Meet the Meekins Family
Christopher and Nicole Meekins have been serving together in church ministry since 2005. Raised and educated in Ohio and Minnesota, they established themselves in Columbus, Ohio where they grew together as a couple and started their family. In 2015, they felt led to move Los Angeles to begin the work of planting the new church. It has been an incredible journey that has led them to Santa Monica. In their down time, you'll find them hanging out at great coffee shops, exploring LA’s food scene, and spending time with friends new and old. You'll always find laughter and life at the Meekins home with their little one Maren.
CHRISTOPHER MEEKINS, PASTOR
Chris’s life was dramatically transformed by an encounter that changed his family’s life. Growing up in Cleveland, his family was radically changed by Jesus and the power of the church. Chris found himself steeped in a few ways thinking and living that were new to his family. As he grew older, he came to believe in Christ for salvation. Chris’s consistent experiences with God have led him to devote the rest of his life to help and equip his friends and his neighbors to come to know Jesus.
Chris has ministry experience the Vineyard Association of Churches, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Young Life, FCA, and Navigators. He served with Vineyard Columbus Church on pastoral staff from 2005-2012. During his time, Chris helped to launch a campus ministry on various central Ohio campuses including The Ohio State University. After this, Chris served Ashland Theological Seminary on administrative staff and launched a successful real estate business. He holds a BA in Political Science and Religion from Ashland University, a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. His final thesis project explored a strategy for launching new churches in large US cities.
Chris’s passion is to lead people to experience the love of God in Jesus. He has a burden to call the church to experience spiritual awakening and see people fulfill their God-given purpose. Currently, Chris resides in Santa Monica, CA with his wife Nicole and their daughter, Maren.
Nicole grew up in North Mankato, Minnesota before moving to Ohio to attend college, start her career in Columbus, and marry Chris. Growing up in the Catholic tradition, she always affirmed the faith of her family. In college, she became fully aware of the importance of Jesus and his role in her life. She has experienced ongoing connection with God—watching how he has transformed her life as well as the lives of her friends.
Nicole has ministry experience with Vineyard Columbus Church serving in lay counseling and student mentoring. She played a central role in developing the campus ministry at The Ohio State University.
In Columbus, Ohio, Nicole was a Scientist and Section Head in Analytical Development and Quality Control with Boehringer Ingelheim. She currently works as a Quality Assurance Laboratory Manager for Johnson and Johnson in Los Angeles at Neutrogena Headquarters. She holds a BS in Chemistry from Ashland University, and a MS degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs.
Nicole is thrilled to be a working mom while managing multiple labs—doing her best to lead both men and women to reach their fullest potential. She has a burden to see more women discover their calling in their home, neighborhood, and profession. She loves her neighborhood in Santa Monica and is excited for Maren to start kindergarten in the fall.