Our Story

A brief history of the Vineyard Movement and our story of becoming Vineyard Franklin.

Ken Gulliksen / John Wimber
Ken Gulliksen / John Wimber
In 1975, the Lord led Ken and Joanie Gulliksen to Los Angeles to begin a ministry that had been on their hearts for several years. Starting as a small Bible study group in the home of Chuck Girard, the fellowship quickly grew, necessitating the beginning of other home studies, and the beginning of a Sunday service in Beverly Hills. God prophetically gave the name “Vineyard” to these gathered people. In the early eighties, Ken felt led to ask John Wimber to assume the leadership for the emerging movement. The official recognition of this transition took place in 1982, and thus, the emergence of what was to be called, “The Association of Vineyard Churches.”
Phyllis Fitzgerald House
Phyllis Fitzgerald House

In the fall of 1988, Chuck and Liz Wolfinbarger moved to Franklin and began attending the Vineyard in Cincinnati that was led by Steve Sjogren. After spending some time at the Cincinnati Vineyard, Chuck and Liz felt led of God to begin a Vineyard in the Mid-Miami Valley. Being from this area, they felt a special love for the people, and came with a vision to heal and train "sheep without a shepherd."  In January 1989, we started our first small group and met in the home of Phyllis Fitzgerald

Franklin Square
Franklin Square

 We started our first Sunday night service in Nov. 1989 in the Franklin Square office complex.

Food Ministry
Food Ministry

This is also when we started our ministry of taking food to the poor of the area.

Franklin Square
Franklin Square

On Nov. 4, 1990 we had our first Sunday Morning service, also at Franklin Square.

Riverdays
Riverdays

In September 1992, we started outreaching at the Riverdays festival and cleaning the streets after it was over.

In March 1993, we opened the Vineyard Downtown. It is a store where people can shop for clothes, food, and small household appliances, but everything is free. We have helped thousands since its opening.

Original Freestore
Original Freestore
Adessa
Adessa

In August 1993, we moved to the Adessa Auto Auction. We also took over the summer lunch program that fed needy children during the summer.

In January 1998, we merged with the Northview Brethren Life church, became the Vineyard Community Church, and moved into our current building.

Vineyard Community Church
Vineyard Community Church
Vineyard Cafe
Vineyard Cafe

We spent the next few years remodeling, and adapting the building for our use.  We then opened the Vineyard Cafe on Christmas Eve in 2001.

On January 6th 2008, we dedicated the Vineyard Clinic. The Vineyard Clinic serves people of Franklin and the surrounding areas who have a job but have no insurance by providing free, basic health care.  Also, In June 2008, we were able to switch from renting our current property, to purchasing our current building and property.
September of 2009, we moved our Vineyard Freestore from its old location. The new location houses the Help Center and the Youth Center. After remodeling the new space, we re-opened the Vineyard Downtown Help Center side on November 21st, 2009, as work continued on the Youth Center side.
On May 25th, 2010, we opened the Vineyard Downtown Youth Center side! The Youth Center is open after school to the kids in the community and our youth use it for their services. After school tutoring is also done at the Youth Center.
In early 2012, we obtained a larger space for the Vineyard Clinic. This more than doubled the space we had to see patients. On April 15, 2012, we dedicated the new space.
Also in 2012, after years of the Kids ministry outgrowing their current space, we began to look at available options to build a new Kids Building. Plans were drawn, and we explain in this video what we want to do, and what the new space would look like.
September 8th, 2013, We announced Phase 1 to the church congregation. Phase 1 consists of buying the raw materials and outer structure for the building's construction. We are currently raising the funds to complete phase 1.
December 8th 2013, Exactly 3 months from the announcement of Phase 1, Our goal had been reached, and that the buildings raw materials would be delivered soon.
Feb 28th, 2014, the kids building was delivered. Still in pieces, waiting for Phase 2.
Phase 2 was announced and the goal is $86,600. Phase 2 consists of digging the foundation and basement, laying foundations walls, and drainage. Fundraising continues.

September 21st, 2014, We launched a brand new logo, name, and website to go along with the updating, pruning, and realignment that 2014 saw for us as a growing church.  We look forward to many more years to come as Vineyard Franklin.

4900 State Route 123
Franklin, Ohio 45005


937-746-6569 P · 937-790-1036 F
info@vineyardfranklin.com

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