About Us

Enjoying laughter, music, and one another!

Valley focuses on local and global outreach and service. Our congregation is warm, inclusive, and compassionate - we are a Christian place of belonging for all!

Meet Our Team

Rev. Jim Cochrane

Transitional Pastor

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Sheila Sheldon

Educational Ministries Director

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Savannah Martinez

Office Administrator

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Mariah Messer

Program & Communications Coordinator

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Rachel Williams

Music Coordinator

Janet Carlson

Choral & Hand Bell Director

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Jane Nienaber


Hunter Sheldon


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Jamese Decker

Sunshine Room Lead

Rev. Dr. Jim Cook

Parish Associate

Rev. Bill Davnie

Parish Associate

Rev. Rebecca Tollefson

Parish Associate

Rev. Kate O’Brien Soltau

Parish Associate

Rev. Aron Wilterding

Parish Associate

Rev. Dr. Nancy Phillips

Parish Associate

Rev. David Phillips

Parish Associate

Our Committees

To connect with an elder or deacon please refer to your Valley Member Directory. New to Valley? Contact the church office for further assistance.

Church Growth

Susie Potter & Jay Tracy

Educational Ministries

Mariah Messer, Katie Decker & Carolyn Anderson


Mary Dunham & Rachel Hole


Denise Kara

Mission Possible Peace & Justice

Sarah Fadell & Craig Gottschalk


Mary Dunham


Kelsie Hagelin


Tom Wasmoen


Pat Daily

Technology & Communications

Brandon Novy

Worship & Music

Jan Fedora

Clerk of Session

Jan Fedora


Greg Van Heest

Board of Deacons

Jessica Goslinga

Jan Sacco

Samantha Schellhaas

Jennie Minter

Roger Michael

Andy Freeman

Gwyn Lang

Jeanine Miakotina

Rick Carlson

Sara Perry

Margie Deutsch

Kerrie Deef

Jackie Goiffon

Ann Roach

Our Denomination

A nationally-organized Christian denomination in the Protestant Reformed tradition.

Valley Community Presbyterian Church is dedicated to growing with vision and vitality, while remembering the spirit of our heritage. We are part of a large network of Presbyterians serving the community with concern for the world.

Our Denomination: PC(USA)

Our national denomination! The PC(USA) comprises 6 agencies that support individuals, congregations, presbyteries and synods in their proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Synod of Lakes and Prairies

The Synod is an assembly of churches that supports the work of the presbyteries and congregations in its jurisdiction. The Synod of Lakes and Prairies encompasses the geographic region of the states of Iowa, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, much of Nebraska and Wisconsin.

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Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area

The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area encompasses the geographic regions of the southeastern portion of the state of Minnesota, as well as a portion of western Wisconsin. The presbytery, a group of presbyterians, supports the work of the PC(USA) congregations in its jurisdiction.

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A Brief Timeline

Valley was officially organized as a congregation on May 20, 1951 when Golden Valley and the surrounding suburbs were first growing in the post-war building boom.
The original chapel, now the Cornerstone Room, was built.
Fellowship Hall was added.
The current sanctuary was added.
The education wing was added.
The current sanctuary was built with space for an organ, which arrived after 40 years and great effort.
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