MEET OUR STAFF

The leadership team at Valley Church is a mix of those who have been here since the church's founding and those who are just recently joining us. Together, our staff works diligently to represent and pursue the values and mission of Valley.

  • Matt bistayi

    lead pastor

    Matt is the Lead Pastor of Valley Church. He and his family, along with some amazing people, launched the church in 2010. Before planting Valley, Pastor Matt served other churches in student ministry, discipleship ministry, and as lead pastor. 


    Originally from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area, Pastor Matt became a Bronco at Western Michigan University before attending Seminary. Afterwards, he married Shellie, who is a Nurse Care Manager. Together they have two grown kids, Amber and Alex, and a grandson, DJ. Ask him to show you pictures--he'd love to brag!


    Matt gets the most excited about seeing people impacted by the grace of Jesus. He believes that God's love has no boundaries and he is passionate about helping people discover and unleash their God-given potential. 


    Some of Matt's favorite things include cooking, crispy chicken wings, BBQ, traveling, hanging out with friends and family, the Chicago Bears, and finding hope (He's a Bears fan after all). He's a major foodie and is always up for grabbing a bite, hearing your story, and helping you take your next steps with Jesus!

  • zach mcnees

    associate pastor

    Zach was appointed as the Pastor for Discipleship on July 1st, 2019. Before that, he served as the Student and College Ministries director for 5 years at Valley Church. He also serves at the Lead Pastor at Northlawn UMC in Grand Rapids. 


    Pastor Zach is originally from Battle Creek and he came to West Michigan by way of Mount Pleasant (or rather, Central Michigan University). He's married to Sarah, a child and adolescent counselor, and they are the proud parents to Logan (born in January of 2020) and Delilah (she's a cat). 


    Zach's primary responsibilities at Valley are to help lead and serve our Go Group Ministry, provide opportunities for Discipleship and Next Steps, and to work in tandem with Pastor Matt for worship planning. 


    He loves chicken wings, bass guitar, and watching sports, but nothing beats spending some quality time with his family! Zach really likes coffee and would love to buy you one and hear your story!

  • jeremiah shirreffs

    creative arts director

    Jeremiah has been with Valley Church since its founding in 2010, becoming the Worship Director in 2016. Today he serves Valley in countless ways, from leading and organizing worship each Sunday to running tech during a pandemic to graphic design. He is also responsible for developing the look and brand of Valley.


    Originally from Battle Creek, he began studying at Ferris State University and moved on to receive a degree in Industrial Design from the Kendall College of Art and Design. He married Emily in 2016 and the two became parents to their first child, Elias, in September of 2019. They are also parents to Hank and Dallas, two fun-loving Huskies. 


    Miah's favorite moment when he serves at Valley is when the music and the people come together to experience God's presence in a real, tangible way. He works diligently behind the scenes each week to make this experience possible!


    Aside from church, Miah loves to play disc golf, play video games, eating Mexican food, and drinking Dr. Pepper. If you've got talents regarding music, tech, or other creative arts, Miah would love to get in touch with you!

  • sharayah clevenger

    childrens' ministry director

    Sharayah is our wonderful, kind, and goofy Children's Ministry Dirrector at Valley Church. She began her career in Kids Ministry at her home church in Holland, MI in 2015 before joining the Valley team in November of 2017. 


    Before that, she grew up in Zeeland and began earn a college degree in neuroscience at Michigan State University (which is a crazy story that she'd love to tell you about some time!) but now holds a Bachelor's Degree from Cornerstone University in Ministry Leadership with hopes of pursuing a Master's Degree in the future. 


    When asked what she loves most about her job, Sharayah's heart gravitates towards watching kids grow in their faith and being able to partner with parents to guide them on their journey. She is also passionate about ministering to kids and seeing a lightbulb go off above their head when a lesson or an activity really clicks. 


    Sharayah loves a good cup of coffee, playing golf (thought she isn't very good at it,) spending time with friends and family, music of all kinds (yes, even country!) and taking long walks with her husband, Nate, and their son, Owen, who was born in October of 2019. Sharayah can't wait to meet you and your kids (if you have them) and support you in your faith journey!

  • Priyanka bindon

    Director of student ministries

    Priyanka is our Student Ministries Director. Prior to this role, she served in student ministry leadership at Fair Haven Church for 6 years with small groups. She also served for 6 years as a student ministry leader for a camp ministry in West Michigan.

     

    Originally from Jackson, MI, Priyanka grew up in a Hindu household. She began studying at Grand Valley State University in 2012 where the Gospel was shared with her by her RA at the time. Priyanka chose to be baptized in December 2013. She received a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Studio Art and got married in November 2019 to one of her best friends in college, Michael. Together, they recently bought a home in Hudsonville and have three kittens: Wolfie, Cymba (Michael chose that spelling), and Po.

     

    Priyanka hopes to create a community where our students are able to be themselves and where good conversations are held about Jesus. She is excited to hear our students' stories and serve with them.

     

    She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family, playing games, and traveling. Priyanka loves getting to know people so don’t be shy, say hi!

  • elaine ebeling

    office manager

    Elaine is our organizer and planner in the office of Valley church.  She is devoted and passionate about keeping the behind-the-scene life at Valley running smoothly.  Elaine is an idea maker and event planner and loves to work with individuals and teams at Valley to keep things fun and fulfilling. 

    Originally from Nebraska, Elaine moved to Michigan for college at Northwood University.  After marrying George a few years after graduation and eventually settling in Allendale, this community has been home ever since and where they have raised 3 great kids (and several dogs, guinea pigs, chickens, hamsters and even a gecko at one time!).  

    Elaine has been with Valley Church since the very beginning when she heard Matt was launching a new church plant.  Helping build the office from the ground up and working with the team to develop systems and organization has been a fun journey.  Elaine’s passion for ministry and the church is a reflection of the good works Valley Church keeps at the forefront of its vision.  

    Elaine loves good coffee & good chocolate, camping, gardening, reading and spending time with her family.  In her free time Elaine loves all arts -mainly water color painting, as well as cooking, and of course eating!  Elaine and George are big foodies and always up for checking out new restaurants or trying a new recipe.