There has been a Vineyard Church presence in our city for well over 20 years. This started in 1999 when Matt & Jill Harrison arrived to plant what was the Milton Keynes Vineyard. From small beginnings the church grew under their leadership, gathering in a number of venues across the city, before settling on the Queensway, in Bletchley. After nine years of leading the church the Harrison's moved on to pastures new and following a short time without pastors, Gareth & Andi Russell took the lead and re-birthed the church as the Grand Union Vineyard (or GUV for short).
During this season the church developed a number of ministries, including the MK Storehouse. Then in 2018 Chris Morley, with his wife Sue moved to the UK from South Africa, and was appointed as the new pastor of GUV, which now operates from the former Netherfield Chapel. More recently Steve & Tammy Gee, who have been instrumental in planting four other Vineyard's across Northamptonshire, relocated to Milton Keynes in 2022 to start the Garden City Vineyard.
From the time the Vineyard first started in Milton Keynes there has always been a vision to see multiple churches planted across the city, so that many more can encounter Jesus Christ for themselves, where they live, in a Vineyard church. Now as two distinct Vineyard churches here in Milton Keynes we remain committed to this vision, and as a result we are committed to working together to better fulfil what we believe God wants to do.
The Vineyard Movement is a worldwide network of over 2,500 churches, led in its earliest years by the late John Wimber. The Vineyard Movement is committed to seeing each generation reached by the power of the Gospel. With a view to embrace integrity in Christian character, along with the activity of the Holy Spirit, each Vineyard church seeks to be an outpost of God’s compassionate love in a broken world.