Vineyard Columbus Church moves to new campus in Grandview Heights
Over the past two years, leaders at Vineyard Columbus Church have wanted to root more deeply in the community on the northwest side of town.
Although the Lane Avenue campus of the non-denominational church has been meeting since 2011 in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Office 4-H Center on the Ohio State University campus, religious leaders wanted a way to connect more with the community. off campus.
Soon they will be opening the doors at 777 Goodale Boulevard in Grandview Heights to worshipers to connect more with the community and have a more permanent home on the north side, said Pastor Insoo Kim, pastor of the Lane Avenue campus.
“The community felt, ‘Damn, we’ve got to find a way to ground ourselves in the community,” said Kim, who will remain pastor of the new campus, which will be called the Grandview campus. “We believe the church is at its best when it does not exist for itself but for others, for the world we live in, the community we find ourselves in.”
The campus is part of Vineyard Columbus, a large church with four campuses. The largest is its main campus on Cooper Road on the northeast side, which welcomes hundreds of worshipers every Sunday. There is also the sawmill campus on Tuller Road on the northwest side and the east campus on Jericho Road in Pickerington.
The new Grandview campus space – approximately 18,000 square feet – will be larger than the space used by the church in the state of Ohio, and volunteers and church leaders will not have to s ‘install and demolish for each service.
Kim isn’t sure when the building will officially open, but he took a tour of the new space on Sunday. Ahead of the visit, the Grandview campus hosted its first in-person service since the pandemic began in March 2020 at the nearby Grand Event Center.
After the service, attendees were able to see the future space of the Grandview campus and write prayers for the church on the wall before it was covered with drywall.
The hope is to open it in the fall, but it could be open until January, Kim said.
“The great thing about this space… there are a lot of new developments, a lot of people moving into these apartment complexes (nearby),” Kim said. “We see this will be a great place for us to be able to serve.”
Before the pandemic, the campus typically had around 175 attendees every Sunday, Kim said. The auditorium at the new location will accommodate around 325 people and will have several classrooms for other activities, he said.
Kim believes that on-site attendees will have the opportunity to serve more difficult parts of the city where people might be afraid to go, he said.
“Our heart is to be a blessing to all Columbus that we see around us who is a mixture of socio-economic status, a mixture of race,” he said.