Luke & Crystal Canady

///// Lead Pastors

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Get to know Luke & Crystal

Luke and Crystal Canady are the lead pastors of the Vineyard. Luke grew up in Canon City and started attending the Vineyard of Fremont County as a teen. Luke is a pastor’s kid, but at age 17, he graduated high school and spent a couple of years being “a wild and crazy guy”. When he was 20, he rededicated his life to Christ and began pursuing the call God had placed on him. He moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado to serve on staff at Steamboat Christian Center.

Crystal, meanwhile, was born in Hastings, Nebraska. She grew up in hard circumstances and spent most of her formative years partying and being a “wild and crazy girl”. She moved to Steamboat Springs when she was 20 with her best friends and never looked back. At age 23, she had a radical meeting with Jesus where he healed her and made her brand new! She began attending Steamboat Christian Center where she and Luke met. 9 months later they were married.

In 2010, they were offered an internship at Vineyard of Fremont County and moved to Canon City where they have been on staff ever since. Luke has served in virtually every staff role at the church including outreach director, worship assistant, youth pastor, and creative arts director. In July 2016, at the prompting of the Holy Spirit and with the encouragement and confirmation of the church overseers, as well as the outgoing lead pastor, Luke and Crystal accepted the role of Lead Pastor at the Vineyard.

The Canadys are known most for their authenticity and transparency in both their personal relationships and their leadership of the church. They believe that the most powerful words you can say are “Yes, Jesus.” And they believe that obedience and surrender to God’s plan for a life are the only way a person can find true meaning and happiness. They enjoy spending their off time with their three kids Leland, Arlo, and Raya, on their one-acre “mini-farm” or exploring the beauty of the Arkansas Valley.

Luke & Crystal Canady

///// Lead Pastors

Get to know Luke & Crystal

Luke and Crystal Canady are the lead pastors of the Vineyard. Luke grew up in Canon City and started attending the Vineyard of Fremont County as a teen. Luke is a pastor’s kid, but at age 17, he graduated high school and spent a couple of years being “a wild and crazy guy”. When he was 20, he rededicated his life to Christ and began pursuing the call God had placed on him. He moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado to serve on staff at Steamboat Christian Center.

Crystal, meanwhile, was born in Hastings, Nebraska. She grew up in hard circumstances and spent most of her formative years partying and being a “wild and crazy girl”. She moved to Steamboat Springs when she was 20 with her best friends and never looked back. At age 23, she had a radical meeting with Jesus where he healed her and made her brand new! She began attending Steamboat Christian Center where she and Luke met. 9 months later they were married.

In 2010, they were offered an internship at Vineyard of Fremont County and moved to Canon City where they have been on staff ever since. Luke has served in virtually every staff role at the church including outreach director, worship assistant, youth pastor, and creative arts director. In July 2016, at the prompting of the Holy Spirit and with the encouragement and confirmation of the church overseers, as well as the outgoing lead pastor, Luke and Crystal accepted the role of Lead Pastor at the Vineyard.

The Canadys are known most for their authenticity and transparency in both their personal relationships and their leadership of the church. They believe that the most powerful words you can say are “Yes, Jesus.” And they believe that obedience and surrender to God’s plan for a life are the only way a person can find true meaning and happiness. They enjoy spending their off time with their three kids Leland, Arlo, and Raya, on their one-acre “mini-farm” or exploring the beauty of the Arkansas Valley.

Alex & Donna Ackermann

///// Associate Pastor & Executive Pastor

Get to know the Ackermanns

About Alex:

Alex Ackerman has served as the Associate Pastor at the Vineyard since 2010.

He’s been married to his beautiful wife, Donna, for 32 years, and has five children.

Involved in Christian leadership for over 34 years, Alex has a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado and completed the Vineyard School of Ministry in 1989.

His passions are reading Scripture, developing new leaders and helping people get freedom from demonization.

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About Donna:

Favorite Verse: “Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. I will sing a new song to you, my God..” Psalm 144:1, 9a

Hobbies: Cooking, guitar, watching “Gilmore Girls” all seasons with Alex, growing herbs, and fruits

Sports: Does watching “The Voice” count?

Movie: The Patriot or Gladiator or My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Band: Adele, U2, and Christina Perry.

“I love to worship, throwing parties for loved ones and feeding people. I also love raising up other musicians/vocalists”

Bryan Sanford

///// Family Pastor

Get to know Bryan

Favorite Verse: Micah 6:8- He has showed you ,O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Hobbies: Fishing, reading, gardening. Reading a book about gardening while fishing would be the best!

Sports: Denver Broncos

Board Game: Monopoly

Movie: Saving Private Ryan

Band: Switchfoot, Beatles

“Almond milk isn’t really milk because almonds don’t have an udder.”

 Sam Crabtree

///// Worship Pastor

Get to know Sam

Favorite VerseRomans 8:31-39

Hobbies: Video Games & Reading

Sports: UK Basketball

Band: The Killers

“I’m really excited to be here, and I can’t wait to see where the Lord takes us in worship.”

Colleen Bowen

///// Pastoral Care Pastor

Get to know Colleen

Info coming soon…

Kristy Slaughenhaupt

///// Children’s Pastor

Get to know Kristy

Favorite Verse:

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Hobbies: Reading, traveling, spending time with my children

Sports: Colorado Rockies

Board Game: Scrabble

Movie: The Wedding Date

Band: Oh my…..Christian – Lauren Daigle or Rend Collective – 80’s – Almost any of the Hair Bands!

“I have never really felt equipped to do ministry of any kind. Because of that, I love this quote by William Carey, “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.“”

Razi & Kensey Nunez

///// Youth Pastors

Get to know the Nunez's

About Razi:

Favorite Verse:

Isaiah 1:16-17
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

HobbiesDrumming, reading, hiking, sports, music, playing guitar & bass, exploring new places, traveling, collecting mugs, working out and cooking!

Sports: Broncos

Board GameSettlers of Catan of course!

Movie: Godzilla

Band: Bethel Worship

“I have been serving in youth ministry for 3 years. My wife and I both are passionate about following Jesus and love to see the transformation in the lives of youth. It’s a privilege and an honor to be able to serve in Gods ministry with a staff and volunteers full of zeal and devotion to furthering Gods kingdom. Our mission at Youth group is “to connect the youth to Christ in a way that changes lives and transforms the community”. We love to dive into Gods word, worship, pray for each other, eat together, serve the community and have an enormous amount of fun!”

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About Kensey:

Favorite Verse: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.  – Proverbs 19:21”

Hobbies: Crafting, painting, exploring, running, climbing, hiking, hanging out with family and friends.

Sports: I don’t care who’s playing as long as there is good food to go along with it!

Board Game: Settlers of Catan

Band: Bethel Music

“I have been serving in the youth group for almost 5 years now but Razi and I were totally not looking for a youth pastor position, let alone ever thought we would actually be the youth pastors but now we couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Getting to have a part in these kids life is such a privilege and it so incredible tp see Jesus work in them. Being a youth pastor is crazy and chaotic and sometimes heartbreaking but more than anything the best job we could ever have.”

Jeannie Brouillet

/////  Bookkeeper

Get to know Jeannie

Favorite Verse:
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purposes.

Hobbies: Decorating, repurposing, hanging out with loved ones, exploring, dancing

Sports: Broncos

Board Game: Yahtzee

Movie: Pride & Prejudice

Band: The Newsboys

Tara Betz

///// Receptionist & Asst. to Assoc. Pastor

Get to know Tara

Favorite Verse: Isaiah 41:13

Hobbies: Spending time with my beautiful family!

Sports: Aren’t sports exercise?

Board Game: I love Scrabble.

“My husband Jason and I have 5 beautiful, smart, crazy, kids that are the light of our lives. We follow Jesus with passion and trust. He is constantly shaping us for His will, and the adventure never quits!”

Nikkea Marques

///// Barista

Get to know Nikkea

Favorite Verse: “Isaiah 41:10
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Hobbies: Walking and riding my four wheeler.

Sports: Green Bay Packers

Board Game: Monopoly

Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Kathy Parrack

///// Custodial Services

Get to know Kathy

Favorite Verse:

Psalm 46:5

God is Within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

Hobbies: Reading, Camping

Sports: Broncos

Board Game: Monopoly

Movie: Captain America Civil War

Band: Bethel

“I love working at the Church and seeing all the ministries God is leading me to.”

Ray & Kay Linebaugh

///// Prayer & Play Ministry

Get to know the Linebaugh's

About Ray:

Favorite Verse: Romans 8:28

Hobbies: Theater, writing, golfing

Sports: St. Louis Cardinals

Board Games: Chess

Movies: Ben Hur

Band: Bee Gees

” I plan to live to be a hundred or die trying!”

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About Kay:

Favorite Verse:  “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not grow weary they shall walk and not faint.”

Sports: Broncos, Cardinals baseball

Board Games: Rummy

Movies: Dances with Wolves

Band: Third Day

“my passion is for prayer. Love this church and Fremont County and looking forward to the journey Jesus has for us coming soon.”

Joetta Bender

///// Missionary

Get to know Joetta

Favorite Verse:
Joshua 1:9
Yes, be bold and courageous! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Hobbies:  Walk & talk with kiddos & friends 🙂
Favorite sports team: Nuggets 🙂
Favorite Movie: The Shack
Favorite Band: Bethel

Ryan Slaughenhaupt

///// Lights & Tech Director

Get to know Ryan

Favorite Verse:

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭NIV

Hobbies: Spending time with my nieces and nephews!

Sports: Broncos

Board Game: Clue

Movie: Top Gun

Band: Bethel Music

Kimmy Smith

///// Intern

Get to know Kimmy

Favorite Verse: “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
-Habakkuk 3:19″

Sports: Chicago Cubs

Board Games: Monopoly

Movies: Forrest Gump 

Mark Wolkomir

///// Building & Maint.

Get to know Mark

Favorite Verse: Romans 8:18

Hobbies: Man: guitar, geology, tennis, hiking, backpacking just to name a few.

Sports: The Broncos

Board Game: Yahtzee

Movie: Captain America

Band: ELO

“I enjoy my work here and am grateful for the opportunity to serve here and for Kingdom building! I love the people!

Rene’e Kindell

///// Missionary to Mexico

Get to know Rene'e

Favorite Verse:

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Hobbies: Reading, traveling, spending time with my children

Sports: Colorado Rockies

Board Game: Scrabble

Movie: The Wedding Date

Band: Oh my…..Christian – Lauren Daigle or Rend Collective – 80’s – Almost any of the Hair Bands!

“I have never really felt equipped to do ministry of any kind. Because of that, I love this quote by William Carey, “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.“”

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PHONE
1 (719) 269-3695

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OFFICE ADDRESS
Vineyard Christian Fellowship
245 South Raynolds
Cañon City, CO 81212

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OFFICE HOURS
Sundays: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mon - Thu: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Fri and Sat: Closed

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