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Ministry Assistant

Julie Cloninger

julie@thevine.cc
Julie Cloninger was born and raised in south Alabama and received her B.A. in Liberal Studies at Brenau University. She married Curt Cloninger one month after her twenty-first birthday and together they continue to rear and home-educate their five children. She believes that parenthood is the surest way to sanctification and that service in and to family is the best place to start in service to Christ.

Julie grew up in the United Methodist Church, pursued Jesus in the PCA denomination during college, attended and ministered to children in the Vineyard Church for the first ten years of married life, and has been worshipping since then in the Waynesville Vine of the Mountains fellowship. It is her desire to serve God by serving the people at Vine of the Mountains Church as that community journeys onward toward Christ in this world in fellowship and service to each other and the kingdom of God.

Two of Julie’s favorite verses are James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” And Daniel 3:17- 18 “ If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

In her free-time, Julie enjoys sewing, knitting, hand-embroidering, baking, gardening, dancing, reading, and watching shows and learning with her husband and five children.

"Our vision: A small group for discipleship and genuine Christian fellowship for all who attend The VIne."


Vinelife is our version of Small groups. Vinelife is divided into trimesters. Semester one is Sermon Semester (September- early December); semester two is Study Semester (late January- April); and semester three is Specialty Semester ( June-July). At the beginning of each semester, members are given the opportunity to change groups for schedule changes or interest changes. At the beginning of each semester, members are given the opportunity to change groups for schedule changes, interest changes, or just to shake it up a bit and welcome new folks into our lives.

How can I join a Vinelife group?

First fill out the form below and let Julie know what your interests are. Share things like what day of the week works well for your schedule, if you want a group near your home, if you need childcare. She’ll get back in touch with you and let you know about some possibilities.

What do Vinelife groups study?

Our study focus changes. Sometimes it stems from our Sunday messages. Sometimes it stems from a book we are reading and studying together. In a Vinelife group, we ask questions from the sermon or book and study passages of scripture together.  Special interest groups form for the summer semester as well. Got an idea for one? Let us know.

Can I host a Vinelife group in my own home?

You sure can and it’s easy. Opening your home to a Vinelife group is a great way to build instant friendships. Nothing special is required.

What does it take to lead a Vinelife group?

We like our Vinelife leaders to be members of our church, so that would be the first order of business. After that, Julie has a simple plan to help you engage as a group leader. There is regular support, care and times to gather as leaders to be encouraged.

What if I can’t commit to a Vinelife group for all the semesters?

No problem. What’s important to us is that you get connected. Even when you can’t make a meeting time, your group will pray for you and include you in all their communications so when the time is right you can jump back in.

What else to Vinelife groups do?

One goal is for Vinelife groups to serve together. Opportunities arise throughout the year to be engaged in helping others. Sometimes we serve a member of our group or larger church family and sometimes we serve people in the community.  We enjoy times of fellowship over a meal or dessert.  We pursue relationships with our distant college students.  Each small group "adopts" a college student and keeps up with correspondence and care packages.  We pray together and enjoy the blessing of seeing God change things in our lives.


Connect with a small group

Being in Vinelife group is part of the DNA of Vine of the Mountains. These groups provide prayer, love, support, and encouragement as life sometimes brings it’s challenges. We encourage everyone to be in a Vinelife group in order truly experience the transformation God has for us. Got more questions? Fill click on the email link below and let Julie know your thoughts. Please be sure to include:
* your first and last name)
* area of town in which you live
* whether you need child care
* Are you interested in either leading
or hosting a small group?

julie@thevine.cc