About this partnership

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Population: 81.8 million

Number of Vineyard Churches: Undisclosed

Primary Religion: Islam

Government: Theocratic Republic

Ave. Education: 15 years

About Iran

Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and Azerbaijan. Iran's economy is marked by static policies, inefficiencies, and reliance on oil and gas exports, but Iran also possesses significant agricultural, industrial, and service sectors.


Iran. 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015

The World Fact Book: Middle East: Iran. 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015

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Partnership Leader:
Bill Hanawalt

Bill and Cheryll Hanawalt serve as teaching pastors at the Evanston Vineyard and were part of the original team with Steve Nicholson that planted the church in 1976.  They have been married for 43 years and have 3 adult sons.  They have worked together to train and support local church leaders and long-term cross-cultural workers in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, East and West Africa and Latin America.

Bill is also the Executive Pastor of the Evanston Vineyard. A second-generation church planter, Bill received his Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and completed his seminary training (M.Div.) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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