Happy & Dianne are true partners in providing the senior leadership for The Vineyard Church - Urbana (IL). The partnership began over 30 years ago when they met and married at the University of Illinois. After a few years in secular careers, they founded the Vineyard in 1978.
The change in their lives came when Dianne was declared infertile by two major hospitals. A friend suggested they pray for children. Hap & Di did, and God blessed them with five natural children (four boys and one girl). From this life-changing experience, they started a Bible study that grew into the current Vineyard. The focus from the beginning has been healing, the Holy Spirit, and the Kingdom of God.
Happy has served in various roles throughout Vineyard USA. In additional to being a current Vineyard USA Board member, Happy is the Regional Overseer for the Midwest Region. Happy also directs Vineyard Partners (a group of 30 churches) which is involved in Vineyard church planting throughout central Mexico
Often times we can associate obedience as something negative. There is risk involved, uncomfortability, even humility. Obedience often times goes against what we “feel” like doing. As founding Pastor Happy Leman leaned in to obey the Father, he saw great fruit from it. He saw his and Dianne’s lives transformed; a church was born; and […]
Happy Leman reflects to us how disheartening the news can be from all around the world. It’s easy to feel like there is no way we can personally help. However, when we aren’t personally able to leave our positions to participate in disaster relief, we can definitely support the people who do. Happy unpacks the […]
Happy Leman unpacks God’s role as the owner and our role as stewards. When we come to the understanding that stewardship takes faith we can release our tight grip of what we think is ours and partner in stewarding what is actually God’s. Although this takes a high level of trust, we can know that […]
Founding Pastor, Happy Leman, concludes our message series, Kingdom Impact. Happy will discuss the power of impacting our community. Cities are not hard to change, it just can’t be done from inside the church walls. The church is empowered by the Spirit to be a major change agent in our communities because the problems are […]
We can help each other become so attuned to our conscience that sustainable clean living is the norm. Founding Pastor, Happy Leman, unpacks the dilemma of ignoring our conscience which could lead us off of a healthy path and into a destructive path from the King and the Kingdom. The Bible promises we can live […]