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Associations

Associations are groups of historically under-represented Vineyard USA pastors & leaders with two purposes: intentional environments for leadership development, mentoring, & hospitality + formal structures for these voices to be heard at the national leadership table.

Hispanic Association

Leader: Rubén Quintero

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Black Pastors and Leaders Association

Leader: Geno Olison

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Women’s Association

Leader: Melanie Forsythe-Lee

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Asian American Association

Leader: Dennis Liu

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Why Associations? | Beloved Community

Associations serve two basic purposes:

  1. Establishing intentional environments for leadership development, mentoring, and hospitality, within the structure of Vineyard USA, for typically under-represented pastors and leaders
  2. Establishing formal structures by which voices representing groups of typically under-represented pastors and leaders are consistently heard at the national leadership table of Vineyard USA

For many years, versions of such structures have existed within Vineyard USA, specifically La Viña, Vineyard Women, and Vineyard Diversity. On April 14-15, 2021, ten leaders representing these groups gathered in Denver for the first of a series of meetings about how to formally establish Associations within Vineyard USA. 

Events & Gatherings

“We are Viña” Hispanic Association Conference
August 25-27 at North Jersey Vineyard in Hackensack, NJ

The Gathering: Black Pastors and Leaders Association 
October 5-7 in Chicago, IL

Vineyard Asian American Summit
November 10-12 at Vineyard of Hope in Walnut, CA

Registration and more information is coming soon! 

How can I get involved?

Attend an upcoming event or connect directly with an Association leader through email (addresses on each Association’s page). 

Dr. Charles Montgomery, Jr serves as the Associations Strategic Coordinator directly connecting Associations to the VUSA National Team and providing oversight. 

How did we get here?

Our starting point for developing the Associations model was the transformational work that the Evangelical Covenant Church has undertaken in the area of multiethnicity over the past couple of decades. Angela Yee, Chief Ministry Officer of the Evangelical Covenant Church has worked closely with us in developing this process.