In 1998, plans began forming for a new Vineyard in the Tri-Cities area of the Fox Valley. Two churches would be co-sponsors – the Elgin Vineyard and Servant’s Church in Batavia. Servant’s Church decided to contribute all their resources to the effort and Trinity Vineyard began Sunday morning meetings in October, 1998, in the Batavia Middle School.
Several years later, Trinity Vineyard purchased a beautiful 100 year-old church building in St. Charles and had a grand opening. Ministries developed and many fine people have participated in them. People have been sent out to plant a church near Philadelphia, teach in a Bible school in Romania, teach in a Christian school in Ecuador, train local pastors in Uganda in business principles, help in an orphanage in India, help the poor in Manila, provide clean water in the Dominican Republic, serve a poor church on the Mexican border, reach out to Muslims in Dearborn, MI, and minister in San Antonio, TX. Five times, short term mission teams have gone to Mexico. There are presently two pastors: Dan Rak, one of the founding pastors; and Nate Post, who has continually expanding responsibilities. The church has seven overseers: Dan Rak, Kelly Curtis, Lori Hairrell, Greg Rosc, Kevin Wernis, Kendra Wernis, and Ed Rak. Many others are important in the life and mission of Trinity Vineyard.
We continue to do today what we’ve always done – worship God, preach the gospel, teach the Bible, pray for the sick, make disciples, and care for the poor and needy. We plan on staying at our present site – our aim is to be a church of “big people”, people who are living eternally significant lives.