Who is John Wimber?
John Wimber was a founding leader of theVineyard. His influence profoundly shaped the theology and practice of Vineyard churches from their earliest days until his death in November 1997. When John was gripped by God he was, a "beer-guzzling, drug-abusing pop musician, who was converted at the age of 29 while chain-smoking his way through a Quaker-led Bible study." Shortly after John became a Christian, he became a voracious Bible reader. The Scripturesexcited him, and finally after reading for weeks about life changingmiracles in the Bible and attending boring church services, John asked oneof the lay leaders, "When do we get to do the stuff?""What stuff," asked the leader. "You know the stuff here in the Bible, the stuff Jesus didlike healing the sick, raising the dead, healing the blind. You know, stuff like that!""Well, we don't do that anymore," the man said to John. To where John replied, "Youdon't? Then what do you do?" "Well, we do what we did here this morning," the manreplied. John answered, "You mean i gave drugs up for that?" John had much passion for the Scriptures, but he also often said, "It's not enough to be Biblically literate, we mustalso learn to be Biblically obedient."In John's first decade as a Christian he led hundreds of people to Christ. By 1970 he wasleading 11 Bible studies that involved more than 500 people. Under God's grace, John became so fruitful as an evangelical pastor he was asked to lead the Charles E. Fuller Institute of Evangelism and Church Growth. He also later became an adjunct instructor atFuller Theological Seminary where his classes set attendance records. Not only was John the leader of the Vineyard Movement, he was an evangelist, worshipleader, songwriter, and pastor. However John is most renowned for his practicalapplication of the Gospel in order to ‘do the stuff' that Jesus did.