The Spirit Empowered Life Conference

What the conference is about

This conference is for equipping everyday Christians to do life in the power of the Spirit, empowered to hear the Spirit’s voice and see what the Father is doing so we can facilitate Holy Spirit ministry both outside and inside the walls of the church.

Who’s speaking

We are excited to welcome Steve Nicholson to Southern California.  Steve is senior pastor of the Evanston Vineyard outside of Chicago and has served the Vineyard movement for 40 years training church leaders and church planters around the world.

Steve began ministering as a college student through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the early 1970s. After graduation, he moved to the Chicago area where he and several other twenty-something leaders founded a church (now the Evanston Vineyard) that placed a high priority on contemporary worship, biblical teaching, openness to the Holy Spirit, and committed relationships as a church family.

The Evanston Vineyard is now a diverse congregation from over 50 nations of the world with no majority racial or cultural group. Currently it is one church with three campuses or congregations. Since 1986 the ministry of the Holy Spirit has been a regular and ongoing strength and emphasis of the Evanston Vineyard. In addition over the last 40 years, the Evanston Vineyard has planted ten other congregations in the Chicago area, and another fifteen in other cities and countries.

Steve and his wife, Cindy, live in Chicago. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.

The Schedule

Friday, March 6

  • 7pm – Main Session 1

Saturday, March 7

  • 10am – Main Session 2
  • Saturday, 12-1:30pm – lunch (included)
  • Saturday, 1:30 – 3:30pm – local outreach opportunities.  We’ll practice Spirit empowered encounters around the Oceanside pier.
  • Saturday, 6:00-8:00pm – Main Session 3


We have a program for children up to age 10!

Cost is $15 for the first child, $5 for each additional child.


Coast Vineyard Church and Grace Vineyard Christian Fellowship are co-hosting this conference in Grace Vineyard’s venue, a 1950’s movie theater in the heart of downtown Oceanside, CA, a flourishing community in the midst of a fresh and exciting revitalization.    The address is 102 N. Freeman Street, Oceanside, CA.


Early Bird Price is $35 through February 28th. Price increases to $45 on February 29th. Click here to register.


There are several hotel options near the venue.  Here are a few recommendations (note, there are no group-rates for this conference):

SpringHill  Suites by Marriott (within walking distance)

Wyndham Oceanside (within walking distance, but a bit farther – approx 1/2 mile)

Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach (6.1 miles from venue)

Need more info?

Contact Rob Kaspar

Phone: 858-456-5045