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 children, Caleb, Caitlin, and Josh. Caleb married Katy in 2017, a lovely addition to the Smith family.

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. He has original hymn arrangements being distributed through PraiseCharts.com 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.