Vern serves as the lead pastor at LVC. He graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in May of 1982 and was then ordained in the Christian Reformed Church and served 8 years Pastoring churches in Iowa and Colorado. In 1998 he was invited to become a Pastor in the Loveland Vineyard and since has been a Pastor in the Loveland or Fort Collins Vineyard. “I thank God for the Vineyard. I found the Vineyard in Fort Collins in 1991. The first time I walked in, I knew that the presence of God was there and this was the way I had always dreamed of “doing church”. I love the honesty, the freedom, the “realness” of the Vineyard family. The Vineyard is where I had my emotional and spiritual life restored by participating deeply in a small group.”
I grew up in rural southern Minnesota. I worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 9 years, obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and was employed full time in Medical Social Work for another 20 years. I am married, have three children and five awesome grandchildren!
I have known Jesus since a young girl and found the Vineyard in 1991. I have been actively involved in the Loveland Vineyard for the past 20 years. The Vineyard has been a place of healing, restoration and positive change for me. Currently I am Pastor of Community which includes Outreach, Pastoral Care, REAL Life Groups and Compassion ministries both within our church and in our community. I have a desire to see the Kingdom of God move in my personal life and in the lives of all the people that we have contact. As I have learned to step out in faith and trust God, I am continually challenged to live that out day by day.
I enjoy biking, gardening, traveling, music, and life in the outdoors of Colorado and beyond!