Welcome to the Valley Family! You’ll discover that our passion is to provide a place where people just like you, can have a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ.
At Valley Christian Church, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. What people usually notice first about us is the life-giving nature of our ministry. Our goal is to infuse life and Christ’s love into people and families through engaging, powerful worship services that weekly offer biblical truth in relevant and practical ways.
Together, we’re striving to become the kind of church family described in the Bible, where there’s practical teaching, heartfelt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care for those in need. In short, we’d like to have the kind of contagious Christianity that can influence and encourage the entire Hudson Valley of New York, to bring "Hope In The Valley", one life at a time.
So whether you’re a searcher, who’s just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed Christian who wants to sink the roots of your faith even deeper, you can find a home in the Valley Family.
We invite you to join with us this Sunday!
In the meantime, you’ll find everything you need right here to get connected to Valley Christian Church’s online resources. You can use this site to check out our amazing Valley Kids Ministry, listen or watch one of our weekend message series, find information on our small groups, or read about what’s going on around the church.
Enjoy, and please contact us if you have any questions.
God bless you,

Greg Williamson D.Min., D.D.
Lead Pastor

Our Pastor

Greg Williamson has been the Lead Pastor of Valley Christian Church since 1993. Greg and his wife Susie, met in Bible College, married after graduation, and have served side-by-side in ministry ever since. He and Susie, have three daughters, all born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY. Greg provides leadership, vision and guidance to the church and loves to strategize new and creative ways to reach the unchurched in our community, region and beyond.

Greg has a passion for raising up and developing leaders, and as the President of Connexus Leadership Network, he has the opportunity to work with pastors and Christian leaders around the country and the world. With 12 years coaching high school football, an earned Doctor of Ministry, an Honorary Doctor of Divinity, and over 27 years of pastoral experience, Greg loves to “coach up” leaders to think “outside the box”, to impact their communities in a greater way for the Kingdom of God.

Additionally, Greg serves on the Council/Boards of Liberty Network International, Christian Life School of Theology Global and USCAL

Our Leadership

Christians who invest their hearts, time, families, and finances in the building of a local church deserve to have
confidence in church leadership. People are looking for leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and respect when making decisions that affect their lives.

1. WE ARE GUIDED BY PASTORS

The Lead Pastor leads Valley’s Senior Executive Team (SET). This team oversees the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church. These staff pastors serve the congregation and are responsible for the development of the spiritual life of the church. The Senior Executive Team members serve as Staff Elders.

Valley Christian Church’s Senior Executive Team members are:

  • Greg Williamson

  • Susie Williamson

  • Jamie Farruggella

  • Mike Tallerico

  • Stephen Francis

  • Randy Hood

  • Diane Tancredi (Secretary)

2. WE ARE PROTECTED BY TRUSTEES.

The Trustees are three members of the congregation who oversee the finances and direct the provision of the facilities needed by the church. They provide counsel to the Senior Executive Team (SET) regarding the major financial commitments of the church. The Trustees serve as Non-staff Elders.

The Trustees for Valley Christian Church are:

  • Pat Farley

  • Terry Wright

  • Chris Kelly

3. WE ARE STRENGTHENED BY OVERSEERS.

The Overseers are four pastors of nationally respected congregations and/or ministries who love Valley Christian Church and are willing to provide spiritual protection to the church. They may be called in to help in accountability matters relating to the Lead Pastor if requested by the Trustees. The Overseers serve as Apostolic Elders.

The Overseers for Valley Christian Church are:

  • Dr. Ron Cottle – Embassy Coalition of Apostolic Leaders

  • Dr. Randal Langley – Christian Life School of Theology Global

  • Bishop Dwayne Lusk – Where Eagles Soar International

  • Buford Lipscomb – Liberty Church / Liberty Network International

Our Story

Valley Christian Church began as a neighborhood Bible study in the home of Russ and Sharon Williamson in the early 1970’s in Hopewell Junction, New York. The Bible study grew and multiplied into two, and then in September of 1975 the decision was made to combine the two Bible studies and formally become a church.

After attending Bible College in Pensacola, Florida, Russ and Sharon’s son Greg, joined the staff as Associate Pastor in 1990. Russ Williamson served as Senior Pastor until June of 1993, when he and Sharon moved to North Carolina to pastor a church there. The leadership of the church asked Greg and his wife Susie to prayerfully consider taking on the responsibility of pastoring the church, even though they were the youngest adults in the church at the time (in their mid 20’s).

Confident that God was directing him to accept this responsibility, Greg became the Lead Pastor of our church when he was 24 years old. Since that time, Valley Christian Church has grown from 120 people to over 1,300 who regularly attend weekend gatherings of the Valley Family.

Through the years, Valley Christian Church has consistently demonstrated a passion to think “outside the box” to reach those who are unchurched with the life-giving message of Jesus Christ. With the Valley Family more than doubling in the last few years, the future of our church is brighter than ever, as we weekly witness Jesus transform lives and cultivate community through Christ-centered relationships.

Our Purpose

Our purpose at Valley Christian Church is:

“To reach people with the life-giving message of Jesus that they might become fully devoted followers of Christ.”

We filter every idea, program, and budget request through our purpose statement. If what we plan doesn’t help us meet our purpose, then we don’t do it.

Our statement of purpose is based on two teachings of Jesus:

  • Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” MATTHEW 22:36-40 NIV

  • He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe…” Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
    MARK 16:15-17, 20 NIV

Valley Christian Church exists:

  • To worship God with sincere hearts.

  • To share the Good News of Jesus with others.

  • To connect with other believers in meaningful relationships.

  • To prepare disciples to fulfill their purpose.

  • To encourage leaders in their God-given destiny.

You can learn more about our purpose as a church at and how your gifts and calling fit into that purpose by attending  Growth Track.

Core Values & Beliefs

OUR CORE VALUES:
  • We believe the impossible

  • We safeguard unity and celebrate diversity

  • We are all in process, no "perfect" people allowed

  • We exist not for ourselves, but for others

  • We are more loyal to the future than the past

  • We champion THE CHURCH not just our “church”

  • We are all 'On Mission' together

  • We value people over programs

  • We will do anything short of sin, to reach others with Christ's love

  • We define maturity by how graciously we live and by how generously we give

OUR BELIEFS:
HOLY BIBLE

The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).

TRINITY

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).

VIRGIN BIRTH

Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35).

REDEMPTION

Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

REGENERATION

For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65; Matthew 19:28; Titus 3:5).

SALVATION

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).

REPENTANCE

Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).

SANCTIFICATION

Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).

JESUS' BLOOD

The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).

JESUS CHRIST INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS

Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6)

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11,12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; II Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10)

THE CHURCH

The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).

SACRAMENTS

Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48).

The Lord's Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).

HEALING OF THE SICK

Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).

GOD'S WILL FOR PROVISION

It is the Father's will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.

  • Spiritual (John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10)
  • Mental and Emotional (II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
  • Physical (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24).
  • Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).
RESURRECTION

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).

HEAVEN

Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).

HELL

After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).

SECOND COMING

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)