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Get to Know us


OUR MISSION: We are following Jesus into authentic community and the empowered life.

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Get to Know us


OUR MISSION: We are following Jesus into authentic community and the empowered life.

We Know...

going to a new place with new people can be intimidating, so we want to make your experience not that way.  We're just a bunch of people living life together and trying to follow Jesus and if you're up for it, we would love to have you join us.

If you decide you want to check out the Vineyard on a Sunday let us know by filling out the form below.  If you do, one of us will be waiting just for you at the front door to personally show you around. We'll help you find your way around campus, get your kids checked in, and most importantly point you to the coffee!


You may be wondering...

 

When and where do you meet?

Our main gatherings are Sundays at 9&11am.  It's the exact same service we just have two to make sure we don't run out of seats.  Our address is 16761 Tiger Bend Rd in Baton Rouge.

Do I have to say anything, give any money, or will I be singled out in any way?

No, no and no. We provide an opportunity for our church family to give an offering, but we actually have a gift for you.  Let a person with a name badge know that it's your first time and they'll gift you a bag with some goodies and some more info about who we are. 

What should I wear?

Whatever makes you comfortable.  Really.  You'll see people wearing everything from athletic shorts to suits.  Come on, that's a cop out, what do most people wear?  Fine, probably 40% of our church wears jeans and a t-shirt. The rest is a complete mix so you won't be out of place.

What about my kids?

Every Sunday we have lively and engaging programs just for kids. Kids Ministry is available every week up to 5th grade in age appropriate classes with screened and trained adults.  In addition, during the 11am service, we also have dedicated gatherings for 4th and 5th graders (Venture) and 6th-12th graders (Rise Youth).  

 

Let Us know your coming

By filling out this form you'll ensure someone from our church family will be specifically waiting for you at the front door.  We'll help you get orientated, answer any questions, get your kids where they need to go, and make sure you get coffee and bagels before church starts. 

 

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
Do you prefer we call or text you about your visit?
Will you be bringing any kids under 18? *
When do you plan on visiting?
When do you plan on visiting?

 

 

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Our Staff


Our Staff


The Vineyard Church Staff

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Jeremy Pleasant //

Lead Pastor

jeremy@vineyardbr.org

Jeremy was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He attended Southern University and LSU, and obtained a Bachelors of Music degree from Southern University. With a strong desire to use God-given gifts to train, equip, and lead the body domestically and internationally, Jeremy was a Associate Pastor at Vineyard Church of Baton Rouge from 2013-July2018. At the end of July 2018, the Vineyard Church of Baton Rouge board announced that he was to be our new lead pastor.  Jeremy and Kimberly are engaged and will be getting married this January!

 
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Dan Powell // 

 

Associate Pastor
 

Liz Powell //

Family Pastor

dan@vineyardbr.org

liz@vineyardbr.org

Dan and Liz attended Trinity International University near Chicago where they met and later married in 2009.  Dan graduated with a BA in Biblical Studies and Liz with a BA in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Children/Family. They have been doing ministry together ever since. The Powells spent some time in northern Wisconsin where they led camp ministry programs and received their master’s degrees from Wheaton College in Evangelism and Leadership. They then moved to the Baton Rouge area in 2014.

Liz has been on staff since January 2015 and Dan joined us later in November 2015.

They have two daughters Eleanor and Karis. 

 
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Taylor Thompson // Church Administrator

taylor@vineyardbr.org

Taylor graduated from LSU in May 2017 with a bachelors in International Studies with diplomacy in Europe. She is passionate about justice, equality, and human rights, and history. She hopes to attend grad school in the near future and work towards a masters and a doctorate in Cold War studies. Currently, she is the church administrator and is greatly enjoying this fun adventure serving her church, community, and most of all, God. 

 
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Laura Kearns // Bookkeeper


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Laura has lived in many places, from Texas to Germany, but she eventually landed in Louisiana. Baton Rouge has been her official home since 1993, and she is thankful for that because Baton Rouge is where she met her husband Mike. Mike and Laura were happily married in May of 2000. They discovered the Vineyard Church together and have felt completely at home since day one. They knew the Vineyard was exactly where they belonged and where they needed to be.

Laura joined the Vineyard staff in 2015. She runs her own business and has experience in bookkeeping and collections – staying busy and juggling things is what she likes to do!  Mike and Laura are eternal "big kids" that love to travel, try new things, go on adventures, volunteer at the Vineyard, and hang out with friends and family. Throw in some relaxation for good measure and that about sums up what they are all about.

 
 
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How we do church - Thrive


You were made to THRIVE!

"I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10

How we do church - Thrive


You were made to THRIVE!

"I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10

WHAT IS THRIVE?

THRIVE is an important invitation for us. Jesus invites us into a new life where we are able to thrive as we grow in relationship with him and his people, the church.  So "thrive" is the name we use to describe the four core priorities for discipleship as we move into authentic relationship with God.

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WORSHIP GOD

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Every weekend, we come together to worship God, know Jesus better, and experience the Holy Spirit’s presence with us. We desire to foster an atmosphere where people can freely express their love for God in worship with the community of believers. God desires to have an interactive relationship with us, one where we come to him for anything, one where we are completely transparent. God listens to our questions, hears our frustrations, and celebrates our triumphs. When we spend quality time with Jesus and learn to hear his voice, the fruit that flows from such intimacy is life-changing.

HERE’S HOW TO THRIVE IN WORSHIP:

  • Weekend Worship Services
  • Personal Devotions
  • Communion
  • Biblical Teaching
  • Prayer Time
  • Kids Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Baptism
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Scripture Reading Plan
  • Worship Nights

BE IN COMMUNITY

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Spiritual growth happens best in the company of friends. Join together with others in a small group format to regularly worship, care for one another, and help each other grow toward a thriving relationship with Jesus. Community means meals together, spending quality time together, showing up at each other’s homes, serving others together, being there when there is a need, offering resources that we have to each other, and exemplifying a life that is surreal to most people today.  

HERE’S HOW TO THRIVE IN COMMUNITY:

  • Life Groups
  • Pods
  • Men’s
  • Women’s
  • Life Together Dinners
  • MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
  • Youth Group
  • Rangers
  • Recovery Groups
 

CONNECTING WITH EACH OTHER

We desire to establish deep relationships with each other outside of our Sunday gatherings by sharing meals together, having fun, and helping out when someone is in need. It's more than just a Sunday thing, it is a way of life.

Here at the Vineyard Church of Baton Rouge, we deeply value families. We challenge families to adopt Biblical principles in order to exemplify the character of Christ. He was selfless, loving, strong, and inclusive.  We want to be a church that supports and honors parents as they strive to find their place in the kingdom and, in turn, raise their children to be world changers too!  

We have a Family Month every June – we encourage families to do activities together for the entire month and award those who document the most accomplished activities. We also offer marriage and family counseling for any families that might find themselves in a tough place.

Some other family activities we host throughout the year include:

  • Fall Fest & Spring Fest
  • Father Daughter Dance
  • Vacation Bible School (VBS)
  • Escorting our float in the Jones Creek Christmas Parade
  • Our annual Bake-Off competition
  • BBQs, Potlucks, Brunches, and more

All these events are completely FREE so that we can bless each other and bless families in our community. Come join the fun!

Fall Fest & Spring Fest

Father Daughter Dance


GET EQUIPPED

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People who are thriving in their relationship with Jesus never stop growing. The definition of being a disciple means being a learner. We want to build strong core competencies and practices that propel you forward into a lifelong journey as a thriving follower of Jesus. God’s desire for us is to become mature disciples in the Body of Christ and the world He loves. 

HERE’S HOW TO THRIVE BY GETTING EQUIPPED:

  • Equip Course Categories
  • Bible
  • Theology
  • Ministry Training
  • Core Competencies
  • Kingdom Practices
  • Vineyard Institute
  • Internships
  • Vineyard 101

DO "THE STUFF"

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Jesus said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working” (John 5:17). We want to follow Jesus’s model and constantly look to see what God is doing around us and then courageously join in. Take a risk, get messy, have fun, and make a difference by joining a ministry team. Much of Jesus’s life and ministry was living, serving, healing, and eating with those in which the world did not value. Jesus called these people “the least” because they are the people most forgotten, powerless, and outcasted in society. As followers of Jesus, we are also called to care for the least, and in doing so we are caring for Jesus himself.

HERE’S HOW TO THRIVE BY DOIN’ THE STUFF:

Ministry Teams

  • Red Carpet
  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • Kids
  • Youth
  • Prophetic
  • Alpha

Mercy & Compassion

  • Spring & Fall Fest
  • Adopt-a-school
  • Haiti
  • Mercy Response
  • Making Ends Meet
 

MERCY & COMPASSION

Much of Christ’s life and ministry was living, serving, healing, and eating with those in which the world did not value. Christ called these people “the least” because they are the people most forgotten, powerless, and outcaste in society. However, these are the very people Christ came to be with. These are the people Christ calls blessed, the first, and heirs of the Kingdom of God. As we search scripture, it is evident that as followers of Christ, we are also called to care for the least, and in doing so we are caring for Christ himself.

As we seek to love Jesus, it is a natural overflow of God’s grace for us that we are discovering how to love the “the least” through compassion, justice, peace, and mercy in our communities both locally and globally. All of this is what we at the Vineyard call “mercy & compassion.” A few of the ways that we have lived out justice in our community is by serving and eating meals with the homeless, giving away dipers to families each month, and partnering with local non-profit organizations. All of this is in hopes of participating in the work God is already doing in Baton Rouge and around the world.

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

Our mission field doesn't stop at the Baton Rouge city limits. Our heart for the nations has led us to partner with churches in other countries to help spread the gospel there, to train and equip the locals for ministry. We hope to build lifelong relationships and help transform a country into one that loves and follows Jesus. 

As the Vineyard Church of Baton Rouge, we simply desire to continue Jesus' expansion of His Kingdom.  We accomplish this through serving people by: church planting, church renewal, ministry to the lost, the poor, the orphan, the slave and the outcast.

A Church Planting Movement:
Our primary activity around the world is the growth and establishment of new churches expressing the values of the Vineyard, which in turn develop as communities of hope.  The result of these communities is "churches planting churches" through local, church-based missions.  This concept celebrates the local church as pivotal to God's plan for world evangelism and recognizes that initiative, responsibility and vision for global missions resides with local churches.

Our Target Nation:
We have seen the impact is greater when we commit to a specific country for longer periods of time.  Thus, we strive to keep a minimum of ten-year commitments to a country we minister in.  We have an onging commitment to Haiti.