Say hello to the leadership team at Valley Life

Meet our leadership

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Chris Barker - Lead Pastor

Chris Barker

It has been my joy to Pastor Valley Life Center for the past 14 years and serve in full-time ministry for the last 35 years. I enjoy connecting with people! And I enjoy connecting people with God! He is Amazing! Loving God and Loving People is my call! I am excited about the future, believing that the best is yet to be! 

The love of my life, beside Jesus, is my wife, Crystal, of 38 years. We have two college-age girls, Bethany and Katie.  My hobbies include listening (lol), entertaining babies, reading, music, playing the piano, playing games, and enjoying good food! My favorite desserts: Peach Pie and German Chocolate Cake. I also enjoy working on large LEGO projects.

My Life Verse: Hebrews 13:20-21 - Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

"You cannot exaggerate Jesus" - Pastor Chris

Ted Gibson - Pastor Care

Ted Gibson I am so blessed to be part of Valley Life Center. This was my church as a teenager and it is my joy to be able to reconnect with many from my past and to start new relationships. I have 35 plus years of pastoral ministry and much of what I do for VLC is Pastoral and Benevolence Care. I also serve as a Chaplain for our first responders in Polk County.

My wife, Patty, and I have one daughter, Jennifer, who is married to Levi. They have a set of twins, Ryan and Alexa. We are blessed that they live within 30 miles of us.

I love life and I love people! I love humor and always looking for a way to make others laugh. Jesus truly has blessed me to do the things that I love.

Johnny and Whitney Rodriguez - Youth Pastors

Johnny and Whitney Rodriguez

Pastor Johnny and Pastor Whitney are strong believers in supporting hands-on/student-led ministry, and inquiry-based learning for the youth to reach a level of core values. That will see their worldview change, for their students' family & friends come to Jesus. They involved students in a variety of community services that will show Jesus' love in an authentic way through humanitarian work, the art of drama through human videos, outreach (going to malls to share Jesus and pray with people, and community events.) 

They want to reflect core Christian beliefs. Their focuses are a communicative approach to teaching and living out the gospel. They plan youth services and unified leadership training. Youth will include small groups, student leadership, organizing of Mission trips, and the art of dramas. In addition, Pastor Johnny and Pastor Whitney are alumni of the NCN Assemblies of God program call Pathway apprenticeship. Pastor Johnny was honored at Catalyst Youth Culture for his contributions to the field of youth ministry, studies & research the management of people, public relations, and also the understanding of youth culture.

The mission statement of our youth is "Loving the unloved" showing Jesus and the life change that brings. Lastly, Pastor Johnny and Pastor Whitney want to partner with the parent to help raise godly teenagers.

"You are never too far gone from God to Love you any less; your past is your testimony!"

Jesse and Nikki Ceballos - Worship

Jesse and Nikki Ceballos

We have been attending VLC since childhood and leading worship for the past 3 years. We have been married for 11 years and have three children.

Jesse: My heart for worship is always, first and foremost, honoring Jesus as the most important person in the room. He paid it all, He deserves it all, and He will get my all. I believe God inhabits the praises of His kids. When the King enters the room, everything changes. When my Father entered my room, my life was forever transformed! The impossible became possible!

"As for me and my house we will sing of Your love" Jesse Ceballos