Green Valley Community Church started in 1930 as a community outreach church. The church went through many seasons of growth and retreat over the years. In 1994, Ken Burkey, as Senior Pastor, gathered the small staff of GVCC together and prayed that God would help them use up every inch of our facilities in service to people. Ken also shared a fresh vision for accomplishing that goal and reaching the community through the Ephesians 4 model of ministry – ministry based on all the gifts of all the people in the church and not just on the abilities of one pastor. This biblical team concept, coupled with a sincere compassion for the lost, sparked a renewed passion for our community.
TO LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE; TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR WORLD.
We will effectively communicate a relevant, uncompromising, biblical message to every unique generation and enthusiastically give our resources, experiences and strengths to train and encourage those people intent upon making a difference in our world.
“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
— Matthew 25:37-40
Our leadership team is passionate about people and maintains a desire to fully engage the church to live a focused, Christ-centered life. Additionally, they are supported by the spiritual support of the Board of Elders. Together, they bring years of wisdom, guidance and character to our community.
Tim moved from Concord to Diamond Springs in 1968 when he was ten years old. Green Valley Community Church has always been his church home except for times he lived out of the area. Tim has a Masters Degree from Sacramento State and has been married to his wife Gail since 1983. They have three beautiful daughters, Lori, Christy, and Jenny. He loves being with his wife and family and watching stuff grow.
Jim Botts comes to GVCC with extensive experience as a Senior Pastor, Church Planter and Missional Leader in churches ranging from several hundred to several thousand. Jim is known for his engaging communication style, passion for mission multiplication through the local church, and unique ability to help everyday people find AND follow Jesus. Jim and his wife Rose have three adult boys and three grandsons. Jim is also a current PhD student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield IL specializing in the area of God’s mission in the world.
Creative Arts Director
Attending and serving at Green Valley for 20 years now, Kristie has been part of our staff since 2008. She is passionate about using the arts to inspire people toward God's purpose for their life. She works with teams to plan church services as well as the GV Christmas Musical.Married for 20 years to her wonderful husband Bill, the Sheble’s have three amazing children; Sophia, Aidan, and Oliver. They love serving together as a family. Kristie enjoys plugging people into their passions. She marvels at what God Can do through people; far beyond the results they ever thought possible. She enjoys telling these stories through Music, Drama, and Technical Arts.
Operations & Communications Director
Tara is married to her husband, Jamey and they have one son, Jonathan. Tara grew up in El Dorado County and graduated from Western Baptist College (now Corban College). Tara loves the local church with all her heart and believes it should be a safe place for people to encounter God, experience changed hearts and have those same hearts broken for the injustices of this world. There is no other cause that she is more excited about giving her life to.
As part of our staff since 1997, Nicole loves problem solving and breaking down barriers which keep people from Christ. Nearly 20 years ago, God drew her enthusiasm to children's ministry where she served in leadership for many years. Since returning in 2012 from a year in Niger, West Africa, she's had opportunity to use her strengths in church Operations and Communications. Passionate about family - an ever supportive husband, Rich and three amazing boys, Caleb, Gavin and Finley - she believes nothing is more important than God's great love and grace.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God’s word to all. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are inspired by God, and are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
Salvation is a gift from God to all people. Men and women can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can a person be saved from sin’s penalty. When God has begun a saving working in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of its completion.
ABOUT THE CHURCH
The church is composed of believers who gather for worship, fellowship, communion, spiritual growth and the use of individual gifts to further God’s mission to reach the world with the message of salvation. Under the supportive care of elders and the church board, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
GVCC doesn’t do church membership in the traditional way. We believe that if you call Green Valley “church home,” that makes you a “member.”We believe a church is a community of dynamic relationships, where we grow, serve, and give of ourselves to others. If that’s you and you’re doing that here with us, then guess what? That makes you a “member” of GVCC! Welcome to the family!
Our pastors are available to perform weddings at offsite venue locations.