Phil Abbott: Lead Minister
Phil began his formal Christian education at Ozark Christian (Bible) college and graduated from Boise Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry. He continued his education by attending Pacific Christian College and Cincinnati Christian Seminary. Phil came to Vale Christian Church in the fall of 2013 to be the Lead Minister. Phil and his wife Susan, are the parents of four daughters, Stacy, Sarah, Bethany, and Rachel. Phil loves to sing, hunt, and play golf.
Steven Marshall: Youth and Family Minister
Steven Marshall grew up in Roseburg, Oregon. He later moved to Boise, Idaho his sophomore year of High School. He graduated from Centennial High school in 1994. Growing up he enjoyed all kinds of sports. He was a very successful swimmer and competed in State and Regional Championships and the West Coast Junior Olympics. Directly after High School Steven had dreams of teaching and coaching. He promised his dad in 1994 that he would go to one year of Bible College, before pursuing his dream. It was in that year that he decided there was nothing better to teach than about Christ. He started in part time youth ministry in 1995, and went into full time Youth Ministry upon graduation from Boise Bible College in 1998. Steven and his wife Becky have been married for almost 18 years and have three children, Ella 5, Shelsea 12, and Dylan 15. Steven and Becky love kids and young families, and desire to lead them in the Lord.
Mike has been a member of Vale Christian Church since 1978. Mike and his wife, Jeanie, have been married 45 years and raised 3 children, Steven, Ryan, and Katie. He spent 25 years farming and ranching, and another 10 years as an abuse investigator before retiring.
Rick grew up in Vale on his family run dairy. After graduating high school he started the custom haying business he has today along with working with his family on the dairy. He has been married to his wife, Marie for 28 years. They have 4 kids; Shiloh, Levi, Cody & Mariah. He became a member of VCC in 1992 and has been an active member of the elders for 12 years.
Jeff was raised in east-central Illinois, where, after serving several years in the Air Force, he attended the University of Illinois (U of I) College of Forestry. At this time, he met his future bride, Debbie, while going to the church where he grew up. They married prior to his graduation with BS in Forestry. He spent nearly 26 years in Roseburg, Oregon working at the BLM and raising 4 children; Melissa, Jeremy, Lindie, and Justin. In March of 2011, Jeff took a position at the Vale BLM District working as a HAZMAT Coordinator and Safety manager.
Stan was raised at Nyssa, Oregon. He graduated from Nyssa High School and Oregon State University. He taught Vocational Agriculture for 10 years before he had a long career of farming southwest of Nyssa. Now retired, he likes to woodwork, camp and fish, and spend time with his family and the church family. Stan and Jackie(Girvin) Sisson have been married 52 years. They have three daughters, Sandi, Debbie and Becky. Stan has been a member of Vale Christian Church since 1978.