About CVVC

Simply put..."Our desire is for people to progress towards Jesus, and to then make disciples to reach the unreached" 


We put our time, energy and resources into these values:

  • REACHING OUT to our community and world for Jesus - We strive to reach our friends, community and world with the Gospel of Jesus because we truly believe it is the most important message on the planet.

  • REVEALING THE TRUTH The Bible is the true path to Jesus - We believe that the the Bible is the only clear and, true path to knowing the heart of God, and we wholeheartedly study, teach and value the Bible in everything we do.

  • RELATING TO EACH OTHER and to our community authentically - In all our environments, we are an authentic, come-as-you-are community where we can laugh, cry, struggle and heal together while always pointing each other to Jesus.

  • RELEASING LEADERS helping believers to find their true calling - We train, equip and empower believers to find their calling, be leaders in their communities and work for the Kingdom.

  • REINVESTING IN FAMILIES helping families to love and follow Jesus - We love and believe in the next generation by reinvesting into families, parents, grandparents and kids empowering them to love and follow Jesus.  

Sunday Services

9 & 11AM


CVVC Staff

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Canyon View Vineyard Church was recently honored as on of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute “Certified Best Christian Workplaces” of 2021. 

To learn more, visit: https://www.bcwinstitute.org/bcw-lists/


Our history

30 plus years ago, Dan and Cheryl Cox were busy at work as a car salesman and housewife. As members of Christian Life Center, a small congregation with between 25-30 adult worshipers gathering in a small church building just one block off North Avenue, the church needed a new pastor.

Although Dan still held a full-time job for the next four years, he became the pastor, and the church grew to about 300.
Through a long series of circumstances, the fellowship became acquainted with a national association of churches known as Vineyard Ministries International. As Dan and Cheryl attended conferences and met with Vineyard Pastors from other cities, they began to see that this network of churches held the same values and vision that we felt God had given the fellowship. Therefore in the summer of 1988, Christian Life Center became Vineyard Christian Fellowship and they launched the search for a larger facility.

In 1989 we remodeled a car dealership on North Avenue and affectionately dubbed it the "Chrysler Cathedral." It proved to be a practical, functional solution, complete with ample paved parking. In 1990, we remodeled the former body shop portion of the building and created a Children's Ministry building where hundreds of children heard the Good News of the Gospel and were taught the ways of the Lord. Subsequent remodels added the lobby and youth buildings at that locale.

On June 2 & 3, 2007, Dan Cox announced his and Cheryl's resignation as senior pastors of Canyon View Vineyard Church. Dan also announced his successor, Kirk Yamaguchi, who came on board August 2007.   

Co-Senior Pastors

As of January 2020, Canyon View Vineyard Church is excited to announce some big changes!

We're so excited to welcome Cory Sondrol and his wife Julia to our CVVC family! After an accumulation of extended prayer, prophetic words and dreams by various people, a succession plan for our next Senior Pastor was made clear by the Holy Spirit. 



Kirk has a passion to help people find Christ and grow in their journey as a disciple. He was born and raised in Denver and has been in ministry for over 30 years. Kirk was a youth minister for Young Life and then later with Youth for Christ.


Following seminary, he was in both private and public practice for 10 years as a professional counselor. Kirk then followed the Lord's leading and founded the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Fremont County where he served as Senior Pastor prior to coming to Canyon View.

He and his wife, Jane, have been blessed with two sons, Joey (and his wife Krissie) and Wade (and his wife Chelsea) and two adopted daughters Gracie (China) and Gerdy (Haiti). Kirk and Jane are thrilled to be grandparents to Wade and Chelsea's two children, Noah and Ruth.



Cory and Julia recently celebrated 25 years of marriage.  They met on their  first day of college in music appreciation 101, (it’s been sweet music since). They have three kids; Carter 23, Braydon 22, and Bella 18.  

Cory worked for about 10 years as an organizational development consultant  with JD Power and other clients.   He was captured by the love of Jesus and left the corporate world to full time ministry via Kirk and Janes invitation in Canon City around 2002. He has a degree is psychology, grad school work in team psychology and attended Vineyard Leadership Institute.  He was Sr. Pastor for 9 years, and regional leader for the Vineyard Rocky Mountain region for 4 of those years.   Encouraging others thru teaching, coaching, partying and strategic planning is where much of his time goes as a leader. 

For the last 3 years he has been pastor of campuses for The Chapel, a large 8 location multi site church in Chicagoland.   Cory Pastored the other pastors and lead a staff of about 80 people. 

Cory loves adventure, exploring, laughing with friends and seeing people’s eyes light up when they realize how great Jesus is.   Ice cream is His love language.  


Our Governance

Elder board

In January 2008, Kirk Yamaguchi established an Elder Board, which is responsible to assist Kirk, and now Cory in establishing the spiritual direction and health of the church.


The Elders are also committed to support and encourage Kirk & Cory, keeping them accountable in their spiritual lives, relationships and the leaderships of the church.


Our Elder Board:

Errol Snider

Chad Gustafson

Sam Campbell

Corporate board

The Corporate Board is responsible for the oversight of the financial and legal affairs of the church.


Canyon View Vineyard Church’s Corporate Board includes:


Cory Sondrol

Kirk Yamaguchi

Dawn Stelwagon

Errol Snider

Amber Peck

Ed Clark

John Jessup

Chad Gustafson

vineyard distinctives

As the Vineyard has grown over the past 40+ years, certain distinctives of our movement have risen to the surface. As a movement, we believe that all networks and associations of churches have a part to play in the wider Body of Christ. The Vineyard has some distinctives that define our personality in the wider Church, and carry our unique way of doing life as Christians.

The main and the plain - John Wimber would always look back to what the Scriptures say, right on the page. We base everything we do on the “main and the plain” teaching that Jesus gave.

The already and the not yet - In the Vineyard, we pray for people, and sometimes they are healed and sometimes they are not. Our theology and practice of the kingdom of God makes it so we can acknowledge both miracles and suffering.

“Come, Holy Spirit” - This is our central prayer liturgy. As Carol Wimber used to tell us, “There should never be a time in our gatherings together that we don’t invite the Holy Spirit.” We all need a constant filling of the Holy Spirit.

Everyone gets to play - We believe that anyone can do the work of the Kingdom. We don’t have an elite or superstar leaders - we are all commissioned - men and women, children, of every background.

Naturally supernatural - We avoid all hype or emotional manipulation. Going about our lives naturally, we pray for healing and listen for God’s voice in all circumstances.

Remembering the poor - We lean toward the lost, the poor, the outcast, and the outsider with the compassion of Jesus. We are all in need, in some way.

Reinventing ourselves in every generation: We never want to get “stuck” as a church movement, thinking every new generation should carry our distinctive personality in exactly the same way as the last. We embrace change, and seek to embody our distinctives in fresh expressions of the Church.

To learn more about the Vineyard Movement, visit the Vineyard USA website.