VINEYARD CHURCH

ABOUT US


We offer a warm and inviting place to encounter God, connect with others, and serve the community we live in. Each one of us is in process and we are all at different points along the way. The heart of the Vineyard is to love and accept you where you are and to encourage you to move along the path toward God and becoming more like Jesus.

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OUR HISTORY


This body was established as a Vineyard Church in 1987 by Gary Lamson. (Our executive pastor, Gannon Lamson’s father). Dino and Kris Griffin took the helm in 2007.


Dino was ordained in the Vineyard in 1988 and served on staff of the Vineyard in Shreveport, Louisiana. In 1991, Dino and Kris moved to Minden, Louisiana to plant a Vineyard there.  In 2000, they moved to Dillon, Montana to pastor the Vineyard there and in 2007 handed the leadership of that church to Zane and Cathleen Springer in order to move to Lafayette, Louisiana to pastor this church.


Kris was ordained in the Vineyard in 2011. Dino and Kris are co-senior pastors in partnership with each other and the Holy Spirit.  Dino and Kris continue to carry the DNA of John Wimber’s heart for the Vineyard movement which was to engage the world with mercy, compassion and miraculous signs and wonders that authenticate the gospel message of Jesus.

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OUR MISSION


Partner With The Holy Spirit

Our mission involves praying and receiving power from God Himself to accomplish what we could never accomplish on our own. We heal the sick in body and soul, we cast out demons,  we confront injustice, and we seek to hear the voice of God on behalf of others. This involves an intimate partnership with a Person beyond ourselves.


Experience & Worship God

The kingdom of God is not a geo-political territory. Rather, the kingdom of God is a dynamic realm expressed wherever Jesus rules and reigns.  One of our highest values is the experience of the kingdom of God and also of God’s presence. His manifested presence with us is central to our faith and Christian life. 


Reconcile People With God & All Creation

Jesus is reconciling humans to God, to each other, and to the entire creation, breaking down divisions between Jew and Gentile, slave and free, male and female. We seek to be a community of hope that realize the power of the cross to reconcile what has been separated by sin.


Engage In Compassionate Ministry

We lean toward the lost, the poor, the outcast, and the outsider with the compassion of Jesus as sinners whose only standing before God is utterly dependent on the mercy of God. This mercy can only be truly received inasmuch as we are willing to give it away.


Pursue  Mission In The World

​​​​​​​The Church exists for the sake of those who are exiled from God. We are called to bring the Gospel of the kingdom to all of creation. Our church aims to be an outpost of the kingdom of God, bringing hope and help from Jesus to anyone who wants it.

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CORE VALUES



01


Authenticity and Simplicity

We desire to be authentic with each other and with God, not hiding behind a veneer of religious words or deeds. We are not interested in putting on a show or a slick presentation but instead are focused on seeking and experiencing the presence of God and His love that is demonstrated through Jesus Christ.


02


Accessibility and Obedience

We want to make it as easy as possible for people to understand who we are and why we do what we do. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church and we hunger for and welcome every visitation of the Spirit of God. We believe our culture needs and hungers for miracles and the tangible evidence of God’s power, presence, and love.


03


Integrity and Honor

We are committed to a lifestyle of holiness. We want to operate in a culture of honor—treating everyone with respect, encouragement, and support. We are committed to work hard at fostering loving relationships, for we believe that relationships are at the heart of the kingdom of God.

04


Healing and Compassion

We want to create and sustain an atmosphere of healing; diligently pursuing specific healing ministries both for the physical body and for life’s hurts in order to demonstrate God’s love and His restorative power. We desire to compassionately minister among the marginalized, the lost, the poor and the outcast of society.


05


Intimacy and Community

We believe that as we move closer to God, He moves closer to us. Daily worship of our Heavenly Father is something that He deserves and through it, He brings deep change within us. We pursue intimacy with God, never seeking God’s hand over God’s face. We value God’s power, but want to always place power in the context of God’s love. We want oneness with God’s heart; to love what He loves and hate what He hates. Signs and wonders and miracles will spring from that place of intimacy and will be safe and loving in their exercise. We are committed to becoming a healing community engaged in the work of reconciliation wherever sin and evil have controlling influence. Our heart is to build a community of love that will endure—people committed to each other, ministering together in Christ’s name and becoming a people who collectively reflect Jesus Christ to the culture we live in. We value seeking and waiting on God’s presence in all that we do.


The heartbeat of the Vineyard is our Small Groups where community is fostered and people grow in and practice the gifts of the spirit. Everyone should be a part of one! 


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PASTORAL TEAM



Dino & Kris Griffin

Senior Pastors

Dino was ordained in the Vineyard in 1988. Dino and Kris have partnered in ministry and co-pastored various churches since 1990. They were called to the Lafayette Vineyard in 2007. Dino is gifted in teaching and has the heart of a Father. Kris has a passion to see people brought into intimacy with God and be transformed by the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit. They are grateful for each day they get to spend with each other and with their family. They particularly delight to indulge their eight beautiful and amazing grandchildren's every wish. Dino likes to study history and Kris loves art and they both are fond of trying new restaurants together.


Gannon & Amanda Lamson

Executive Pastors

Gannon and Manda Lamson are married soulmates, and together, they have 6 children. They both grew up as Vineyard pastors kids and love every aspect of the Vineyard church. Gannon enjoys sci-fi movies, extremely hot peppers, and all things Prophetic. Manda loves hazelnut coffee, the sunshine, spending time with her mom, and beautiful things.  Jesus has radically transformed their lives and they want every day to be for Him.


Bryan & Lesley Keelin

Assistant Pastors

Bryan and Lesley have been serving in ministry since before they were married and that’s been almost 20 years. They met when they helped start an inner city outreach mission church and married just over a year later. Lesley and Bryan homeschool their four children still living with them, ok mostly Lesley, but Bryan helps when needed and available. Their oldest daughter Ebony, her husband, and their two granddaughters are still living in South Carolina where Lesley and Bryan lived most of their lives. Bryan and Lesley both love to read, Lesley more on the fiction side and Bryan more on the non-fiction and autobiography side. They both love playing board games and card games with their children, “Apples to Apples always brings out the silliness in our kids”.

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HEART FOR REVIVAL


Revival was seen in Acts 2 when, by a visitation of God's Spirit upon the church, many lives were changed and the church experienced an explosion of growth as many were impacted and impassioned by the Spirit of God. 


We long to see revival come and all that we do is bent toward that purpose. We believe that as the Spirit of God manifests himself in an outpouring or visitation, that the church will be revived and come into her destiny as the light and hope of the world. 

John Wimber's Testimony:

Heidi Baker's Testimony:

Bill Johnson's Testimony:

Hebrides Revival Documentary:

Asbury Revival 1970:

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WEDDING POLICY


Christian marriage is the spiritual union created by God in the book of Genesis in which a man and woman become “one flesh” in the image of the union of Christ and His church. As a result, Christian marriage begins with a Christian wedding ceremony during which the couple enters into a sacred contract with each other and with the Lord in addition to becoming legally married.


As a Christian church, we are committed to helping couples build Christ-centered marriages that will stand the test of time and leave a Godly legacy to future generations. Ordained by God, a true Christian marriage is created by Him and the vows made before Him are not to be broken.


“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”   (Mark 10:6-9 NIV)


Expectations of Those Who Desire to be Married at the Lafayette Vineyard


1. Commitment to Jesus Christ

We expect that both you and your fiancée will have made a serious decision to submit your lives and your marriage to Jesus Christ before participating in a Christian wedding ceremony at the Lafayette Vineyard Church. We expect that all who desire to be married at the Lafayette Vineyard Church will be in agreement with the basic truths discussed in our What We Believe Statement. 


2. Member of the Vineyard 

To be committed to Christ involves being committed to His church. All who desire to be married at the Vineyard will be expected to demonstrate their willingness to pursue ongoing growth in their relationship with Jesus Christ by attending regular weekly worship services at the Vineyard and being an offical member of the church prior to their marriage. We believe that a Christian wedding is an invitation to the community of faith to help the newlywed couple by supporting them with their presence, prayers and encouragement.


“And all the believers met together constantly.....They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity - all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people.”  (Acts 2:44-47, NLT)


3. Lifestyle

To be committed to Christ means being committed to living a Christian lifestyle guided by the principles taught in the Bible. For this reason, all who desire to be married at the Vineyard will be expected to agree to a commitment to sexual purity (abstinence) before their marriage, and a willingness to live in a separate residence from their future spouse prior to marriage. 


“God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor - not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and his ways.”  (I Thessalonians 4: 3-5, NLT)


If you are already involved in sexual activity or living arrangements which are inappropriate for a Christian, the good news is that it is never too late to make changes and to begin doing things God’s way - even if you have been married before and/or already have children! We will be glad to help you discuss options that honor God and increase the chances for the lifelong success of your marriage.


4. Homosexual or Same Sex Marriage

The ruling of the Supreme Court regarding homosexual marriage is incompatible and in conflict with the definition of marriage that was established by God and recorded in His Word. The covenant of marriage that was fashioned by God states that a man and a woman shall be united as one and no human law has the authority to change what God wrote into the divine law of nature and His Word. 


We (the pastoral staff and leadership of the Lafayette Vineyard) assert that because we hold this deeply religious conviction regarding marriage, we will not perform or celebrate any same sex marriages. Neither will we allow any property belonging to the Lafayette Vineyard Church to be used to celebrate or perform any homosexual marriage.  We also urge our congregants to refrain from celebrating or attending any same sex marriage ceremonies. 


We respect the dignity and personhood of all of God's children; but at the same time, we are opposed to and stand against altering the traditional definition of marriage, established by God from the beginning.