Ted Max, Lead Pastor

Pastor Ted is the Lead Pastor of Vale Church in Bloomington IL. His passion is creating environments where people who are far from God can connect with the truth of Christ through media, art, & technology. This passion pushes Ted in his creativity, communication, and leadership.

Ted is married to the love of his life Amy and they have three children Addison, Ariana, and Asher.

Ted's philosophy on ministry - "I try to get out of the way of what God wants to do, then find a way to join Him in what He is doing."

Email Ted - tmax@vale.church
Call Ted - 309.662.8508 Ext.221


Jeff Gonzalez, Executive Pastor

Jeff Gonzalez joined the staff at Vale in Spring of 2014. He is a pastor, teacher, coach, motivator, networker, and counselor; Jeff’s passion is helping people reach and exceed their potential, through a ministry of building and empowering an army to impact the kingdom. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Education from Lancaster Bible College as well as a Master of Science in Business from the University of Memphis. 

Jeff and his beautiful wife Sonya have been married since 1998, and have 5 wonderful children; Abby, Mason, Liam, Ella, and Charlotte. There is never a dull moment in the Gonzalez household. The kids are very active and are involved in soccer, football, dance, church, and whatever else comes their way. Jeff loves the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, and playing football and baseball with his boys.

Email Jeff - jgonzalez@vale.church
Call Jeff - 309.662.8508 Ext.222


Cory Stanley, Worship Pastor

Cory Stanley joined the staff here at Vale in Summer 2016. He has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and is pursuing a Masters degree in Worship Studies. Cory is passionate for cultivating worshippers for Christ through the avenue of creative arts. He loves building and cultivating relationships and having purposeful discipleship while creating worship sets. When Cory isn't at work he enjoys playing/watching sports, working out, family, and drinking an unhealthy amount of Coke Zero.

He has been married to his amazing bride Liesel for 12 years and they have 3 beautiful children: Cooper, Kiptyn, and Kearsten. They love family time together and movie nights with popcorn and Netflix.

Email Cory - cstanley@vale.church
Call Cory - 309.662.8508 Ext. 227


Cory Boerm, Children's Pastor

Cory joined the staff of Vale in August 2014 in a move that brought him from the great state of Texas. From about the age of eighteen, Cory knew that he was called to serve children and their families and earned a degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in ministry and psychology. It was also in college that he met and married his wife Christy. Since graduating, they have served in various children’s ministries and have been blessed with three children of their own. 

Cory’s passion is for Vale Kids to be a fun and exciting place where kids want to come and learn about God’s plan for their lives while creating opportunities to train and equip parents to model faith at home. He also enjoys helping volunteers find their “sweet spot” – the place where they can best use their gifts to serve God and others.

Email Cory - cboerm@vale.church
Call Cory - 309.662.8508 Ext. 225


Jeremy Irwin, Student Pastor

Jeremy joined the staff at Vale in November 2013. He graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry, and has been serving for the past 6 years in North Carolina.

He has been married to his wife, Brooke, since 2007. They have three sons Cayson, Zachary, and Ashton. They are very excited to see where God leads them in the future!

Email Jeremy - jirwin@vale.church
Call Jeremy - 309.662.8508 Ext.224


Mark Weaver, Connections Pastor

Mark has an incredible passion to see people from whatever life’s journey discover Christ and His purpose for their life. Mark joined the staff at Vale November 2015 after previously moving his family across the country out of a faith filled next step to serve Vale in whatever capacity he could. He believes wholeheartedly in our mission and what God is doing and wants to do through Vale Church.

Mark’s passion leads him to create opportunities for Vale to be engaged in our community to make an impact through service projects, special events, and church-wide initiatives.  

Mark married his beautiful wife, Amanda, in December 2010. Had their first daughter, Eliseva, in 2012 and their second daughter, Edith, in 2014.

Email Mark - mweaver@vale.church
Call Mark - 309.662.8508 Ext.230


Kyle Hornsby, Media Director

Kyle Hornsby joined the staff here at Vale in Fall 2011. He graduated from George Mason University in May 2011 with a degree in Film and Media Studies and a minor in Art and Visual Technology. Kyle enjoys using media to tell the story of life change, as well as telling the story of a loving savior who came to bring us to life.  When Kyle isn't at work he enjoys playing volleyball, watching movies, being a church culture guru, and wearing v-necks.

He married his beautiful bride Katherine in September of 2014. They love laughing and goofing off and spend an unhealthy amount of time on Hulu and Netflix.


Email Kyle - khornsby@vale.church
Call Kyle - 309.662.8508 Ext.228


Benjamin Swineford, Technical Director

Benjamin and his wife, Karen, began attending Vale in 2012, when he started working toward a Master's degree in Divinity. After finishing his degree in 2014, Benjamin continued to serve in various roles at Vale, including the production team and Vale's Leadership Team. In June 2016, Benjamin joined the staff as the Technical Director, overseeing the various aspects of technology and production used throughout the church.

Benjamin is passionate about using technology as an avenue for teaching people to carry out the mission of the Gospel in creative, innovative ways.

Benjamin and Karen have been married since 2011. They welcomed their first child, Oliver, in 2015. They love game nights, grilling out, and lots of laughter!


Email Benjamin - bswineford@vale.church
Call Benjamin - 309.662.8508 Ext.226


Lyn Mounce, Administrative Assistant

Lyn joined the Vale staff in March, 2015. She has had a variety of life experiences preparing for service here, and she loves the opportunity to be part of the Lord’s work at Vale. Lyn is also a Chaplain, and has a passion for ministry, for connecting people/projects/process and enjoys hearing the “life story” of people she meets.

Lyn and her husband David live near Downs. They have six fabulous kids (including one son-in-law and one-daughter-in-law) and one absolutely delightful grand-daughter—so far.

Email Lyn - lmounce@vale.church
Call Lyn - 309.662.8508 Ext.223


Amanda Berry, Administrative Assistant

Amanda joined the Vale staff in March of 2016. Amanda is from Las Vegas, Nevada and has been living in Bloomington/Normal for 4 years. She is passionate about creating space for people to connect, living each day with joy rooted in the Lord, and helping people however she can. 

When Amanda isn’t at work she enjoys the outdoors, watching Netflix, and eating tacos with friends.

Email Amanda - aberry@vale.church
Call Amanda - 309.662.8508 Ext.229