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, and 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."


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


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/Communications Director

Kyle joined the staff here at Vale in October 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, and being a church culture guru.

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


Kyli Kaufmann, Elementary Director

Kyli joined the staff at Vale in August 2016. She graduated from Judson University in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Visual Communications and moved to Bloomington shortly after. Kyli has a love for creativity and is passionate about mentoring children. From a young age, she has adored serving in children’s ministry and guiding young hearts and minds to love the Lord, and in turn, to love others.

Kyli married her handsome husband Brant in 2009. In April 2012, they had their daughter Alli and in 2014, welcomed their son Cole.

Kyli loves soccer, all outdoor activities and any type of game in general. She may be a tad on the competitive side!

Email Kyli - kkaufmann@vale.church


Lyn Mounce, Office Manager

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


Dustin Short, Technical Director

Dustin joined the staff at Vale in January 2017. He attended Cincinnati Christian University and graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies. He has always had a passion for audio/visual production and creating worship environments to help lead people to Christ. Outside of church, he enjoys bowling, watching college and professional sports, and playing video games.

Dustin has been married to his beautiful wife, Chrissy, since 2010; and they have two great kids, Kai and Sutton. They love spending time with friends and family.

Email Dustin - dshort@vale.church

Call Dustin - 309.662.8508 Ext.226


Ashley Snodgrass, Administrative Assistant

Ashely joined the Vale staff in August 2016. She graduated from Kendall College in Chicago, specializing in baking and pastry in 2014. Ashley loves being creative in any way possible but her ultimate passion is serving and interacting with others in a way that cultivates encouragement.

Her goal is to be an extension of God’s love and grace to each person she meets. In her free time she enjoys baking, calligraphy, walking her puppy, and being outdoors. She also has an obsession with coffee and probably drinks it a little too much!

Email Ashley - asnodgrass@vale.church

Call Ashley - 309.662.8508 Ext.229