JILL LIVELY
Pastor of Children, Facilities, and Communications

My story with the Vineyard Church of Houston began with a job transfer with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts which brought me to Houston from the east coast. Shortly after I arrived, I had a significant spiritual awakening and began my journey of recovery from alcoholism. I started attending and serving in this church in 1999, and in 2007 I left the corporate world and came on staff as the Children's Pastor.  Since that time, I have been amazed to see how God has been faithfully and steadily moving me towards this position, molding my experience, skills, healing, and heart into one who can serve and pastor others.

I am a native Coloradan, but have moved all across the country in my 35 years of corporate life including San Diego, Fort Worth, New York and Connecticut with Calvin Klein, Hyatt Hotels, and two special event companies here in Houston. My professional expertise includes teambuilding, catering, corporate meeting planning, weddings and special events. I have two daughters who have also joined me in Houston, Emily and Lauren. Emily works at Nordstrom with a baby girl on the way! I am especially excited to welcome my first grandchild in January 2016 - Hazel Rose. My younger daughter, Lauren, is the school administrator at the Rice University School of Architecture. She has already given me my first grand-dog - Francis.

I love the children and parents of our church. I am blessed beyond measure to be able to match my spiritual gifts and passions with my vocation. I am devoted to teaching the Bible to children in age-appropriate, creative, and innovative ways. We recently started another 6 year journey through the Bible (for the 2nd time!), book by book.

I currently manage the fantastic IT/facility and administrative staff at this church. I am in charge of smaller remodeling projects, church communications, the nursery and elementary department, and our church campus.