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  • Home | Vertical Church

    Watch This Weekend’s Worship Service Welcome to Vertical Church Passionate worship, bold proclamation of God’s Word, purposeful prayer, and relentless love of God and others…these are the hallmarks of Vertical Church, and whether you are a lifelong follower of Jesus Christ or just exploring who God is, we hope you will join us! Sunday Worship Service: 10:00am 1290 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220 Attend a Service What to Expect Deeper Community Get Plugged In At Vertical Church we value walking with Christ in a community of believers. We do this through weekly Grace Groups. These groups are places where you can experience God’s Grace through fellowship, applicational study of God’s Word, prayer, and mutual ministry. Whether you are single or married, man or woman, young or old, there is a Grace Group for you! Grace Groups Subscribe for Church Updates: Thanks for subscribing! Join Grace Groups Worship Service Children’s Ministry Student Ministry

  • About Us | Vertical Church

    About Vertical Church Mission & Purpose The mission of Vertical Church is to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment by making disciples of Jesus Christ. ​ Matthew 28:19–20 — “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ​ John 13:34–35 — “A new command I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Our History Vertical Church began in the Spring of 2010 when Pastor Luke & Jensine Ahrens and group of believers began praying about starting a new church in Columbus. Vertical Church launched their first service on October 10, 2010. Over the next ten years, Vertical Church met in various schools and continued to develop. In the fall of 2021, God blessed the Vertical Church family with a permanent church home near OH-315 and Henderson Road. “Our vision is to be a church that is faithfully committed to making more disciples and stronger disciples of Jesus Christ with an effective witness and mutual ministry.” — Pastor Luke Ahrens Grace Groups Worship Service Children’s Ministry Student Ministry Our Guiding Principles The focus of ministry at Vertical Church is to glorify God by fulfilling the mission that Jesus gave His followers to make disciples, baptize them, and teach them to follow His ways (Matthew 28:19-20). Vertical Church makes disciples of Jesus by encouraging them to worship Christ, walk with Christ, work for Christ, and witness for Christ. More About Our Theology Worship Christ God’s Word admonishes us to worship together regularly. We worship together as a community through music, prayer, and the preaching of God’s Word every weekend. Visit a Worship Service Walk with Christ Growing in your walk with Christ is best achieved in rich community. The Vertical Church family encourages everyone to join a Grace Group where you experience fellowship, applicational study in God’s Word, and mutual ministry. Vertical Grace Groups are a warm, relational setting where you can get to know other believers and grow as a disciple. Join a Grace Group Work for Christ Witness for Christ One of the great joys of being a disciple of Christ is by serving Christ and one another. We encourage all those in the Vertical Church family to use their time, energy, and talents to build the Kingdom of God and care for one another. Work on a Service Team Sharing the Good News about Jesus Christ is a vital aspect in the life of a growing disciple. At Vertical Church we encourage believers to share the Gospel with those around us in loving and intentional ways. Find Outreach Opportunities STAFF · ELDERS · DEACONS · MINISTRY LEADERS Our Leadership Luke Ahrens Senior Pastor & Lead Elder Claire Bauer Administrative Assistant Bryan Nass Church Planting Pastoral Resident Tom Heyl Elder Mark Sulc Elder John Buk Deacon — Ushers Mark Knore Deacon — Benevolence Ron Townsend Deacon — Finance Travis Vulich Deacon — Finance Amber Bernal Coffee Cart Kristen Martin Outreach Rick Ross Security Team Susie Ross Children’s Ministry Joel & Emily Swaney Greeting Team We seek to glorify God by fulfilling the mission the Lord Jesus gave His followers to make disciples, baptize them, and teach them to follow His ways.

  • Students | Vertical Church

    Vertical Students The student ministry at Vertical Church is focused on encouraging and discipling our junior high and high school students as they grow in passionately following Jesus Christ and also in building relationships with each other. Discipling the Next Generation We would love for your student in middle school or high school to join us every Sunday evening from 6:00–8:00 pm. Each meeting is led by our Pastor of Student Ministry and ministry volunteers; students enjoy relevant Bible teaching, small groups, food, and a chance to hang out with other great students! For more in-depth information, please reach out to Pastor Bryan Nass or check out upcoming special events on our church’s events registration page. Click Here for Church Events Parent Email Opt-in Make sure you're up to date with what is going on with your students. On average we’ll send less than one email a week, so you don’t have to worry about spam. First Name Last Name Email Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Women’s Ministry | Vertical Church

    Women’s Ministry “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 Ministry by Women for Women Our mission is to ignite the passion of women in following and glorifying Jesus Christ and to equip women for the work of ministry, moving them toward a deeper walk with Christ and deeper connection with one another (Matthew 28:18–19, Ephesians 4:11–12, Titus 2). We invite you to join us in being part of a diverse ministry that equips women to fulfill their God-ordained purpose for their lives and to support the ministries and mission of the church. ​ To find upcoming Women’s Ministry events, check out our church’s events registration page by clicking the link. Click Here for Church Events Sign up for our newsletter! The Women's Ministry Newsletter goes out about once a month and encourages women in their walk and updates on ministry events coming up. First Name Last Name Email Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Sunday Service | Vertical Church

    Sundays at 10:00 AM 1290 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220 Fervent Worship A typical service begins with the worship band leading the congregation in singing vertically-focused worship songs in a contemporary style. Scripture-Driven Teaching Every week, Pastor Luke studies the Word of God and delivers a message centered on Scriptural truths and personal application to our everyday lives. Community We gather together to worship God in community. Our weekend service provides opportunities before or after the service to fellowship and connect with one another. What to Expect at Vertical Church FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What to Expect Do I have to be a Christian to come? Absolutely not! The church is open to all who seek God and the truth that He has given to mankind. Just don’t be suprised when we talk about Jesus. Do I need to bring a Bible? Everyone is encouraged to have a copy of scripture at home for personal study, but no worries if you need a copy; our ushers would love to provide you with one! Where do my kids go during service? Right off of the lobby, we have four safe, secure children’s ministry rooms for your children to learn and play during the entire service. The Vertical Kids ministry is open for toddlers–6th grade students where they will have engaging, age-appropriate curriculum to draw their hearts toward Jesus. Learn more about our children’s ministry here. Weekend Services at Vertical Church

  • Contact Us | Vertical Church

    Contact Us GET IN TOUCH Contact & Visiting Info Email CONNECTIONS@VERTICALCHURCH.LIFE Address VERTICAL CHURCH 1290 OLD HENDERSON ROAD COLUMBUS, OHIO 43220 Worship Gathering SUNDAYS AT 10:00 AM Phone Number 614-477-7600 Student Ministry Grace Groups Children’s Ministry Worship Service Contact a Member of Our Staff Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Witness | Vertical Church

    Witness God’s Word commissions us to make disciples of Jesus Christ by sharing the good news about Him with others. Our current areas of service: Children’s Ministry Student Ministry Worship/Production Greeters Ushers Coffee Cart Safety Facilities Click Here to Fill Out a Serving Interest Form The Word of God in Action God has called all believers to participate in the Great Commission: to glorify Him by making disciples of Jesus Christ. He equips believers for this mission with Spirit-empowered gifts that help reach the lost and build up the church. If you would like to learn more about how you can use your gifts to serve at Vertical Church, click the link and a ministry leader will be in contact with you.

  • Submit Prayer Request

    You may add your prayer request to the Vertical Church Columbus prayer wall using the form below. Once your prayer request is received, we will share it according to your instructions. Feel free to submit as many prayer requests as you like! Your Name: Your Email: Your Phone: Your Prayer Request: Date: SUBMIT REQUEST Your request has been submitted and will be approved by an administrator.

  • Prayer Wall

    Tina Lephart January 12, 2023 I have a surgery on Friday January 13. Pray for quick and easy recovery. Pray that my coworker doing my job for a week will do it correctly. Claire Bauer January 11, 2023 Pray for delivery of Baby Boy Bauer #3 on Tuesday! Shari Knight January 11, 2023 That Joshua would see God's purpose for his life and commit to His will. Irene Barnett January 11, 2023 That Savannah our daughter continues to attend & thrive & make connections at this new church. That her boyfriend, Jeremiah, will feel the tug of God to get to know Christ and to attend church with her. Praise God for everything. Mark Winkler January 11, 2023 That I would be able to schedule a time this week to meet with my neighborhood UPS driver. That I would be sensitive to the spirits leading in sharing the gospel with him. His name is Zach. Gloria Jean Burnside January 11, 2023 My sister for healing & salvation. Marlene is full of anger and strikes out at people. She has a personality disorder as well. Shirley is 88 not sure she is a believer. I have shared many times very clearly. She is in bad shape. Denwood Knight January 11, 2023 That Denwood's relationship with Joshua would be impactful for Christ. Claire Bauer January 11, 2023 Pray for delivery of Baby Boy Bauer #3 on Tuesday! Caryl Wodicka January 9, 2023 My Crohn's is active again and I see a surgeon Wednesday. Revonne H December 16, 2022 Pray for Shawna's labor to progress smoothly and safely. She's been in hospital 3days now and labor keeps stalling. She's feeling very frustrated and disappointed. Revonne H December 16, 2022 Pray for Shawna's labor to progress smoothly and safely. She's been in hospital 3days now and labor keeps stalling. She's feeling very frustrated and disappointed. Mary Winkler December 12, 2022 Pray for God to work in the hearts of our 5 IFI students from India that we are hosting in our home from December 22-25 for Christmas. May they see Jesus as the true God and savior! Kelly Metz November 18, 2022 ​Quin Warren has asked me to request prayer for her husband Sean. He has large kidney stone that is blocking ureter and will be removed today.He will also have a stent placed .Please pray for surgery go well.He is considered high risk because of his Type1Diabetes. Ralph Farrell November 5, 2022 To pray for my daughter Sarah who will be 34 on November 8th for her salvation along with her family for salvation. Thank you Jung October 24, 2022 My aunt Lily recently diagnose with cancer. She start her chemotherapy this Friday. She come to peace with the Lord. She lost her husband to cancer summer this year. She have three children who are nonbelievers. I ask prayers for them. My aunt prayed for me 40 plus. I turn to the Lord.It would be bring smile smile on her face if her own children turn to Christ before her returns home. Thank you for your prayers in advance. Welcome to the Vertical Church Prayer Wall This is a place to share prayer requests with the church body. Click the button below to have prayer requests posted to the wall for the church to pray for and encourage you. Share Your Prayer Request Prayer Wall

  • Local Outreach | Vertical Church

    Local Outreach Vertical Church strives to be involved in spreading the gospel in the Columbus area through various partners and volunteers Current Partners for Outreach International Friendships (IFI) Read more International Friendships, or IFI, has been operating in the Columbus area for over 40 years. The organization began right here at Ohio state and has expanded throughout the country and to Canada. IFI strives to make international students and college faculty feel welcome in the United States and share the gospel with them. The main ministry of IFI is providing hospitality and small group Bible discussions for International students, professors, and their families. For some, this is the first time that they have ever heard about the Christian faith and the Jesus that we follow. The organization also matches the students with host homes to live with until their apartments are ready, and connect them with resources such as cell phones, banks, or serve as conversation partners to improve their English. Volunteers from Vertical Church can serve as mentors, leading small group Bible discussions, or assisting with any of the events that IFI hosts throughout the school year. If you are a person who loves getting to know other’s stories or you’re interested in sharing the gospel in an international context, this could be a great outreach opportunity for you! This would be a chance to practice your cultural awareness and influence the next generation of believers in other countries! Click here to learn more about what IFI does at Ohio State To get involved, send an email to Mark Sulc or Sally Sulc. Angel Tree Read more Angel Tree is a ministry of Prison Fellowship. Around the holidays, Vertical Church partners with Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree to share the love of God with children who have an incarcerated parent. Since these parents are often unable to buy Christmas gifts for their children, Angel Tree sponsors gifts to be given on the parent’s behalf. These children are connected with Angel Tree when their parents are a part of a Bible study with Prison Fellowship. Not only will these children receive the physical gift, but will also hear the good news of the gospel message. Small groups or individuals can sign up to purchase a gift, help with calling families, deliver gifts to those who are unable to attend of church’s Christmas event, and participate in planning, setting up for, and running the Christmas Party where the gifts are distributed. Angel Tree also has ministry opportunities throughout the year including sponsoring children to attend Angel Tree VBS, mentoring opportunities, and helping children with letter writing. Those who have compassion for your community, creativity, and a love for children would make excellent volunteers for this outreach opportunity. To learn more you can visit the Prison Fellowship website or contact Kristen Martin with specific questions or a desire to volunteer. Ronald McDonald House Read more The Ronald McDonald House is a national organization that meets some of the most practical needs a family has when they have a child seeking medical treatment out of state. The reality of having a child sick and in the hospital can be incredibly overwhelming to parents and siblings. The Ronald McDonald House is able to provide these families with a bit of stability in the midst of unthinkable circumstances by providing free housing, meals, and basic amenities to families whose child is receiving care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Vertical Church small groups, families, and Student Ministries have volunteered with the meal program where you sign up to provide, prepare, and serve a meal in the kitchen (breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for each day of the week). Volunteers can also sign up to bake treats onsite, make welcome blankets, make snack bags, and help with things around the house. By doing so, we can share the love of Christ by meeting the needs of families who are hurting. There is usually an opportunity to serve about once a month and involves just a single time commitment. This outreach is great for those who have unusual schedules, enjoy hands-on service, and have compassion for families who are in challenging situations. To get involved with the Vertical team and their work at Ronald McDonald House contact our outreach coordinator Kristen Martin . You can also put together your own team within the church or another organization and sign up at the Ronald McDonald website . The Refuge Read more The Refuge is a no-cost Christian ministry that assists men and women who are struggling through addiction. Vertical Church has partnered particularly with the women’s residential program, which is 12 months long and comprised of 4 phases with the ultimate goal of freeing women from bondage to addiction, trafficking, abuse, and hopelessness. Each women in the residential program participates in bible study and will eventually attend a local church. The center of the program is the gospel and finding hope through Christ thereby changing individual lives as well as the lives of their families, churches, communities, and ultimately the city. Women from Vertical Church can be involved in relational ministry with the women who live at the residential program, providing support, mentoring, and gospel encouragement. To get involved, all women must participate in a training course, but after that, you can set your time commitment based on if you would like to volunteer weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Men and small groups can also be involved by serving the maintenance needs of the buildings, providing transportation to various appointments, and running leisure activities at the group house. This opportunity is great for people who have a desire to personally disciple people who are seeking the shelter of Christ in a difficult time and especially for those willing to put in regular time in building relationships that further the gospel. To get more information about what The Refuge does, you can visit their website . To get involved or get more information about Vertical Church’s work with this ministry, you can contact Megan Winkler or Jensine Ahrens .

  • Serve | Vertical Church

    Serve “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…” Romans 12:4–6 THE GREAT COMMISSION Every Christian on Mission Proclaiming the Name of Jesus in Columbus and beyond. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” Romans 10:14–15 ​ God has called all believers to participate in His Great Commission: to glorify Him by making disciples of Jesus Christ. Just as the early church did throughout their communities, we seek to spread the name of Jesus through the city of Columbus. Take a look at our current ministry partners and outreach opportunities below and read further to find which opportunities might be a good fit for you! Fill Out a Serving Interest Form

  • Men’s Ministry | Vertical Church

    Men’s Ministry Click Here for Church Events Living as Men of God It is our desire for the men of Vertical Church to glorify God and be conformed into the image of Christ. With this in mind, we seek to equip men to serve, love, and lead their own families and our local church. We offer men’s grace groups, sessions for deeper study, and special events (like our annual retreat) in order to build up the men of Vertical Church and create a culture where men can grow in their love for Jesus Christ while pursuing Him together in friendship with other men. For upcoming men’s ministry events, check out our church’s events registration page by clicking the link. “For those He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.” Romans 8:29 “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13–14

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