We are a part of the Vineyard movement
Central Vineyard is a part of the Association of Vineyard Churches. Our Movement is a family of over 1,500 churches worldwide, committed to helping people personally encounter Jesus’ love. Vineyard embraces our formation into people who live like Jesus and demonstrate the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Each Vineyard church seeks to be an outpost of God’s compassionate love in a hurting world.
From the beginning, Vineyard pastors and leaders have sought to hold in tension the biblical doctrines of the Christian faith with an ardent pursuit of the present day work of the Spirit of God.
We also are excited to be working with Vineyard Church Planting towards our eventual goal of planting new Vineyard Churches who will in turn transform their local communities.
We enthusiastically partner with the larger Vineyard family in their efforts initiating Church Planting Movements in Cambodia and Tanzania.
We are a church plant from Vineyard Columbus
Our mother church is Vineyard Columbus. Our lead pastor, Jeff Cannell, served on Pastoral Staff for four years before he felt called to plant a neighborhood church. We have been tremendously blessed by the leadership of Vineyard Columbus with their
generosity in providing mentoring and ministry resources. Bill Christensen, Associate Pastor at Vineyard Columbus, currently serves on the board of Central Vineyard Church.
We are a pastor led church
We are a pastor led church that focuses on empowering all of the leaders in our congregation.
Jeff and Adrienne Cannell, our lead pastors are accountable to both the Association of Vineyard Churches as well as our legal board. They are
responsible for charting the long and short term vision of the church. Our practices and priorities are led by the lead pastors, who endeavor to train leaders at CV to lead and make decisions based on those values.
Lead Pastors Jeff and Adrienne Cannell
Jeff and Adrienne are both locally-grown Ohioans. Jeff spent the majority of his life in the great city of Columbus, Ohio. During his university years he lived in Pennsylvania and Indiana where he earned a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies from Taylor University. He also spent a short time as a wandering vagrant.
Adrienne was born in Columbus, Ohio and then traveled the world with her family living in such places as Haiti, Belgium, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. She eventually returned to Columbus, where she has spent the last twenty years.
In 1996, after a whirlwind romance, Jeff and Adrienne tied the knot and settled down in Clintonville temporarily, or so they thought. They considered moving away a few times, but those plans always were abandoned until they realized that they were specifically called to this neighborhood.
After university Jeff spent time in sales and management, finally working in the tumultuous world of data-communications prior to the Dot-Com crash of the late 1990's. Through a strange set of circumstances that he will only tell you over coffee, Jeff ended up interning at Vineyard Church Columbus in what later became a Pastoral Assistant position where Jeff worked in the areas of research, community outreach, adult education, and other miscellaneous projects. In 2004 Jeff and Adrienne felt the call to plant a church in their backyard of Clintonville/University District. They love sharing this story at our monthly connect lunches or coffees.
They and several of their friends started meeting open air in the Whetstone Park of Roses. It soon grew, and they began meeting with a worship service on Sundays and small groups scattered throughout many homes during the week.
Joining Jeff and Adrienne in their many adventures are Ian (born in 1998) and Kathleen (born in 2000). Both Ian and Kathleen are high schoolers within the Columbus Public School system. They enjoy the Columbus arts and music scene, as well as bird watching and serving at Central Vineyard and the Clintonville Resource Center.
Jeff’s Hobbies include: cooking, reading, bird watching, British dramas, science fiction, comic collecting, hiking, history, carpentry, amateur radio, all kinds of music (esoteric to electronic), and all things geek.
Adrienne’s Hobbies include: gardening, cooking, English history, American history (in particular the Civil War and Abolition Movement), poetry, biographies, British dramas, yoga, music, and birdwatching.
They are not too shy, so if you have any more specific or embarrassing questions, just ask them!