Tim Reilly (Lead Pastor)
I was born and raised in Southern California until my Father and I moved to Santa Clara in 1994. My mother passed away when I was 8 years old, and it made me a very angry and atheistic adolescent to say the least. I attended Buchser Middle School and Santa Clara High School terrorizing my teachers and anyone who had any religion. When I was 20 years old, a loving family who took me in, invited me to a Gospel preaching church. I discovered that there was actually an overwhelming amount of evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus and I became a committed follower of Christ.
I married my best friend, Erin, when I was 22 years old, and over the almost 14 years we have been married, our family has expanded to include 4 children. They are 4 very wonderful and unique children: Reagan (10), Lorelai (8), Evangeline (5) and Boston (3). I started and built up a very successful insurance agency throughout my 20’s that provided for our family and gave me a lot of free time for our children and ministry opportunities. In 16 years of lay, part time and full time ministry I have had the opportunity to be a pastoral intern, a pastor of evangelism / discipleship, an associate pastor, a teaching pastor, an interim pastor and lead pastor for a church plant.
In 2011, I started an equipping ministry called Compelled (compelled.org) that exists to equip followers of Christ to share the hope that we have in an intentional, relational and relatable way. That training has equipped more than 5,000 people in the Bay Area in person, and many thousands more online through our YouTube channel. Compelled also birthed a discipleship training and an “equipping experiment” that grew into a church plant called “Compelled Together”.
My heart is for people to know and grow more into the likeness of Jesus Christ by not only being hearers of the Word, but doers as well. I specifically believe God has called me to help reach the city of Santa Clara through discipleship and preaching the word of God.
Michael Miller (Executive Pastor)
I was born at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara and have lived in the Bay Area ever since. My bride Karen is a math teacher, and we live in Santa Clara with our children, Calvin and Naomi.
I spent a lot of time at church as a child, but I did not find community there as an adolescent; I found that in my high school speech and debate crowd. Studying at UC Berkeley, I did not seek out a church until my life became unmanageable. I was proficient in compartmentalizing my thoughts, words, and behavior, and I had something more like belief than living faith.
The breakdown of that compartmentalization is not yet complete, but God pursued me through his people. A church planter in Berkeley befriended me, and he modeled a kind and lively faith I had not seen before. A couple who led a large Bible study in Sunnyvale for young adults invited me to help, and they showed me partnership in ministry I had not experienced before. The people of a church in Sunnyvale gave me opportunities to teach and lead in circumstances I had never imagined navigating.
I started off in an editorial department before working in IT for 25 years, including 14 years at a startup company. When that company was acquired, I started my Master of Divinity degree, and have been working through it part time while continuing to work in tech. As an elder of a church, an employee of companies, a manager of employees, a husband of a wife, a son to a father, and a father to children, I have learned to share some of the grace God has given me in Christ. As a pastor, it is my desire to continue to express that grace out of gratitude for what God, who pursued me, has done to make me whole.
Erin Cheney (Worship Director)
Hi, I’m Erin Cheney. I’ve been married to my awesome husband Steven since 2006' and together we have two amazing kids: Paxton and Nevaeh. It is such an honor to be the worship director for Church of the Valley. I have been on various worship teams as a background (and shy) singer for years, but it was only recently that the Lord invited me to step beyond my comfort zone and learn to lead. With a borrowed guitar, crazy faith, and lots of prayer, the Lord enabled me to learn to play the guitar as a 30 year old- and I led my first worship night just 5 weeks later. Everything just clicked and I felt at “home”.
Ever since that day, I know without a doubt that this whole thing is a gift from the Lord- and the joy of getting to do this for Him far outweighs any fear. One of my favorite things the Lord has been teaching me as a worship leader is how to care for His people- to not just sing at them but to sing with them. Now nothing gets me more fired up than to experience a room full of people who are singing their hearts out to Jesus- where they almost don’t need me anymore because they’ve been given courage to worship for themselves.
Erin Reilly (Children's Director)
I have been part of the Christian church since I was four years old. My parents began looking for a church to attend as a family when I started to ask them questions that they were unsure of how to answer. My family was very involved in the church that we began going to. I often joke that it was our second home because we were there whenever the doors were open. Having this kind of connection and positive experience in our church made Jesus real to me for as far back as I can remember. I also felt blessed to have a faith of my own, but it wasn't until I met Tim Reilly (my future husband) that my faith was challenged.
I had my first encounter with Tim in high school. He was needless to say my least favorite person in the whole world. He questioned and made fun of everything I said, stood for, and truly believed. While this was difficult, it pushed me to hold firm to my convictions and model genuine care for someone that didn't believe what I did. Seeing Tim’s life change and witnessing his transformation from an antagonistic atheist to an antagonistic evangelist also did a work in my life. I had never before understood why sharing my own faith was that important, but watching how God used his story to awaken something in other people began to light a new fire in me too. He taught me things that I had never seen in the Word before and doing ministry with him felt like home.
Seeing Tim through God’s eyes helped me to see myself through His eyes as well. I continue to understand, daily, my purpose and the gifting that he has giving me to further his name. I love seeing and getting to be a part of God’s work in connecting people, especially children, into a closer relationship with Him! I graduated from San Jose State in 2005 with a Bachelors degree in Child Development and my teaching credential. In 2003 I married Tim, and we have four wonderful children. I have been a Children’s Director off and on for the past 5 years. I love children, my own and other people’s kids. I love reading, running and anything Disney.
Robyn Tillman (Office Manager)
I grew up in Southern CA in a Christian home. We went to church nearly every Sunday. While I always believed in God, I had never followed him. I followed the ways of the world and they told me that my sins were ok, even celebrated. It wasn't until I signed up for a bible based weight loss program (in my 20's), that I repented and was born again. I became truly heartbroken over my sins. Shortly after, I met and married my husband and his job took us to Pennsylvania where we lived for 13 years. I enjoyed being a stay at home mom to our four children and the changing of the seasons. In 2015 our family moved to San Jose. A neighbor invited me to COV and I have been here ever since. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, reading and crafting.
Barbara Simmons (Church Organist)
Barbara has been the church organist since February 1955. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Institute of Music in San Jose. She studied the organ with Harold Mueller in San Francisco and Herbert Nanney at Stanford.
Scott Rudolph (Youth Director)
I grew up in San Jose, where I was raised in a Christian home. I am married to Carissa Rudolph and we currently live at the south-end of San Jose.
Baseball (and sports) have always been a big part of my life. I competed collegiately as a pitcher at West Valley College and then at the University of William Penn (in Oskaloosa Iowa) for one year. I then returned to the Bay Area where I obtained my bachelor’s of arts in communication studies from San Jose State University. Then I moved on to graduate school where I obtained my education specialist credential. I’ve now been teaching students with special needs for the past 3 years and God has taught me so much about his grace in this wild career. He has really been using my past
experiences as a refining tool in my life.
I currently disciple 4 younger men and have the opportunity to see them grow more into the likeness of Jesus every week. Tim Reilly (lead pastor) disciples me weekly and that’s really helped me gain a true balance of getting poured into and really pouring out that wisdom unto our youth at Church of the Valley as the Youth Director.
At Regeneration (Church of the Valley’s youth group), I teach the students to not just read the Bible, but actually do what it says (James 1:22). I encourage the students to ask questions and wrestle with their faith, so that they can be equipped with an answer to the “why” behind what they believe, before heading off to the wild world of college (and/or their career). Above all, Jesus is the purpose of my life and that’s where I find my identity.