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Our Story

A Brief History of the Duluth Vineyard Church

The Vineyard Church began as a new church plant in early 1990 as a small group of people who were looking to express their faith in God together.

We believed that God wanted us to create a place where those who are “not-yet-Christians” and those who are Christians without a church home could come to learn about Jesus. We desired a place where we could worship God in a laid-back environment with music we liked! We also wanted an atmosphere that was comfortable for people who were not accustomed to “church stuff.” This meant that everything we did had to be in a style that was understandable and meaningful to a younger generation.

Michael and Brenda Gatlin became our senior pastors in September of 1997. Because of our hunger for relationship with God and with other people, we started the first small group to bring new friends to and seek God together. By the fall of 1998, we multiplied our first small group into two groups and our Sunday morning attendance was a whopping 100 people! And that was the beginning of a really exciting decade of healthy growth. Currently, in 2013, we have grown to an average of over 1700 people attending our three weekend services and more than 60 small groups.

Not only do we long to be a church that impacts the Twin Ports area with this great news about Jesus, we want to establish other church plants that will do the same. So far we've sent out five church plants: Iron Range Campus (Gilbert, MN), West Duluth, MN, Silver Bay, MN, Superior, WI and Denver, CO. Our plan is to continue to send out church planting teams throughout the upper Midwest and around the world. We just want to establish as many healthy Vineyard churches as we can!