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History

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.

In 2008, Paul and Tammy we called back into the Reformed Church of America, to plant Great Oaks Church in Rochester Hills, MI. He was replaced by Pastor Ken Thomas and his wife, Robin.

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