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Vine & Branches is an open community of Christian students on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.  Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus through relationships to transform our campus and the world.  We value community, hospitality and discipleship. We hope to help one another leave NKU not just with a degree, but a real sense of God's calling on our lives.

V&B, formerly known as the Northern Kentucky Wesley Foundation (still the official name of our non-profit), is a United Methodist campus ministry serving all students since 1976 on the ever-changing campus of Northern Kentucky University. We are open to all students, regardless of church affiliation.  We gather to worship, eat, to study, to serve, and to build community.  We’d love to connect with you!

We have a student center located adjacent to campus at 15 Clearview Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41076.  Click here for a super fun map and directions.




Mike Girdwood leads our ministry. A lifelong sports fan, geek, board and card gamer, you will probably find him smiling, trying to rein in weird and wonderful thoughts about the seemingly random connections God has made. He claims to be a bard, "a jack of all trades, master of none", and has a knack for knowing a little about a lot and a lot about a little. Mike is passionate about meeting people who are pursuing their passions, helping them to their goals. He graduated with a bachelors degree from Milligan College in Johnson City, TN and has attended multiple seminaries as part of his official course of study. 

Mike is married to his much more impressive wife, Sonya. They live in Fort Thomas with Yeti the Snowflake, a terrifying house cat.

Mike loves Jesus, Sonya, his family, rising generations and V&B, FC Cincinnati, the Denver Broncos, the LA Dodgers, the Illinois Fighting Illini, cooking, reading, learning, loving, Green Arrow, the MCU, most everything Star Wars... and you. Mike loves you.

Come in sometime and meet him!

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