We’ve been a church in the city for almost three decades, and we’ve known God’s goodness and kindness leading us every step of the way since then! 

  • Martyn & Linda Smith planted ‘Vineyard Christian Fellowship Manchester’ firstly as a small group in their home then soon moving into public meetings. The church continued to grow under their leadership and met in a variety of university and school buildings through the 1990s.

  • ‘Manchester Vineyard’ became an independent church, still with strong links and friendship towards the Vineyard movement as well as churches across the world.

  • In January 2008 we changed our name to ‘Vinelife Church Manchester’ – reflecting our heritage in the Vineyard movement as well as the new life that was yet to come!

  • In September 2008, Martyn & Linda handed leadership of Vinelife over to Phil & Sarah.

  • We bought the Whitworth pub in February, spent almost a year renovating it to house our church offices and our amazing coffee house, The Anchor, which opened its doors to the local community in January 2013.

  • In 2015 we became a part of the Jesus Culture family, partnering with our friends in Sacramento, California.



We love that we get to be a part of the wider Body of Christ in Manchester and across the world!

We’re so encouraged to be in a city where there are so many incredible churches, and we love our friendships with them. If you’re new to Manchester and looking for a church, you have a lot of great options!


We’re part of the Jesus Culture family of churches, receiving ongoing support and encouragement from them, particularly through Phil & Sarah’s friendship with Banning, as well as the wider team. We also partner with Jesus Culture in hosting our annual Encounter conference here in Manchester.


We are a member of the Evangelical Alliance, the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s  evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, the EA has been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society.