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Sean Palmer

Lead Minister

Sean is the Lead Minister at The Vine. As Senior Minister, Sean oversees teaching and preaching ministries, leads the ministerial staff, and coordinates the vision and mission of the congregation. A popular, writer, blogger, and speaker, Sean holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry from Abilene Christian University and will soon complete a Master of Divinity. Sean is a sought-after speaker, teacher, and writer. He is husband to Rochelle Stripling Palmer, a MSW, and science teacher. The couple have two children. You can reach Sean at Be sure to follow him on Twitter, @seanpalmer and subscribe to his blog, The Palmer Perspective.

Chris Payne

Worship Leader

Chris leads our worhsip band, 31st and Vine as well as plans the musical content of our worship gathering. He, and his wife Emily, live in Belton with their two children.

Michael Fortson

Missionary, Neema House, Tanzania Africa

Michael has been working with The Vine for nearly 6 years. He and his wife, Dorris, are passionate about helping the less fortunate, especially widows & orphans, in the beautiful land of Tanzania, Africa. They are currently working on establishing an orphanage (Neema House) to aid and educate widows and orphans in Tanzania; you can follow their progress, as well as contribute, here:

Cathy Kneip

Administrative/ Finance

Cathy has been a member at The Vine, formerly Canyon Creek Church of Christ, for more than 30 years and served as Church Administrator before entering retirement. Cathy still serves as a Sunday School teacher, financial administrator, and institutional memory. She and her husband, Bill (an elder) raised their four children at this church. Cathy loves children and has enjoyed teaching preschool children through fifth grade here for many, many years. You may reach Cathy at or by calling the church office.

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