THE VINEYARD CHURCH began in 1994 out of deep desire to establish a Christian community in the Tri-Cities Area (Sugar Land | Stafford | Missouri City) that was characterized by engaging worship, vibrant worship, compassionate ministry, relevant messages, and transformational engagement in the community and the world. A small group that met on the 5th floor of an office building grew to live out this mission is substantial ways that has impacted many lives and left an imprint on our community.
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OUR MISSION is to be a community of God’s extravagant love where people are drawn into a thriving relationship with Jesus.
In the Vineyard, we see Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God as the overarching and integrating theme of the Scriptures.
From our beginnings, the Vineyard has been committed to the proclamation of the kingdom of God, and to bearing witness to the deeds of the kingdom through healing (physical, emotional, and social), doing justice, and delivering those held captive by evil. We want to see what the Father is doing, and join Him in His transforming work.
We are not simply implementing the best church strategies and trying to accomplish what is humanly possible. Rather, our mission involves praying and finding power from God Himself to accomplish what humans could never accomplish on their own.
We pray for the sick, we confront injustice, and we seek to hear the voice of God on behalf of others. This involves partnership with a Person beyond ourselves.
The kingdom of God is not a geo-political territory, nor is it the people of God. Rather, the kingdom of God is a dynamic realm. When one enters the kingdom she/he experiences the dynamic reality which exists within the triune God Р Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This means that the experience of the kingdom of God (and thus, the experience of God’s presence) is central to our faith and Christian life.
God is eager to be known and experienced by all. We believe that God is searching for lost humanity in order to draw us into intimate relationship with himself. In response to God’s initiative, we value the life-changing power of the experience of his presence.
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. And we 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.
Jesus is reconciling people to God, to each other, and to the entire creation. He breaks down divisions between Jew and Gentile, slave and free, male and female. Therefore, Vineyard churches are committed to being communities of healing, engaged in the work of reconciliation wherever sin and evil hold sway.
We also seek to be diverse communities of hope that realize the power of the cross to reconcile what has been separated by sin. This requires that we move beyond our personal preferences and engage those whom we perceive to be unlike us. We must actively work to break down barriers of race, culture, gender, social class, and ethnicity.
We are convinced that the church—locally, nationally, and globally—is meant to be a diverse community precisely because Jesus is Lord over every nation, tribe, and tongue. We are not satisfied with the status quo when it doesn’t reflect this kingdom reality. Instead, we pray eagerly for the coming of God’s kingdom here and now and hope to see the reconciliation that is evidence that kingdom in our midst.
We lean toward the lost, the poor, the outcast, and the outsider with the compassion of Jesus, knowing we are sinners whose standing before God is utterly dependent on his mercy. This mercy can only be truly received inasmuch as we are willing to give it away.
We believe that ministry in Jesus’ name should be expressed in concrete ways through the local church. The poor are to be served as though we serve Jesus himself. This is one of the distinguishing characteristics of a church expressing the love of Christ in a local community.
In fact, in all forms of ministry, compassion is a hallmark of the One who was “moved with compassion” in the face of human need. This being the age of grace—and “the year of the Lord’s favor”—compassion should constitute the leading edge of our service to God, each other, and our broken world. With humility, we seek to avoid unauthorized judgments of others, realizing that we suffer and struggle along with the rest of humanity.
The church exists for the sake of those who are exiled from God. We are called to bring the gospel of the kingdom to every nook and cranny of creation, faithfully translating the message of Jesus in language and forms that are relevant to diverse peoples and cultures.
The Vineyard seeks to plant churches that are culturally relevant in a wide variety of settings, both locally and internationally. Each Vineyard church is encouraged to reach those in its community not already reached by existing churches. To this end, we promote a creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative approach to ministry that is faithful to Jesus and expressive of his desire to reach those who are far away from God.
Reagan has been the Lead Pastor at The Vineyard since 2009. Reagan and his wife Deanna joined the team of leaders who helped launch the church in 1994 shortly after getting married in 1993. Reagan began on staff as youth pastor, worship leader, and administrative assistant. He has served as groundskeeper, janitor, accountant, singles coordinator, graphic designer, adult education coordinator, home group leader, and more over the 23 years on staff at The Vineyard.
Reagan holds a Master of Divinity from Asbury Seminary.Reagan and his wife Deanna have two teenage sons.
Jimmy John is the senior associate pastor and oversees pastoral care ministries along with worship and missions. Before moving to Texas he was a senior pastor is Washington and has been serving the Vineyard since 1992 in a variety of ways. In his free time he enjoys music, scuba diving and long walks on the beach.
James is the Community Life Pastor and oversees small group ministries along with compassion and enfolding. A native Houstonian, he was a youth and worship pastor in Nebraska, and has been serving the Vineyard since 2013. In his free time he enjoys aviation, martial arts and learning languages.
Deanna has served as Children’s Pastor since 2012. She grew up in Singapore and Indonesia where her parents served as missionaries. Deanna and Reagan met in Singapore in 1989. Her and Reagan have two sons, 14 & 16.
Richard E. Faulk, Ph.D. Dr. Faulk grew up in San Diego, received a BA in Philosophy from University of San Diego, a Masters in Divinity at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana, and his doctorate in psychology in 1981 from The United States International University in San Diego. He was ordained in 1976, and has been on staff at several churches, and has done para-church ministry, spiritual development and counseling ministry for over 45 years. He is currently working part-time as a pastoral counselor at the Sugar Land Vineyard. In addition to counseling, spiritual direction, and coaching; he has been heavily involved in training, test development and psychological testing. In 1988 he established the consulting firm Faulk Consulting Services, LLC which has been providing consulting services throughout North America, UK, South America, New Zealand, and Australia. In addition, he also runs People Decisions Inc, a web-based hourly employee testing company. He serves as President and CEO of both companies. He has been married to Becky for 32 years, and has three children: Jonathan, Jeremy & Jessica.
PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Faulk is NOT a licensed marriage and family counselor. The services he provides are for pastoral guidance and not as a professional counselor.