Welcome to Valley Community Baptist Church. We are one church in multiple locations with campuses in Avon and Bristol, CT. Our mission is to honor God and grow in Christ by worshipping God, equipping believers, bringing people to Christ and serving our neighbors. We would be honored to have you join us

Worship Service Times & Styles

Each weekend, there are six worship services in two locations: Sundays at 10 a.m. at Greene-Hills School in Bristol. Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 8, 9:30, and 11:15 a.m in the Sanctuary in Avon. There's also a service at 11:15 a.m. at the Avon Campus in The Venue. There are communal dinners on most Saturday and Tuesday evenings at the Avon Campus. We also meet as small groups and classes throughout the week.  We look forward to meeting you.



Avon: 590 West Avon Road, Avon, Connecticut. Get directions and contact information.

Bristol: 718 Pine Street, Bristol Connecticut. We meet at Greene-Hills School in Bristol.

Children & Students

We encourage families to worship together on the weekend, and then choose children's programs and communities for middle school and high school students. During the week, we offer age-specific clubs and gatherings for children, middle school and high school students

There are also special events like summer camps, student retreats and the family summit that will help children and parents grow in their relationships with each other and God.


At Valley Community Baptist Church, we value knowing the truth of God and obeying His Word. Senior Pastor Jay Abramson is the lead teaching pastor. We invite you to listen to the latest sermon series.


Missionary Directory


ABC Women's Center


Offering compassionate support and assistance to women with unplanned pregnancies.


  • Praise: increased reach through partnerships with churches and high school nurses

  • Increasing our territory in order to serve more women in need
  • Favor in conservative, life-affirming legislature both locally and nationally

  • More women will take advantage of the services we provide



Email: molly@abcwomenscenter.org


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Vicki Beattie

2017 Ministry Description

  • Teaching Community Health leadership to nationals

  • Establishing self-care groups for leprosy patients

  • Proclaiming the Gospel through Community Health and Bible teaching

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: ongoing discipling relationship with Rhoda, a woman from church

  • Rest and restoration during home assignment

  • Opportunities to connect with supporters during home assignment
  • Seeking the Lord's will for future service

South Sudan


Email: vicki.beattie@sim.org


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Victor & Lilli Branitski

2017 Ministry Description

  • Evangelistic outreach through Ukrainians

  • Outreach to Slavic and Jewish communities in Minnesota, Florida, and California

  • Humanitarian relief in Ukraine

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: increased interest in the Gospel from the local Slavic and Orthodox communities

  • Continued evangelistic outreach to the local Slavic community in the U.S.
  • Interim pastoral assignment at a Russian/Ukranian church in FL

  • Partnerships with local groups to assist war-displaced refugee families from eastern Ukraine

  • Peace for Ukraine during this period of aggression from Russia



Email: vicbran@comcast.net


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Jon & Valerie Brown

2017 Ministry Description

Making disciples of Christ and seeing a self-sufficient, reproducing church among the Yanomami people of Northern Brazil


2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: we have moved into the home in Budu-U village

  • Continue Bible teaching in Budu-U village

  • Continue investing in the village school through teaching, training, and developing material

  • Set more consistent times of visitation and discipleship

  • Work on the infrastructure of Budu-U village


Email: jonathanbrwn@juno.com


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Ken & Lynn Chapman

2017 Ministry Description

  • Director of the Dental Department of the Mengo Hospital, Uganda

  • Evangelism and discipleship of the staff, students, interns, and patients

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: 170 people came to Christ through outreach in the Yumbe district

  • Praise: the dental and medical school, in partnership with Uganda Christian University, is expected to enroll its first class in September 2017

  • Conduct 4 to 6 medical and dental outreaches using the Jesus film, personal evangelism, discipleship, and church planting

  • Continued hospital visitation program

  • Beginning the dental and medical school
  • Family furlough to the U.S. in August and September




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Ryan & Laura Elliott

2017 Ministry Description

Leading the Cru ministry in the Ohio region in order to:

  • Share the Gospel with students who don't know Christ

  • Provide Christian students with biblical training

  • Raise up students to reach the nations for Christ in missionary service

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: saw 18 converts during Atlantic Beach summer project

  • Praise: 312 students committed to one year of full-time ministry

  • Continue to assist our region in project needs

  • Growing the ministry in Montenegro
  • Wisdom in decisions about future ministry plans




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Hans & Carrie Franzen

2017 Ministry Description

  • Assist New England Regional Director of Chapter Planting for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

  • Supervise expansion ministries to new campuses across the region

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: eight new campus chapter plants

  • Praise: 272 students in New England came to Christ

  • New "Area Accelerator" program, equipping new area directors to plant sustainably at multiple campuses in a geographical area

  • Increased success rate of student plants, and more non-Christians to be reached through these initiatives

  • More students to come to faith during the academic year




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Dan & Tina Gibbs

2017 Ministry Description

  • Show Jesus-style love to orphans, widows and others affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic

  • Prevent HIV/AIDS through moral and biblical teaching

  • Expanding the ministry of GECHAAN to address educational and healthcare needs
  • Support local church planting

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: we have opened a hospital with 21 beds to provide 24/7 care

  • Praise: 38 Awana clubs have been started to reach children and disciple leaders

  • Grow the hospital to include a second building of 20 additional beds

  • Train at least 30  young adults on how to biblically run a small business

  • Opportunities to provide leadership training for immigration officers in the capital, and in a local seminary




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Hartford City Mission

2017 Ministry Description

Transforming our community in the North End of Hartford by:

  • Sharing the Good News of Christ and His Kingdom

  • Developing disciples who are fully devoted followers of Christ

  • Connecting Christians from a variety of geographical, economic, and racial backgrounds

  • Operating after-school and summer programs for youth

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Nehemiah After-School middle school program now meets daily with an average of 12 students

  • Continued volunteer and financial support

  • Increasing strength and impact of current programs 

  • Guidance and clarity as we explore running a Christian school in North Hartford




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Fred & Kasandra O'Brien

2017 Ministry Description

  • Rescuing at-risk children

  • Teaching English and computer skills to 200+ Kids Alive International (KAI) school students

  • Hosting short-term mission teams to assist in orphanage construction and children's education 

  • Transitioning young adults from the orphanage into local Christian families

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: we hosted 25 service teams last year

  • Leadership changes within the orphanage to improve efficiency, academics, and spiritual development of the children and house parents

  • Continued discipleship of teens and young adults to better prepare them for college and independent Christian living

  • Rescuing additional children from at-risk environments

Dominican Republic


Email: obrien.fred@ymail.com


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Cassidy Parent

2017 Ministry DescriptioN

  • Providing counseling and mentoring to youth and young adults through Kids Alive International, Haiti

  • Communication Liaison to home office, supporters, and prayer partners in the U.S., Canada, and U.K.

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: deep connections with school students, resulting in effective counseling and support

  • Praise: 16 kids were baptized in the fall

  • Growth in new role as Communication Liaison: producing reports, newsletters, and maintaining social media presence

  • Building the new school scheduled to open in the fall
  • Transitioning off the Kids Alive campus to an apartment in the community
  • New missionaries to join the Kids Alive staff


Email: cassidyparent@gmail.com

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Steve & Laura Payne

2017 Ministry Description

  • Leading translation workshops and training national translators in S. Asia

  • Developing translation resources for use by national translators around the world

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Laura received her translation consultant certificate

  • Praise: Laura has had no reoccurrence of melanoma this year

  • Praise: five new Scripture translations completed ahead of schedule. This is the first-ever Scripture published in these languages

  • Funding to create the Jesus film for the languages in which Luke has just been translated

  • Consultant check Scripture with newly trained translation teams

  • God would continue to keep Laura cancer-free



Email: stephen_payne@tsco.org


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2017 Ministry Description

  • Provide student loan repayment grants to U.S. healthcare missions professionals under the authority of a recognized mission board

  • Teaching a biblically holistic approach to health missions

  • Providing grants to national healthcare workers for advanced medical training (MedSend Nationals)

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: last year, grant recipients shared Christ with more than 24,000 people and led more than 1,800 to Christ

  • Develop MedSend Nationals into a full-fledged program

  • Achieving fundraising goals to support all qualified healthcare professionals who apply

  • Effective ministry, health and safety of grant recipients, especially those serving in areas where terrorism and other security issues are an increasing concern



Email: info@medsend.org
Rick Allen, President


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Russian Leadership Ministries

serving through North Caucasus Bible Institute (NCBI)

2017 Ministry Description

  • Preparing pastors, educators and worship leaders at NCBI

  • Serving 48 ethnic groups and 5 million Muslims near NCBI

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Tom McAdam has been appointed Executive Director

  • Reversal of new Russian laws restricting churches and their witness

  • Strength, encouragement, and fellowship for our young leaders in Russia
  • Political climate in the country, especially in the regions near Ukraine


Email: info@russianleadership.org

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Terry & Donna Jeanne Schneider

2017 Ministry Description

  • Mentoring students at Liberty University who are interested in missions

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: increased number of students expressing interest in missions

  • Mentoring and discipling students interested in missions

  • Providing marital and pre-marital counseling to young couples

  • Supporting WorldVenture as students look into it for internships and short and long-term opportunities



Email: terrys@worldventure.net


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Thom & Ellen Schotanus

2017 Ministry Description


  • Development of Mbingo Baptist Hospital facilities and water projects leading to evangelism and church planting.

  • Integrity for Cameroon, an initiative to mobilize influential Christians to advocate for righteousness in business and government, and strengthen the church

Ellen: providing at-home tutoring and teaching English at area schools where several Muslim children attend

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: receiving support from people of influence for Integrity for Cameroon

  • Launching Integrity for Cameroon this year

  • Peace in Cameroon, which has seen rioting and violence between Anglophone and Francophone nationals

  • Expansion of Ellen's ministry and opportunities to share the Gospel



Email: thom.ellen@schotanus.com


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Steve & Carol Smith

2017 Ministry Description

  • Training pastors and Ivorian missionaries

  • Medical clinic outreach to Muslims

  • Microfinance program to alleviate poverty and share the Gospel

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: 75 people trained in business and life skills, 100 jobs maintained

  • Building, equipping, and staffing the pediatric eye hospital

  • Training 200 people in business and mentoring 20 people

  • Creating 10 new jobs and maintaining 190
  • Having 100 people successfully apply best business practices

  • Seeing a fourth class of 12 students graduate from the Missionary Training Institute

Ivory COast


Email: scsmith7@gmail.com


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John & Diane Vampatella

2017 Ministry Description

Lead UConn Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), a ministry for:

  • Winning students to Christ

  • Building the Christian faith of students

  • Sending students into the world willing to walk with Christ and impact others for a lifetime

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: new staff members have adjusted well

  • Volunteers for the middle school ministry

  • Increased financial support is needed to be in a healthy position for long-term ministry

  • Wisdom while considering increased job responsibilities within Cru and Athletes in Action Ministries



Email: john.vampatella@uscm.org


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VIVA Network

2017 Ministry Description

  • Organizing and coordinating the efforts of people wanting to minister to children in Nepal

  • Training national leaders to share the Gospel and meet the needs of children at risk

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: 168 conversions to Christ, 1,300 children protected from trafficking, and 510 Nepali churches trained to keep kids in school and out of trafficking

  • Continued outreach to families effected by the earthquake

  • Protection of Viva Nepal staff traveling to remote areas where there is much opposition to Christianity

  • Fruitful outreach programs for the Nepali

  • Protection and courage for the Nepali church and persecuted believers, and that they would be a light in their communities

  • Ongoing protection of children from trafficking


 Email: p.kennel@viva.org


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Steve & Barbara Wilkinson

2017 Ministry Description

Steve: Professor of Biblical Studies at Cebu Seminary and Director of the new PhD program

Barbara: Homeschooling and leading a women's Bible Study

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: 800 converts to Christ through school and church outreach

  • Completing the teaching load through April, then departing for a one-year home assignment

  • Recruiting additional churches as ministry partners

  • Helping our oldest son, Paul, transition to college



Email: kristohanon@yahoo.com


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World Relief Sudan

pray for gemta birhanu & rose moraa

2017 Ministry Description

  • Providing emergency health, nutrition, and water services to vulnerable populations

  • Peace building project: building community capacity to reconcile conflicts

  • Vocations: training women and youth in milling, welding, carpentry, baking, and tailoring

2017 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: 310 community volunteers mobilized to provide health and nutrition education, tree seedlings delivered to 2,500 households, 450 women trained to manufacture fuel-efficient stoves, 3,000 new latrines constructed, and access to clean water provided to 33,000 people

  • Strength for staff working in difficult conditions, away from family

  • Refugees in Darfur suffering from difficult living conditions

  • Peace and stability in the Darfur region
  • Christ's love to be demonstrated by staff and seen and felt by the people of Sudan

  • New funding sources for WRS to move towards recovery and development



Gemta: cdsudan-darfur@wr.org

Rose: darfurfinance@wr.org


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