Our Family Keeps Growing: Meet the Newly-Released Church Planters
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the New Church Plants page of our website, you’ve seen a fairly steady stream of new churches being planted all over the nation. But we thought it would be nice to put some faces to the list of names. Planting a new church can be a tough endeavor, and we just want our newly-released planters to be introduced to the family, and to know that perhaps some people are taking a moment to pray for them and their new communities. We’ll be periodically featuring these little profiles so that we can all meet and celebrate these pioneers—let’s all keep saying yes to Jesus!
With that said, we’d like you to meet David Knaup of The Oak Christian Fellowship, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (southern Orange County)
I have had the joy of being a part of the Vineyard since its inception. I was on staff as a youth pastor at Calvary Chapel of Whittier when it joined with a small group of churches to form the Vineyard. I had the privilege of planting my first church in 1988 with my wife in Long Beach. We pastored that church for nearly ten years before turning over leadership to a new pastor. We helped to plant the Crown Valley Vineyard in 2000—I was the associate pastor there for seven years. After a time of personal healing from 2007 to 2013, God released me to again pursue the joy of professional ministry. I have two grown children with my wonderful wife, Laura. We have never lost the love and joy of being in the Vineyard, and the radical freedom in Christ that it gives us.
About the Oak Christian Fellowship:
In 2013, God guided me to start work in the wealthy suburban south Orange County city of Rancho Santa Margarita, where we now live. I am grateful to get to stay where I live, and I love the people of this area. The vision of The Oak is to be a manifestation of the Kingdom here in south Orange County. We are focused on reaching the lost and isolated people of our wealthy neighborhoods and all the broken souls that they hide. We are working to build a true Kingdom community here.
How to Pray for David and the Oak:
Pray for the Kingdom to break into the O.C. and for the lost to be saved and discipled, and for many new churches to be launched from us.