About this partnership

Officially, the Zambia partnership was formed in 2008. Since that time a dozen churches have been planted bringing the total number of Vineyard Churches in Zambia to 43.

In October 2015 Zambia was released as a Vineyard AVC. Since then our role as a partnership is to continue supporting the work happening in Zambia through implementing Vineyard Institute, Regional Leadership Trainings and encouragement and skills training.


Population: 15 million

Number of Vineyard Churches: 43

Primary Religion: Protestant

Government: Republic

Ave. Education: 

About Zambia

Zambia, in southern Africa, is a landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areas. On its border with Zimbabwe is famed Victoria Falls – indigenously called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or "Smoke that Thunders” – plunging a misty 108m into narrow Batoka Gorge. Zambia has had one of the world’s fastest growing economies for the past ten years. Despite strong economic growth and its status as a lower middle-income country, widespread and extreme rural poverty and high unemployment levels remain significant problems, made worse by a high birth rate, a relatively high HIV/AIDS burden, and by market-distorting agricultural policies. Economic policy inconsistency and poor budget execution in recent years has hindered the economy and contributed to weakness in the kwacha, which has been Africa’s worst performing currency during the past year. 


Zambia. 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015

The World Fact Book: Africa: Zambia. 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015


Partnership Leader:
Shawn Rich

Shawn serves as Associate Pastor at Vineyard New Orleans. His responsibilities include domestic and international missions as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the church, which includes finances, HR, and benevolence. Shawn joined the Vineyard staff in 2008 after spending 10 years as a manager with a national company in warehousing and operations. Shawn and his wife, Ana, have been married for 12 years and enjoy long walks on the beach, watching the sunset...just kidding. Shawn and Ana really enjoy working in their gardens and relaxing in their rocking chairs.

Partnership Opportunities

Pastoral Care
Leadership Training
Skills Training
Economic Development
Project Support

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