About Us

Church Vision

Vision Theme

Embracing the Dream of God For Your Life

Vision Statement

God has called and anointed Dr. Robert L. Wilks, Jr. to teach people how to position themselves for God to bless them so that they can be a blessing to other people. The principle highlighted in Genesis 12: 2 serves as the basis for the vision of Vine–Life Christian Fellowship. God blessed Abraham with an abundant increase of favors so that he could be a blessing to other people. God blessed Abraham with so much that Abraham spent his life as a person blessing other people. Galatians 3: 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

As believers, we are the spiritual descendents of Abraham and we are heirs to the promise that God gave to Abraham. God wants to bless every believer with an abundant increase of favors so that we too can live our lives as people blessing people. God builds a ministry around the unique qualities, gifts and abilities that He has given to a particular minister. The assignment that God gives to a particular minister is an assignment that best utilizes those unique qualities, gifts and abilities. The primary characteristic that distinguishes Dr. Wilks from other pastors is his generosity. The distinguishing characteristic of a pastor or a ministry isn‘t what makes a pastor or a ministry better than another; it’s merely a reflection of their assignment.

Vine–Life has the assignment of blessing people. This is why Dr. Wilks places emphasis on believers having more than enough. His teaching on financial prosperity has always been in the context of having more than enough “so that” you always have enough to bless other people. 1 Corinthians 11: 1 states, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” Believers are supposed to follow their man of God as he follows Christ. Dr. Wilks is a follower of Christ

Statement of Faith
  • We believe in God the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus Christ is True God and True Man.
  • The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person.
  • All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.
  • All have sinned and come short of the glory of God and are in need of salvation.
  • Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men.
  • It is the will of God that every believer be filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • The church consists of all those who have received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
  • There shall be a bodily resurrection of the Just and the unjust.
  • We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in water baptism and observance of the Lord’s Supper.
  • It is God’s will that every believer walk in prosperity and good health.

The Story of Vine-Life Christian Fellowship

Dr. Robert L. Wilks, Jr. is the pastor and founder of Vine-Life Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. Vine-Life opened the doors to its first service on May 3, 1987.

Before founding Vine-Life, Dr. Wilks served for eleven years as a Protestant Chaplain in the United States Air Force. The Air Force provided an opportunity for ministry as well as personal growth for Dr. Wilks, but in 1987, with the rank of Major, he resigned his military commission and founded Vine-Life Christian Fellowship.

Shortly after founding Vine-Life, Dr. Wilks’ hunger for the reality of the word of God began to grow. This led to his being baptized with the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4.

Dr. Wilks’ spiritual growth and progress in the Word has been evident to all and is being reflected in the life of his congregation. Many have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and are enjoying God’s blessings.

More About Us

We are a people that are GROWING, GOING and GAINING for Kingdom Increase by saving the lost, building the save and preparing the bride for the bridegroom.

The primary purpose of this ministry is to provide an atmosphere whereby the believer can Grow into the Abundant Life that Jesus Christ has made available to all men. The tool for this Growth is the ‘Practical’, ‘Down-to-Earth’, and ‘Uncompromised’ teaching of the Word of God.

The primary emphasis of the teaching are in the following areas:

  • Embracing The Dream of God For Your Life
  • Tithing
  • Partnership
  • Worship

We believe that these areas of teaching properly applied in the life of a believer, will build a foundation that will result in personal success and abundance.

In addition to teaching the believer how to grow into the abundant life, we also teach the purpose of this personal success and abundance, which is to be a blessing to others. As the believer grows and experiences life-changing results, he or she will also go and impact the lives of others, resulting in gain for the Kingdom of God. Their lives will be a witness to the lost and hurting around them and they will inspire others to this abundant life.

These teachings on partership, worship, Embracing the Dream of God, tithing and giving and more will be shared through the media both locally and nationally.