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 hope, help, and healing to women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy


  • Praise: We have seen a 35% increase in both client appointments and new clients served!

  • That legislation which slanders or limits our services to clients would collapse

  • That false accusations against pregnancy centers from pro-abortion groups would be silenced

  • That we would successfully launch STI testing in 2018



Email: molly@abcwomenscenter.org


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Vicki Beattie

2018 Ministry Description

  • Running the leprosy program of SIM Doro Clinic in South Sudan for both local people and refugees

  • Discipling children and women in a small church

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: the full Bible has been printed in the Mabaan language

  • Transformed lives through the reading and hearing of God’s Word

  • Wisdom in how long to stay in the U.S. because of my father’s health concerns

  • Wisdom for our team in how to do medical ministry and discipleship in uncertain places such as South Sudan 

South Sudan


Email: vicki.beattie@sim.org


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Victor & Lilli Branitski

2018 Ministry Description

  • Evangelistic outreach through Ukrainians

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

  • Conduct seminars on reaching the Slavic community

  • Humanitarian relief in Ukraine

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Our partnership with Ukrainian Christians is successfully reaching the hopeless and needy

  • For our brothers in Ukraine who are struggling to continue evangelistic work despite limited resources amidst a dire economy

  • Upcoming opportunity to reach many listeners in Ukraine through a radio program

  • Continued relief work to refugees in Eastern Ukraine 



Email: vicbran@comcast.net


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Jon & Valerie Brown

2018 Ministry Description

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


2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise God for a host of prayer partners and supporters, and for their constant encouragement

  • More contact and response from the group downriver from us

  • Yanomami teachers will learn to plan classes and be more independent

  • Co-workers to share this work, according to God’s will 


Email: ronrobinbrown@gmail.com


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Ken & Lynn Chapman

2018 Ministry Description

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

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

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: For opportunities to share the Gospel with Muslims in Mengo and beyond

  • Praise: Completion of Great Commission Training, a nine-month school for new staff in Uganda

  • Diligence, balance, and focus for Brianna as she finishes her last year of high school

  • Making disciples at the dental clinic




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Hans & Carrie Franzen

2018 Ministry Description

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

  • Supervise expansion ministries to new campuses across the region

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: 387 students in New England made decisions for Christ last year; this is an all-time high!

  • Open doors to plant new student ministries on these campuses: Central CT State, Asnuntuck, Middlesex, Bunker Hill, Johnson & Wales, Green Mountain, and Worcester State

  • InterVarsity’s 2030 Calling: a national vision to reach 3,000 campuses over the next 12 years

  • More decisions for Christ in New England, where colleges are the most secular in the country



Email: hansfranz@gmail.com


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Dan & Tina Gibbs

2018 Ministry Description

  • Provide holistic health care services with excellent patient care
  • 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, healthcare, and small business training needs
  • Support local church planting

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: We have received our license from the state to operate as a hospital and opened a ward with 30 beds

  • Outfitting the surgical area of our new building for occupancy by year-end

  • Expanding the Technical Training Program to 60 students, and begin consulting with local farmers

  • Local leadership development at GECHAAN and a local seminary 




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Hartford City Mission

2018 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 geographic, economic, and racial backgrounds

  • Operating after-school and summer programs for youth

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Fifteen commitments to Christ were made at Camp Noah in summer 2017

  • Children who have not yet accepted Christ will fully grasp God’s love for them

  • Children who have accepted Christ will grow in their understanding of their value as children of God

  • Encouragement for volunteers, donors, staff, and board members

  • Consistent funding




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2018 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

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

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Received a record number of applications from healthcare professionals

  • Ability to meet an increasing number of requests from medical professionals

  • Wisdom as leaders and staff make decisions related to growing and supporting global healthcare missions

  • 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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Fred & Kasandra O'Brien

2018 Ministry Description

  • Rescuing at-risk children

  • Teaching English and computer skills to 220 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

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise for the spiritual and physical health of our orphanage and school children

  • Obtain needed psychological care for children who suffer from physical abuse, attachment disorder, and severe insecurity

  • Increase site and child sponsorships: 80% of orphanage children are fully sponsored, but only 30% of our school children are currently sponsored

  • Rescuing additional children from at-risk environments

Dominican Republic


Email: obrien.fred@ymail.com


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Cassidy Parent

2018 Ministry DescriptioN

  • Teaching English to Haitian orphans in the Kids Alive International (KAI) school

  • Providing counseling and mentoring to youth and young adults through KAI, Haiti

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

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise for all the English teaching resources and wisdom received from Valley partners

  • Growth and motivation for the kids in my English class

  • My health: Need to get my tonsils out, wisdom for the doctors

  • Hosted teams would be fruitful, focused, eager to learn, and open to new experiences


Email: cassidyparent@gmail.com

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Steve & Laura Payne

2018 Ministry Description

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

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

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Laura continues to be healthy and cancer-free!
  • Training new translators in 6-7 languages with no Scripture yet in these languages, while continuing to check Scripture in language groups we have previously started

  • Our safety, and that the new law making converting to Christianity a criminal offense with a 5-year prison sentence would be overturned

  • Continued good health for us both: Steve has faced multiple problems this year including shoulder, foot, and knee



Email: stephen_payne@tsco.org


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Russian Leadership Ministries (RLM)

serving through North Caucasus Bible Institute (NCBI)

2018 Ministry Description

  • Preparing pastors, educators and worship leaders at NCBI

  • Serving 48 ethnic groups and 5 million Muslims near NCBI

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Nearly 1,000 Russian leaders are being trained through RLM educational institutions

  • Guidance for Executive Director Tom MacAdam as he communicates to U.S. churches about RLM

  • Protection for NCBI from government interference

  • Boldness for NCBI graduates to share the Gospel with Muslim people groups near the school


Email: info@russianleadership.org

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Terry & Donna Jeanne Schneider

2018 Ministry Description

Mentoring students at Liberty University who are interested in missions


2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Relationships are being built with the Liberty faculty, and they’re sending more students to us to check out missions and World Venture

  • Wisdom in planning our time and priorities as we have so many who wish to meet and talk

  • More laborers sent into the harvest

  • Financial and prayer support for those who prepare to go into missions


Email: terrys@worldventure.net


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Thom & Ellen Schotanus

2018 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


2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise:The violence that plagued Cameroon in 2017 has not spiraled out of control

  • That the schools would fully reopen without fear for children’s safety

  • Peace and godliness to triumph over the hate and anger that some have for others

  • Integrity for Cameroon would get off the ground and begin to have an impact for God’s glory



Email: thom.ellen@schotanus.com


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Steve & Carol Smith

2018 Ministry Description

  • Training pastors and Ivorian missionaries

  • Medical clinic outreach to Muslims

  • Microfinance program to alleviate poverty and share the Gospel

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Fourteen people finished their missionary training and are planting churches among unreached people in Guinea and Ivory Coast

  • More students to be trained in our missionary training school for reaching the unreached

  • More missionaries in the Ivory Coast

  • Personal growth in our love for God and dependence on His Holy Spirit

Ivory COast


Email: scsmith7@gmail.com


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T-Net International

2018 Ministry Description

Training church leaders to finish the Great Commission in Malawi through multiplying generations of trainers


2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: T-Net Malawi began in 2015 with 45 trainees under instruction of Valley teams. Currently, over 700 church leaders are being trained by Malawians.

  • Wisdom for country director Eugene Chinunga in leading Malawi T-Net and pastoring his own church

  • Strength for 41 Generation-One students to complete coursework and graduate

  • Wisdom in funding approaches so students can pay the modest T-Net training fees. Malawi’s income is less than 40% of Haiti’s, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.



Email: caedmon2005@mac.com
Mark Buchanan, Valley T-Net Leader


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John & Diane Vampatella

2018 Ministry Description

Northeast Regional Director of Cru/Athletes in Action:

  • 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

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: New athletic ministries started at Daemen College in Buffalo, NYU and The King’s College in New York City, and Gordon College in Boston

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

  • Launching new athletic ministries in our region: hoping to see another six raised up

  • Growth in my role as Regional Director



Email: john.vampatella@cru.org


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VIVA Network

2018 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

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: 500+ new believers through trafficking outreach, 5,985 trained in trafficking issues, resulting in 22 children stopped from leaving with an exploiter

  • As agencies are being required to reregister with the government, pray that VIVA will find favor with officials and paperwork will be completed on time

  • That victims of trafficking would find love and family, and reclaim their lives

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

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


 Email: p.kennel@viva.org


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Steve & Barbara Wilkinson

2018 Ministry Description

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

Barbara: Homeschooling and leading a women's Bible study

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise: Steve’s cardiac issues were diagnosed and fixed before they caused any problems

  • Returning to the Philippines after our home assignment

  • Transition for our family and our son Paul, who is now in college

  • Our aging parents and our ability to manage elder-care issues

  • Additional churches to join us as ministry partners


Email: kristohanon@yahoo.com


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World Relief Sudan

pray for gemta birhanu & rose moraa

2018 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

2018 Prayer Requests

  • Praise for many new ministry opportunities this past year, and that all our staff has been kept safe in insecure conditions

  • Strength for staff working in difficult conditions, away from family, and that they will see the benefits of their labors

  • 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



Gemta: cdsudan-darfur@wr.org

Rose: darfurfinance@wr.org


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