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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

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


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.

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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 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Tim & Sanae Vaniman


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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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Clive)

Leaders: Danny & Kristin Williams


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

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

Sundays at 6 pm (Urbandale)

Leaders: Dave & Kelli Schoney

Dave and Kelli Schoney are parents to four kids ages 7 months-14 years. Dave is a computer programmer and Kelli homeschools their kids. They have been a part of Valley Church for 10 years. This group is for families who are wanting to pursue true community and do real life with each other. Our hope is to be a place of encouragement, fellowship, and prayer as we work through the parenting years together. Come join us!

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Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (West Des Moines)


Young marrieds with or without kids

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 (Valley Community Center)

Leaders: Jeremy & Amanda Dyvig


Amanda and Jeremy have been married for 17 years and are the parents of a 13-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. Our Life Group is made up of families with school-aged children, from toddlers to middle school! We love being able to sit down on Wednesday nights to connect with other people in similar life stages, so we can study God's word together, strengthen each other, and encourage one another in our lives and in our walk with God.

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Thursdays at 6:30 pm (Grimes)



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


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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Reasonable Faith: Apologetics
First and Third Monday of Each Month at 7 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Steve Stratton


This group is for those interested in becoming better prepared to respond to questions and objections regarding the existence of God and the truth of the Christian faith. As a local chapter of Dr. Wiliam Lane Craig's Reasonable Faith ministry, our goal is to help make Christianity an intellectually viable option for thinking people in our community. Steve Stratton has developed a passion for apologetics and natural theology over the past few years.

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Women's Bible Study on Hebrews
Thursdays at 6:30 pm (Clive)

Leader: Becky Staab

Begins Thursday, May 5

Putting the Pieces Together - Hebrews: If you'd like to learn more about how the pieces of God's story in the Old and New Testaments are connected, join us this spring for a study of the book of Hebrews. You will be drawn into worship of the glories and perfection of our Savior as you learn to know and love Him more deeply through this time. As we study we will be learning and practicing the Bible study principles of observation, interpretation, and application.

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Twice a Month on Saturdays at 8:45 am (Parks in Des Moines)

Leader: Jon Fontenot


Jon & Emily Fontenot moved to West Des Moines last August. Jon loves to hike and explore the outdoors. This group will meet twice a month on Saturdays at 8:45 am in the Des Moines metro at different parks. In addition to hiking, we will do a short devo and spend some time praying. This is a great way to get to know other outdoor lovers at our church and spend time in nature. Dogs are welcome as long as the park allows. Jon looks forward to meeting you!

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Catalyst - Next Step after Divorce Care

Sundays at 11 am (Valley Church)

Leader: John Berglund

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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Grief Share

Sundays at 11 am (Valley Church)

Leader: Patti Abram

If you have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you've probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you've never faced before. GriefShare meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.

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Divorce Care

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leader: John Berglund

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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Empty Nesters

Mondays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: John & deborah Berglund


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 (Clive)

Leaders: Dennis & Sharon Schultz

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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