Mike Safford: Yielding To God’s Leadership In Our Life’s Story

Episode 31 September 06, 2023 01:26:05
Mike Safford: Yielding To God’s Leadership In Our Life’s Story
We Are Vineyard
Mike Safford: Yielding To God’s Leadership In Our Life’s Story

Sep 06 2023 | 01:26:05


Show Notes

In this episode of We Are Vineyard, Jay talks with Mike Safford about growing up as a baseball fanatic in San Diego with a faithful grandmother who spoke prophetically into his life during weekly phone calls. Mike shares about discovering that he made a terrible missionary, the strong word the Lord spoke to him at an Anaheim Vineyard conference, and the way suffering has shaped his ministry. 

Mike Safford was born in San Diego. It was there, at the age of 18, that he came to know Jesus through a powerful encounter with his presence. At 21 years of age, Mike relocated to Orange County where he went on staff as an intern pastor at the Anaheim Vineyard. It was here that he met his wife-to-be, Liz Fredericks, who at the time was an administrative assistant to the then National Director of The Association of Vineyard Churches (later to become Vineyard USA), Todd Hunter. After they were married, Mike and Liz moved to Los Angeles County where Mike became an Associate Pastor on staff at the Santa Clarita Vineyard. After two years of leadership there, they returned to Mike’s hometown to plant the Point Loma Vineyard Church in San Diego. During their time establishing this church they would navigate some traumatic family health issues and eventually return to Anaheim where Mike went back on staff at the Anaheim Vineyard. Mike would eventually assume the role of Senior Associate Pastor serving with his longtime friend and mentor Lance Pittluck. In 2018 during a tumultuous transition of leadership at the Anaheim Vineyard, the Saffords moved to Tehachapi, CA to lead the Tehachapi Vineyard Church where they currently continue to lead. Mike also serves the Vineyard USA movement as Regional Leader of the SoCal Region. Mike and Liz have three grown children: Alexa who lives, works and studies in Los Angeles, Jacob who is a student and worship leader at Vanguard University and Paige who is a high school student and keeps mom & dad in line. Liz works for the city of Tehachapi. In his free time, Mike can usually be found reading, golfing or boisterously cheering on the Chargers. As a family, the Saffords are fiercely committed to authentic Kingdom ministry where everyone truly gets to play.

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