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Weekend Worship Times


Main Campus

Saturday at 5:30 pm
Sunday at 8:15, 9:30, 11 AM

Valley Community Center

Maplenol Cafe
Sunday at 9:30 AM


Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
(Valley Church - Dinner Provided at 6 pm)

Leader: Jennifer George

Starts January 10
Childcare: Register children 3 and under or awana for older kids

This Single Moms Life Group is for women of all ages who are looking to find rest, hope, and encouragement in a Christ-centered environment. This group provides the opportunity to share the ups and downs of single parenthood while developing meaningful, supportive relationships. Jennifer is mom to two rowdy boys. She loves writing, running, cooking, and working with kids.

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Community Center)

Leader: Deb Hurley

Starts January 10

This Life Group is for women in their 40s and up who are single or single again. It is a place to cultivate deep friendships that are centered in God’s word. If you’re looking for a friendly, no pressure group, this Life Group is for you. The leader, Deb Hurley, has lived in Iowa for 35 years. Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Deb has two children and five grandchildren. She is a National Power Tumbling and Trampoline judge, which keeps her busy during the winter weekends.

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Sundays at 6:30 pm (Various Homes)

Leaders: JULIA LANTZ and Ian Willard


This is a Life Group of unmarried young men and women (mostly recent college graduates / 20s) focusing on Christ-centered community. We strive to grow in our understanding and obedience to the truths of God's word and build friendships in a way that extends beyond just meeting on Sunday nights.

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Thursdays at 7 pm (Valley Church)

Enter on the Valley Stadium side of church

Leader: Karin Johnson


Joe and Karin have four adult children. They have been attending Valley Church for over 20 years and have a heart to help young adults grow closer to God through His word and experience true community. We are a group of young adults who get together every week to learn, love, follow and do life together for the glory of God.

Follow @thetabledsm

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Thursdays at 8:15 pm (Valley Church)

Enter on the Valley Stadium side of church

Leaders: Joe Johnson


Joe and Karin have four adult children. They have been attending Valley Church for over 20 years and have a heart to help young adults grow closer to God through His word and experience true community. We are a group of young adults who get together every week to learn, love, follow and do life together for the glory of God.

Follow @thetabledsm

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Engaged & Newly Married

Sundays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Tim & Sanae Vaniman

Starts January 7

We are Tim & Sanae Vaniman, and we were young once, just like you. We have a freshly empty nest, and are recent first-time grandparents. During the first years of marriage we lived in Japan. Sanae was a recent college grad, and Tim taught English. We were blessed with difficult and joyful times in those days – and also blessed by wonderful Christian couples who helped us thrive as we got to know each other, set up our home, and begin a family.

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Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (West Des Moines)


Starts January 9

Jon & Emily Fontenot recently moved from the San Francisco Bay area to West Des Moines. They’ve been married for 8 years and have two energetic kids (Amelia – 4 & Dominic – 1). Jon joined Valley church staff in August and Emily works remotely part-time for an organization that serves immigrants. Their group is primarily for younger marrieds in their 20s – 40s with or without kids. The Fontenot’s are looking forward to building rich community with people from different backgrounds in the Des Moines metro! Childcare is available upon request.

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Clive)

Leaders: Danny & Kristin Williams

Starts January 10

This Life Group is for engaged and newly married couples desiring to grow in their relationship with Christ and, with the support of others, to build a strong foundation for their marriages. This group is led by Danny and Kristin Williams who have been married for 18 years and have two children, ages 13 and 11. They have been in the Des Moines area for the past six years after relocating from Atlanta. Danny works in IT and Kristin is a stay-at-home mom. It is their desire that in the Life Group and in the important stage of life, you will find encouragement, a place to grow, and a chance to serve.

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Thursdays at 6:30 pm (Johnston/Urbandale)

Leaders: Jeff & Leslie Pepping

Starts January 11
Jeff and Leslie Pepping have been married for 24 years and in that time have moved a total of 7 times--so we are no strangers to starting fresh and getting connected to new communities and people! Our two daughters are graduating from college soon and starting their own life adventures. We have done our best to serve and glorify God in a number of ministries ranging from leading pre-school thru adult Life Groups and Bible studies to mission trips and serving in our communities. We also enjoy home improvement projects, kayaking, biking, and relaxing by a bonfire. We are very excited about getting to know the couples in this new Life Group.

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Young Families

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)


Starts January 10
Bob & Stacey Bailey would love to have you join our Wednesday evening life group. We meet during the AWANA program, so you and your kids can be fed by God’s Word at the same time. We are new to leading a life group this year, but have been involved with the same group for several years. Our group consists of families with kids, ranging in age from pre-school through high school. Our goal is to foster an environment where we can do life together, learning from God’s Word, sharing our life experiences and supporting each other through prayer. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Catalyst - Next Step after Divorce Care

Sundays at 11 am (Valley Church, C10 on the lower level)

Leader: John Berglund

Starts January 7
This life group is for Single Again people who have gone thru Divorce Care and are looking to make friends that have had a similar experience and want to grow in their relationship with Christ.

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Divorce Care

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leader: john berglund

Starts the end of January
This support group last 13 weeks long and is for those who are going thru the pain and trauma of divorce or separation. Find hope and healing as we begin our session the end of January.

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Thursdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)


Starts JANUARY 11

Mark & Michelle Nielson are 75% empty nesters with four children ages 15-25. New in the last year to Iowa and Valley Church, they discovered a wonderful, vibrant life group as a place to share life, study God’s Word, grow in Christ, and support one another for the glory of God. They strive to serve, fellowship, pray, and follow Jesus in community with each other.

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Every Other Friday at 6:30 pm (West Des Moines)

Leaders: John & Kathy Summers

Starts JANUARY 12

John and Kathy Summers have 3 children and have been coming to Valley for 7 years. This life group is for couples or individuals who are looking to develop meaningful friendships and study God’s Word. The average person in this group is working and has kids ranging from elementary to high school but are open to singles joining. Childcare is available with a donation. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

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Empty Nesters

Mondays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: John & deborah Berglund

Starts January 8

Do you want a place to forge friendships and draw closer to the Lord? A place for prayer and praying for each other? If you are looking for a comfortable time to discuss God's word and be part of a caring community, this would be a great Life Group for you. John and Deb are married with five grandchildren. John taught Bible for years at Des Moines Christian and both love to travel. John has led groups to Israel many times and someday they would love to retire overseas and serve the Lord. Deb loves to make and sell gourmet caramel apples and also on the side does quality assurance for a medical transciprtion company.

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First Wednesdays & Third Fridays at 11:30 am (Baker's Square - Clive)

Leaders: Dennis & Sharon Schultz

Starts January 10
Our Life Group exists to give grandparents an opportunity to share the challenges that accompany being a positive influence in the lives of their grandchildren. We celebrate the joys of grandparenthood, provide listening ears for one another, study God's Word together, pray for each other, and provide support when needing. Our Caring Grandparents Life Group meets for an hour and a half on the first Wednesday and third Friday of each month. Singles and couples are both welcome.

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