Student Ministry Staff

Brandon Early

Student Ministry Director


Brandon has been serving in youth ministry for nearly 20 years. He is a story-teller, tech geek, and creative communicator. He and his wife Keri have been married since 2000 and have three great boys. Four of Brandon's favorite things are Jesus, his wife, Chicago Style Pizza, and fighting off their boys with sweet ninja moves. Email Brandon 


Joe Budish

Junior High Lead Associate


Joe’s first experience with ministry leadership came during high school when he led a 3rd-5th grade Sunday School small group. Early in college he discovered he loved working with junior high students. Joe is a unique blend of silly and serious and is a self-described "cool nerd" who liked math class. When he is not hanging out with junior high students, he enjoys disc golf, reading, playing the guitar, and improv comedy. Email Joe


Pam Roush

Student Ministries Assistant


We want to welcome Pam Roush to the Student Ministries team.  Pam has been a part of Valley Church for the last four years.  She is married to Marty and has two two children, Jacob and Jordan. Email Pam


Matthew Timmons

Student Ministries High School Intern


Matthew Timmons (AKA Matty) has recently completed his junior year at Moody Bible Institute where he is majoring in Youth Ministry. Matty is making Valley Church is home this summer as our high school intern. His role will have many of the responsibilities of the high school pastor as he is completing his internship for credit towards his major.

Matty grew up in Portage, Indiana, about an hour outside Chicago. He's spent the last three years living in the city's River North neighborhood. Most recently, Matty has served as a Music Director at City Church Chicago. He has been actively involved in the church's songwriting and music production team. Matty has been passionate about ministry to high schoolers since he was a high schooler himself. He led a Bible study weekly, taught at his youth group regularly, and led worship both on youth nights and Sunday mornings. 

Hobbies: Music, Ultimate Frisbee, spikeball, eating Korean/Mexican fusion

If you want to connect with Matty you can find him on Facebook, Instagram (@mattytimmons), or Twitter (@Matty_Timmons) or email Matty.  If you'd like to connect in person, feel free to call Valley and ask for him!


Caleb Lundeen

Student Ministries Junior High Intern


I just finished my third year at University of Northern Iowa where I am studying Elementary & Middle Level Education. I'm the President of our student section Purple Mayhem, the Co-Captain of the Men's Ultimate Frisbee team, and the President of the National Student Section Association that links schools and student sections all across the nation. I also work at Applebee's on Mills Civic so come visit me at night!

Favorite Sports teams: UNI Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, & Minnesota Gophers.

If you'd like to connect with Caleb, email Caleb.