VH Staff

VH Teaching Pastor…

David Lucas– David loves Christ, loves his people and serves as Pastor of Valley Harvest. He moved to Chowchilla as a teenager where he met his wife, Wendy, whom he married in 1995. Together they are raising their household of seven. David started out pursuing a career in architecture, a path he followed for over a decade. During these years he always sensed that God was shaping him for greater ministry. In 2003, he surrendered his life to pursue a vocation in pastoral ministry. Since that time he has attended Gateway Seminary, earning a Diploma in Theology. David has a passion for seeing God’s Word change the lives of others, and he has a love for Chowchilla, where he has pastored since 2006. Contact David at david@valley-harvest.org


VH Worship Arts Pastor…

Matthew Souder– Matthew is the Worship Arts Pastor at Valley Harvest.  He is passionate about music and has a desire to see God’s people have a more complete picture of Him so they have a greater desire to worship Him.  Matthew and his wife, Kim, were married in 1997 and have four amazing children: SaraJoy and Mateo, 19-year-old twins, Jonathan, 12, and Taylor, 9.  They enjoy playing games, camping, and watching movies together.  Matthew grew up in a musical family and has been performing in church since he was five.  He has served in worship ministries for over 30 years in Long Beach, CA; Carson City, NV; Hume, CA; Fresno, CA; and now Chowchilla, CA. Contact Matthew at matthew@valley-harvest.org


Our Office Staff…

Bonnie Stevens, Ministry Assistant I · bonnie@valley-harvest.org


Our Leadership Team…

David Lucas is Chairman of the Elder Council & is currently overseeing Community Groups, Community Food Pantry, Grafted, Men’s Ministry, Missions, & Worship Ministry

Matthew Souder is currently overseeing Connect2Care, Hospitality, MOPS, Nursery, & Worship Ministry

Walt Zurilgen is currently overseeing Facilities, Harvest Kids, & Women’s Ministry


Leadership Structure

Our Take On Leadership…

Valley Harvest holds to a biblical view of shared leadership for the governing and oversight of our church (Titus 1:5, Philippians 1:1). Therefore, we have a plurality of leadership made up of Biblically qualified men (1 Timothy 3:1-7) that are leading and shepherding Valley Harvest.