Our Story

Our journey from Living Word Ministries to Vertical Church.

Vertical Church, formerly known as Living Word Ministries, began in 1978 as a small home Bible study with four people. As the years passed we moved to several locations to accommodate our continued growth.

In 1988, Living Word moved to its first permanent location on Bull Hill Lane where we remained for 12 years. To accommodate continued growth, we purchased 36 acres on Meloy Road, formerly known as Soundview Farm. In October 2000, we moved into our new 73,000 square foot facility on our present campus.

On November 21, 2004, Pastors Ken and Kathy Vance were ordained to take the leadership of Living Word Ministries. Over the years it became more apparent to them that God was leading the church to expand beyond its “walls”. With a solid foundation on the Word of God, it was time to be the hands and feet of Jesus and reach out into their community. Creating a culture of “Loving God and Serving People” with an emphasis on reaching the unchurched led to the step of changing their name.

As they embraced their new identity, Living Word Ministries officially became Vertical Church on November 11, 2012. Living Word Ministries continues to be the parent organization for which Vertical Church and all future outreaches will come under. Today, we have nearly 2,000 people who call Vertical Church their home.