A Place to Be Yourself

Unleashed Student Ministries exist at Valley Church so that the students of the community might come to know Christ and experience a bold life change as the church of today, and the trailblazers of the church tomorrow!


All students (grades 6-12) are welcome to be a part of Unleashed in a community that will be accepting of everyone in a space set up for a great time and the highlight of your week!


Students meet EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT from 5:30-7:30pm for a time of food, fun, relevant message and discussion, and amazing community. We believe it will be the best part of a students week!

All 6th-12th grade students are welcome! Just come on in!





Upcoming Events

As the school year opens up, take a look at the 2017 Fall Calendar that you can download here.


Fall_2017_Unleashed_Calendar.pdf


How Can I Connect?

Our doors are open every week for any student in 6th-12th grade regardless of church experience, personality type, background, or preferred sports team. You can connect by simply showing up on Sunday night at 5:30 (bringing a friend to experience it with you makes it easier!) and leave ready for the next week.



You can also email our Student Ministry Director, Zach McNees at:

zmcnees@valleychurchallendale.org

Meet the Team

Valley Church is blessed to have some amazing staff and volunteer leaders that have a heart for connecting with the Students in Middle and High School. Whether it's through great conversations and ridiculous memories made on Sunday nights at Unleashed or by simply meeting up for Taco Bell or a Tuesday afternoon Volleyball match, our team is passionate about meeting students where they are and helping them to do the same for their peers. Meet the small group leaders that help our students connect their stories to God's greater story:

  • Ben fahey - high school guys leader

    Ben hails from Indiana (kind of) and lives in the West Side of GR where he works as an IT Specialist for Our Daily Bread Ministries. He loves making puns, playing video games, taking care of his garden, making puns, watching the Cleveland sports, and making puns. Ben is the veteran of the Unleashed team with 4 years of serving at this ministry.

  • luke ferrell - high school guys leader

    Luke Ferrell is originally from Ohio and has lived in this area with his wife, Madey, for a few years now. He graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Education and is now working as an Early Childhood teacher in the Holland area. He loves watching Cleveland sports, reading fairytales, sitting in boats, drinking tea, looking at art and singing in the car. He is excited to share his God’s love with others and cannot wait to be part of what He is doing at Unleashed.

  • madey ferrell - middle school girls leader

    Madelyn (Madey) has lived with her husband, Luke, in the Grand Rapids area for a few years now. She is from Toledo, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University. She is currently in Merchandising at Meijer Corporate. She loves hiking, kayaking, beaching, good tunes, redecorating, discovering new places to eat, board games, traveling, and crafting. Madey is excited to be a leader because having a leader she could confide in when she was in youth group played a huge part in who she is today, and she would love a chance to be that for someone else. Madey can’t wait to see how God moves through the hearts of our students and herself throughout this year! 


  • sarah mcnees - high school girls leader

    Sarah is originally from Potterville in the Lansing area and is finishing up her Master's Degree in Counseling at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. She is passionate about laughing, helping people feel known and loved, Pinterest, dancing like no one is watching, and spending time with her cat Delilah and husband Zach (sometimes in that order!). Sarah is excited to be at Unleashed because she knows that God is working in the lives of teenagers and loves to see them connect their story with God's!

  • Zach McNees - Director of Student Ministry and middle school guys leader

    Zach helps oversee all levels of Student Ministry from Middle School through College-Age and is so excited about seeing a Church leadership movement come up from these age groups. He has been on staff at Valley for over 3 years and has 10 years experience overall in Student Ministry. He is passionate about laughter and real talk, sporting events, band concerts and everything in between! His wife Sarah is his partner in crime and does her best to keep him in line.


    You can connect with him at zmcnees@valleychurchallendale.org