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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.

Kirk and Mateasa Bathke

Kirk and Mateasa Bathke

My wife and I have been serving at Valley Life Center for the past seven years as youth directors and young adult leaders. We arrived at VLC on Pastor Chris's first Sunday as the new Lead Pastor. Through the lives of many we have been discipled and trained to be devoted followers of Jesus Christ!

Everywhere we go, we desire to make Jesus known! Everywhere we go, we desire to connect others with the heart and power of God! Everywhere we go, we desire to encourage and mentor others to live out their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ!

We have a love for all of God's people, but we have a special place in our hearts for the youth and young adults of Dallas.

"The prayer: "Pain go, right now, in the name of Jesus" works just fine." - Kirk Bathke

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 two children with another on the way.

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