Editor, Everyone Gets to Play, (Ampelon Publishing, 2008)
Senior Pastor, Yorba Linda Vineyard; founded with her husband Sean, in 2006
Worked at Vineyard Ministries International for several years, then moved to Vineyard Music when it was formed and served as Director for Worship Conferences and Training
Editor, The Way In is the Way On: John Wimber’s Teachings and Writings on Life in Christ (Ampelon Publishing, 2006)
Married to Sean for 18 years; two children – Camie Rose, age 16, and John Richard II, age 8
Christy Wimber: Naturally Supernatural
By Mimi Elliott
The 700 Club
Christy Wimber and her husband, Sean, are pastors of the Yorba Linda Vineyard in Southern California, which was planted back in 2006. She is a frequent guest of 700 Club Interactive and the CBN.com Spiritual Gifts Webcast.
Christy has been working for many years taking Wimber teachings and making them available for the larger church. She has just finished the new Yorba Linda Vineyard Resource Store at yorbalindavineyard.com where many of these are available on MP3 format. Most of these teachings are from the very early days of John Wimber’s ministry up until his passing in 1997. The store also contains various teachings from Christy.
Christy is also a featured writer under ‘Opinions’ for “The Church Report;” a newsletter that goes to all denominations and has more than 177,000 followers.
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
Christy grew up next door to the Wimbers. She accepted Christ at a young age, but did not get serious with her faith until she was 18. At that time, Sean Wimber, who is nine years older than Christy, had gotten saved. They soon married in 1990 and began to travel internationally with John. Sean and Christy have been in the Vineyard Movement since the beginning, back in 1977. Both of them came out of the Friends Church, a Quaker church in Yorba Linda. People often think the Vineyard Movement came from a Calvary Chapel, when in fact, they are Quakers at the root, and Vineyard roots are Quaker roots.
For the last 11 years Christy has also been working with John Wimber's materials, releasing many products, including a book back in 2006 made of John's writings/teachings, entitled The Way in is the Way on.
Her second release was in November of 2008, Everyone Gets to Play. However, her most recent work was a compilation with Pastors such as Bill Johnson, Randy Clark, Bobby Conner, and Carol Wimber called Amazed by the Power of God.
She also just finished working with Regent University as they now have a full library of John Wimber teachings from throughout his ministry. Christy has traveled for many years, preaching at various conferences and retreats. Sean and Christy have two children, Camie Rose and John Richard.
Christy says the church is called to recognize what God is doing and move with His leading in salvation, healing, deliverance, etc. This is the Kingdom of God. She describes it as being “naturally supernatural” both inside and outside the church.
JOHN WIMBER 1934 – 1997
John Wimber was a founding leader of the Association of Vineyard Churches which today is one of the fastest growing church-planting movements in the world, with more than 1,500 churches worldwide. A professional musician who played the Las Vegas circuit for 5 years, John later signed with the Righteous Brothers. When John was gripped by God in 1963, he was a “beer-guzzling, drug abusing pop musician, who was converted at the age of 29 while chain-smoking his way through a Quaker-led Bible Study.”
He soon became a voracious Bible reader and after weeks of reading about life changing miracles in the Bible and attending boring church services, John asked a lay leader, “When do we get to do the stuff? You know, the stuff here in the Bible; the stuff Jesus did, like healing the sick, raising the dead, healing the blind - stuff like that?”
He was told that they didn’t do that anymore – only what they did in their weekly services. John replied, “You mean I gave up drugs for that?”
In John’s first decade as a Christian, he led hundreds of people to Christ. By 1970, he was leading 11 Bible studies that involved more than 500 people. He was asked to lead the Charles E. Fuller Institute of Evangelism & Church Growth. He later became an adjunct instructor at Fuller Theological Seminary, where his classes set attendance records.
Through extensive reading and encounters with missiologists and seasoned missionaries, John was convinced that all the biblical gifts of the Holy Spirit should be active in the church today. He began to teach and train his church to imitate Jesus’ full-orbed kingdom ministry. He began to “do the stuff” of the Bible that he had formerly only read about.
By 1982, John joined the fledgling Vineyard movement. For the remainder of his life, John traveled extensively while teaching and ministering on evangelism and healing. He died from a massive brain hemorrhage in 1997.
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