The history of Vineyard Church of Elgin begins in January 1990 with Ross and Mary Nelson. Ross had previously served as youth pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Geneva. He and Mary planted Elgin Vineyard and pastored here for five years. In 1995 they returned to their hometown of Tomahawk, Wisconsin, where they later started another Vineyard church.
Tom Severson, who with his wife, Jill, was part of the original Elgin Vineyard church family, was asked to take over as lead pastor when the Nelsons left. Tom has served as our senior pastor ever since. Jason Patrick was our youth pastor for several years before coming on staff fulltime in 2013 as community pastor.
Vineyard Church of Elgin has had a number of addresses. We worshiped for two years in the auditorium at Larkin High School and 17 years in a converted banquet hall in downtown Elgin. In May 2009, the Lord opened up the opportunity to purchase our current home at 220 Division St.—also in the downtown area, which is exactly where we want to be. The cornerstone for this historic church building was laid in 1905; it has been updated several times over the years, most recently in May 2017.
Our building is large enough that we’ve been able to make room for our brothers and sisters at Iglesia La Viña de Elgin to create their own worship space. Both congregations worship separately on Sunday mornings—one in English and one in Spanish—but we come together for a bilingual service and fellowship a few times a year.
The Lord has been faithful to give us opportunities to share the good news through a variety of ministries. Our main thrust is a two-pronged outreach to the homeless and under-resourced community—a daily breakfast ministry and our Friday night StreetReach. We also enjoy serving the community by partnering with other churches twice a year at Love Elgin Day.
- Vineyard Church of Dupage, Wheaton
- Thrive Vineyard Church, Palatine
- Northwoods Vineyard Church, Tomahawk, WI
- Valley Vineyard Church, Chippewa Falls, WI
- Trinity Vineyard, St. Charles