Every Tribe and Nation.
You belong here.
Whether you’re hungry or hurt, lonely or lost, full of questions or looking for a home, there’s a place for you at the Harmony Vineyard.
The reason you’ll fit right in is because we really value diversity. Our church is made up of people who are short, tall, big, little, black, white, wealthy, struggling, young, old, married, single…in fact, we look exactly like the community we live in.
We also believe in and value authenticity. We encourage people to be real here, to be exactly who they are, warts and all. After all, none of us are perfect, so what’s the point of pretending we are?
Though we are all different, what unifies us is our desire to know God and to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
About our Pastor
A man everyone looks up to (because he’s 6’8″ tall), Pastor Jeff and his wife Sally founded HVC in 2007. Jeff’s vision for the church is for it to be as diverse as God’s kingdom. He and Sally have two adult children, Barbara (who is married to Brian) and Jarrett (who is married to Jennifer), a Weimaraner named Gabriel, and a very old cat named Charlie.
Education: Education: Butler University, 1974-1978; Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Speech/ Communications. Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, 2004-2007; graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree. Regent University, 2010-2015; received a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree; his doctoral dissertation was titled “A Training Curriculum Model of Multi-Ethnic Ministry Best Practices Designed for Harmony Vineyard Church.”
Previous career: After a brief start in advertising, held a variety of information technology positions with American States Insurance, Coopers & Lybrand, Markel Corporation, the Virginia Farm Bureau and IPC Technologies.
Ministry experience: Served as the head of two different church’s governing boards; previously ordained as a both a deacon and an elder; participated in numerous Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, and Kairos spiritual renewal weekends; has studied healing prayer with Francis and Judith MacNutt and began a healing service in 2002. Planted Harmony Vineyard in June, 2007.
Ordained: By the Association of Vineyard Churches, USA, on May 13, 2007.
Miscellany: Attended Butler on a basketball scholarship and was a four-year starter at center; rides a 2003 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.
In the summer of 2004 Jeff was growing increasingly frustrated and unhappy with his job as I.T. Director at Virginia Farm Bureau. When he returned to work after a two-week beach vacation and realized he felt just as tired and burned out as before he left, he had lunch with a friend and shared his unhappiness. When his friend suggested he might want to consider “something in the theology field” there was an immediate connection with those words, as if the tumblers to a combination lock had finally fallen into place.
He immediately sought the counsel of his pastor, who affirmed God’s calling on his life. That affirmation was quickly seconded by his wife and most of his friends, all who admitted they had been waiting for him to realize this calling for several years. After spending time in prayer to discern God’s direction for him, he enrolled in the School of Theology at Virginia Union (STVU), from which he graduated in May of 2007.
Jeff has been a devotee of Vineyard founder John Wimber’s teachings on healing, and so the Association of Vineyard Churches was a logical place for him to pursue both his pastoral calling and his belief that God’s healing power is still available to people today. He believes God’s vision for the Ashland Vineyard is that it would be a place of restoration and healing.