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 Williamson became the Lead Pastor of our church when he was 24 years old. Since that time, Valley has grown from 120 people to over 1,500 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.
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 and Susie provide leadership, vision and guidance to the church and love 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 29 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.
Susie's passion for ministry includes empowering women to fulfill their God-given potential and to see themselves as "Daughters of the King". She also spends much time and effort involved with the fight against human trafficking.
Additionally, Greg serves on the Council/Boards of Liberty Network International,Christian Life School of Theology Global, Christ Covenant Coalition and the Executive Team of USCAL (United States Coalition of Apostolic Leaders).
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.
The Lead Pastor leads Valley’s "Lead Team". 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 Lead Team members serve as Staff Elders.
Valley Christian Church’s Lead Team members are:
Diane Tancredi (Secretary)
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 Lead Team regarding the major financial commitments of the church. The Trustees serve as Non-Staff Elders.
The Trustees for Valley Christian Church are:
The Overseers are leaders 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
Dr. John Kelly– International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders
The 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).
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 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).
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).
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).
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65; Matthew 19:28; Titus 3:5).
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 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 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).
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).
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).
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 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 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).
God ordained the institution of marriage as a gift to humanity. Marriage is an exclusive union between one man and one woman in which believers are called to love one another, encourage one another and serve one another after the example of Jesus Christ and under his authority. Marriage is more than a civil contract and establishes a covenant relationship that is united by God and illustrative of Christ’s relationship with his church. In order to preserve the integrity of this sacred institution and the local church, as the Body of Christ, it is imperative that the Pastors and leadership of Valley Christian Church not sanction any union in marriage that is not consistent with Biblical teaching, including same-sex civil unions/marriages and marriages between a professing believer and a non-believer. We are therefore committed to maintaining the integrity of the marriage union within our church family. (Genesis 1:27, 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 5:31-32; 1 Timothy 1:8-10)
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. We believe God also works through medical professionals, therefore medical guidance should be sought out and followed as well. (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).
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.
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both believers in Christ and unbelievers will be resurrected; the believer in Christ to the resurrection of life in the presence of God and the unbeliever to the resurrection of eternal separation from God and torment. (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 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 is the eternal dwelling place for all who reject Jesus Christ's sacrifice for their sin (unbelievers). Hell is also the place of eternal torment of Satan and fallen angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
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)
We're here to help
people Know God,
and Make a Difference.
Whether you’re new to church, have been a Christian for many years, or are looking for a fresh start, you’re welcome here at Valley. Our hope is to give you a place where you experience a fresh, enjoyable connection to God and a community of people.
We keep our focus simple so we can have the biggest impact possible. Everything we do as a church is filtered through our focus on helping every person live the full life for which God created all of us.
God wants to know us personally. More than just practicing religion, He wants a relationship with us. Our weekend services are where we focus on that relationship. Whether you’re new to faith, have questions, or have been a Christ follower for a long time, our services are a safe place to learn more about what it means to know God and grow closer to Him.
One of the ways God designed for us to live in freedom is to have people in our life to help us in the journey. Connecting with others in Valley's Small Groups is a practical and enjoyable way to find that kind of life-changing community.
We’re all an important part of God’s plan,
and our life will never make sense until we discover our purpose. Valley's Growth Track is designed to help us take steps in the important process of discovering our purpose, and there are opportunities to
This is God’s ultimate plan for our life--to make a difference in the lives of others. When we do, the Bible tells us we will experience joy. Through the Highlands Dream Team, we hope to connect every person to an opportunity to live out their calling by using their gifts and talents to serve others in the church and the community.