Our community of faith began back in the Summer of 1998. Joel Seymour, our Lead Pastor, along with his wife, Kristi, had been impressed by God to move to Lancaster and plant a Vineyard church. In May of 1998, they left a church they had helped to plant in northwest Ohio in order to start the Lancaster Vineyard with a handful of people. A few of these folks had prayed for quite a while for a Vineyard style church to be planted in Lancaster. With that initial handful of people, we began to worship God, study His Word, and live out our faith in this community.
By January 1999, we started a second small group. In June 1999, we started a third small group and a Sunday night gathering at a local hotel conference room. In March of 2001, we began meeting on Sunday mornings at the YMCA with just under 100 people.
In 2001 we added our first associate pastor and in 2006 added our first full time youth and children's pastor. Outreach has always been a priority, so in 2007, we began using the Agape church building on West Wheeling Street for our food pantry. We annually distribute 140,000+ pounds of food to approximately 4000 families!
After years of growing at the "Y", we broke ground in 2007 for the building on Whiley Road and in late May 2009 we moved into our new facility. In 2011 we added an administrative pastor to handle pastoral care and administrative areas of the church.
Today our staff includes Joel Seymour (lead pastor since 1998), Stacey Johnson (administrator since 2012), Johnny Friesner (youth pastor since 2015), Carolyn Bateson (receptionist/clerical since 2018), and Phil Herington (children's pastor since 2018). Along with them we have a handful of interns in leadership roles as well as many great volunteer leaders who lead ministries and disciple people.
Today, we continue to be transformed by God’s love looking for ways to share His love with this broken world. Whether in orphanages in Haiti or neighboring initiatives right here in Fairfield County, we are transforming people who are transforming our city together in Christ.