Welcome to VIVE Church!

We believe people are the reason God sacrificed His son on the cross. People are extremely valuable to God and therefore VIVE church believes in that same value of people. We value an individual’s creativity and diversity. As a microcosm of the church and God’s first established earthly institution, we value the family unit. It is our firm conviction that churches should add value to the cities and towns they are a part of. The driving question for VIVE is: if we ceased to exist as a church , would the city know, and would they care?

Who We Are

Randy Knechtel is the founding and Lead Pastor of VIVE Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Randy is a gifted communicator and teacher-driven by his desire to introduce people to the life-changing message of Jesus.

Randy & Robin along with an awesome staff and a dedicated leadership team are committed to make  VIVE Church a vibrant new church with a refreshing application of faith and culture.

We are Attractional: Utilizing our location, facility, technology, resources and creativity we will develop a message and programs that connect with people and assists in connecting them with God.

We are Relational: We are intentional about connecting with people in genuine life-giving relationships, where a sense of community, a place to belong permeates every gathering. The goal is a biblical fellowship where each person feels valued and cared for.

We are Missional: by understanding our culture and connecting with people who need Jesus. We don’t wait for them to come, we “GO” to where the people are. We lay aside the trappings of our subculture group of Christianity and we “incarnate culture” we “learn so that we can lead”.  In one closed hand, we hold the unchanging truths of our theology and on the other open hand, we hold the many cultural ways of showing and speaking Christian truth.

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This is who we are!