Who We Are
Valley Fellowship Church in Huntsville, AL
Founded in 1980, Valley Fellowship Church is a community of people who have come together to fulfill the purposes of God, are structured according to a Biblical pattern, are living a lifestyle of Biblical beliefs, and are united in their pursuit of Biblical objectives.
Christ-followers were first baptized in the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-17), but this was not a once-for-all-time event. The Holy Spirit is active in the church today, the same as He was in the New Testament. The gifts of the Spirit seen in the New Testament are for today and should be desired, sought after and evidenced. The Holy Spirit never ended His ministry. Believers are still being filled with the power and being transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit.
God desires the local church to be an awesome church, a respected church, a culture-penetrating church. We have a conviction that God places people in local churches of His choosing and for the good of the others. We are not created to live isolated, independent lives. Through committed participation in the local church, we find instruction, encouragement, connection and unconditional love.
Greg & Patti Simon, Lead Pastors
Greg and Patti Simon are the lead pastors of Valley Fellowship Church. They met during their time at Oral Roberts University (ORU) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and married in 1987. Joining the staff of VFC in 1988, they served as associate pastors, teachers, worship leaders, and children’s pastors before stepping into the role of senior pastors in 1993. Greg loves his beautiful wife Patti, and together they have two beautiful daughters. Rosalyn and Kimberlyn are both VFCA graduates and current students at ORU. Greg and Patti appreciate old movies on television and vacations to Orange Beach. They are passionate about what the Lord is doing at VFC but they also regularly speak, pray, and direct worship at gatherings across the area, in various states, and around the world.
Born in New Orleans as a son of Southern Baptist missionary parents, Greg traveled the world, living for years in Uganda, Kenya, and Taiwan. He graduated from a rural public high school in Gilbert, Louisiana, completed an ORU English Bible B.A. degree in 1988, and finished an ORU master’s degree in practical theology in 2003. When asked as a child where his home was, Greg answered, “On the road!” Since 1984, Greg has called Huntsville “home” but he and Patti regularly travel on short-term missions.
Patti grew up in Boise, Idaho, where her parents were faithful members of Central Assembly of God led by Pastor Roland Buck and later, Pastor Ted Buck. Patti still enjoys Idaho outdoor sports like snow-skiing, boating, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, and riding motorcycles. As the VFC Missions Pastor, Patti prepares and enthusiastically participates in trips to the nations. As the VFCA Administrator, Patti contends for Christian education. One of her favorite verses is Matthew 19:6, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Patti earned an ORU B.A. in elementary education in 1986. She was honored as the “Most Outstanding Masters Candidate from the ORU School of Education” with her M.A. in school administration in 2006. She also teaches 11th and 12th Grade Bible, is a site chair for ICAA accreditation, and is a member of the Huntsville Madison Private School Association. Patti has been awarded the Professional Women of Northern Alabama’s “Leader of Excellence in Religious Service” and the 2009 ORUEF/ICAA Administrator of the Year.
Greg seeks spiritual awakening and Christian renewal in the Tennessee Valley area. He speaks into ministry directed toward the Spanish world as Chairman of the Board of Vino Nuevo Ministry. Greg is also a long-time New Orleans Saints football fan and he reveled in their January 2010 Super Bowl victory. “Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?”
God continues to open doors for Greg and Patti. They have recently co-labored with Ivan Tait in Central America, Charles Muyuin East Africa, Nassan Ibrahim in Uganda, Eric Mukwenda in Tanzania, and George Gonzalez in Columbia, Peru, and Brazil.
Carol Simon, Co-Pastor
Carol Simon serves as co-pastor at Valley Fellowship Church. She is a graduate of Clarke Memorial College and Blue Mountain College with work on her MRE at New Orleans Baptist Seminary. She married Jerry Simon in 1965, and they served in pastorates in the southeastern United States before becoming missionaries in Uganda, East Africa and Taiwan. They came to Valley in 1984. Carol founded VFCA and continued a daily radio ministry for over 12 years. She has been in full-time ministry for over 46 years. At Jerry’s death in 1993, she became co-pastor with her son, Greg and his wife, Patti.
Carol has three children: Pastor Greg Simon, Dr. Barry Simon, and Kim Henderson. She has eight grandchildren. Family is very important to her and gives praise to God that all her children serve Jesus.
Carol continues to do mission work in various countries. God has given her the opportunity to travel in more than 30 countries. Africa remains significant in her spiritual experiences, since she received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in Uganda in 1971. She was hungry for God; and supernaturally, God visited her and her life was greatly changed. Dreams, visions, and encounters with God have impacted her tremendously, while prayer and intercession take priority in her life.
Proverbs 3:5-6 are verses that have fed, healed, and guided Carol. At the time of Jerry’s death and the months to follow, Carol meditated over and over these verses. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”