Ed & Michele Carter
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
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.
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.
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!
Jack & Claire Pemberton
Service Pastors, South Preston
Pastors Jack and Claire love to see people grow and figure out what God has called them to do.
They grew up in church together and have both been involved in church since the age of 14! They love to see people released into their God-given gifts and skills and love to help anyone and everyone on that journey.
Jack has a degree in Music and works as a music teacher, and Claire has a degree in Biblical Studies and is part of the staff team at Valley Church. You'll find them most often playing an instrument, singing musical theatre numbers or talking about all Disney.
Pete & Jo Sharp
Connect Group Leaders, North East
Pete and Jo Sharp are true pioneers, having followed God’s calling on their lives to move to the North East and plant a new campus for Valley Church in 2016.
Pete has previously been part of our Production team in Preston, and loves cycling and playing with new gadgets. Jo used to head up our café team before moving to the North East and is a star baker who loves to host people in their home. They both love a great cup of coffee, all things Disney, and have twin teenage daughters called Kate and Lucy.
They graduated from Valley Academy in 2016 and would recommend the course to anyone seeking to develop in their areas of ministry.
Andy & Hannah Robinson
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 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!)
Pastor Mel is passionate about kids discovering their true potential in God!
Mel has worked in children's ministry for the past six years and wants to help everyone to know that they are loved, valuable, and that they have an amazing future filled with God-given purpose.
She has a Masters in Drama and Theatre from the University of Kent and puts this to good use to communicate the gospel to kids of all ages... even us big kids! She's married to Benny, who's part of our Worship team, and they have a toy poodle called Rey.
Pastor overseeing Pastoral Care
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, and fully embrace positive change to find purpose and healing in every circumstance.
Over the years Esther’s family has been through tragic circumstances and has seen a lot of change. Throughout these experiences she openly shares perspectives on loss, disappointment and finding joy through faith in God.
She has studied literature and theology and continues her love of reading, frequently sharing book reviews on Instagram. She loves doing anything creative, alongside a good cup of tea. Her children Isaac, Joel, Levi and Eva are all thriving in Valley Church.
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!
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!