Who We Are





Who We Are

About GV


We are people, just like you, who have experienced life change through Jesus and want to hold open the door for others to experience Him too. To see people so changed by God that it transforms the way they love others, serve others, and worship God.



Who We Are

Our Values



Every seat has a name, every name has a story, and every story matters to God.

Your story is a gift from God that He can use to draw other people to Jesus. When someone tells their story, God uses that to communicate to other people that if He can do it in their life, He can do it in anyone’s life.

Daniel 4:2 | 1 John 1:3


Worship an hour, circle an hour, and serve an hour.

People have a limited amount of time, so we make the most of every opportunity. When you worship in community, do life with people, and serve with passion, life change happens.

Ephesians 5:15-16 | Psalms 90:12


The family should be built up and not undercut.

Whatever your family looks like we’re here for you. Whether you’re single, a couple, raising kids, or an empty nester we want to walk alongside you in your faith journey.

Proverbs 22:6 Deuteronomy 6:5-7


Life change happens when we get out of rows and into circles.

We know the value of community and work to create an environment where you can be real about where you are in life.

Proverbs 27:17 Hebrews 10:24-25


We never want to become irrelevant to a culture that needs to know Jesus.

This is an environment of grace that shows your neighbor, friend, co-worker, or a family member who Jesus is.

Mark 12:31 | Colossians 4:5-6 | Matthew 22:37-39


Who We Are

Our Team


JEFF JAMES

LEAD PASTOR

Jeff is a graduate of Mississippi College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Green Valley as Lead Pastor in July 2011, Jeff served for 20 years as the Lead Pastor for multiple churches in Mississippi. Jeff and his wife, Jo Ellen, have two children.


AMY PHIFER

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Although Amy has been a member at Green Valley for many years, she joined the staff in April 2012 as Director of Preschool Ministries. Amy grew up in the Birmingham area and graduated from the University of Montevallo with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband Trent have three children.


JO ELLEN JAMES

DIRECTOR OF NEXT STEPS

Jo Ellen graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in communication/public relations. In her role, she coordinates efforts to ensure that all people from first time guests to members are engaged in taking their next step. Jo Ellen and her husband, Jeff, have two children.

MARION EUBANK

PASTOR OF MISSIONS AND MINISTRY

After serving Green Valley for over 30 years as Worship Pastor, Marion recently transitioned to his new role as Pastor of Missions and Ministry. His wife, Karen and he are blessed to have two girls who are married with children.  “Bubba”, as he is most widely known is a graduate of Samford University and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.


Stephanie Eldridge

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Alabama. With a background in human development and elementary education, she has worked with children of all ages, from preschool to teenagers. She and her husband Jake have three children.


NANCY REEVES

FINANCIAL MANAGER

Nancy graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Public Accounting and worked for Ernst and Young before having children. She also has 18 years of experience in church financial work. Nancy and her husband Randall have been a part of the Green Valley family for many years. They have two grown children and two first graders.

STEPHEN FRYREAR

WORSHIP PASTOR

Stephen graduated from Belmont University in 2008 where he studied Voice. He and his wife Carleigh moved to Birmingham from San Antonio in 2013. Stephen came on staff at Green Valley in the fall of 2017. He is passionate about songwriting and his son Silas.



ANNA DAVIDSON

COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR

Anna is a part of the Creative Team and promotes GV’s purpose and passion across all of our environments, events, and services through marketing and social media. She is a 2013 graduate of Auburn University.


JENNY LING

MINISTRY ASSISTANT

Jenny attended Troy University where she majored in Business Administration. Prior to coming to Green Valley, Jenny was a Branch Specialist at America’s First Federal CU. Jenny and her husband, Matt, joined Green Valley in June 2015. They welcomed their daughter, Maggie James, to their family in May 2017.

BRYAN RICE

STUDENT PASTOR

Bryan is a graduate of Anderson University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married his high school sweetheart, Alyssa, in June of 2014 and joined the Green Valley staff in July of 2014.


KATIE SPARGO

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Katie graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a degree in graphic design. She worked at a digital marketing agency for 3 years before joining the Green Valley staff in 2018. She and her husband, Nate, have been attending Green Valley since 2016.


Who We are

Purpose & Passion


Our Purpose

To show people who Jesus is.

We are empowered by the Great Commission to show the world who Jesus is. It’s simple really. We are people who have experienced life change through Jesus and want to hold open the door for others to experience Him too.

We believe Jesus is the greatest example of selfless service. We create environments through serving where people feel welcomed, accepted, and loved. In everything we do, all our ideas, programs, and events we want to show people Jesus.

Matthew 28:19 | John 14:6 | Matthew 22:37-40 | Acts 13:38-39

Our Passion

To be a church where all people experience life change.

We want to see people so changed by God from the inside out that it affects the way they love others, serve others, and worship God. We love sharing and celebrating stories of life change.

Luke 15:21-22 | 2 Corinthians 5:17 | Ephesians 2:1-10