Chip grew up in Fort Myers and has been a member of the Fort Myers Vineyard since his family started attending when he was 5 years old. He and his wife, Caelee, have two daughters; Charli and Cypress. It wasn’t until after he graduated high school that Chip picked up the guitar. He decided to come back to Fort Myers after a couple years in Tennessee and started playing in the worship team on a regular basis. In 2012 Chip received the opportunity to be the head worship leader. His main worship and musical influences over the years have been from Jeremy Riddle, David Crowder, and songs that have come out of Bethel church in Redding, California. Chip loves when we get to see and feel what worship will be like in Heaven where we are all unified with lifting God’s name in praise.
Founding and Executive Pastoral Staff:
Pastors Gary and Cathy Smith
Cathy and Gary Smith founded the Fort Myers Vineyard Church in 1986. The church began as non-denominational, but 10 years later, adopted into the larger association of Vineyard Churches, which now numbers over 850 worldwide. The church arose from a desire to be instruments in the Kingdom of God by combining empowered evangelicalism with the contemporary methods of our day.
Community Ministry, Student Ministry, and Administration :
Pastor Ramie Hall
Oversees our Community Groups, Birth- High School Ministry, Volunteers, and Loves Connecting new people to the Vineyard.
Debbie is originally a Hoosier, she moved to Ft. Myers in 1990 with her family. She has been married to her "best friend and Knight in Shining Armor" for 31 years. They have 5 children; 4 who are married and their 10th grand baby is on the way!
She loves sharing the tender heart of Jesus with others.
She loves her family "To the Moon." and loves her friends "On the Way Back."
The things Debbie enjoys most in life are loving people, studying the Word, animals, writing, laughing, gardening, Decorating, great food and wine and traveling.....
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The Vineyard Church Ft. Myers
Sound & Video Technician:
Scott is originally from Ohio but moved to Fort Myers in 1985 where he met his wife, Susan, a native of Fort Myers. Scott and Susan have been married nearly 30 years and have attended the Fort Myers Vineyard for 24 of those years. They have three children - Chip, Jennifer and Grace - who all grew up in the Vineyard and have been blessed with the love and support of Pastors Gary and Cathy Smith as well as many of the members of the Vineyard. Scott has worked the sound board at the Fort Myers Vineyard for nearly 20 years.