Dominican Republic

About this partnership

The Vineyard started planting and adopting churches in the Dominican Republic 12 years ago when John Elmer, Phil Strout, and Lou Federico went to that country and just started praying for God's hand to move in the Dominican Republic through indigenous Dominican Republic pastors and planters.

Now the Dominican La Viña partnership has planted and adopted 9 churches in over 5 different cities and towns over that region. Indigenous Dominicans are beginning to plant other churches and the Vineyard is beginning to grow slowly but surely in an island nation that can so desperately use a movement like it.


Population: 10.3 million

Number of Vineyard Churches: 9

Primary Religion: Roman Catholicism 

Government: Democratic Republic

Ave. Education: 13 years

About Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. It has Spanish colonial history going back 500 years, and passionate merengue is its official music and dance. The Dominican Republic has long been viewed primarily as an exporter of sugar, coffee, and tobacco, but in recent years the service sector has overtaken agriculture as the economy's largest employer, due to growth in telecommunications, tourism, and free trade zones.  


Dominican Republic. 2015 Retrieved 9 July 2015

The World Fact Book: Central America and Caribbean: Dominican Republic. 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015 


Partnership Leader: 
James Ciliberto

James Ciliberto is the leader of the Dominican Republic Churches Partnership. James has planted and led the Niagara Falls Vineyard for the past 7 years. He loves traveling to the Dominican Republic, meeting with the pastors and people in Dominican churches, and El Presidente beer. He has spearheaded an effort to include Dominican pastors in training sessions, church planting bootcamps, and helping the Dominicans organize national conferences.

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

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