Andy Meade | Co-Lead Pastor
My name is Andy Meade and I’m privileged to have founded Vineyard Community Church in Virginia Beach with my wife Sharon in 1994.
My parents were born and raised in the eastern U.S. I was born in Indianapolis but my parents moved to the desert, Tucson, Arizona when I was a child because of my poor health. When I was 18 years old I came to follow Jesus when one of my older brothers lead me to Christ.
I attended Northern Arizona University primarily so that I could take snow skiing as a course elective. After two years, I transferred down to the University of Arizona where I finished my Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 1987. I then felt that God had called me to continue my biblical education. I began my graduate studies at Regent University where a girl, Sharon Worells, had just graduated. God’s wonderful plan for me was that this girl was to become my wife.
I helped Sharon run her individualized reading and math tutoring business she was just starting while working full time at Costco, Norfolk, while working full time as an assistant pastor for Vineyard of Virginia Beach while being a full time graduate student maintaining a 3.87 GPA. Sharon became an adjunct professor in the department of education at Regent while I was a student and she was my professor for one of my classes. Today my kids like to tease me that that class must have been my easiest but I assure them I never worked so hard for an A! I graduated from both undergraduate and graduate schools debt free.
In 1992 I graduated with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Education and as God had designed it, in 1993 Sharon and I birthed our first child and birthed our church the same year. In the summer of 1994 we had our first public services.
Today Sharon and I are the proud parents of three beautiful boys: Samuel, Jeremiah and David. They are the joy of our lives and we are incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. Two of them are miracle births but all three are God’s unmeasured lovingkindness to us.
Sharon and I enjoy traveling and entertaining together. I enjoy sports and going to the gym. For fun I play handball, racquetball, snowboard and wakeboard. One of my hobbies is playing guitar and piano. Sharon and I enjoy attending the theater together and are involved with various groups in the greater Virginia Beach community.
I love good music from many genres. Bruno Mars and Toby Mac are among my favorites.
I really consider it an honor and a privilege to lead and work with this wonderful group of people God has brought together at Vineyard Community Church. The pastors and leaders of this faith community are second to none in their love for God, caring for our community and having a passion for those far from God.
I know that God has so many more great things He is going to do in our midst and that our best days are yet to come. I hope you can become part of it with us.