A Really Brief History of the

Gainesville Vineyard

In November of 1987 a small group of people met in Arty and Jackie Hart’s home to pray, worship, and seek God. The group didn’t have a name at first and wasn’t affiliated with any church. They simply wanted to know God in new and different ways.

Shortly after the group began meeting, Arty and a couple of others attended a conference in South Florida on small group ministry. During the drive down, Arty talked about his vision for what their budding church might look like. At the conference, the speaker (Jack Little) spoke about the vision of the Vineyard movement, a new church movement that was less than ten years old at the time. The vision Little communicated was just what Arty had described in the car.

The group continued to meet in the Hart living room, and a church evolved as friends and neighbors came to faith in Christ. In November 1988 the group officially became the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Gainesville.

The church has met in many places over the past 30 years, the longest at the Mission Campus (the former Trinity United Methodist Church on NW 8th Ave.). In July 2018, we purchased the former Boys and Girls Club in Lincoln Estates. We call our new home The Bridge, the address is 1100 SE 17th Dr. Gainesville, FL 32641. We are hard at work renovating this historic space and working on our jump shot in the gym.

If you're new to the Vineyard, we'd love to get together with you and share more about who we are. Visit the 'Contact Us' page to send us a note or give us a call!