Ed & Michele Carter

Ed & Michele Carter

Senior Pastors

Senior Pastors Ed and Michele Carter have a heart passion for helping people step into the amazing plans God has for their lives.

Answering a call from Psalm 78, they launched Valley Church in 2007 with a vision to empower a new generation. Ed and Michele firmly believe in the future of the local church, and its essential role in the community.

Ed is a strong leader and strategist with a gift in developing leadership potential in others. He is a dynamic speaker who communicates from the heart with energy. Michele loves people and has a passion for making church welcoming to everyone and a place people can call home.

Ed and Michele have been married for nearly 30 years and have three children, Jonathan, Thomas and Abigail. As a family they love food, adventurous holidays and skiing.

Dave & Mel Scholes

Dave & Mel Scholes

Executive Pastor & Service Pastors, South Preston

Pastors Dave and Mel are passionate about taking the church forward to reach its full potential in the name of Jesus.

Dave is a great encourager, helping people to use the amazing gifts they have been blessed with. In addition to being a very talented guitarist, he is a great strategic planner and delivers God’s Word with relevance and wisdom for a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Mel has a great heart for people and loves to preach God's Word with passion.

Dave and Mel met during their studies at Hillsong International Leadership College, Sydney, Australia. They have three daughters; Eleanor, Felicity and Amelie.

Jo Nicol

Jo Nicol

Executive Pastor

Pastor Jo loves Jesus and His Church, and wants everyone to experience Him for themselves. She wholeheartedly believes people can discover that God is always faithful to them and has a great plan for their lives.

Jo has been a part of the Valley team since the beginning. She has leadership abilities and a 'yes' attitude that have seen her leading in many areas from cafe to youth to event design. She currently oversees our pastoral and Comms departments. Her strategic mind thrives off learning from the past and making future plans to see the church go forward.

Jo, who works part time as a district nurse, is married to Dave who owns his own electrical business and serves regularly bringing his skills to the production team. Together they have two boys, Joshua and Benjamin who are full of energy and have inherited Jo and Dave's passion for church.

Ben & Mel Clarke

Ben & Mel Clarke

Service Pastors, South Preston 10:30am

Ben and Mel Clarke love people and believe that all can find a home in the house of God.

They are happily married with a son, Micah, and their other baby… a toy poodle called Rey.

They love to travel and explore new places but are just as happy having people round to their house for dinner (as long as Ben is cooking!)

Ben works for a Christian book company shipping books all around the world and Mel is a learning and development officer offering training to church leaders in areas like evangelism, mission and leadership.

Together they now lead a service after having served in other areas of church life like worship and kids. They are wholeheartedly ‘in’ for anything God calls them to do and they want to bring as many people on the journey as possible.

Rick Butterfield

Rick Butterfield

Service Pastor, South Preston 6pm

Rick loves God, loves life, loves people and wants to see them succeed in every area of life.

As a teenager he was one of the founding team members of Valley, and has served in almost every area of church.

Rick works as a software engineer and has used this knowledge to create this very website, as well as being part of our wider Comms department. You can also find him behind a drum kit at lots of our services!

He now leads our 6pm service in South Preston and loves seeing people find Jesus for themselves. 

Phil & Eilis Banbury

Phil & Eilis Banbury

Service Pastors, North Preston

Phil and Eilis are passionate about seeing lives transformed by Jesus and cheering people on along their journey!

Phil and Eilis, who met and then were married at Valley Church, are all about people! They love nothing more than having a table full of friends and family, playing games and having heaps of fun!

Their love of church and desire to see everyone find their ministry has seen them serving on nearly every team in church - from kids and youth to service team and people.

They are super excited to be with an awesome bunch of people who are believing God is going to do something incredible in North Preston.

When he’s not working, Phil loves all things sports and Lego whereas Eilis, who is part of the staff team at Valley, prefers to spend time crafting, going to the beach or falling asleep whilst watching films!

Andy & Chrissie Carter

Andy & Chrissie Carter

Service Pastors, Lancaster

Pastors Andy and Chrissie Carter love people, and want to see them become all that they were created to be.

Andy and Chrissie lead our Extension Service in Lancaster, which launched in 2016. They have put a stake in the ground for Valley Church and they’re excited to see the impact on the lives of those in the Lancaster area. Andy is a dentist, and a very successful and strategic businessman, always looking for ways to make improvements and help the people around him to grow.

Married in 2012 Andy and Chrissie have two kids, Henry and Elizabeth, and as a family they love to spend time surrounded by friends and family, even more so if it involves good food or Disney!

Dave & Kathryn Parkinson

Dave & Kathryn Parkinson

Online Service Pastors

Dave & Kathryn Parkinson lead our online church services which launched in 2020.

They have helped us achieve a welcoming presence for the online community and they’re excited to see the impact on the lives of those who tune in!

Dave is a huge music lover and is often seen behind a guitar leading worship at our Preston services. He’s also a Director in a local family business. Kathryn loves all things creative design and shopping! She works as a manager in a company designing curriculums for schools around the world.

Married in 2001, together they have 3 children, Lydia, Hannah and Noah. As a family they love to spend time together playing games and watching movies. Also being surrounded by friends and their wider family!

Andy & Hannah Robinson

Andy & Hannah Robinson

Youth Pastors

Andy and Hannah have a huge heart and passion for young people, and have been involved in youth work for over 10 years.

They truly believe that, with God on their side, any young person can be set on a life changing path; a path filled with hope and a bright future. They long to see young people reach their full potential in Christ. In a world where young people are bombarded with so many differing opinions and inconsistencies they need to know that they are loved and accepted by a God who never changes and always has more for us.

Both Andy and Hannah work to see young people's lives improved in their jobs too. Andy is a psychotherapist providing therapeutic intervention for young people with extremely challenging backgrounds and Hannah is a primary school teacher specialising in the Early Years. They became parents to the ever so cute Elsie in September 2019, and are loving taking her on the journey with them - she has certainly been adopted into the Wildfire (11-18s) family where she is loved by all of the youth!

In their spare time, to relax, Andy and Hannah love a good movie night complete with a chinese take-away, fizzy sweets and the cheesiest Netflix romcom they can find (well that's if Hannah chooses the movie!)

Esther Scholes

Esther Scholes

Kids Pastor

Esther’s lifelong goal is to inspire people to want to know God more.

Through many different forms of communication, she loves to help people discover life-changing truth through God’s words. Whether writing, speaking or leading fun activities for kids, she wants everyone to catch the wonder of who God is and how incredible our lives can be with Him at the centre!

Esther has raised her own five children in church all their lives, through many changing seasons and personal challenges for their family. She totally believes that being part of a church community has been the key to flourishing through all of these circumstances, and wants to help more families do the same. She loves games nights, making her children go on long walks with her, being creative with words, and reading for personal growth and escapism. She is mainly fuelled by tea.

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