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"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit..."

Zechariah 4:6

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YFC staff & volunteers help interested youth find answers, guidance, hope, & comfort through one on one spiritual counseling sessions and small interactive chapel services.Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC) provides religious services programming. The program that I'm involved with is called Bridge Builders. The Bridgebuilders After-care Mentoring program is an initiative to match youth released from detention with a mature Christian mentor.  Our goal is to help these youth mature in their faith and become engaged in a local church ministry.


ABOUT Alive Vineyard

I began my journey into youth ministry in December of 1994.  I've been on staff with the Vineyard of Licking County (renamed Alive Vineyard) since its inception in August of 1999. For me, working in youth ministry is a calling, not a job or responsibility. The average youth pastor last approximately 18 months - according to a recent survey. I contribute my longevity to not taking everything too serious and by operating where Jesus called me to be. For me, youth ministry is not a stepping stone into other ministry.

I grew up in the Hebron Ohio and I'm a graduate of Lakewood High School.  I attended Ohio Northern University where I earned a B.S. in Pharmacy. I am currently practicing pharmacy part time at Benzer Pharmacy in Hebron. In 2003, I successfully completed the Vineyard Leadership Institute and was ordained as a pastor by the church a short time later. I volunteer with the Juvenile Justice Ministry of the Central Ohio Youth for Christ. My goal is to be in full time ministry working with "at risk teens.". 

Alive Vineyard is located in Licking County Ohio! We’re not just any Church… We’re the body of Christ, seeking to be like Him! Join the crowd! God is stirring hearts and touching lives. If you’re looking for a place to worship we’d feel privileged to have you! Dress is casual, worship is contemporary, and our messages are relevant!

​​ We are all on a life-long journey toward God – hopefully one that can be as rewarding and exciting! Nothing can be compared to the joy of encountering a REAL God. One dramatic truth we’ve discovered along the way is that God, our Heavenly Father, is actively searching for us as well! We believe the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth is God’s fullest expression of His Father love for us.

In Vineyard churches, we value people more than programs. We are a place where all are welcome: true believers along with the curious, the skeptical, the seeking, the wounded and the disillusioned. We believe God is the giver of new hope and life and loves to give us second chances. We want our church to reflect these values in all we say & do. Come join us as we continue our passionate pursuit toward Him.