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.
Rachel Conner has been a part of the Sugar Land Vineyard since 2001, and, along with her husband Stephen, has been an active participant in the life and activities of the local church. She served on the Senior Pastor’s Council for both Bert and Reagan Waggoner. Her family has been upwardly mobile so she has had opportunities to teach and lead prayer initiatives in the cities she has lived in, and the churches she has served in.
Rachel retired from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in 2012. While at AZ, she was a member of the National Diversity Panel, and led winning teams in the therapeutic areas AstraZeneca competed in. She came out of retirement to partner with a long time friend to start a company that assisted healthcare businesses with growth, sales and technology. While working with Dimedius she completed Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction and became a spiritual director. Unforeseen circumstances led to the closing of Dimedius after a successful three- year run where she served as President and business development lead.
Rachel is now firmly entrenched into the daily operations of the Sugar Land Vineyard, teaching, enjoying her practice as a spiritual director, working with the pastoral staff and co-directing Thrive Plus, a year- long high level discipleship course.
Rachel and Stephen love traveling, walking on the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Brian is a Houston native and graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a Bachelors in Church Ministries and Counseling. He has worked with children as a Children’s Pastor and Special Education teacher since 2002. He and his wife Kate, have two boys and one on the way. Brian’s desire is to provide a space for kids to learn about and experience God’s extravagant love that draws them into a joyful and thriving relationship with Jesus and impacts their world for Christ.
Kelly Edmiston has spent over a decade ministering to students and families in domestic and international contexts. Her passion is to see the church become the place where parents are equipped to be the spiritual leaders in their homes and students are formed into enthusiastic followers of Jesus. She holds a Master of Divinity from Abilene Christian University. Kelly, originally from Abilene, Texas enjoys Sugar Land “suburban life” with husband Ben, and their three children Mason, Hunter and Ruth Cate.
David Gausepohl leads a variety of pastoral care related ministries in the church including pastoral counseling, prayer teams, and marriage and family ministries.
David Gausepohl has been a long time member of The Houston Vineyard (the church that sent out the Sugar Land Vineyard as a church plant 25 years ago). Over the years he has served the Houston Vineyard Pastoral Council, as a Life Group leader and coach, and in various healing ministries with his wife Patsy. He and his wife, Patsy, have been blissfully married since 1981 with two adult children, Esther and Marcus.
Liz Upfield has been a member of the Sugar Land Vineyard since 1998. Having served in all areas of hospitality in the church, and by God’s grace, she is currently happily involved in Vineyard life by entertaining angels as Hospitality Coordinator.
Beth is a native Houstonian who had a career in the fashion and fragrance world, finishing as a regional sales manager for a major fragrance house. She has been a member of the Sugarland Vineyard since 2006 and has taught classes in community care ministries, bereavement care, and has served as a facilitator in the Alpha program. Beth joined the church staff in 2017 as the project manager. She likes to paint landscapes, make jewelry, hang out with her two very beloved god-sons and serves on the alumni board of St Thomas Episcopal School.
Matthew was born and raised in New York City. He is a self-taught guitarist who started playing at the age of sixteen. Matthew moved to Long Island, NY where he started his worship career with the mentoring of Randy Larson at the Rockville Centre Vineyard Church. Matthew continued his worship training when he moved to Northern Ireland to be further mentored by accomplished Worship Leader/Recording Artist Kathryn Scott. Upon returning from Northern Ireland, he was the Worship Director at the Morris Plains Vineyard Church for 6 years. Matthew now resides in Katy, TX with his beautiful and incredible wife, Jocelyne and newborn son.
The following values represent what we expect to characterize everything we do.
All that we do must respect people in all stages of their spiritual journey. We seek to use non-religious and inclusive language. All aspects of the service must be available for all people to participate. There should be no hint of exclusivity or casting judgment (I Cor. 13:1-3; Communion—Luke 24:3-32, Rev. 22:17).
Christian liturgy is “the work of the people.” John Wimber, speaking of kingdom ministry, taught that “everybody gets to play.” We seek participation over performance. We want to engage as many people as possible in all elements of the service. While some elements required skilled and informed facilitation, as much as it is feasible, we want to de-professionalize ministry.
We eagerly desire the life-giving activity of the Holy Spirit and anticipate the palpable reality of God ‘s presence with us (Acts 1:8). We continually seek to follow God’s leading and embrace spontaneity even as we steward our time through prayerful planning. We seek to be authentic in our response to God without hype or manipulation. We want to experience God in diverse ways that don’t limit the work of the Holy Spirit to a narrow set of experiences and settings. We value corporate and personal ministry that comes alongside people to compassionately invite the Holy Spirit’s work of healing and encouragement.
We expect to be transformed. That is; through God’s grace we seek to be continually “transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18). Transformation happens through the long slow work of the Holy Spirit, through spiritual formation, through the proclaimed word, and through instantaneous moments in worship and ministry.
We seek to engage the head along with the heart and hands. Worship and the Word should be rich in content in order to fuel our response with fresh revelation. We don’t offer pat answers but instead encourage critical reflection. Doubt and faith can coexist (“I believe. Help my unbelief” … Mark 9:24).
We are committed to broadly including and empowering both women and men across all ethnicities, both young and old, in every expression of our worship, both as leaders and participants (Gal. 3:28, Acts 2:17).
We desire to honor God with excellence and creativity, giving God our best in our worship activity and our worship environments (Col. 3:23). We want to design our services with purpose that utilizes our time and environments to serve our mission. This involves a deep commitment to planning and preparation that refuses to disregard any opportunity to participate in God’s work in people.
We intentionally help people thrive as part of the body of Christ with a faith that is personal and communal. We value vigorous conversations, new friendships, and words of encouragement as spiritually vital parts of our weekend services (Eph. 4:11-12; Psalm 133:1). What happens in the foyer and during ‘breaks’ should be a spiritually significant part of our services.
We seek new and diverse expressions of faith and worship while also leaning back into relevant and meaningful practices of Christians throughout history. An “ancient-future faith” seeks fresh expressions of ancient practices that connect with our present world and future hope. Our faith is rooted in history and our services should reflect that.
Worship is never to be separated from mission. Gathering as God’s people includes at its heart our being sent out into the world in God’s name. When we gather, we seek to better understand God’s mission in the world, experience the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit for that mission, and encourage one another as we take risks to practice our faith (“Faith is spelled r.i.s.k.” – John Wimber). We are sent out into the world to demonstrate God’s extravagant love and invite people into a thriving relationship with Jesus.
We believe the Bible was written by people guided by God’s Spirit and affirm what it says it is: authoritative, inspired, illumined by the Spirit and useful for teaching, correcting, and wisdom [Psalm 119.105-112; John 16.12-14; 17.17; 2 Timothy 3.16-17]
We believe in the one true Creator God, who shows God’s self through self-giving love in a communal relationship of oneness displayed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. [Genesis 1; Matthew 3.16–17; Mark 1.10–11; Luke 1.35, 3.22; John 1.32; Hebrews 9.14; Acts 7.55; Romans 8]
We believe God created all things good and all people in God’s image for relationship with God, each other, ourselves, and creation. [Genesis 1-2; 1 Timothy 4.4]
We believe people’s rebellion against God broke their relationship with God and continues to perpetuate sin, death, brokenness, and destruction in our world. [Genesis 3.15; Romans 5.12; Colossians 1.21]
We believe God has not abandoned creation, and in love, sent to earth God’s one and only Son Jesus, fully God and fully human, born of a virgin and without sin to redeem all creation. [Matthew 1.28-55; John 1; John 3.16-17; Romans 8.19-25; Colossians 1.15-20]
We believe Jesus came proclaiming a new arrival of the Kingdom of God—a reality marked by love, grace, peace, and joy. Through his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus defeated sin and death inaugurating a new creation that offers all people eternal life now. Jesus is the only way to access the free gift of grace, renewed peace, and reconciliation with God. [John 1.29; Romans 3.22-26; 5.1-9; Mark 4.26; Romans 14.17; 1 Corinthians 4.20; 2 Corinthians 5.17; Hebrews 1.1-3; Revelation 21.5]
We believe Jesus Christ sends the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, to dwell and shed abroad the love of God in the hearts of believers, empower them with gifts, convict, guide, comfort, counsel, and lead us into truth through a communal life of worship and a missional expression of our faith. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all of the biblical gifts of the Spirit. [John 14.26; 20.21-23; Romans 5.5; 8.2; Ephesians 1.17-19; Acts 1.8; Acts 2.15-17]
We believe Jesus calls people to be his disciples in all areas of life, exhibiting faith in him by social and personal practices, which brings glory to God’s name. [Matthew 5.14-16; 22.36-40; Colossians 3.17; 1 Peter 4.11-12; 2 Peter 3.18]
We believe the church is rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ, practicing spiritual disciplines, and celebrating baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church is the local and global community of Jesus followers who proclaim [through word and action] the good news of forgiveness, restoration, and reconciliation for all. [Matthew 22.36-40; 28.19-20; John 20.21-23; 2 Corinthians 5.16-21]
We believe Jesus will return to judge the world, bringing an end to injustice and restoring all things to God’s original intent. God will reclaim this world and rule forever. Our relationships with God, others, creation, and ourselves will be whole. All will flourish as God intends. This is what we long for. This is what we hope for. [Isaiah 11.1-9; Isaiah 65.19-25; Matthew 19.28; Acts 3.21; Colossians 1.19-20; 2 Peter 3.13; Revelation 21]