Our History

The Vineyard Church of Houston(VCH) emerged from a group of students on the University of Houston campus in 1975. This group later became Church in the City (CITC), under the leadership of Herschel Rosser, and was originally affiliated with the Assemblies of God (AOG).

Our introduction to the Vineyard came in 1983, when Bert and Evelyn Waggoner (CITC Senior Pastors) visited the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Yorba Linda, California and met John Wimber. This initial introduction began a relationship that would redirect the life of our church.

In 1989, CITC left the AOG (with their full blessing) and entered into a formal relationship with the Vineyard movement. God has richly blessed this relationship and continues to use us to multiply the church throughout the greater Houston area and the world.

Following are some highlights of our history:

1970s
1975      University students gathered to become CITC under the leadership of Herschel Rosser
1979      Bert Waggoner came on staff at CITC

1980s
1983      Bert Waggoner became senior pastor of CITC
1983      CITC purchased property on 11th Street in the Heights
1983      The Waggoners developed a relationship with John Wimber (Visit vineyardusa.org for more about John Wimber)
1984      Michael Palandro came on staff
1987      Sent out and supported a church plant in Clear Lake, Texas
1989      Officially became a part of the Vineyard movement

1990s
1991      Sent out and supported a church plant in Kingwood, Texas
1993      Sent out and supported a church plant in Spring, Texas
1994      Sent out and supported a church plant in Sugar Land, Texas
1994      Michael Palandro became the senior pastor
1999      Established La Viña, a Spanish-speaking congregation
1999      Sent out and supported a church plant in Pearland Texas

2000s
2006      Sent out and supported a church plant in Baytown (closed)
2006      Planted a church in Reynosa, Mexico as part of the Vineyard's South Texas Border Partnership
2007      Integrated with La Viña to become one multiethnic church
2009      Released first bilingual worship CD, Esta Es Mi Canción