Pastor Brian Smith

Pastor Brian is the Senior Teaching Pastor

He grew up in Batavia, Illinois, where he had a Tribune paper route, played for the Battl'n Bulldogs, and did Houdini-like, underwater escapes at the Batavia Quarry. While attending Northern Illinois University, he became a follower of Jesus Christ in the spring of 1982 through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. He graduated from Northern with a BA in Marketing and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Master of Divinity degree. He pastored Community Church in Appleton, WI for ten years before moving back to his home area to plant Valleybrook Community Church. 

Pastor Brian is married to Elizabeth, who is a professor at Moody Bible Institute, where Pastor Brian is also an adjunct professor. They have three adult children, Caleb (Katy), Caitlin (Max), and Josh. 

Pastor Todd Hiller

Pastor Todd is the Worship Arts Pastor

Todd spent his childhood on a farm in the nearby Plainfield/ Minooka area. He grew up in a strong Christian home and, at an early age, committed his life to serving Christ. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1991 with a B.A. in Music, and a minor in Christian Education. Much of his ministry has been at church plants, one in New Jersey and two in the western Chicago suburbs, with 7 years on the music staff of Willow Creek Community Church sandwiched in between. 

In addition to his role as Pastor of Worship Arts at Valleybrook, Todd does freelance music-arranging and producing. You can find more details at Also there you will find links to his original hymn arrangements being distributed through under the title "Great Name Worship Project."

He and his wife, Shelley, met while attending Wheaton College. They have 3 children: Matthew, Elinor, and Nathan. In his spare moments, Todd enjoys biking and other outdoor activities with the family.

Ashley Bucher

Ashley is in charge of all things Children, Youth

and Special Events at Valleybrook

Ashley grew up in Wheaton Illinois. After graduating from Wheaton North High School, she attended Indiana Wesleyan University where she received a BA in Recreation Management and a Minor in Children's Ministry. She has since received her Master of Arts in Ministry with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Family from Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan. 

Following Graduation from IWU she was hired as the Children's Director of Valleybrook. Ashley has been thrilled to work for such an amazing community where she can pursue her calling to work with children and partner with parents in their children's Christian education. In her free time Ashley enjoys scrapbooking, running, swimming, biking, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Jeanette Miller

Jeanette is our Outreach & Care Coordinator and Missions Advocate

Southern California was Jeanette's home until her college years at Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she graduated in 1990 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Music. After graduation, she moved back to California where she taught 2nd grade for three years and then worked as teacher/administrator at a large Christian preschool. It was during that time that she met and married her husband Scott who plays guitar and makes delicious coffee drinks. 

In 2002 they moved to Batavia, Illinois so Scott could work with his dad and brother at his family's futures trading company. 
Jeanette enjoys teaching piano lessons and spending time with her family. She wants her life to glorify Christ and loves being involved with Valleybrook's Women's, Children's, Missions, Outreach & Care, and Worship Ministries. 

Jeanette and Scott have three lovely daughters - Annika, Talley, and Sarah, who married Jonah Scott in June 2018.

You will often find the family creating and serving up great coffee, tea and cold drinks at MOKA, their coffee shop in North Aurora.