Lance Pittluck, Our Senior Pastor
Lance grew up on Long Island in New York, the son of a Jewish business man. He was raised in a spiritual vacuum with no religious training. At 18, he and his family moved to the Los Angeles area. Separated from old friends and extended family, the Lord began to move on his life. One year after moving to California, Lance met Jesus Christ through a young man named Linus. His life was radically changed and within 6 months he knew he was headed for full-time ministry. He began preparation by studying Bible at Pepperdine University in Malibu and graduated with a BA in religion in 1975. Feeling a need for further study, he enrolled in Fuller Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1979.
Upon graduation, Lance went immediately to Anaheim Hills Community Church with his friend Gary DeVaul, to pastor this rapidly growing church plant. Two years later he assumed the responsibility of senior pastor of the church. But God had other plans. The Lord gave Lance a very clear vision and call to go back to New York and begin a new work. In preparation for returning to New York, Lance spent 1 year on staff with John Wimber at Vineyard Ministries International. During this year, he worked in the area of church planting, church renewal, writing, pastor training and teaching seminars and classes. In May of 1984 Lance left the VMI staff to begin a new Vineyard on Long Island .He was the senior pastor of The Vineyard South Shore in Rockville Centre, New York, and was Regional Director for the Association of Vineyard Churches on the East Coast of the U.S.A. for 13 years.
In 1997 the Lord made it clear to him that he was to leave New York and move with his family back to California where he was to become the senior pastor at The Vineyard Anaheim. His burning desire is to see the church as a 'mobilized body', doing the ministry of Jesus and for all men to come to a saving knowledge of Christ. Lance has been married to his best friend Cheryl since 1978 and has a daughter named Jane Elizabeth.
A native Southern Californian, Cheryl attended Cal State University at Fullerton where she received her BA in Theater Arts while also studying acting at South Coast Reparatory Theater.
Several years ago Cheryl was introduced to the issue of Human Trafficking and became involved with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. This has allowed her to work with local human trafficking victims/survivors as well as participating in public education and outreach. She is on the steering committee for VAST, the Vineyard Anti Slavery Team, which is a resource for Vineyard churches in the US who want to be involved in the Human Trafficking issue.
She also volunteers with the Vineyard Anaheim’s Compassion Ministry by serving the poor and homeless through their warehouse ministry. Her heart is really in the area of Human Trafficking prevention and reaching those who are at risk, especially children and teenagers.