Who are we?

How it all started...

It started with a calling and a vision and led to us launching a brand new church. The Valley Church, led by small groups of people that desired to help penetrate the lostness in our city, gathered for our first service on September 20, 2015 at Evendale Elementary School. Together we studied Scripture, observed the sacraments, and worshiped Jesus all while going forward to reach the lost in our community.  

Expanding the vision...

Fast forward to today and we now meet in our own building in South Norwood. But our vision and strategy remains the same. We gather to study Scripture, observe the sacraments, worship Jesus and reach out into our lost community to minister to people with the Gospel. 

Where we are headed...

The Lord continues to expand His Kingdom one soul at a time. Our small groups continue to reproduce new small groups, our pastoral team has ordained and installed new pastors, families continue to be added to our membership, and redeemed souls continue to follow the Lord in baptism.

Our approach is simple: Know Jesus and make Him known. We believe the Lord will be exalted and glorified in our worship as long as He remains the focus of our worship. 

Our Pastors

Chuck Smith

Lead Teaching Pastor
Chuck and his wife Rachelle moved to Cincinnati in 2015 to plant The Valley Church. They have 3 wonderful boys, Brentley, Jaxson, and Henry and love being back home in Cincinnati. Chuck grew up in Norwood and is an avid Cincinnati sports fan. He spends his time being obsessed with fantasy football and ultimate frisbee.

Ben Parks III

Pastor
Ben serves as one of the elders at The Valley Church. He and his wife Jessica, along with their 4 daughters, have been apart of our church since early 2019. They lead our prayer ministry and also leads in our evangelism ministry. Ben works as an electrician with his father.

Michael Esch

Pastor
Michael and his wife Kylie and their three children have been at The Valley since 2016. Michael serves as one of the elders in our church. He also leads our small group ministry. Michael loves hiking and reading and leads the podcast “Boring Theology.”

John Forde

Pastoral Candidate
John leads with the kids ministry, bus ministry and is also an elder candidate. He also leads in our small group ministry. John has been attending the Valley since early 2016. He is married to Shalena Forde and works in the educational field. He enjoys helping out at the church and playing basketball.

Ministry Leaders

Shalena Forde

Worship Ministry Team Leader
Shalena leads our worship team and also  helps co-lead a small group with her husband John. Shalena has been attending The Valley since early 2016. She is a second grade teacher in Fairfield and enjoys shopping, attending church events, the women’s ministry, and reading!

Hollie McGuire

Children's Ministry Team Leader
Hollie leads The Valley Kids Ministry and is married to David McGuire. They have two amazing daughters. She has served in children’s ministry with her husband since The Valley Church launched. She believes it is such a blessing to be able to teach children the Word of God and to see their smiling faces each week.

David McGuire

Finance Ministry Team Leader
David, his wife Hollie, and their two daughters were a part of The Valley’s original launch team. He leads the church finance ministry and serves both in The Valley Kids Ministry as well as in the church small group ministry. Dave is the world's biggest Cincinnati Bengals fan and the second best fantasy football player in our church.

Rachelle Smith

Pre-School Ministry
Rachelle and her husband Chuck moved to Cincinnati in 2015 to plant The Valley Church. She leads our pre school ministry and loves serving our children. Rachelle grew up in Maryland and is the daughter of a pastor. She has the honor of raising their three boys from home which gives great flexibility in ministering to the families of pre schoolers.

Ashley Baradihi

Deborah Haddix

Creative Ministry Team Leader
Ashley leads the marketing and media department at The Valley. She’s been apart of our church since our pre-launch phase. Ashley is incredibly gifted in design, marketing, online media, and video production. Anything that has The Valley logo attached to it is the design of Ashley. (And if not then it was made on the black market).

Kylie Esch

Nursery Ministry
Kylie and her husband Mike and their three children have been at The Valley since 2016. She leads The Valley’s nursery ministry and loves serving our families. Kylie has the privilege of homeschooling their children and loves playdates with friends.
The Valley Ladies
Deborah and her husband, Don, came to The Valley in 2018 drawn by the desire to attend church with their local children and grandchildren. Married for more than forty years, they are parents to 3 grown children and their spouses, and grandparents to twelve. Deborah couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to provide leadership for the Women’s Ministry at The Valley. She is passionate about the needs of women, no matter their age or life season and loves watching them grow in relationship with God and one another. When she’s not hanging out with family or serving alongside the ladies of The Valley Church, Deborah ministers to others as an author and speaker.