Ricky Venter is currently the senior pastor of Vineyard Brussels, a thriving multicultural church in the heart of Belgium. He and his wife and three children have been living in Belgium for the last four years. Before this, he served ten years as pastor at Fountain Vineyard Fellowship, a church in their home country South Africa.
Ricky is a charismatic and gifted communicator who loves seeing people passionately step into their calling and purpose! Besides being an author has released two books.
With over 20 years of ministry experience ranging from youth and worship pastoring to senior leadership, he can uniquely reach audiences of varying ages and backgrounds engagingly.
Ricky Venter grew up on the wrong side of the proverbial tracks in apartheid South Africa. This testimony has shaped into a powerful message on reconciliation, kingdom culture, and doing mighty exploits for God despite one’s background or humble beginnings.
His story is one of hope and restoration, of a loving Father that will never let us go.
Ari Puonti is the senior pastor of Helsinki Vineyard and the national leader of Vineyard Finland.
Ari has a vision of youth revival and the healing of the sick.
For several decades, Ari has been training Christian counselors and equipping churches to become healing communities for broken people in the areas of relationships and sexuality. He has written four books, the latest book is about theology and power ministry of the Kingdom of God.
Ari likes trance music, gym and gardening in his summer cottage.
Niina Saarikangas is the pastor of Järvenpää Vineyard church. Together with her husband Ville, they have planted and led Overflow church since 2015. In 2022, Overflow merged with Vineyard Uusimaa church and Järvenpää Vineyard was born.
Along with her work as a pastor, Niina is studying to become a solution focused brief therapist and dreams of being able to concretely help people with various questions and challenges in life.
Niina's greatest joy is family, her husband and their four teenage children. Deepening family relationships is close to Niina's heart. She believes that God's love is the most important foundation and basis for growth in all aspects of life. She wants to see love and unity deepen in the church family as well and everyone grow to their God given identity. Strengthening spiritual parenting and inviting and raising children and young people into the Heavenly Father's family are one of Niina's main focuses.
Terhi Ranta-Ojala's day job is a crafts, visual arts and physical education teacher, in addition to being a church planter, a Sunday school teacher and a collector of long triathlons. Terhi's open way of sharing difficulties and overcoming them, with God's miraculous help, has been a blessing to people of different ages over the years. Terhi easily gets excited about big challenges and strange endurance sports.