The Evanston Vineyard

We have served northern Chicago, Evanston, Skokie and the surrounding area for over 40 years. Our church has significant diversity — there is no ethnic majority and we have people coming from 55 countries. No matter your age, stage of life or background, we expect you’ll find something in common with our church family.

We are a non-denominal congregation, and a member of the Vineyard Association of Churches. The Vineyard is a movement with roots in both pentecostal and evangelical strands. We started in 1976 with about forty people, and today we host 1200 on any given Sunday.

We place a high priority on contemporary worship, Biblical teaching, openness to the Holy Spirit, and committed relationships. We have a heart, vision and boldness for evangelism and ministry to the whole person. We are called to be a church of transformation and mercy for those who have not or could not “make it” in the traditional church.

The Vineyard Movement

Vineyard churches root their theology in Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God, embracing an ‘inaugurated eschatology’ – where God’s beautiful future is breaking into our present experience.

In the Vineyard, we see Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God as the overarching and integrating theme of the Scriptures.

From our beginnings, the Vineyard has been committed to the proclamation of the kingdom of God, and to bearing witness to the deeds of the kingdom through healing (physical, emotional and social), doing justice, and delivering those held captive by evil.

We are a people of the Kingdom of God who…

* Partner with the Holy Spirit

* Experience and worship God

* Reconcile people with God and all creation

* Engage in compassionate ministry

* Pursue culturally relevant mission in the world

Each Vineyard church is unique to its specific context, but operates through the lens of these values as we minister among diverse populations and in unique environments.

Meet our Pastors

  • Ted Kim
    Ted Kim Senior Pastor

    Ted Kim has been pastoring in churches for more than 20 years. First as a worship pastor, and now as senior pastor, Ted has done ministry in Washington, California, and New York, plus overseas in places like the United Kingdom, Africa and the Middle East. Ted is passionate about proclaiming the beauty of Jesus and stewarding the formation of our desires toward God, so that we can all flourish. Ted first attended and interned at the Evanston Vineyard in the 1990s, while he was earning a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Chicago. Ted also holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is married to Brittany, an Old Testament scholar, and they live with their three children in West Rogers Park.

    Areas overseen:  supervising pastors, primary teaching pastor, primary leader for vision and development

  • Brian Van Der Werff
    Brian Van Der Werff Pastor

    Brian has been part of the Vineyard movement since 1990, did his pastoral internship at Lakeshore Vineyard in Holland, Michigan, and has been on the pastoral staff of Evanston Vineyard since 2000. He has been leading worship in a wide variety of contexts since 1991. Brian has a deep passion to see people come to intimately know and experience God and the power of His Kingdom in the context of authentic Christian community. Brian is also committed to prayer and pastoral care. He earned a master’s degree in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Master of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary. Brian has been married to his wonderful wife Melody since 2005, and they stay busy with their three awesome young sons Jackson, Aiden and Rowan.

    Areas overseen: worship, tech, prayer teams, newcomers, benevolence

  • Jess Sales
    Jess Sales Pastor

    Hailing from rural New South Wales, Australia, Jess was raised in the middle of nowhere and is still adjusting to the street lights of Chicago. She has Bachelor degrees in political science and social work, and an Advanced Masters degree in social work from the Australian National and Australian Catholic Universities. She is currently completing a postgraduate degree in theology, through the Australian College of Ministries. Jess moved to the USA in 2009 and met Jesus here at the Evanston Vineyard. She is passionate about drawing people together, particularly those who are new or unsure about church, and welcoming them into community. Jess and her husband Tim live in Evanston and have two sweet kids. She loves to chat and meet new people, so please say hi on a Sunday!

    Areas overseen: Sunday guest experience, preaching team, social media, communications.

  • Iris Andersson
    Iris Andersson Children’s Ministry Pastor

    Iris joined our pastoral staff in 2012 as our Children’s Pastor. Her hope is that every child who walks through our door would know that they are special, a creation of God, loved and valued by Him and His people. Her love and passion for children has led to more than 30 years of experience with children and their families, focusing most of her attention on children’s programs at local schools and with various community programs, as well as within her church. Iris and her husband, Gus, live in Chicago and love any opportunity to host a party and celebrate life with their family and friends. Iris and Gus are proud parents to two incredible young adult sons and one amazing daughter-in-law.

    Areas overseen: nursery, preschool, Kids Church, family events, Vacation Bible School, Small Groups 4 Kids, child dedications

  • Stephanie Regester
    Stephanie Regester Pastor

    A former Chicago newspaper journalist, God called Stephanie to full-time church leadership in 2008. She spent 5 years training in large church ministry at Trent Vineyard in Nottingham, England, where she also met and married Nottingham native Andrew. She returned to Chicago in 2012 to become Evanston Vineyard’s first Middle School Pastor. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English literature and philosophy from St. Catherine University, a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a Certificate of Biblical Studies from the Vineyard Institute. Stephanie and Andrew love life in southwest Evanston with their two miracle children and lively shepherd mix Lizzy.

    Areas overseen: Limitless Middle School Ministry (5th–8th Grade), communications, leaders and members events, Emotionally Focused

  • Chris Herning
    Chris Herning Pastor

    Chris oversees the College Age and rock show ministries at the Vineyard. He has been on staff since 1994. He and his wife, Brooks have been doing youth ministry together since 1990. They live in Chicago with their three adult daughters. Chris’s heart is to help kids realize what an awesome thing a relationship with God is, and to help empower them to share this life-changing relationship with their friends.

    Areas overseen: College Age Ministry

  • Liz Hawes Ng
    Liz Hawes Ng Pastor

    Liz joined our staff in 2009 and brings over 10 years of experience in pastoring small groups and leaders. Liz first started following Jesus through a volunteer trip to a Native American reservation when she was 17. She has spent time on the church planting team of the Mercy Vineyard in Minneapolis and earned her Master of Divinity at Bethel Seminary in 2009. Liz continues to lead volunteer trips to the reservation, and she is a founding member of the non-profit Hope for the First Nations. Liz and her husband Jason live in southwest Evanston with their two cool kids.

    Areas overseen: small groups

  • Ben Sahyouni
    Ben Sahyouni Pastor

    Ben is the pastor overseeing Operations at the Evanston Vineyard. He worked in Information Technology and Project Management for several years before making the transition to full-time ministry. Ben has a passion for developing systems and processes that help things run smoothly and efficiently. Ben is also passionate about prayer, discipleship, and helping others flourish through the development of spiritual practices. Ben and his wife Eva live in Skokie with their two lazy cats Mishu and Edgar.

    Areas overseen: Operations

Contact Us

Sunday services online at 9:00am and 11:00am
 2495 Howard St Evanston, IL 60202
(e) [email protected]
(p) 847-328-4544
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