Probably the most important thing we want you to know is that we are part of a family of neighborhood churches called the Mile High Vineyard.
The Mile High Vineyard Story
In September 2001, Jay and Danielle Pathak moved to Arvada, Colorado from Columbus, Ohio with a team of 14 others to start a community of people that would seek and follow Jesus together. They came from the Columbus Vineyard, where Jay was on staff with its young-adult congregation, Joshua House. Having seen Joshua House grow from a small group of 10 people into a congregation of nearly 1,000 young adults, Jay and Danielle knew there was potential for similar growth in Arvada as people fell more and more in love with Jesus.
We started with only three small groups in the fall of 2001 and held our first Sunday service on Easter in 2002. We met for monthly services through Christmas Eve, 2002 and then began weekly services each Sunday evening in Olde Town Arvada. Morning services began in the fall of 2004.
In late 2009, we changed our name from the Vineyard Community Church to the Mile High Vineyard after we became convinced that God had called us to plant local Vineyard churches in neighborhoods all across the city. Our commitment to neighborhood churches is simple: we believe people ought to be able to attend, and to invite their neighbors to a church that's located in the neighborhood where they live, shop, work and play. Though each church has it's own local church pastor, we also believe we are better together; therefore, we've our local church pastors are connected through relationship with one another, through shared resources, and a shared heart for the city. Presently, Mile High Vineyard family of neighborhood churches is made up of four churches: Arvada Vineyard, Lakewood Vineyard, Westminster Vineyard, and us the East Denver Vineyard. In 2017 we started a non-profit called Neighborhood City Collective to help connect and plant churches across denominations all over the Denver area. NCC Denver currently serves 6 churches across the city.
The East Denver Vineyard Story
East Denver Vineyard has been a dream in the hearts of people across the country that is now becoming reality. For the last several years, the leadership team of Mile High Vineyard neighborhood churches had been dreaming about starting a new Vineyard serving the East side of the city, as the other locations had been concentrated in the Western suburbs and downtown (Arvada, Westminster, Lakewood & Highlands). Will and Noelle Shearer, back in Columbus, Ohio, had been dreaming and praying about church-planting for years, but wanted to do that within a neighborhood church model, rather than on their own.
Through a series of connect-the-dot stories, in the spring of 2016 the leadership team of Mile High Vineyard churches asked Noelle & Will to consider moving to Denver to partner together in starting a new church. The Shearers brought with their family for a visit in April 2016 to pray and decide together whether God was inviting them to Denver. Even though it rained and snowed the whole visit, making the mountains invisible, they still were excited to say yes! Their house sold without even being put on the market, and they were able to pack up 19 years of life in Columbus and arrive in Denver by July 2016. There are lots of wonderful stories of how God made this big move clear, and if you get a chance you should ask them about it!
A small group of people concentrated in the Park Hill, Stapleton, Aurora and Commerce City areas were already part of the Arvada and Highlands Vineyards, and were ready to form a faith community invested in their own part of the city. Together with Noelle and Will, this awesome group of people have built a community that is now ready to have weekly worship services starting in January 2018.
The Vineyard holds a high value on neighboring- taking Jesus at his word that the best way to live life is to love God and love our neighbors. We are building a church that allows people on the East side to integrate their faith with their work, schools, and fun! We believe that the church should reconcile people to each other and to God- bringing together people of different economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds in the love of Jesus. We would love for you to join in!