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 6:30-8:00pm for a time of fun, a relevant message and small group space, snacks, 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!

2019 Mission Trip

This next summer, Unleashed is returning to Cass Community Social Services in the Cass Corridor of Detroit, MI a neighborhood in the heart of the city that is experiencing a great renaissance. Unleashed first served with Cass back in 2017 and our students asked to return and serve there again to help meet the many ongoing needs that are there.

The total cost of this trip is only $250 per person, which includes a $75 deposit per person, due at the time of registration. This includes transportation, food, evening activities, supplies, and much more for the trip. Any extra donations to help meet needs that Cass Community Social Services might have would be greatly appreciated!

Registration closes on November 25. Spaces are limited at Cass, so register today! You can register here.

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 nights (doors open at 6:15, service starts at 6:30) (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 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:

  • luke ferrell - student ministries co-director & 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 - STUDENT MINISTRIES CO-DIRECTOR & high 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! 

  • Ryan Elliott - unleashed worship leader

    Ryan is a huge part of the Unleashed team, bringing his God-given gift of music, worship, and humor to the table every Sunday night! He hails from Portland, MI and is in the Engineering School and Honors College at GVSU. He and his fiancee Shea are very involved in the College Life Ministry here at Valley Church!

  • 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.

  • sarah Hoekzema - middle school girls leader

  • kristy longcore - middle school girls leader