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 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 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 God 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!
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!
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