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.
Population: 45.9 million
Number of Vineyard Churches: 75
Primary Religion: Christianity
Ave. Education: 11 years
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.
Partnership Leader 1 Bio: Bubba has led the Inverness Vineyard in Birmingham, Alabama since 1994. For over a decade, he has led the East Africa (now Kenya) Partnership and served as an APCL for the Southeast. He has served on the Missions Task Force representing the Southeast since 2007 and now serves Vineyard Missions USA as Coordinator for Learning Community Training. Bubba worked as a CPA for Ernst and Young, an international accounting firm, and as a financial manager for various companies for over 10 years.
Current Church Partners
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.