Doug & Sandy Thomas
Head Pastor & Women's Ministry Overseer
Pastor Doug Thomas and his wife Sandy lead VCF with a passion for community. They began their service in ministry as a young couple over seeing the A Street House, a mission designed to help those struggling to get on their feet. After leaving the A Street House, Doug and Sandy continued to serve the church in various way as they raised their three children. In 1994 they took on the positions of principal, teacher and school secretary of Vineyard Christian School. In 2010 Doug took on the role of associate pastor of VCF and Sandy took on more of the administrative duties at the school. When Steve Shaw retired from VCF, Doug stepped seamlessly into his current position as Head Pastor and Sandy assumed the role of principal of Vineyard Christian School. Together they lead with love and compassion, as well as a strong desire to see God's Kingdom here on earth.
Doug & june perkins
elder & marriage and family pastors
Doug and June have been part of the Vineyard family since 1983. Their passion for facilitating healthy relationships has increased the past few years, and God has used them to help build stronger marriages through workshops and two-on-two couples coaching. They carry a passion for valuing each person's differences as members of the body of Christ, and especially how those differences work within the context of marriage. Doug is also a member of the elder board. Doug and June have been married 40 years, and are the parents of 7 wonderfully diverse children and grandparents to two amazing grandchildren.
Ernie & Glynna Stone
Ernie has a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He has served as a pastor, missionary, Christian School teacher and administrator. Since his semi-retirement a couple years ago, Ernie, along with his wife Glynna, has been spending more time ministering at the Vineyard. His primary passion is to preach, teach, and come along side other believers to further empower and equip them to walk in their God given ministries.
max & revella ruschmeyer
Max is married to his wife Revella of 38 years. Max has been part of VCF Grants Pass since 1991. He accepted a seat as an elder at VCF in 2017 after being an integral part of the leadership team for many years. He shares the Sunday morning pulpit at times and his prophetic bent and progressive world view, coupled with his clear teaching style, help others to grasp the heart of God and what it means to live practically for Jesus every day. He is passionate about seeing the "kingdoms of earth becoming the kingdoms of our God" through cultural transformation. He has been a home group leader and often teaches KEY nigh classes. The focus of his teaching is typically centered around: identity, prophetic ministry and a positive future outlook of Victorious Eschatology. He loves all kinds of outdoor adventure like, fishing, hiking, hunting, exploring and the discovery of natural beauty.
clyde & kelsie bergquist
Elder & worship leaders
Clyde and Kelsie grew up and graduated high school locally, married in 1997 and moved to Brazil in 2004, after the birth of their first two daughters, to serve as missionaries. Little did they know that the mission would take part in becoming part of the Vineyard and begin a powerful church planting ministry that has been growing ever since in Northern Brazil. Both pastored, discipled, trained and worked alongside the nationals and a few indigenous tribes in Brazil. Both learned to speak Portuguese fluently and learned the cultures of these people groups. They have experience in church leadership, worship ministries, church planting, as well as plenty of adventure and stories of God's provision, faithfulness, and the challenges that come with living in a foreign land and tongue. Today, Clyde and Kelsie serve the Vineyard in numerous way. Clyde serves as an elder while running his own construction company. Kelsie is teaching and aiding at Vineyard Christian School. They both serve as worship leaders while raising all of their four children. Makenna, Maddy, Nate and Hannah who all grew up in Brazil and have transitioned well to life in the states. Their heart is to be practically spiritual in the home, market place, or wherever Holy Spirit leads them.
Lewis & rose crownover
Lewis serves as Worship Pastor here at VCF Grants Pass. He has been leading worship since the age of fifteen. His ministry embraces multiple generations and cultures, with a calling to raise up the next generation of worshipers and release the sounds of Heaven on earth. His wife, Rose is a gifted teacher, artist, and worshiper in her own right.
children's ministries overseer
Renate Taylor has 28+ years of office management and supervisory experience from positions she has held in the US and overseas. In 2000, she and her husband adopted and raised two special needs daughters, which she also home-schooled. In 2010, she became a tour guide at Harry & David's world-renown company in Medford, Oregon, where she gave 4, 1-hour tours a day showing the public the bakery, the candy kitchen, and the packing facility. She later became involved with community work at Rogue River Elementary School. As a volunteer of the SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) program she lent vital one-on-one reading support to children pre-school through 3rd grade. She enjoyed igniting a love of reading in the young children which built motivation and self-confidence. Presently, Renate is a Nanny two days a week for a family with two young children. She assists with homeschooling them and offers clear guidelines that promote positive behavior patterns while instilling Christian values. Since October 2014, she has overseen the Children's Ministry, taught Sunday School, overseen the book table, and assists with setting up to Communtion Table every Sunday. Most recently, Renate began to provide spiritual guidance, teach, counsel, and offer comfort at the Grants Pass Gospel Rescue Mission once a week during women's chapel time. She is fluent in German, loves her nine pet goats, two cats, their mini ranch, and Harry & David's peppermint bark. Her greatest passion is to see people connected to Jesus and become born-again!
church administrator & Financial manager
April has been in administration for a number of years as a dental office manager. She joined the VCF team in May of 2018 to find a place where her skill set could meet her passion for Jesus. She has put all her skills to work at VCF coordinating the events calendar, working in the school office, managing church budgets and finances and helping with decorating, media and all other aspects of church function. She is passionate about seeing people changed into the image of Christ and occasionally shares Sunday mornings and serves on the worship team. Although, she loves serving in the church her real ministry is at home raising her three boys: James, Jonah, and Judah, with her wonderful husband Jonathan.
don & danita Scott
ministry team overseers
Don and Danita are both long-time Grants Pass residents and have been married for 28 years. God has blessed them with three daughters: Alisa, Elizabeth, and Lydia. Don and Danita chose to home-school their girls with Danita taking on the lion's share of that responsibility. They adopted VCF as their church home about fifteen years ago and it has been an incredible journey. They were both blessed to be raised by born-again parents who brought them up in the church and stayed married for life, a rich legacy and heritage they are continuing. Don studied for three years at Multnomah University in the early 1980's and recently completed his bachelor's degree from Multnomah in Biblical and Theological studies. In 2013 Don trained for and ran a marathon at the age of 55. Danita has kept busy homeschooling their children and being a home-maker. They have been a part of the Ministry Teams for many years and were asked to assume the leadership role overseeing the ministry a few years ago. Physical and emotional healings, financial breakthrough, and words of revelation are just a few of the amazing things God has done through the years they have overseen the the Ministry Teams. Don and Danita's passion for seeing people set free drives their heart to minister and their obedience provides room for continual breakthrough through the Ministry Teams and pre-service prayer they oversee.