Lakeshore Vineyard Church is associated with the Vineyard movement and is a community of believers that seeks to know the Lord, live His life,
and demonstrate His love to our community and world.
We have been invited to live out the ministry of Jesus as described in Isaiah 61:1-3
"The spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who morn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."
Lakeshore Vineyard was founded by Pastor Paul Bradford and his wife Tammy. Paul first felt called to begin his new church in 1982-83 during his last year in seminary. Believing it was God's desire for him to first serve as an associate pastor, Paul and Tammy accepted a call to First Reformed Church in Grand Haven, Michigan. In September 1987, a couple from Holland whom the Bradford's knew approached them about the possibility of starting a church in Holland. After much prayer and clear confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Paul and Tammy decided it was of the Lord.
A small core group of three families and the Bradford's began meeting together every other week in October 1987 for worship, Bible study and prayer. By late November 1987, the group was meeting regularly. On February 1988, the new congregation held its first Sunday Worship Service at Pine Creek Elementary School.
The Lord opened the door for the congregation to meet at Rose Park Christian School beginning on June 19, 1988. On July 15, 1990, we joined the Association of Vineyard Churches. At that time our congregation, formerly known as Lakeshore Church of the King, changed its name to Lakeshore Vineyard Church. On September 8, 1991, we move to Holland East Middle School. On June 23, 1995, we completed the purchase of what was formerly the Southside Christian School at 710 Central Avenue. We renovated the existing building and added an auditorium. Our offices and most other activities were moved to the ministry center in late July 1995. We began worshipping in our new Worship Center on June 2, 1996. God has blessed us richly with his presence and with his guidance, as we have sought to follow him. It has also been our joy to send out four church plants over the lifetime of our church.