History of Spindle City Vineyard in Cohoes, NY

In the fall of 1998 the first public meeting of Albany Vineyard Church was held in the lobby of the Alpha Pregnancy Care Center in Latham, NY. Two years later, on Easter Sunday, the Vineyard moved to its second location where the church served the community of Latham for 10 years. In 2009, Rick and the leadership of the church felt a call to move the Vineyard from Latham to Cohoes with a vision to have Hands to Serve, Hearts to Love.

After moving to Cohoes, the leadership began searching for a building. They located the First Methodist Church building at 121 Remsen Street and on June 9th, 2009, purchased the building for $50,001. On February 23, 2010 the building was rededicated, marking its 150th anniversary.

On January 3rd, 2016, Vineyard changed its name to Spindle City Vineyard Church, identifying ourselves as part of the City of Cohoes and demonstrating a commitment to grow roots here. We love and desire to be the best possible servants to our community.

Founding Pastor


Rick Colquhoun was raised in central New York, and received Christ when he was 18 years old.

Rick attended Elim Bible Institute in 1978, where he met Brenda. While in school he helped to start Christ Community Church in Clyde, NY, where he and Brenda served after they were married in 1980. Rick continued his education at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester and served on staff at Grace Covenant Church, while also leading a Christian school.

In 1986, Rick heard John Wimber, then leader of the Vineyard Movement, at a pastor's conference. This inspired he and Brenda to move to California where he attended Fuller Theological Seminary's School of World Mission where he acquired his MA in Cross-Cultural Studies and Leadership. He joined the pastoral staff of the Anaheim Vineyard and continued to grow under John Wimber.

While serving on the National Association of Vineyard Churches New Church Development task force, Rick felt called to return to New York State and plant a Vineyard church in the Capital Region. After 11 years of service at the Anaheim Vineyard, Rick, Brenda and their four children moved to Albany, NY to plant the Albany Vineyard Church.

Pastor John Manning


When Rick and Brenda felt it was time to step down from leading the Albany Vineyard Church, the leadership team began pursuing a pastor for the next phase of the church's life.

On December 31st, 2013, John, Shelly and their two kids moved to Cohoes from North Carolina, leaving sand dunes for snow banks. Under the leadership of John, the church re-embraced their Vineyard heritage of being People of the Presence of God. 

In August of 2016, John and Shelly felt called to move on from their post in Cohoes. At that time, associate pastor Brittney Hunt, who had been raised up in leadership by both Rick and John, assumed the role of senior pastor.