Vernon Rainwater serves as the Lead Pastor of Northland Church in Orlando, Florida. He has been a part of Northland since 1985 when his background in law enforcement and social work led him to Florida to work in adolescent counseling and community development. In 1990 he became a pastor at the church. Vernon and his wife, Connie, have co-labored at Northland in a variety of roles that include student ministry, music, global service and compassion ministry. Along the way, the arts have been a major focus of their work, which led to his founding the Northland Foundation for the Arts in 1992, a foundation dedicated to supporting and encouraging the church's role in being the patron and developer of arts in the community. Vernon and Connie have two adult daughters and live in Casselberry, Florida.