Pastor George Claudio (senior pastor, usa)
George is originally from Chicago, IL and is our founding pastor. He came to personal faith in Christ while serving in the U.S. Navy in the late 70’s, and joined the Urban Vineyard church in Chicago, IL in 1982. After serving in various leadership positions in the church, he was called to the role of Associate Pastor of Worship. During this time, and following a period of study and work in the electronics design and manufacturing industry, he responded to the call of God to fulltime ministry and attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he attained a Master of Divinity degree. It was during his last year of seminary studies, and following Ordination into fulltime ministry, that George moved to Milwaukee with his wife Liz and two sons, Dan and Matt, to start Straightway Vineyard Christian Fellowship. He is a visionary leader, and a gifted teacher with a desire to see people transformed and empowered for ministry in the Kingdom of God.
Pastor Sunder Paidipamula (associate pastor, usa/India)
Sunder moved to the United States several years ago after meeting and falling in love with Joanna during a trip she took to India. After coming to the States and marrying his now wife, Sunder became heavily involved in the Church and has played a critical role in getting VCOH-India set up under the Urban Mission banner of ministry. Sunder and Joanna will be moving to India in the near future to assist with the ministry there and be the offical embassador of SWVCF in our mission there.
Pastor Gilberth Rowe (senior pastor, Africa)
Pastor Gilberth has been in ministry for more than 30 years. From his birth country of Costa Rica, to Nicaragua, to Senegal, Pastor Gilberth has traveled the world following the lead of the Holy Spirit and leaving changed lives in the wake of his obedience. Currently the Senior Pastor of Vineyard Community of Hope, Senegal, he is the tip of the spear in the Urban Mission's presence in Africa. Pictured on the right, Pastor Gilberth holds his newbord grandaughter! Congratulations!
Pastor John Paidipamula (senior pastor, india)
Pastor John is father to both Sunder Paidipamula and the ministry that now claim the Vineyard Community of Hope, India name. With the majority of his life in ministry, Pastor John is the senior pastor to the group of churches in India the claim the VCOH name.