Executive Team

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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.

Email Ted - tmax@vale.church

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Jeff Gonzalez, Executive Pastor

Jeff is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Vale Church, which includes, but is not limited to, finances, human resources, ministry and leadership development, staff oversight, and new church initiatives. He works closely with the Lead Pastor to help carry out and execute the vision of the church.

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


Family Ministry

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Chris Torres, Family Pastor

Chris is responsible to cast strategic vision for the children’s and students’ ministries at Vale Church. He works together with members of the staff to integrate family-oriented discipleship and parenting initiatives throughout the church.

Email Chris - ctorres@vale.church
Call Chris - 309.662.8508 Ext.230

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Mike Watkins, Student Pastor

Mike is responsible for the overall direction of Vale Students (6-12th grade). He helps coordinate student services, serving, events, and small groups.

Email Mike - mwatkins@vale.church
Call Mike - 309.662.8508 Ext.224

Abbey Rusher, Children's Director

Abbey is responsible for leading and developing all volunteers in Vale Kids by training, caring and communicating well.

Email Abbey - arusher@vale.church

Jenny Gentes, Elementary Director

Jenny is responsible for coordinating and overseeing weekend programming for the elementary ministry, which includes children in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Email Jenny - jgentes@vale.church

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Kaitlyn Torres, Children's Director - Peoria Campus

Kaitlyn is responsible for leading and developing all volunteers in Vale Kids at our Peoria Campus.

Email Kaitlyn - ktorres@vale.church


Worship Ministry

Cory Stanley, Worship Pastor

Cory is responsible to oversee the worship culture here at Vale Church. He casts the overall vision for Vale Worship, from building and equipping worshippers to planning and coordinating all worship experiences.

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

Dustin Short, Technical Director

Dustin is responsible for all production elements within the worship experience. He oversees all audio, video, and lighting elements within the church. He is responsible for training and building up volunteers within the production ministry.

Email Dustin - dshort@vale.church
Call Dustin - 309.662.8508 Ext. 226

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Danny Schahrer, Worship Leader - Peoria Campus

Danny is responsible for leading worship and managing the worship team at our Peoria Campus.

Email Danny - dschahrer@vale.church

Spiritual Formation

Matt Vagle, Discipleship Pastor

Matt is responsible to provide visionary leadership in developing and executing a discipleship process for both new and existing believers. Matt is responsible for the spiritual growth of adults through the discipleship model Live 2:6 and adult classes.

Email Matt - mvagle@vale.church
Call Matt - 309.662.8508 Ext.225



Kyle Hornsby, Media Director

Kyle is responsible for overseeing the creation of all media content for Vale Church, including graphics, videos, web design, print material, and communication strategies. 

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

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Kyli Kaufmann, Graphic Designer

Kyli is responsible for creating all graphics for the church as well as managing our social media calendar.

Email Kyli - kkaufmann@vale.church



Chrystal Thompson, Guest Services Coordinator

Crystal is responsible for casting a vision of excellence in Guest Services with an emphasis on welcoming, informing, and serving each guest. Guest Services includes the Parking Lot Team, Information Center Team, Greeter Team, Cafe Team, and the Worship Center Team.

Email Chrystal - cthompson@vale.church

Stu Hackman, Growth Track Coordinator

Stu is responsible for execution of our strategy for moving guests into engaging in Vale’s four core values and partnership through Growth Track. 

Email Stu - shackman@vale.church



Lyn Mounce, Office Manager

Lyn is responsible for managing calendar requests for building usage and oversees all giving statements. As director of our ValeCare Ministry, she is the contact person for benevolence and all ValeCare activities. She also serves as the pastoral assistant to Executive Pastor Jeff Gonzalez.

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

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Ashlee Massey, Administrative Assistant

Ashlee is responsible for reception and welcoming at Vale’s front door, receiving all guests, and phone calls. She manages the office needs, oversees the administrative team of volunteers, and is responsible for accounts payable for the church.

Email Ashlee - amassey@vale.church
Call Ashlee - 309.662.8508 Ext.229

Katherine Hornsby, Pastoral Assistant

Katherine is responsible for all database management and serves as the go-to-person for questions regarding Church Community Builder and Planning Center. She also serves as the pastoral assistant to Lead Pastor Ted Max.

Email Katherine - katherine@vale.church


Jeremy Artis, Facilities Director

Jeremy is responsible for assuring successful operation and function of the church’s building and grounds. He is also the ministry leader for our recovery group, Celebrate Recovery.

Email Jeremy - jartis@vale.church


Vale Leadership Team

Bryan Sheppard

Email Bryan - bsheppard@vale.church

Eric Hughes 

Jason Sunkel

Jim Rumps

Paul Krogmeier

Rich Kiefer

Stephen Hill

Todd Berna

Paul Frizzell

Ted Max

Jeff Gonzalez