Our Story

The History of the Vineyard

In 1982, John Wimber, who had been a pastor and church consultant, was asked to serve as the leader of a newly formed association of about seven churches (all in Southern California) that called themselves Vineyard. As the leader of this new movement, known as The Vineyard: A Community of Churches, John pastored the pastors and trained and encouraged the planting of churches internationally. Worldwide, Vineyard churches have been planted in many nations including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Russia, Turkey, throughout the European continent, Africa, Southeast Asia, and in Australia. God has shown us, however, that his desire is not just to build the Vineyard, but that we should promote his Kingdom, and encourage, build, and love the whole church.
Learn More About The Vineyard Movement from VineyardUSA.org

The History of the Duluth Vineyard

The Duluth Vineyard Church began in early 1990 as a small group of people who were looking to express their faith in God together. We believed that God wanted us to create a place where those who were “not-yet-Christians” and those who were Christians without a church home could come to learn about Jesus. We wanted a place where we could worship God in a laid-back manner with music we liked! We also wanted an atmosphere that was comfortable for people who were not accustomed to “church stuff.” This meant that everything we did had to be in a style that was understandable and meaningful. For a number of years, the Vineyard met in a small building in the Lakeside neighborhood, eventually holding 5 services each weekend to make room for more people to experience God.  In 2009, we moved into our current facility on Arrowhead Road.  Over all these years, it’s been our hope to be a church community that both loves God and loves people really well and that makes a positive impact in our city and beyond. We look forward to all that God in store for us into the future.

Senior Leadership Team

John Kliewer
Lead Pastor

Casey LaCore
Associate Pastor

Brian Brinkert

Associate Pastor

Assistant Pastors

Clint Considine
Student Ministries 

Becca Eastvold
Vineyard Kids Ministry Pastor

Steph Bremer
Women's & Student Ministries Assistant Pastor

Rachel Riefenberg
Worship Assistant Pastor

Pastoral Assistants

Ministry Directors

Xena Alexandria
Worship Pastoral Assistant

Barry Schull
Compassion Ministry Director 

Monica Baladad Administrative Assistant to Casey LaCore
Hunter Goebel Facilities and Grounds Manager
Megan DellaRossa HR & Business Manager
Andrea Bryant Creative Designer

Council Members

Dave Franzen, chair of the Succession Planning Committee, construction company owner and project enthusiast
Ann LaCosse, chair of the Compensation Committee, owner of property management company
Jerry Lieffring, chair of the Audit Committee and Treasure, retired tradesmen, handyman
Gerry Nierengarten, Ph.D., Vice President, retired UMD professor and cribbage shark
Ben Mork, chair of the Special Committee, owner of Mainstreet Fashions for Men, biker


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In-Person Services:

Arrowhead – Sundays at 9am & 11am
1533 W Arrowhead Rd. Duluth, MN 55811

3833 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55804

Online Services – Sundays at 9 & 11am

Lobby Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9am-1pm

Fruit of the Vine Hours:
Tuesday 6-8pm & Saturday 9:30-11:30am

(218) 525-3462 · [email protected]