Church Focus: Valleydale Church

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valleydale Church is located on Valleydale Road in Birmingham and currently serves about 2500 members each week.

The church is headed by pastor Calvin Kelley, who has been with Valleydale since 1984.

Kelley is known for the creative Biblical communication that he shares each weekend in during the church&8217;s worship services.

The pastor&8217;s educational distinctions include a bachelor&8217;s degree in Communications from Mississippi State University; a masters of divinity dgree in Theology and a doctorate of ministries from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Tex.

He is now serving on the board of trustees for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and has served on the Board of Regents for the University of Mobile. He previously served as a trustee for Samford University.

Kelley served as Associate pastor at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Montgomery from 1981 to 1984. He has also served as the senior pastor at McCool Baptist Church in McCool, Miss., from 1979 to 1981.

Valleydale Church offers a variety of activities for its members and the surrounding community. These activities range from children and youth groups to Upward basketball and cheerleading ministries. The church also offers adult and senior adult ministries on a weekly basis.

Kelley said he believes the church plays a key role in today&8217;s society.

&8220;Valleydale seeks to share the timeless message of Jesus Christ in a timely way in a contemporary culture,&8221; he said.

&8220;As a &8216;purpose driven church,&8217; Valleydale strives to help each Christ-follower practice worship, discipleship, community, service and evangelism.

Kelley noted, however, that the church&8217;s mission is not without challenges.

&8220;Obviously today&8217;s families are challenged with dual-income work schedules, materialism, time stresses, parenting issues and divorce,&8221; he said. &8220;Through our Life Development Ministries, we seek to minister to children from birth through high school and their families.&8221;

Contact information:

2324 Valleydale Rd.

Birmingham, AL 35244


Worship schedule:

9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m