Costa Rica

About this partnership

The Costa Rica Partnership was organized in 2002 with the purpose of coming alongside of the existing LaViña churches in Costa Rica to help and encourage the leadership by:

  1. Developing relationships with the leaders of the churches and church plants that allow us to speak into their churches and their lives through encouragement, council, advice, and friendship.
  2. Helping provide training and training conferences for leaders and laity of the LaViña churches in Costa Rica and made available to LaViña Churches throughout Latin America.
  3. Encouraging and helping with new church plants. We accomplish this through training conferences and short term missions groups that will help with training, equipping, outreach, construction projects, etc, as well as through points 1, 2, & 4.
  4. Helping to encourage and strengthen the existing churches and church plants.

There are currently 10 established churches in Costa Rica and 5 new church plants. Costa Rica was released as an independent association in 2008 with Carlos Chacon as its national leader.

Elmer Rojas, pastor of the LaViña in Palmares is overseer of church planting.


Costa Rica 2017 Snapshot by Jeffrey Smith


Population: 4.7 million

Number of Vineyard Churches: 10 established, 5 new plants

Primary Religion: Roman Catholicism 

Government: Democratic Republic

Ave. Education: 14 years

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes and immense biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, rich with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds. Traditional agricultural exports of bananas, coffee, sugar, and beef are still the backbone of commodity export trade, a variety of industrial and specialized agricultural products have broadened export trade in recent years. High value-added goods and services, including medical devices, have further bolstered exports. Tourism continues to bring in foreign exchange, as Costa Rica's impressive biodiversity makes it a key destination for ecotourism.


The World Fact Book. Central America and Caribbean: Costa Rica. 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015


Partnership Leader:
Jeffrey Smith

Senior pastor of Vineyard Community Church of Evansville, IN. and has been leading the Costa Rica partnership since 2005.

Partnership Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities to help with the new church plants and to invest in the church planting movement in Costa Rica.

Consider joining our partnership by clicking the link atop this page. Together we can impact Costa Rica for generations to come.