“I ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers.” 

Ephesians 1:17-19 (MSG)


Our Story

Pastor Raph and Juliana were trained and taught in a real revival context in Brazil since they were teenagers. Raph and Juliana grew up in a successful business family background, but their hearts were set on serving the Lord. When they were sent to plant a “Portuguese speaking church” in Pensacola-FL, they left hundreds of kids and youth members in the church they had served for 14 years. Then in Fort Myers, the new church began with aLifeGroup that had 12 members. The year was 2012. 

From the beginning, Vine Church has focused on reaching those who do not know Jesus as their personal Savior through the context ofLifeGroups that multiply.

It is throughLifeGroups that we fulfill our sole mission on making disciples who make disciples. After seven years in South West Florida, Vine Fort Myers has already multiplied itself, by planting a new church in Richmond-VA (vinechurchrva.com), and also disciples about 350 members weekly in LifeGroups.

Vine Church Fort Myers belongs to a family of more than 1050 churches spread around the world. The Vine International Ministries is a network of churches that strengthen and empower believers across the globe to live an overcomer lifestyle. The goal is to unleash disciples to lead LifeGroups spreading the grace-filled message of the love of Christ, the Gospel.

Vine USA

We want to be a channel of blessings. We are dedicating our lives to spread the Gospel. We understand the Lord’s calling. We have decided to “Go forth”. We pray to see this nation being filled with the Glory of the Lord.


  • Scripture alone: The Bible alone is our highest authority.
  • Faith alone: We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
  • Grace alone: We are saved by the grace of God alone.
  • Christ alone: Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
  • To the glory of God alone: We live for the glory of God alone.

Church & Groups

Making disciples who make disciples

[…] they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. … all who believed were together and had all things in common … day by day … together breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor … the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. 

And every day … from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.

Acts 2:42-47 ; 5:42

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Raphael Fernandes

Raphael Fernandes

Lead Pastor

Raph loves SWFL with all its diversity. With B.A in Physics he taught for 7 years. Trained in YWAM and Vine School of Ministry he served for 14 years a local church in Brazil before planting Vine Church Fort Myers.

Juliana Fernandes

Juliana Fernandes

Kids Pastor

Juliana was full time nurse when became a church planter. Married for 16 years with Raphael they have 3 boys (Andre, Pedro, and Joab, who is now in heaven) she always had a passionate vision to conquer the next generation for Christ, making disciples since childhood.

Tulio Freitas

Tulio Freitas

Youth Pastor

Tulio is a business entrepreneur that serves full time as the Enjoy Movement in Fort Myers. Graduated in VSM he preaches with passion and have a radical vision to reach the young generation of SWFL.

Church is family

When you come to visit Vine Church I promise you will be welcomed as a family member. Life is better together. God is calling all His children back home. – Pr Raph.