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 Family Pastor…

Ryan Strong – Ryan is the Next Generation Pasor here at Valley Harvest. Pastor Ryan has been doing ministry for 17 plus years and is passionate about people. He has a desire for rising up the next generation in Godly ways. Pastor Ryan is married to his wife of 11 years, Amber, and together they have 3 vivacious children; Payton Faith (9), Titus Cole (7) and Collins Grace (2). The Strongs have served in Lathrop, CA and Mount Carroll, IL before being called to Valley Harvest.  Contact Ryan at ryan@valley-harvest.org

 


VH Worship Arts Pastor…

Matthew Souder– Matthew is the Creative 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 three amazing children: SaraJoy and Mateo, 18-year-old twins, and Jonathan, 10.  Matthew grew up in a musical family and has been performing in church since he was five.  He has served in worship ministries for nearly 30 years in Long Beach, CA; Carson City, NV; and Fresno, CA. Contact Matthew at matthew@valley-harvest.org

 


Our Office Staff…

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

Abby McClure, Ministry Assistant II · abby@valley-harvest.org


Our Leadership Team…

Walt Zurilgen is currently overseeing Facilities, Hospitality, MOPS, Grafted, Grafted Roots, Harvest Kids, Nursery, Connect to Care, & Women’s Ministry

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