The role of the Leadership Group is to meet together for the purpose of exercising the spiritual and trans-local authority given to them by God and recognised by the local Vineyard Churches. In particular, they will seek vision, drive direction and provide oversight for the movement in the UK & Ireland, as well as making strategic decisions.
John & Debby Wright
John & Debby are the National Directors of the movement and have been serving together in pastoral ministry since 1990. John initially trained and worked for a number of years as a jeweller before studying at London Bible College. Debby lived in Chile until she was 13 and later moved to Nottingham to train as a dancer and artist.
They first got involved with the Vineyard movement in 1982 and in 1987 they spent 8 months as interns at Anaheim Vineyard (under John Wimber the leader of the Vineyard Movement in the USA). Following their time at Anaheim they returned to England to help John and Eleanor Mumford start the first UK Vineyard in London. They worked at South West London Vineyard for 9 years before moving back to Nottingham to set up Trent Vineyard.
In January 2015 it was announced that they would take over as the National Directors of Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland from John & Eleanor Mumford, whilst continuing to lead Trent Vineyard. Their commissioning took place on Saturday 19th September 2015.
They have two sons, Zack and Jordan.
Chris & Maggie Parsons
Chris and Maggie met at The University of Wales in 1972 whilst studying English and Drama together. After graduation Maggie went on to do a PGCE and became a teacher, whilst Chris studied theology and pastoral ministry at The Queens College in Birmingham and Birmingham University. They worked in a number of churches before encountering the Vineyard when they attended John Wimber’s conference in Westminster Central Hall in 1984.
They both eventually joined the staff at Riverside Vineyard in London in 1994 with Chris serving as Associate Pastor for a number of years. In 2000 they planted West Suffolk Vineyard Church based in Bury St Edmunds and passed the church to new leaders in 2014.
They have served as Area Leaders in East Anglia and London and Regional Leaders for London and the SE. At present, on the Leadership Group, they have responsibility for the ‘Coordination of International Missions’, the ‘Development of a Coaching Programme’ for church planters and pastors, and more recently the ‘Development of Spiritual Formation’ for the Vineyard in the UK and Ireland.
James & Jen Rankine
James and Jen met at Nottingham University in 1998, James studying theology and Jen studying medicine.
James got involved with Trent Vineyard in his first year as a student and he invited Jen to come on an Alpha course where she came to know Jesus. After university James started a discipleship year with the church, and at the end of this year they got married.
For the six years before coming to Cardiff, James had been on Pastoral Staff at Trent Vineyard as an Assistant Pastor and Jen working as a doctor in Nottingham, taking a year out of medicine in 2005 to serve on the ‘Discipleship Year’ at Trent. In February 2007 God spoke to them about moving to Cardiff to plant a Vineyard Church, which they did in August 2008!
Jen is now working as a GP and James is working for the church. Together they lead the South & Wales Region and also head up The Cause to Live For, which includes two conferences each year, training Emerging Leaders and bringing together students, 20s and 30s for times of envisioning and encouragement.
They have two children.
Andy & Harmony Smith
Andy and Harmony Smith celebrated their 10 year anniversary of being Senior Pastors of Belfast City Vineyard in October 2012. They have been married 15 years and have two children: Owen and Elise. They serve as Regional Leaders for the Vineyard in Ireland.
Andy serves with the church planting team, and is passionate about seeing many healthy churches planted in Ireland. Harmony is a worshipper, and loves to see people connect with Jesus in worship. A few of her songs can be heard on VRUK recordings such as Creator, Love Divine, My Soul Yearns and her 2014 EP, The Feast. Harmony grew up in Vienna, Austria, and Andy is from Michigan, USA but both would say Belfast is most definitely home now!
Andrew & Rosie McNeil
Andrew & Rosie lead the Birmingham Vineyard church, which Andrew started in 1988. They have been married since 1994 and have two wonderful daughters, Beth & Esther. Their passion is to see the Kingdom of God come and lives transformed by following Jesus.
They are the Regional Leaders for the Scotland, North & Midlands Area.
Jeremy Cook – Chair of Trustees
Jeremy oversees the trustees and is instrumental in the advise and implementation of financial administration at a national and local level.
Jeremy and his wife Elaine are the Senior Pastors of Hull Vineyard. They planted this church in 1993 when they felt called by God to return to their hometown to start a Vineyard church.
There are four Regions:
:: Scotland, North & Midlands
:: London & South-East
:: Wales & South
Each region has a Regional Leader who is on the Leadership Group, their role is to ensure the overall health of the Areas in their oversight, whilst strengthening the link between the Leadership Group’s direction and Area and Local implementation, providing the movement with a catalyst for growth through greater collaboration and intentional church planting and development strategies.
VCUKI is segmented into ten Areas: Scotland; North; South West & Wales; Midlands; South Central; London; East Anglia; Essex & Kent; South Coast; Ireland.
Each Area has an Area Leader who provides oversight, vision, resource and support for the local Vineyard Churches. Churches then regularly gather together in their Areas for prayer, worship, ministry and training and then once a year all Areas gather at our National Leaders’ Conference.
Each area will periodically hold training events, which complement our other national events.
Each Vineyard church is an entirely independent and legally recognised registered charity; by which we mean that they are free to make their own decisions. God gives to the church leader the ultimate responsibility for the pastoral oversight of the church; whilst on a practical level, each church will have a legal board of trustees.
Each church leader will have a seasoned leader who will oversee them, as well as having a working relationship with their Area Leader. However, the church leader is responsible for the day-to-day running of their church, the vision, strategic decisions, implementation, budget, training and direction of the church.
When a new church is planted, and released, they are granted the right to use the name ‘Vineyard’ and as such display an ‘affiliation’ trademark to Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland.