A Place to Be Yourself

shed 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!

Our 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!

Click HERE for the Jan - April UnLeashed Calendar

Missional Focus

We want to give our students opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus whenever they can. As Christians, we are called to be the change in our own communities and to be the difference makers throughout all nations!

We are sending a team to Eastern Shore, VA from July 30 through August 6 for a mission trip through YouthWorks and would appreciate your prayers for their service.

Other mission projects have been serving at Degage Ministries, Love INC of Allendale, and Kids Food Basket.

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:


Meet the Staff

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.

  • Cassie Alderink - Middle School Ministry

    Cassie is the perfect fit for our Middle School Ministry at Valley Church. She is a pun master and a meme queen who has a heart for the "awkwardness" and challenges that come from Middle School. She is originally from Overeisel, MI and is studying Youth Ministry at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids.

    Connect with her at calderink@valleychurchallendale.org

  • ellorie Kenyon - High school ministry

    Ellorie is our High School Ministry Intern at Valley and she is one who has an eye and a heart for creating a space where students can come in and be themselves! She has a clever mind and is amazing at making the Bible and Faith applicable and relevant for our students. She is originally from Holland, MI and is studying English at Grand Valley State University with hopes to attend Seminary upon graduation.

    Connect with her at ekenyon@valleychurchallendale.org

  • Zach McNees - Director of Student Ministry

    Zach helps oversee all levels of Student Ministry from Middle School through College-Aged 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 2 years and has 10 years experience overall in Student Ministry. He is passionate about laughter and real talk, sporting events and band concerts and everything in between!

    You can connect with him at zmcnees@valleychurchallendale.org