we experience His presence through Christ by the Spirit we will be made more fully human and better reflections of the God-image that we were created to be.
Young Families is for any engaged, married, and married couples with young kids. We are dedicated to helping each other build strong families on a Biblical foundation. Regular meetings are every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 7 pm in the Church Cafe. Child care is provided!
Step Up (Step Families)
Step Up is open to all blended families. If you are struggling with the difficulties and challenges that are inherent to a blended family then come join us as we discuss these struggles and find Biblical solutions to them. Regular meetings are every 2nd Friday of the month at 7 pm.
9:00 am / 10:45 am - contemporary worship services. Nursery through High School
ministries available at 10:45
Adult Bible Study in Room 9 @ 9:00 am
Jr. & Sr. High at 7 pm.
Contacts & Location
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
You're invited to spend Christmas Eve with us as we celebrate and anticipate the coming of Jesus. Our Candle Light service will be on Tuesday, December 24th at 6:30 pm.
Every 2nd Friday.
Every 1st & 3rd Friday
Men's Breakfast - ON SUMMER BREAK
The Men's Ministry hosts the Men's Breakfast at 8 am on every second Saturday of the month. Come enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship with other guys. We will meet in the Church Cafe.
Come for a time of personal and intentional prayer. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the Sanctuary.
First Service meets at 9 am and 10:45. Nursery, Children, and youth programs are available during Second Service.
Wednesday Youth Services
Wednesday Youth Services begin are from 7 to 8:30 pm in rooms 7 & 10. Pizza is sold for $1/slice.
If you, or someone you know, needs prayer, come to FVC's intercessory prayer meetings on Wednesday at 7pm.
Every Friday at 7pm.
At Foothill Vineyard we understand the importance of your wedding day. We want your wedding to be the most memorable and wonderful day of your life.
Here, you will find an spacious sanctuary with room for up to 400 people. We have the latest audio and video equipment for live or recorded music and slideshows.
We have a bridal room, for you and your wedding party (with a large well lit restroom adjacent) and a comfortable groom’s room for getting ready.
For your reception we offer a fully functioning kitchen, cafe, and patio/courtyard. The kitchen is perfect for catering a full dinner. The cafe provides a comfortable environment (with table seating for 60) for guests to sit, chat, and lounge. The patio/courtyard is perfect for dancing and live music (and can accomodate around 100 people). In addition, the patio is well landscaped and romantically lit, giving you the perfect ambience for your evening reception.
Of course, our facility has perfect spots for photography. With stone columns, beautifully green vines and grass, our facility gives you opportunities for the most memorable of photos. In addition, we are conveniently located near the gorgeous Bonelli Park in San Dimas, whose gorgeous trees and lake will allow for amazing, breathtaking photos.
We would love for you to come soon and see our facility. Schedule an appointment by calling 909 394 3023 or email us at email@example.com
We hope that you will give us the privilege and honor to host your wedding and help make it the most memorable and romantic day of your life.
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Friday Night's at 7pm