Vance Pitman is the senior pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas and a city catalyst for the North American Mission Board's Send Las Vegas church planting strategy.
Raised in a Christian home and mentored by his father, a Southern Baptist minister, Vance surrendered control of his life to Jesus Christ at age 17. At age 18, in response to God's call, he relinquished his life to preach the Gospel and vowed to serve the Lord the rest of his life. He was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1994 at First Baptist Church of Muscle Shoals, Ala. He holds degrees from the University of North Alabama and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.
With a passion for God's kingdom, Vance had a vision to launch a church focused on joining in God's activity locally and globally - thus, Hope Church was born in the fall of 2001. From a small group of 18 adults in a living room, Hope's fellowship has grown to more than 2,000 people in small groups desiring to connect people to live the life of a Jesus follower. Vance has led Hope Church to understand that what God is doing is bigger than one church.
Since its launch, Hope Church has sent hundreds out of its fellowship on mission, invested millions of dollars in God's global activity, and planted more than a dozen churches in the Western United States.
Vance lives in Henderson, Nev., with his wife, Kristie, and their four children, Hannah, Caleb, Elijah and Faith.