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: In 2015, we doubled the amount of medical and educational services rendered

  • Praise: Strong partnerships have been built with neighboring Christian African American groups
  • Protection against new legislation that will require abortion referrals for every client

  • Hiring a part-time Nurse Coordinator
  • Continued expansion of our ministry to serve more women



Email: molly@abcwomenscenter.org


Prayer Partner Button



Vicki Beattie

2016 Ministry Description

  • Teaching Community Health leadership to nationals

  • Establishing self-care groups for leprosy patients

  • Proclaiming the Gospel through Community Health and Bible teaching

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: church leaders are helping us reach out to elderly affected by leprosy

  • Praise: increased confidence in communicating the Maaban language

  • Train and disciple Cornelius and Paul, the leprosy team
  • Continued support from local churches to learn the Maaban language
  • DeBuild relationships with Mabaan women in Doro and Gullawiny

South Sudan


Email: vicki.beattie@sim.org


Prayer Partner Button

Victor & Lilli Branitski

2016 Ministry Description

  • Evangelistic outreach through Ukrainians

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

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: outreach efforts to war refugees in Ukraine have been successful

  • Peace for Ukraine during this period of aggression from Russia
  • Provision of basic needs such as food, shelter, and heating fuel for suffering families

  • Partnerships with local groups to collect food and clothing to be shipped to Ukraine

  • Continued evangelistic outreach to the local Slavic community in the U.S.



Email: vicbran@comcast.net


Prayer Partner Button



Jon & Valerie Brown

2016 Ministry Description

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


2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: We were able to use newly translated portions of Scripture in our Bible study this year

  • Finish construction of home in Budu-U village and move there as a family

  • Assist the community in starting its new school

  • Begin more consistent systematic Bible teaching in the new location


Email: jonathanbrwn@juno.com


Prayer Partner Button


Ken & Lynn Chapman

2016 Ministry Description

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

  • Hospital evangelism and prayer visitation

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: two dental staff have been trained and are ready to launch workplace ministry

  • Strong start to the Mengo Hospital Medical and Dental School scheduled to begin in September

  • Training staff in hospital evangelism and prayer visitation

  • Several medical and dental outreaches using the Jesus film, personal evangelism, discipleship, and church planting




Prayer Partner Button



Ryan & Laura Elliott

2016 Ministry Description

Directing the Cru ministry at Miami University (Ohio) 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

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: saw 57 converts and 800 students involved in Cru ministry at Miami University (Ohio)

  • Introducing students to a daily walk with Jesus that transforms them from the inside out

  • Identifying effective ways to get students involved in campus ministry

  • Wisdom in decisions about future ministry plans




Prayer Partner Button



Hans & Carrie Franzen

2016 Ministry Description

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

  • Supervise expansion ministries to new campuses across the region

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: in 2015 we saw nine new chapter plants in New England

  • Praise: 149 converts and 2,300 students involved in NE InterVarsity

  • Additional workers to reach community colleges and commuter campuses

  • Funding to start new chapters and sustain existing ones 




Prayer Partner Button


Dan & Tina Gibbs

2016 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

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: medical equipment and funds to transport it to Nigeria have been provided

  • Government approval to transport equipment from U.S. to Gembu

  • Opening the maternity area of the clinic and begin basic procedures

  • Add a Program Director to staff

  • Work with women's groups to train girls on hygiene and reproductive health
  • Food distribution program for malnourished children




Prayer Partner Button



Hartford City Mission

2016 Ministry Description

  • Share the good news of Jesus through words and works

  • Develop disciples of Christ in the North End who truly "walk the talk"

  • Provide a variety of opportunities for Christians to participate in this urban ministry

  • Transform the community as God's Kingdom expands in this neighborhood

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: a new Noah After School site had been launched

  • Connecting children from our programs, and their families, to local churches

  • Hiring a Youth Director to lead the middle and high school student ministries

  • Development of a daily drop-in site for older youth, providing tutoring, discipleship, and life coaching

  • Funding to support existing staff and an additional Youth Director




Prayer Partner Button


Fred & Kasandra O'Brien

2016 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

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: three more children were rescued and brought to the orphanage and 14 new children have been enrolled in the school

  • Receive approval to expand KAI school to include 7th grade

  • Host over 20 ministry teams this year

  • Spiritual growth and sports achievement for Gio in freshman year at Siena College

Dominican Republic


Email: obrien.fred@ymail.com


Prayer Partner Button


Cassidy Parent

2016 Ministry Description

  • Serving at-risk and orphaned children through Kids Alive International in Cap Haitien, Haiti

  • Providing counseling and mentoring to youth and young adults

  • Coordinating short-term teams from North America

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise for the sense of community that Kids Alive, Haiti provides

  • Adjusting to living in Haiti

  • A community of fellowship, friendship, and prayer

  • Receptiveness and openness from the children to counseling

  • Deeper connections and friendships with the children and house parents.


Email: cassidyparent@gmail.com

Prayer Partner Button



Nika P.

2016 Ministry Description

Linguist/translator focusing on language learning and Bible translation.


  • Praise: moved to Nepal and reached intermediate level of Nepal language

  • Adjust to living in Nepal and continue to learn the language

  • Build deep friendships with Nepali friends and co-workers

  • Preparing to join a Bible translation team for work on a smaller language group

South Asia


Email: nika_payne@wycliffe.org


Prayer Partner Button


Steve & Laura Payne

2016 Ministry Description

The Seed Company, affiliate of Wycliffe Bible Translators which involves:

  • Leading translation workshops and training national translators in Nepal

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

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: translation of Acts is complete

  • Healing for Laura who has had a reoccurrence of stage-four melanoma

  • Training five new translation teams

  • Trips to Senegal, West Africa to lead Jesus Film workshops

  • Laura's training as a Translation Consultant



Email: stephen_payne@tsco.org


Prayer Partner Button


Project MedSend

2016 Ministry Description

  • Student loan repayment grants for U.S. career medical missions service under the authority of a recognized mission board

  • Teaching a biblically holistic approach to health missions

  • Supporting national healthcare workers

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: fundraising is growing, as is the nationals' program funded by Project MedSend

  • Physical and emotional strength for MedSend grant recipients serving in remote, high-risk areas

  • Sharing the Gospel and seeing miraculous healings through healthcare workers in North Korea, Bhutan and Mauritania

  • Developing a better understanding of how to provide member care to missionaries

  • New financial partners to meet the increased number of Christian healthcare professionals applying to MedSend



Email: info@medsend.org
Rick Allen, President


Prayer Partner Button


Russian Leadership Ministries

serving through North Caucasus Bible Institute (NCBI)

2016 Ministry Description

  • Preparing pastors, educators and worship leaders

  • Serving 48 ethnic groups and 5 million Muslims

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: 1,500 pastors and church leaders were trained and released for service in churches throughout Russia in 2015

  • Strength, encouragement, and fellowship for our young leaders in Russia

  • Future plans to open the Center for Church Planting and Evangelism to reach more students with affordable, high-quality education
  • Political climate in the country, especially in the regions near Ukraine


Email: info@russianleadership.org

Prayer Partner Button



Terry & Donna Jeanne Schneider

2016 Ministry Description

  • Mentoring students at Liberty University who are interested in missions

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Terry's health is improving following heart problems

  • Praise:  many opportunities to share Jesus with people in Lynchburg

  • Counseling couples pursuing missions

  • Many missionaries to be called from Liberty University
  • Our walk with the Lord and our family

  • Transition of Terry's aging parents from Chicago to Lynchburg



Email: schneider.terry@gmail.com


Prayer Partner Button



Thom & Ellen Schotanus

2016 Ministry Description

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

Ellen:  Teaching English at area schools where several Muslim children attend

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: many conversations with people of influence regarding development in Cameroon, and opportunities to share the Gospel

  • Wisdom in developing ministry to support living out your faith in the workplace

  • Funds to purchase a new vehicle

  • Ellen: training teachers in creative and critical thinking



Email: thom.ellen@schotanus.com


Prayer Partner Button


Steve & Carol Smith

2016 Ministry Description

  • Training pastors and Ivorian missionaries

  • Medical clinic outreach to Muslims

  • Microfinance program to alleviate poverty and share the Gospel

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: 30 patients led to Christ through the medical clinic

  • Conversions and spiritual growth through our microfinance ministry

  • Ongoing renewal of our walk with the Lord

  • Spiritual growth of students in missionary training

Ivory COast


Email: scsmith7@gmail.com


Prayer Partner Button


John & Diane Vampatella

2016 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

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: number of women's teams involved in Athletes in Action (AIA) has increased from three to 15

  • Challenges due to changes in staff

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

  • Every student athlete would have a teammate who knows Christ



Email: john.vampatella@uscm.org


Prayer Partner Button


VIVA Network

2016 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

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: earthquake relief assistance provided to over 5,000 families. Valley helped to fund this effort.

  • Praise: 31,472 children served through outreach and relief camps

  • Strength for staff working with continuous needs from the earthquake

  • Nepali government leaders to allow the Christian church to exist without persecution

  • Ongoing protection of children from trafficking


 Email: p.kennel@viva.org


Prayer Partner Button


Steve & Barbara Wilkinson

2016 Ministry Description

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

Barbara: Homeschooling Paul and Timothy, and leading a weekly women's Bible Study

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: all 16 students were able to begin or return to ministry following graduation

  • Teaching five masters and one doctorate-level class

  • Ability for PhD students to obtain their degree while engaging in full-time ministry

  • Supporting the commencement goals of 20 students
  • Barbara: success in homeschooling and reaching out to new women in her Bible study



Email: kristohanon@yahoo.com


Prayer Partner Button


World Relief Sudan

pray for gemta birhanu & rose moraa

2016 Ministry Description

  • 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

2016 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: treated over 104,000 people or common diseases and provided 47,000 with access to potable water, served 8,000 pregnant women with care, delivered 1.322 babies, and treated 4,640 young children and mothers for acute malnutrition

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

  • Refugees in Darfur suffering from difficult living conditions

  • Wisdom in expanding to a new state in the 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


Prayer Partner Button