Chris Barker

Lead Pastor 

 It has been my joy to pastor Valley Life Center for the past 11 years and serve full-time in ministry for the last 32 years. 

I enjoy connecting with all age groups, as well as, connecting all age groups with my amazing God! I love serving Jesus and His Church and believe the best is yet to be! 

The love of my life beside Jesus includes my wife, Crystal, of 32 years and my two college-age girls, Bethany and Katie. My interests include music, reading, good food, and playing games.






Ted Gibson

Pastoral Care 

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 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. Jesus truly has blessed us as I serve Him by doing the things that I love.






Kirk & Mateasa Bathke

Youth Leaders