Bob Beltz has served as the Senior Minister of Valley Mills Christian Church since October of 2013. From 2002 – 2007, he served as the Worship Minister, coming back in 2013 to follow God’s call in his current role. Born and raised near Daytona Beach, Florida, he graduated from Florida Christian College of Kissimmee in 1983, where he met and married his college sweetheart, Robin. They have two girls, Amanda and Kristi, who are both married and serving the Lord in vocational ministry. They are blessed with two grandsons, Oliver and Tucker, and two granddaughters, Harvey Rose, and Ellie Joy.
One of Bob’s favorite scriptures is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9 – But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Some of Bob’s favorite leisure activities include mowing the lawn, riding on his 4 wheeler, spending time with family, and attending various auto racing events. One thing people may not know is that several years ago Bob won 1st place in a “Faster Pastor” School Bus Race at Lincoln Park Speedway, Putnamville, IN.
Tanya Henthorn joined Valley Mills in October of 2019 as the Children’s Minister. She is a graduate of Lincoln Christian College and has over 20 years of Children’s Ministry experience in Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana. Tanya has a deep passion for connecting with kids as well as their parents and walking alongside of the family to equip and encourage them in their child’s spiritual journey.
She has been married to Keith for 15 years and when they have down-time they enjoy sports (Go Cardinals!), being involved in Special Olympics with their son Shaun, and traveling to new places with Autism on the Seas.
Ministry and Counseling Coordinator
Tanya Gonterman has been on staff since 2014 and serves as our Administrative Coordinator. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Todd (who you may see on Sunday mornings behind the drums as part of the worship team). They have two children, a wonderful son and daughter-in-law and are blessed with two sweet grandsons. Tanya grew up in Louisville, KY but has traveled extensively during her husband’s 22-year career in the United States Navy — their time living in Guam was one of her favorite (and farthest!) places to live. She enjoys the outdoors and especially witnessing God’s beautiful creations while exploring Indiana with her husband on their Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Tanya has a heart for hospitality and welcoming newcomers and can be found most Sundays serving at the Welcome Center Table — be sure to stop by and introduce yourself!
Valley Mills Christian Preschool Director
Heather Skaggs serves as the Director of the Valley Mills Christian Preschool. Heather has been married to her high school sweetheart, Keith, for 25 years. She has three beautiful children; Carissa attends Valley Mills Christian Preschool, Ragan is a sophomore in high school, and Austin is a senior in college. As a mother, Heather wants to make a difference in how we teach and care for our children. She is an avid believer that it takes a village to raise a child, and that teaching is not just a job, but a passion. Heather has over 15 years of experience in the educational field, with a degree in business management and various certifications in preschool readiness.
Heather has a deep desire to love, nurture, and inspire children from the moment they enter the preschool until it’s time for them to go home. She is determined to build strong foundations for our children that will equip them to be successful future adults.
Part-Time Administrative Assistant
Casey Harvey joined our staff as a summer assistant supporting our children’s programming initiatives in 2016 and 2017. Casey has since added a few hours of her time as an ongoing part-time administrator to help us coordinate our “Connections” Ministry (greeters, ushers) and assist in managing our church database. Please look for Casey’s welcoming smile around our greeter stations on Sunday mornings as she coordinates many busy volunteers.
Casey has been blessed to be married to Jason for 4 years and they have a beautiful daughter named Everly Grace. She shares that she feels blessed to be serving the Lord with her amazing church family at Valley Mills Christian Church. The Lord led Casey into teaching elementary school 14 years ago, and she has taught several different grade levels with kindergarten as her primary focus over the past 8 years. She is a full-time Kindergarten teacher at Plainfield School System.
Spiritual Growth Coordinator
Mark Stair is our Worship Arts Minister. He joined our staff in the summer of 2018. He is a graduate of Milligan college and is married to his wife JJ. He has a passion for serving the Lord and believes God has called him into ministry. Some of his favorite hobbies include photography, making videos, running and watching movies. Forming and maintaining lasting relationships is an important part of Mark’s life as he realizes life is not meant to be done on your own. Mark and his wife JJ also have a Young Adult life group that meets periodically throughout the year. If you would like to contact him or have any questions feel free to do so through his email at firstname.lastname@example.org.