Lead pastors Chad and Allison Mackey are originally from Georgia. They were both born in downtown Atlanta hospitals and grew up in the same city of Smyrna, just north of Atlanta metro. Allison's older brother and Chad were in the same 5th grade class at Argyle Elementary School, but it was not until the fall of 1993 that they met for the first time at the Marietta Vineyard Church. Married in October of 1995, they rented a tiny brick house on Powers Ferry Road in Marietta for the first seven and a half years of their marriage, then bought a house in the northern suburbs of Woodstock. They had an amazing, life-changing experience serving as worship leaders and youth leaders at the Marietta Vineyard for over 16 years.
Finding themselves with the ability to work from home, they left the busyness and traffic of Atlanta and heading west with the hopes of building on Chad’s inherited family land in southern Tennessee, forty-five minutes north of Florence, Alabama. When building a house on the inherited land looked to be too costly and remote, they bought a 110-year-old farmhouse just north of the AL/TN border. They spent eighteen months renovating it, and their two youngest attended school in Collinwood, Tennessee. They shopped and played in the city of Florence, and they attended and served in two churches in Florence from 2009-2013. Florence captured their hearts: the people, the small-town vibe, the music scene, and the beautiful Tennessee River. They began asking God what his plan was, and they began to long to be back in a place of ministry within their expression (or tribe), the Vineyard.
After reconnecting with Vineyard leaders at a conference in 2013, God turned their hearts toward planting a church in Florence. They began to work it out practically, taking next steps by attending conferences, meeting with regional leaders, and serving at the Franklin Vineyard in Tennessee. In preparation, Chad invested the two years to completing the Vineyard Institute Biblical Studies Certificate in 2016. Relocating to an apartment in Florence at God's clear leading in August that same year to allow their son to finish his junior and senior years at Florence High School. The day their farm sold, the seller significantly lowered the asking price of a historic home downtown in which they purchased and moved in February of 2019.
Both are bi-vocational: Chad is employed by Carestream Dental as customer feedback analyst and Allison works three days a week for an insurance broker but she spends the other two days writing middle grade fiction novels. She recently celebrated Lifeway publishing her first book released in May 2020!
Chad and Allison are excited to be exactly where God has called them, to gather a diverse community to follow Jesus and love the city of Florence.