Women's Ministry Staff & Leadership Team

Debi Lydic

Women's Ministry Director


Debi brings over 15 years of Christian leadership experience to the position of Women’s Ministry Director. As a Christian school administrator, Debi has enjoyed the varied opportunities of working with children, parents and staff. She is an intuitive people developer and has a passion to see women grow to their greatest potential in Christ. Debi and her husband Gary moved from Colorado Springs to Des Moines in 2006 and are both involved in various local ministries. They have two grown sons who live out of state. Email Debi


Diana White

Women's Ministry Associate


Diana grew up in small-town New York, moved to Florida as teen, and graduated from Florida Southern College with a communications degree. She and her husband Ron have a daughter and son. Diana worked in the insurance industry before God called her into ministry, working at a Christian school in Ohio before coming to Valley Church. God truly tested her faith when He wanted her family to move to Ohio and then again to Iowa. It has been a life of transitions, but God has blessed her abundantly in every step. Email Diana




Valerie Bantz


Valerie is 100% Swede and 100% Husker fan. She loves being a wife to an amazing man named Joe, and mom to four lovely young ladies. She also gets to play "host mom" to two students and hopefully others God brings to their doorstep in the future! She strives to be a good friend with a listening ear, and has fun connecting women to each other. Seeing women thrive in their homes and family life and in their areas of giftedness brings her great joy. Val loves road trips, a good cup of coffee, walks, and deep conversations.


Linda Colby


Linda has a passion for Women's Ministry that encompasses all generations of women--single, married, young or older, Mom, Grandma, or not--and for the women of Valley Church to become mature followers of Jesus Christ. She loves to plan a party where women can bring other women to fellowship, laugh and hear Biblical truth taught in an environment that makes women feel special! Linda and her husband Mike have three married children and seven grandchildren. Linda loves to spend time with her growing family and practicing photography.


Shari Hudson


Shari grew up in Reinbeck, Iowa and moved to Des Moines in 1973. Shari is a Hollistic Health Practitioner, Nutritionist, and Life Coach. She is married to Roger and between them they have five children and several grandchildren. Roger and Shari have been attending Valley since March 25, 2001, when they both received Christ together that very day. She has served and led in many capacities at Valley, and is passionate about connecting women and helping them grow in their faith.


Cyndi Miller


Cyndi grew up in West Des Moines and came to know Christ as her Savior through Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After working as a chemical engineer, she and her husband moved back to West Des Moines and became charter members of Valley Church. Since then she has served in many areas of the church. She and her husband love spending time with their four grown children, daughter-in-law, and grandchild. Cyndi wants to be open to serve wherever God wants her; she is passionate about letting people know they are loved and valued by God.


Dana Pederson

Dana is a Sooner gal, having been born and raised in Oklahoma. She grew up in a Christian home, learning the importance of attending church at a young age. In fact, she met her husband, Dolan, at church! God moved Dana and Dolan from Oklahoma to Kansas, to Ohio, and then to Iowa in 2002. They have two adult children and are actively involved as leaders in their Life Group. Dana has a passion for preschoolers and has served as a Children’s Leader with Bible Study Fellowship and as Moppets Childcare Coordinator for MOPS.  

Becky Staab


Becky was raised in Malawi, Africa by missionary parents. Becky and her husband Dave have three children and have lived all over the world, including Detroit, Orlando, Bangladesh, Knoxville, and finally Des Moines! Wherever they have lived God has given Becky a place of service where she feels she has received much more than she has given, and learned more than she has taught. It's a joy for her to learn from the women of Valley as we share our faith journeys and reach out to the world around us!


Connie Stilley


Connie grew up on a farm in western Iowa, where her parents recognized and taught the value of depending on God. She has been married to Dave since 1977, and they have four children. Connie has been involved in Bible Study Fellowship, Christian Women's Club and the Women's Ministry at Valley Church, where she and Dave have been members since 1996. Connie is also a Stephen's Minister and recently served on the Global Outreach Team.


Crystal Tommingo

Crystal and her husband Steve have been members of Valley Church since 1990. They have raised three sons with the help of God's word and His promises. Crystal served in the children's Sunday school program until joining the Women's Ministries leadership team. She has a passion for God's word and women's Bible studies. She loves encouraging women to listen intently to what God is personally saying to each of us.