Love God, Love People, Pass It On

Yes, it really is that simple. We believe that was Jesus’ own commission to his disciples in Matthew 28:18-20. We are called to be a kingdom of God-centered church that  equips/forms/disciples/teaches followers of Jesus to live the ordinary Christian life of being a disciple, and making disciples who make disciples.


Pastors and Staff

Hal Hester

Lead Pastor

With over 25 years of ministry experience, our pastor, Dr. Hal Hester, shares the depths of God’s Word in practical and understandable ways. His desire is to help you become a growing disciple of Jesus Christ so you can live the God-life wherever you go and lead others to become growing disciples of Jesus Christ as well. His passion and aim is to develop a church that makes disciples who make disciples and transforms the nature coast with Christ’s love. Learn more...

Bobby Hardwick

Associate Pastor

Bobby is the associate pastor at the Vineyard. He oversees the worship ministry as well as Voyage student ministry. Prior to joining our staff in 2018, Bobby served in pastoral roles in several different churches in Texas and Ohio. He is passionate about leading and discipling people (especially the younger generation) into growing, life-changing relationships with God and his heart to see the church experience God’s presence through worship and the arts has been a steady ingredient of the calling that God has placed on his life. Learn more...

Joseph Karl

Vinelife Kids Director

Children are the future and the greatest gift we can give the world is to love and lead those entrusted to us well. With this mindset, Joseph provides leadership to our Children’s Ministry. He has been serving the people of the greater Tampa Bay area, primarily in creative leadership roles, for the past twenty years. He and His wife of 7 years, Taylor, recently moved to the Nature Coast and added a new member to their family, Lola born February of 2022. Learn more...

Jenn Lipidarov

Jenn Lipidarov is the Office Manager at Vinelife. She served our church as a volunteer in many capacities until May 1, 2017 when she took on the role of office manager. In addition to the office, she manages our website, social media pages, newsletter and app as our Communications lead. Also, she continues to serve on our worship team, and can often be found doing various odd jobs around the Vinelife campus. Learn more...

Joe Miller

Congregational Care Pastor

Joseph Miller was raised in Delaware in a small Mennonite community. He grew up in the church and received Christ at the age of 11 but it wasn’t until his early 20’s that he discovered that the call was to be a disciple of Jesus when he received the infilling of the Holy Spirit as he was serving with other followers of Jesus in upstate NY. He served in various areas of leadership and found his passion is caring for the flock. Though he had several years of Bible School, most of his training has been hands-on and in various seminars, spanning 40+ years. Learn more...

Vineyard Churches & Music

  • The Vineyard Churches have a distinctive style of music. To learn more about our music, visit http://www.vineyardworship.com/

  • The Association of Vineyard Churches in the USA Vinelife Church is a part of the Association of Vineyard Churches: a community of churches. The Vineyard is not a denomination per se, but we do share a common set of values, a statement of faith and a philosophy of ministry. The Vineyard movement began in 1977 as a single Vineyard Christian Fellowship within the Calvary Chapel denomination. As more Calvary Chapel churches adopted the Vineyard name a new leader emerged among the churches by the name of John Wimber. John was a musician, and a part of the Righteous Brothers before coming to Christ. His early Christian experience and ministry as a pastor was among the Friends Churches (Quaker). Later he served as part of the faculty of at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and as the director of the Fuller Church Growth Institute. That loose network developed into an association of over 600 churches in the USA and over 2,000 Vineyard Churches world wide. The association has continued to maintain its loose affiliation of autonomous churches linked by a shared statement of faith, philosophy of ministry, values, and through cooperation, rather than a system of trans-local government and over-sight. To learn more, visit http://www.vineyardusa.org/site/

Other Churches

  • The easy answer is NO! But unfortunately that has not always been the perception even though we are all part of the family of God. Check out John 17.20-24…and that is our desire. Style, friendships, doctrine, and the atmosphere of the place all play in to our decisions to participate in a church. We can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to be part of our church, but we know we may not be a good fit for everyone. It is important that everyone be part of a Christian faith community that encourages them to grow closer to God, to love their neighbors, and to serve their world; so we want you to know that there are other churches in our area that may be able to meet your needs.

  • Brooksville Anchor Baptist Church Brooksville Christian Church Brooksville Wesleyan Church Christ Lutheran Church Community Bible Church Crosspoint Church Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church First Presbyterian Church First United Methodist Church Grace World Outreach Church Hillside Community Baptist Church New Journey Church Saint Anthony the Abbot Catholic Church   Masaryktown Holy Trinity Lutheran (LCMS)   Shady Hills Bible Baptist Church Spring Hill Calvary Church of the Nazarene Cornerstone Church Covenant Christian Church of God Day Spring Church First United Methodist Church Forest Oaks Lutheran Church (LCMS) Grace Lutheran Church (WELS) Grace Presbyterian Church Holy Cross Lutheran Church (ELCA) Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Hope Community Bible Church Mariner United Methodist Church New Beginnings Life Center Northcliffe Baptist Church Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Church Spring of Life Church Spring Hill Avenue United Methodist Church Spring Hill Baptist Church Spring Hill Bible Church Spring Hill Church of Christ Spring Hill United Church of Christ Starting Pointe Church Spring Lake Spring Lake United Methodist Church Weeki Wachee Christ Church in the Wildwood Faith Christian Worship Center Faith Evangelical Free Church

  • Christian Center Church Citrus County Salvation Army Come And See Faith Baptist Church Crystal River United Methodist Church Faith Lutheran Church First Assembly of God Crystal River First Baptist Church First Baptist Church of Beverly Hills First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River First United Methodist Church of Homosassa First United Methodist Church of Inverness Gospel Light Baptist Church Grace Baptist Church Gulf to Lake Church Hope Baptist Church of Citrus County, FL Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church Inverness Church of God Nature Coast Community Church Nature Coast Ministries, Inc. New Beginnings Fellowship New Hope Baptist Church North Oak Baptist Church Pleasant Grove Road Church of Christ Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church Shepherd’s Way Baptist Church St. Anne’s Episcopal Church St. Thomas The Apostle St. Raphael Church