About this partnership

Vineyard was started in Kenya in the early 1990s by an Australian pastor in the Karen suburb of Nairobi.

In the early 2000s, the South Africa Association of Vineyard Churches (AVC) sent a new leader to oversee church planting efforts in East Africa. At the same time the Inverness Vineyard had a Kenyan in their church who wanted to plant a Swahili-speaking church in Birmingham. Inverness connected with the Evanston Vineyard who had a missionary to Kenya who wanted to come down and see this Birmingham church plant. The Evanston missionary worked with the South African pastor in Kenya. From these relationships a partnership was formed to reach East Africa which included churches from South Africa, the UK, and US. When we began working in Kenya there were 2 Vineyard Churches. In 2012, with 75 churches Kenya was released as their own AVC. The Kenya Partnership lets churches participate at whatever level they want to participate - so some churches give money, other churches take trips, and some do both. We see Kenya as a stepping-stone introduction to more difficult parts of Africa. We want to coordinate and communicate our efforts in Kenya so that we are wise stewards of both our time and money.


PODCAST: The Vineyardists with Edgar King, a Vineyard Kenyan pastor / worship guy

Kenya AVC

WEBSITE: Karen Vineyard (Local Kenyan Church)

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Population: 45.9 million 

Number of Vineyard Churches: 75

Primary Religion: Christianity

Government: Republic 

Ave. Education: 11 years

About Kenya   

Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley, mountain highlands and abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants and rhinos. Kenya is the economic and transport hub of East Africa. Agriculture remains the backbone of the Kenyan economy. While Kenya has a growing entrepreneurial middle class, faster growth and poverty reduction is hampered by corruption and by reliance upon several primary goods whose prices have remained low. Inadequate infrastructure threatens Kenya's long-term position as the largest East African economy, although the Kenyatta administration has prioritized infrastructure development. International financial lenders and donors remain important to Kenya's economic growth and development, but Kenya has also successfully raised capital in the global bond market.


Kenya. 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015

The World Fact Book: Africa: Kenya. 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015

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Partnership Leader:
Gia Downs


Current Church Partners

Huntsville Vineyard (AL)
The Vineyard Church of Hyde Park (IL)

Partnership Opportunities

In Kenya there are wide varieties of opportunities to serve available, from urban to rural, Nairobi city center to Masai villages, from highly educated to illiterate. English is spoken everywhere so language is not a barrier! The Kenya partnership regularly engages in:

  • Pastoral care
  • Orphan care
  • Evangelism and outreach
  • Equipping local churches

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

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