Staff


Valley Life Church Ministry Leaders

"Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion,
but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly."

1 Peter 5:2 (ESV)


Patrick BowlerPatrick

Patrick Bowler
Lead Pastor/Elder

My wife Sarah and I have lived here in the valley most of our lives, and by God's grace, it remains our home. We have been married for 21 years and have five wonderful kids. I began serving in the church in the mid-nineties as a youth pastor and worship leader, and I served in that capacity for close to a decade. In 2005, God lead me (along with pastors Steve McGuyre and John Wiens) to plant Valley Life Church in Lebanon, OR. Soon afterward we were connected within the Acts 29 Church Planting Network (here).

God willing, I aim to pastor this church for the rest of my life. I aim to preach Jesus until I cannot speak. I aim to see leaders identified within our church and I intend to see them trained, equipped and sent out to plant new churches (2 Tim. 2:2). That is my aim… that is our aim as a church; to make more disciples and plant more churches (Matt. 28:19, 20).

So, that's the work (and I love my work); for play, I love my family and I love my friends, and any time I can go out to dinner, go camping, go disc golfing, go to the movies, play guitars, or watch Oregon play football… is time well spent for me.

email: patrick@valleylifechurch.net
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Steve McGuyreSteve McGuyre

Steve McGuyre
Pastor/Elder • Community Group leader • Counselor

My name is Steve McGuyre but my students simply call me Mac. I teach Bible at East Linn Christian Academy and co-lead here at Valley Life Church. My wife, Mindy, a nurse, and I have raised three children who love God and serve him in a variety of ways. Kari, our daughter and her husband Carl, are raising our grandchildren, Cole and Jude. Sean and his wife Jocelyn have a baby boy, Preston. Kevin is serving in the Navy special forces.

I love to read a variety of sources–Bible, history, classic literature, and sports.

email: smcguyre@eastlinnchristian.org
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Jason OgdenJason Ogden

Jason Ogden
Pastor/Elder • Community Group coach

Pam and I have been married for 16 years. We have five children - Kelly, Luka, Ivan, Ember, and Hudson.

I work for The City of Sweet Home as a Police Officer.

I enjoy hanging out with my family, reading, studying the bible, visiting new places, and working out.

email: jason_ogden@me.com
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Tanner SheahanTanner Sheahan

Tanner Sheahan
Pastor/Elder • Community Group Coach

My wife Gayle and I are high school sweethearts and were married in 2003. We have four kids, Kaed, Maggie, Claire, and Charlie, and being a dad is awesome. I enjoy spending time outdoors camping, hunting, and hiking, as well as good movies and books.

I serve at Valley Life as a Pastor, CG Coach, and Church Planter Resident and I play bass in one of the worship bands. I enjoy the missional part of ministry developing relationships and sharing the gospel with people where they are. Relational discipleship is such a foundational part of the mission of the Church and I love to see God work in people's lives through Christ-centered, Gospel-motivated, Spirit-guided relationships thriving in the local church.

In 2011 God placed a call on my life to be a church planter. God has graciously and faithfully grown and stretched me and matured the vision over the last several years. To plant a church and labor to preach the gospel and raise new leaders is a future I'm excited and passionate about. My family and I will be moving to La Grande, Oregon in summer 2017 to plant a church, to partner with other Jesus-loving Gospel-preaching churches, and to continue the work of making disciples and preaching Christ in that city. It's an exciting time!

email: tanner.sheahan@gmail.com
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Dan JonesDan Jones

Dan Jones
Pastor/Elder • Community Group Coach

My wife Amy and I have been married for 17+ years and have been blessed with 4 wonderful kids. As a family we spend time taking care of our animals, playing sports, and spending time outdoors camping and hunting.

I have been a part of the Valley Life Church family since its creation, having served as a Community Group Leader, then as a Community Group Leaders Coach and now as a pastor/elder.

I have strong desire to see men grow deeper in their love of Christ so that their family, work, and play all point towards making much of Him and reflecting Him well to the world.

Heb 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.......

Email: point2thecross@gmail.com
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Adrian KnoxAdrian Knox

Adrian Knox
Worship Leader

My name is Adrian. I live in Lebanon and am currently a substitute teacher in the Willamette Valley, as well as a part-time guitar/drum instructor. I have the great privilege of serving Jesus as a worship leader, music director, and community group leader at Valley Life. By God's grace my aim is to be a vessel used for building up a community of worshipers who's ultimate joy and passion is in seeing Jesus glorified among all peoples.

I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing and listening to good music (especially live), reading scripture and theological books, playing disc golf when the weather is nice, and watching sporting events with other fanatics.

Email:aknoxy23@hotmail.com
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Brenda SmothersBrenda Smothers

Brenda Smothers
Women's Ministry Leader

I am married to Neil and we have four grown children and 16 grandchildren. My hobbies are my grandchildren and reading. Besides Jesus, my passion is ladies ministry.

Email: nbsmothers@gmail.com

 

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Stephanie Marrs
Childrens Ministry Nursery Coordinator

I am a wife of 16 years to my husband, Cody, a homeschooling mama to our 5 daughters, and a lover of Jesus, the outdoors, and coffee. I enjoy reading, photography, baking, and exploring outdoors with my family and my camera.

God has given me a heart for babies and their mamas, and I am privileged to serve as Valley Life's Nursery Coordinator. I believe the first year of a child's life can be an intense and challenging time of servant motherhood, but also one of the most joyful and grace filled seasons as we look to God for all that we need to mother our little blessings. It is my hope to minister to mothers as well as their precious babies, working to nurture the beautiful bond between mother and child. This all important connection is a child's first glimpse of Jesus' selfless love.

Email: stephers899@gmail.com

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Ione Watkins
Children's Ministry Preschool Coordinator

I serve as preschool coordinator at Valley Life. It is such a blessing to be part of the little ones' lives and to see them grow both physically and spiritually.

My husband Jack and I have been part of this family since its beginning. We have been married 40 years, have 2 daughters, and 5 grandkids. Together we work on our ranch raising beef cattle.


Jennifer SmothersJennifer Smothers

Jennifer Smothers
Children's Ministry Toddler Coordinator

I serve as Toddler Coordinator at Valley Life where my passion is teaching and working with children.  We have been so humbled to serve and feel Jesus at work since the first day attending almost 4 years ago.
 
My husband Ryan and I have been married for 8 years and have been blessed with three wonderful boys, Weston, Wyatt and Colton.  Together we enjoy working around the home and spending time with our boys. In my free time, I enjoy gardening, decorating, canning, and making a home for my family.

Michael McGuireMichael McGuire

Michael McGuire
Community Group Leader • Office Manager

Michael leads a community group in Lacomb. He is also the Valley Life Church office manager and Pastor Patrick's assistant.

Michael and his wife Susan have two grown children.

Email:michael@valleylifechurch.net

Abby Virtue-HagleAbby Virtue-Hagle

Abby Virtue-Hagle
Accountant

I am happy to use my God-given gift of number crunching as the bookkeeper at Valley Life. I live in Sweet Home with my husband Jim and three children- Katie, Daniel and Nathan.

Email: virtues5@msn.com


John WiensJohn Wiens

John Wiens
Retired Pastor/Elder
Part-time Communications

My wife Lynn and I have been part of Valley Life Church from the beginning.

I have retired as an active elder/pastor but remain on staff in a part-time communications position which includes the bulletin (The Know), this web site, a weekly email and most graphic things that get printed.

Lynn and I have been married for 31 years and have four children, all of whom are grown up and have kids. We have ten grandchildren. My hobbies include watercolor painting, graphics and woodworking.

Email: info@valleylifechurch.net
Web Page: www.mywatercolorpage.com