Christland Church was planted out of Vine Church in Carbondale, IL. Vine was planted in 1996 by a group of college students who wanted to provide a place where people who had no church experience could hear about Jesus in a relevant way, and to provide a home for Christians without a church. Starting in the living room of a little house in Carbondale, Steve Morgan and his wife Shu-Hui began a 6-person small group that became the first meeting of Vine Church. The church grew steadily over the next few years to around 600 people.
In 2004, Lead Pastor Steve Morgan felt God leading again to plant a church, but this time it was in Seattle, WA. Sandor Paull, who was part of the original small group and was a staff pastor, became the lead pastor at Vine and has served as lead pastor for 12 years. In the time between 2004 and 2016, Vine has grown to around 1,500 people and has sent out 11 church plants in university cities around the country.
Those on the church planting team moving to College Station started visiting the BCS area from Fall of 2016 through Spring of 2017. Every member of the team feels called to Texas and committed to a new home. Texans and Aggies alike made everyone feel immediately welcomed during their travels to College Station. In February of 2017, trainings for the team began. As the team fell in love with the area, they started to inform their bosses of their future plans and put their houses on the market. Moving vans rolled into College Station in June of 2017. Christland Church is a non-denominational church planted for the sake of all people in the BCS area in the hope that they would know and love Jesus. We continually marvel at how God uses ordinary people to build His Church, and over the years it has been so clear that God's faithfulness has far exceeded any of our wildest dreams or most well-thought plans.