Rory is a third generation South African of Irish descent. Having come from a long line of Methodist pastors (right back to Wesley’s ministry in N. Ireland) he chose instead to become a high school teacher. He earned a BA degree in Geography and English at the University of Port Elizabeth and a post-graduate B Ed from the University of Cape Town. He taught high school geography over a 20 year period in four schools across in South Africa and Namibia.
As a senior education officer working for the Namibian Ministry of Education, Rory was awarded a UNESCO fellowship in 1994 to study at Michigan State University, where he completed an Ed S degree in 2003. From 1997 to 2008 he and his wife, Mary, served as associate pastors at Lansing Vineyard until their call to plant a Vineyard in Alma. Rory has also taught geography on a part-time basis at Alma College since 2008.
Originally hailing from Zimbabwe in Southern Africa, Mary also lived in South Africa and Namibia, and currently lives in the USA (Michigan). She taught for pre-school through High School for almost 20 years in SA and Namibia.
Mary has pastored for nearly 20 years , and has a passion for teaching the Old Testament Scriptures along with a growing relationship with Jesus, Mary delights to take every opportunity to share from life's varied experiences, which makes her teaching rich, relevant and life-giving.
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Rory & Mary Douglas are the pastors of the Alma Vineyard Church. They served as associate pastors of the Lansing Vineyard for 11 years before receiving a call from the Lord to plant a Vineyard Church in Alma, Michigan. They were released to do this in September of 2008. The church was officially launched as a Vineyard in April 2010.
Rory and Mary have a home in Alma, Central Michigan. They have been married for over 42 years and delight to share about their four gorgeous daughters, two amazing sons-in-law and five incredibly energetic grandchildren.
Rory and Mary gained their United States citizenship in 2013!!
In 2007 while attending a Naturally Supernatural Conference in Midland, Michigan, we had an encounter with the Holy Spirit and received our call to plant. God confirmed this call later in ’08 when Rory received an invitation to teach at Alma College beginning that fall. While praying over the city during one of our many trips from Lansing to Alma, Holy Spirit pointed out the trailer park on the east side of Alma with the words “if you want my heart its over there” as Mary drove by the park that day.
Shortly after that the Lord opened the door for us to use space in Republic School, the alternative high school right next to that trailer park. So began a 4 to 5 year period of ministry to the folk on that side of Alma. God continued to open doors to us on the Alma College campus through Mary’s ministry to women students and to the city through our involvement in the Alma Ministerial Association. God continues to extend our reach through Mary's 20=something groups and the various local boards on which we serve.
In June 2014 the local school district closed the doors of Republic School and our church body had to move to a smaller building in the center of the city. Somehow it felt as though we were in a holding pattern, as if we were simply to wait and see what God had in store for us.
In July 2015 God opened another door for us. We were invited to sign a partnership agreement with Parkside Assembly of God in St Louis, Michigan our sister city, to take over an unoccupied church building on the west side of Alma. We celebrated our first service there with friends and guests on Sunday, September 6th.
It is with a sense of excitement that we watch our story continue to unfold.
Marcy & Alan Leute
Michigan natives Alan and Marcy Leute are now Michigan transplants, after living away from the state for 26 years. Their marriage journey of 32 years has blessed them with 9+ children, 3 amazing daughters-in-law, an incredible son-in-law,and a growing number of precious grand-babies. .
Alan's lifetime career path in the oil industry has led the family through 11 moves, of which three were international. Marcy is a wife, mother and avid lover of doing life with others from the simple to the complexity of it all. The Leutes have been associated with the Vineyard since 2005 including El Paso, Texas, Wales in the UK and now Alma.
Hi, my name is Cheryl. I grew up on the south side of Chicago and moved to Michigan in 2006. My son Jared and I started attending Alma Vineyard Church in January 2016. I have been a teacher for 19 years and currently teach physical education to students with special needs. I also volunteer at Youth for Christ and Special Olympics. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, kayaking, cycling, swimming and gardening. Jared attended college in Ohio and graduated in the spring of 2017.
Beth Campbell has been a Michigan girl all her life, and attended multiple church denominations over the years due to lots of moves. She has lived in Alma since 2000 and teaches Spanish, Drama, and Humanities at Alma High School and coaches the forensics (speech and acting) team. Beth loves to travel, organize events, worship, and read. She is the president of the Pine River Arts Council and the Alma Education Association. She has been married to her husband since 1992 and they have two adult sons.