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, the Mile High Vineyard family of neighborhood churches is made up of four churches: East Denver Vineyard, Lakewood Vineyard, Arvada Vineyard, and us the Westminster 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 Westminster Vineyard Story
While on staff at the Arvada Vineyard, pastors Becca and Chris Knudsen saw the church continue to draw people from a wider and wider geographic area as it grew. In 2014 it was clear to Becca and Chris, who lived in Westminster, that God was drawing more and more people from that part of the city. Committed to being a neighborhood church, they began to plan with other church leaders to launch a local Vineyard church in Westminster for those who lived in that area. The Westminster Vineyard had it's first service in the fall of 2015 at the Westminster Rec Center.
While pastoring this new church plant and loving it, Becca knew from the start that this was only temporary, believing that her gifts would be used even more effectively in her role as Executive Pastor of the Mile High Vineyard. So, they launched a search in 2016 for a more permanent neighborhood church pastor.
Ben and Jenny Folman grew up in Minnesota and attended their first Vineyard church in Duluth while dating. Soon they felt God's call to ministry and over the course of 11 years, served and led in many capacities there; in 2004, Ben came on staff as an associate pastor. In March 2011, once again sensing God's leading—and with the blessing of their pastors—Ben and Jenny moved with their three children and their dog to Salida, Colorado where Ben became the Lead Pastor at the Vineyard church there for six years. In the summer of 2017, it became clear that God's assignment for them in Salida had been fulfilled, at which point they discovered Becca's search for a neighborhood church pastor in Westminster. God made it clear to everyone involved that He had chosen Ben and Jenny for this role in this season, so in September 2017 they moved their three kids and their dog once again, this time to Westminster, where Ben now gladly serves as the neighborhood pastor of the Westminster Vineyard church.