A brief history of the Goleta Vineyard Church
Since our founding in 1986 we have had Sunday services in a home, two churches, a school, a warehouse, a community center and now more recently in what used to be a restaurant! And while the venues have changed the heart and soul of the church has not. The founding pastor Dan Hodgson and his friend and associate Marty Reitzin, set out to build God’s Kingdom by creating a church that was built upon the truth of the Scriptures, the presence of God, joyous worship, authentic relationships and a passion to see healing in every dimension of life.
In the early 80’s were particularly impacted by John Wimber and the beginnings of the Vineyard Church movement. At first we were just friends, having attended many of the conferences. But in time we sensed God calling us to be family with them. John and many others in the Vineyard movement modeled for us a truly dynamic way to be Kingdom people; living with the expectation that God could use broken and imperfect people like us to bring healing and restoration to many lives. We have truly seen this with our own eyes. We have witnessed lost sons and daughters coming home to their heavenly father. We have witnessed shattered lives and marriages restored.
We have been privileged to have had an impact by sending church planters and missionaries out to the four corners of the world. God has given us a significant connection with friends in Burundi Africa. We have led teams to Mexico, New Zealand, Guatemala, Hopi Land, and other destinations.
Over the years we have heard the call of Isaiah 55:
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.”
This has been our mandate and we have given ourselves over to live out this daring and daunting call.
In this latest season of life, the Goleta Vineyard has as it’s pastors Nick and Sam Catley who heed the call of God to continue what He has begun. We are excited about the road ahead because we know that, “He who began a good work in us will complete it in the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)