Vertical Church

Inspire | Develop | Empower

Who We Are

Vertical Church (formerly known as Living Word Ministries) is a life-giving, multicultural, multigenerational church where people of all races, backgrounds and walks of life come together to worship, to be inspired in their love for God, to develop relationships and be empowered to live out His purpose for their lives.

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What to Expect

What are services like?

Our Celebrations are about 90 minutes long and include a dynamic and passionate time of worship through a variety of musical styles. Often, there is a dramatic sketch or a thought-provoking multimedia presentation exploring the weekend’s theme. Pastor Ken Vance consistently teaches the Bible in a relevant, simple, yet engaging style. His messages pertain to everyday life and are designed to provide insight to help people, whether new to faith or well-seasoned, deal with real life issues. You will notice that Vertical Church is very contemporary, up-beat, and simply put, fun, but more importantly, we are a Christ-centered church.

What is the community like?

You’ll notice we have no dress code. You’ll see a wide variety of attire from suit and tie to jeans. Just come as you are. Our main desire is that you will feel comfortable. Our church family is as diverse as our style of dress. Vertical Church is a life-giving, multicultural, multi-generational church where people of all races, backgrounds and walks of life come together to worship, grow in their relationship with God and discover authentic relationships. Your children will also be warmly welcomed. Children six weeks to grade k can be checked in to our underwater themed Discovery Cove Nursery and Preschool to be cared for, ministered to and loved on by our team. School age kids can be checked in to Vertical Kids for an awesome service designed just for them.

What if I'm not a Christian?

We know that it can be a little intimidating visiting a church for the first time. That is why we love to make our guests feel welcomed and at home. When you visit us, you’ll be greeted at the door by one of our friendly members. Our Info Centers, staffed by lots of friendly people who would love to help you out in any way that they can, are great places to ask questions and find out more about Vertical Church. Stop by our Connexus Café before or after each celebration for a warm cup of coffee or choose from our selection of specialty drinks and variety of baked goods.

Our Services

Sunday: 09:00am and 11:00am
Wednesday: 07:00pm

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225 Meloy Rd
West Haven, CT 06516-3035
(203) 934-9673

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About Us


English, Spanish

Size: Large

Contemporary, Hillsong-style

Casual, Creative

Daycare, Preschool, Youth Group, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Community Service, Nursery, Missions

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Our Services

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Sunday 11:00am:
Wednesday 07:00pm:

Church Leader

Ken  Vance

Ken Vance

Pastor Ken Vance is a dynamic pastor and teacher from West Haven, Connecticut, with a unique and powerful gift for presenting the Word of God. Pastor Ken’s creativity and humor make understanding the good news of Jesus Christ easy, his conversational approach equips people to be all they can be in living out their redemptive purpose. Pastor Vance earned an Associate’s degree in Business Administration and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. In 1996, he married his wife, Kathy, and together they have two sons, Ryan and Austin. Before entering full-time ministry, Ken Vance pioneered a successful insurance agency in 1984. He left secular employment in 1998 to assume the role of Associate Pastor at, what was then known as, Living Word Ministries. Pastor Ken became the Senior Pastor in November 2004. Under his leadership, Vertical Church is moving forward and is reaching the New Haven area, as well as the world, with God’s love and transforming power. With a heart for revival and an understanding of the times we live in, God is using Ken Vance across cultural and generational divides to proclaim the healing, delivering, life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

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