• I grew up in a church that never taught the Bible. When I went to college a friend asked me to go to a Bible study. I said, "What's that? Only the clergy can understand the Bible." I was hooked after one Bible discussion. I admitted I was a sinner, asked Jesus to lead my life and suddenly I could understand the Bible! I joined a Bible study every night of the week because I was so hungry for God's truth. 

    I love ministering in the Santa Ynez Valley. My passion is to provide practical Bible teaching with dynamic worship and authentic small groups so everyone in our Valley can become fully  devoted followers of Christ and glorify God.

    For a more detailed bio on Pastor Jay, click the following link: Pastor_Jay_Bio.pdf

  • Casey groves- youth pastor

    I was born and raised in a small town in rural Iowa.  Jesus became my Lord and Savior when I was 5 years old and I continued to grow in my knowledge and love for Him throughout my adolescence.  When I was 19, I moved to Southern California to attend Eternity Bible College.  In school I gained a heart for full-time ministry, met and married my wife and then moved back to Iowa.  Natalie and I lived in Iowa for 10 years directing a small Bible camp.  During our time there we developed a Jr High and High School youth group, an after school program for elementary kids, planted a church and led worship together at the church.  I spent many of those years designing and building a few of the buildings on the camp, including the church building and dining hall.  

    We moved to Solvang in January 2019 and it is our heart's desire to know Christ and to make Him known throughout the Santa Ynez Valley through evangelism and discipleship of youth.

  • I am originally from Tulsa, OK, but have spent that last twelve years working as a professional musician in Nashville, TN. I have been blessed with the opportunity to tour and minister with bands such as, FFH, The Henningsens, Guy Penrod, Dennis Jernigan, Warren Barfield, 33 Miles, and with my wife in our band called NewFire. In addition to touring, I have enjoyed working as a studio musician and as a producer making albums for stores such as LifeWay, Family Christian Stores, and Hobby Lobby. 

    I have been married to my wife, Allison, since 2005 and we have two beautiful daughters named Gracie Kate and Millie Anne. I am so excited to be part of what God is doing at VCF and here in the Valley. Music and worship have helped me build a personal relationship with God, and I am so honored to be part of leading that worship in a corporate setting at VCF!

  • Aaron lonny BUbert- Youth Pastor

    I'm originally from Nuevo, CA, a small town in Riverside County, but my wife Chloe and I have lived all over the country! After attending Azusa Pacific University, I moved up to Santa Barbara, married Chloe, and we moved to Wilmore, Kentucky so that I could attend Asbury Theological Seminary. Around the time I graduated, we moved to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and then came back to Santa Barbara at the end of 2020! Whew! 


    I grew up attending a small, tight-knit youth group, but it wasn't until I was 20 that I surrendered my life to Jesus. It was a few years later that I heard the call to become a pastor and started seminary. I have always loved student ministry - I spent several summers working at Forest Home and chose many youth placements during my seminary experience. I am so pumped to join the VCF team and connect with the students of the Valley through laughter, fun adventures, and studying scripture together. Chloe and I hope to share the love of Jesus with these students and provide a safe place for them to explore their faith. 

  • Lorraine Shipman- Youth PRogram Director

    I'm a California/Texan, spent my first 19 years in San Diego and the next 18 years in Ft Worth (but that doesn't include my last 8 years in Pennsylvania).  If you are now wondering how I made it to the Santa Ynez Valley in 2019, that's a whole different story and you should ask me...summary, I found my birth family and they have lived here in the Valley for over 35 years.

    I fell in love with the church at a very young age.  Church provided a place where  I felt loved and secure, opposite of what I felt at home.  It was at Jr High Camp where I made the decision to follow hard after Jesus.  God placed amazing people in my life, and they invested and cared for me which helped me to stay grounded in my faith despite all my hardships.

    I have worked in Student Ministry over the years in various capacities, both as a volunteer and as a Director of Student Ministry before coming to work here at Valley Christian Fellowship.  We all know life is tough, and everyone wants a place to belong and be loved...I want students to find that in Christ, along with a community of believers to walk along side of them; and I hope every student can find that at VCF. 

  • My whole life God has put on my heart the need to help others. I was blessed to help those affected by Disaster for 35 years by working for the American Red Cross where I was able to help those who had lost everything. Upon leaving Red Cross God brought me to work for VCF as the Director of Special Projects. I married my incredible husband in 1990 and love him more every day. 

    My passion is to help those who are struggling in life and come along them and support, pray and encourage them. I have been blessed to do missions in several countries through different Church’s and to help those who have less than we do.

  • I have been involved in ministry since I was 14-the year I became the church pianist! Over the years I have been the women's director at various churches, and been involved in the worship ministry, connections, pastoral search and recruitment, and serving my pastor (who is also my husband) in whatever he needs! 

    My favorite ministry and biggest accomplishment has been being the mom of three sons who are now grown and serving our Lord in various capacities! I am delighted to serve the women at VCF!

  • I grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley, leaving after high school to go to college in Thousand Oaks.  After college, I moved to Eugene, OR where I met my wonderful husband, Reid.  We were married in 2011, and now have two beautiful daughters, Addison and Evelyn.  We moved around a bit but settled back in the Santa Ynez Valley in 2017.  

    We started attending VCF in 2017 and I got involved working in the Nursery as well as teaching in AWANAS.  I began working for the church in May 2019 as the Administrative Assistant.  It is my pleasure to assist in the happenings of VCF.