This is our team - They aren't perfect, and they don't pretend to be. We exist as a team to connect people to God, and to one another through Vital Truth and Explosive Love.
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, & technology. This passion pushes Ted in his creativity, communication, and leadership.
Ted is married to the love of his life Amy and they have two children Addison and Ariana.
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."
You can learn more about Ted by visiting his blog at www.tedmax.com
Email Ted - firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Ted - 309.662.8508 Ext.221
Jeff Gonzalez, Executive Pastor
Jeff has been in ministry for over 15 years. 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 wife Sonya have been married for over 16 years and have 5 children, ranging 14 years from youngest to oldest. 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 with his boys.
Email Jeff - email@example.com
Call Jeff - 309.662.8508 Ext.222
Matt Vagle, Small Groups Pastor
Matt has been serving as the Small Groups Pastor since 2011. He loves to disciple and mentor leaders who can change the world. Matt also serves on the missions team and loves to see the community change as we demonstrate the love of Christ. He has a passion for leading and facilitating mission trips whenever and wherever he can.
He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Ministry and Leadership from Dallas Christian College, and completed his master’s degree in Spiritual Formation at Lincoln Christian Seminary. Matt married Heather, his High School sweetheart, in July of 2009. They have one daughter, Avery, and are in the process of adopting a baby boy!
Email Matt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Matt - 309.662.8508 Ext.223
Cory Boerm, Children's Pastor
Cory joined the staff of Vale in August 2014 in a move that brought him from the great state of Texas. From about the age of eighteen, Cory knew that he was called to serve children and their families and earned a degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in ministry and psychology. It was also in college that he met and married his wife Christy. Since graduating, they have served in various children’s ministries and have been blessed with three children of their own.
Cory’s passion is for Vale Kids to be a fun and exciting place where kids want to come and learn about God’s plan for their lives while creating opportunities to train and equip parents to model faith at home. He also enjoys helping volunteers find their “sweet spot” – the place where they can best use their gifts to serve God and others.
Email Cory - email@example.com
Call Cory - 309.662.8508 Ext. 225
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Jeremy - 309.662.8508 Ext.224
Jordan Shaft, Worship Pastor
Jordan recently joined the Vale staff in December 2013. He has been leading worship for over 10 years and has a passion to see the people of God, near and far, experience Christ through an atmosphere of worship. He also enjoys raising up musicians and bringing out the best in their God given talents.
He married his wife Stephanie in 2009, and they have two daughters together, Emery and Aria.
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Call Jordan - 309.662.8508 Ext.226
Kyle Hornsby, Media Specialist
Kyle Hornsby joined the staff here at Vale in Fall 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, being a church culture guru, and wearing v-necks.
He married his beautiful bride Katherine in September of 2014. They love being newlyweds and spend an unhealthy amount of time on Netflix.
Email Kyle - firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Kyle - 309.662.8508 Ext.228
Lindsey Hulen, Administrative Assistant
Lindsey joined the Vale staff in April, 2014 and is excited to be involved in all that God is doing through Vale Church. She and her husband, Eric moved to Bloomington from Lafayette, IN in February. She loves administrative work and has previous admin experience in both church and school settings. Lindsey graduated from Bethel College in 2008 with a degree in Exercise Science and does personal training in her free time.
Lindsey married the love of her life in May, 2013 after meeting him on Christian Mingle (watch for their commercial on TV!) They love to stay active and enjoy playing volleyball almost every night of the week. They have 2 ‘children’…a lab named Pisce and a pit bull named Bailey.
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Call Lindsey - 309.662.8508 Ext.229