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Valley Bible Church Installs New Minister

Submitted by John Westerholm.

Valley Bible Church in Haddam, CT has the desire to serve the communities of Haddam and East Haddam. The vision of the church is to be a people who celebrate our hope in Jesus Christ and desire to bring that hope to those around us. This is demonstrated specifically through its children’s ministry which is designed not only to teach the Good News about Jesus to children but also to serve and impact their parents. The church made a major building use change about a year and a half ago to provide a secure space for the children’s ministry. The church provides two children’s ministry opportunities each Sunday during the worship services as well as an Eggstravaganza in the spring and Vacation Bible School in the summer with several hundred children involved. 

In addition, Valley Bible Church seeks to serve the community by holding a number food drives for the local food banks, collecting food for the H-K backpack program to feed children in the school system who need food on weekends and hosting the local Cub Scout pack meetings and Red Cross Blood drives several times a year. The church has a Director of Student Ministries, Seth Nuzum who provides weekly gatherings for students in grades 7-12 and monthly activities for them on the weekends. 

Senior Pastor Rev. Chad Hemphill (L), Pastor John Westerholm (R)

While all of this has already been going on, there is a new excitement about the direction and ministries of the church as a new Senior Pastor. Rev. Chad Hemphill was installed in that role in a celebration service on Sunday morning, November 19, 2017. Pastor Chad is the third Senior Pastor in the history of Valley Bible Church which began in Haddam in 1978. Pastor John Westerholm has been the Senior Pastor at VBC since January of 1990. Pastor Chad has been the Associate Pastor in charge of Congregational Care at VBC since January 2010. Pastor John will remain on staff as one of the pastors. 

It was an exciting service. Church Chairman Dr. Keith Campbell presented a brief history and explanation the call of Pastor Chad as the Senior Pastor. Current Senior Pastor, Rev. John Westerholm provided the charge to the new pastor and to the congregation who each responded to the charge given them. There was a prayer of installation led by the elders with the entire congregation participating. The celebration concluded with a lunch in the Student Ministry center of the church. 

Everyone is invited to join us for worship and teaching from the Word of God in either of two identical Sunday morning services at 8:30 or 10:00 a.m. Join us for this month of December as we will celebrate the season with a sermon series entitled “The Gift.” This series will culminate with a Christmas Eve Service on Sunday, December 24 at 4:30 p.m. Come and bring the family.  

Valley Bible Church is associated with the Evangelical Free Churches of America, an association of nearly 1500 churches and church plants in the USA, including about 75 in New England. 

For more information about Valley Bible Church, please call 860-345-8932 or visit the church website at