John Westerholm has served as Pastor at Valley Bible Church since January 1990. He is a graduate of Briercrest Bible Institute in Saskatchewan and Trinity Int’l University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. John has been in pastoral ministry since June 1975, previously serving EFCA churches in Chicago and Nebraska. His passion is to let loose the Word of God to impact people’s lives as we grow as disciples of Jesus Christ and to bring God’s presence and grace into the lives of those he meets each day. He is the primary preacher-teacher here at Valley. John’s vision is to see the message of the Gospel spread from Valley Bible Church to the local community, the entire Connecticut Valley and to “the ends of the earth.” John lives with his wife Linda. They have two grown sons, Matthew and Joshua who are married to Lisa and Mary respectively. John and Linda have four grandsons, Ethan, Owen, Levi and Nathan and one granddaughter, Eleanor. John is always happy to have a conversation about his grandkids, or photography, golf, the Cleveland Indians, Boston Celtics or UCONN basketball.
Chad Hemphill has been the Associate Pastor at Valley Bible since January 2010. Prior to this he served as the pastor of an Evangelical Free Church in Voorheesville, NY for nearly 12 years. He is a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology, Gordon College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He loves seeing people being changed God’s love and grace and his hope at Valley Bible is to see people loving God, loving others and making more disciples, as we do life together and make an impact around the world. Chad and his wife, Kecia, have been married since 1994 and have two sons, Crandell and Carson. Chad is a fan of most New England sports teams and enjoys spending free time with his family, either with a ball and glove, in a kayak or watching a good movie.
Lisa Swanson has the privilege and joy of being a part of the Valley Bible EFC staff since October 2007. She serves as the Administrative Assistant and Treasurer. Prior to this she worked for Regional District 17 as a Paraprofessional and in the Information Technology area for several manufacturing companies. She is a graduate of Norwalk State Technical College and Sacred Heart University. Her desire is to glorify God with the gifts the Lord has given her and to make a difference in the lives of others for the kingdom. She and her husband David have been married since 1985 and they have three children: Timothy, Stephanie, and Evan.
Seth has been working in ministry full time since 2004 focusing specifically on students and worship. Seth married his high school sweetheart Rachel. Seth and Rachel have two children Nathan and Eva. Seth and Rachel served at Valley Bible for eight years and then moved to serve in the church he grew up in Ohio from 2012-2015. Seth and Rachel felt the Lord leading them back to serve in Connecticut. In September of 2015 Seth and his family rejoined the staff here at Valley Bible.
“Being on fire is not just talking about God; it is living in Him every day. I want to see young people be excited about sharing Christ, being disciples, and making every moment count to the glory of our almighty Savior Jesus Christ!” “Any fire that does not spread will eventually go out” -Elton Trueblood