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About

Our Team




Executive Team

Ted Max

Lead Pastor

Ted is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, and direction of Vale Church. Ted serves as part of the teaching team, as well as Vale’s Leadership Team. If you would like to contact Pastor Ted, please send an email to execadmin@vale.church.

Lauren Wise

Executive Admin

(309) 662-8508 ext. 209 execadmin@vale.church

Lauren works with the executive team to support church-wide initiatives and directly assists Pastor Ted.

Mike Watkins

Ministries Pastor

(309) 662-8508 ext. 204 mwatkins@vale.church

Mike oversees Next Gen Ministries at Vale. He casts overall vision for our Kids, Jr High, and High School teams. This includes building and equipping volunteers, as well as planning and coordinating church wide events and experiences.

Mike Straza

Operations Director

(309) 662-8508 mstraza@vale.church

Mike oversees all operational and financial needs at Vale Church. He works with our Vale Leadership Team to ensure both the building and our staff are functioning successfully.

Corey Willoughby

Associate Pastor of Teaching

(309) 662-8508 ext. 215 cwilloughby@vale.church

Pastor Corey is a part of the teaching team at Vale Church and communicates in our worship experiences. He also helps to provide pastoral care for the Church.

Matt Vagle

Discipleship Pastor

(309) 662-8508 mvagle@vale.church

Matt oversees adult ministries and provides Pastoral follow up at Vale as needed.

Josh Pidgley

Creative Arts Pastor

(309) 662-8508 ext. 207 jpidgley@vale.church

Josh oversees the Creative Arts Team at Vale. He casts overall vision for our Music, Production, and Communications teams, including building and equipping volunteers as well as planning and coordinating all weekend experiences.

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Adult team

Matt Vagle

Discipleship Pastor

(309) 662-8508 mvagle@vale.church

Matt oversees adult ministries and provides Pastoral follow up at Vale as needed.

Jose & Melissa Martinez

Vale Espanol Leaders

(309) 662-8508 adultadmin@vale.church

Jose & Melissa oversee Vale Espanol. They cast overall vision for our Spanish ministry. This includes building and equipping volunteers, as well as planning and coordinating events and weekend experiences.

Hilary Pacha

Small Groups Associate

(309) 662-8508 group@vale.church

Hilary oversees small groups and assists in implementing discipleship programming at Vale Church. She helps get people connected into community at Vale.

Collin Probst

Connections Director

(309) 662-8508 cprobst@vale.church

Collin oversees our guest experience on the weekends and helps people get connected into our core values at Vale.

Jenna Salinas

Adult Ministries Admin

(309) 662-8508 adultadmin@vale.church

Jenna assists all of our Adult Ministry team in implementing events and helping our people take next steps at Vale.

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Next Gen Team

Mike Watkins

Ministries Pastor

(309) 662-8508 ext. 204 mwatkins@vale.church

Mike oversees Next Gen Ministries at Vale. He casts overall vision for our Kids, Jr High, and High School teams. This includes building and equipping volunteers, as well as planning and coordinating church wide events and experiences.

Kevin Kauffman

Youth Pastor

(309) 662-8508 ext. 208 kkauffman@vale.church

Kevin's role is to lead students to look more like Jesus. His focus is to graduate students into a lifetime of following Jesus and creating a space where everyone is welcome.

Emily Goldrick

Next Gen Admin

(309) 662-8508 nextgen@vale.church

Emily is responsible for assisting the NextGen team with administrative tasks, communication, and planning of ministry events.

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Creative Arts Team

Josh Pidgley

Creative Arts Pastor

(309) 662-8508 ext. 207 jpidgley@vale.church

Josh oversees the Creative Arts Team at Vale. He casts overall vision for our Music, Production, and Communications teams, including building and equipping volunteers as well as planning and coordinating all weekend experiences.

Bryce Hyland

Production Director

(309) 662-8508 bhyland@vale.church

Bryce oversees all production (audio, video, and lighting ) elements within worship experiences & events at Vale Church. He is responsible for the training and equipping of volunteers within our production ministry.

Kristin Wooldridge

Worship Associate

(309) 662-8508 kwooldridge@vale.church

Kristin works with our Band and Production teams. She provides planning and organization of both music and production support for our campus events, programs, and weekend services.

Ethan Wepfer

Worship Associate

(309) 662-8508 ewepfer@vale.church

Ethan works with our Band and Production teams. He provides planning and organization of both music and production support for our campus events, programs, and weekend services.

Zach Doebler

Media Co-Ordinator

(309) 662-8508 ext. 203 zdoebler@vale.church

Zach makes sure film and photography is used to capture everything happening at Vale Church.
Zach is also responsible for making sure our social media channels are up-to-date and ensures all information our church members and future members need is right at their fingertips.

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Facilities Team

Mike Straza

Operations Director

(309) 662-8508 mstraza@vale.church

Mike oversees all operational and financial needs at Vale Church. He works with our Vale Leadership Team to ensure both the building and our staff are functioning successfully.

Adam Martinez

Facilities Director

(309) 662-8508 amartinez@vale.church

Adam assures successful operation and function of the church's building and grounds.

Jacob Wilson

Facilities Associate

(309) 662-8508

Jacob is responsible for assisting with day-to-day operations of the building.

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Vale Leadership Team

VLT

Vale Leadership Team

VLT@vale.church

Our Vale Leadership Team (VLT) is comprised of our Lead Pastor and a select group of volunteers.
The VLT serves by giving guidance and accountability to our executive team and Lead Pastor.

Our current VLT members are:
Bruce Tucker
Jacob Kummer
Jeff Cowden
Julie Topping
Marty Thornton
Stephen Hill
Todd Zimmerman
Ted Max

Before joining the Vale Leadership Team, vetted candidates partake in a yearlong training period where they shadow and observe the current VLT.

Each member of the Vale Leadership Team (except those serving ex officio) serves for a one-year term of office unless the Vale Leadership Team appoints the individual for a shorter term of office.  Vale Leadership Team members may serve up to four consecutive terms provided that after four consecutive terms, he or she shall be required to leave the Vale Leadership Team for a period of one-year before being reappointed.  Notwithstanding such term limitations, each such VLT Member shall hold office until his or her successor has been elected and qualified.

You will be able to find some of our VLT members in the lobby after weekend services, and they would love to hear from you! Look for the VLT name badge.

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