Our Ministers


Paul Vale – Senior Minister

I graduated from Lincoln Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Ministry and Christian Education.  I am married to the love of my life, Susie Vale, who is our Music Minister.  Our son Brock lives in Joplin, Missouri, and studied at Ozark Christian College.  He is now the Youth Minister at First Christian Church in Joplin, MO.  Our family of three expanded to a family of five this past summer when Brock married Jenny Winfrey and became stepdad to her little one Carson.  Brock and Jen now have our second grandson, Callen.  We are so excited to be grandparents to these two beautiful boys.

I serve God with great joy and excitement.  He led me to this place, New Life Christian Church, in September 2000 to lead the ministry here.  I believe that God is in charge of my life and I will serve Him all the days of my life.

New Life Christian Church has been around since 1905, always with the goal of loving people as they are and leading them to a relationship with Jesus.  It’s been my personal goal since day one to continue in that ministry of loving others as Christ loves us.

I believe this church is the most real church I’ve ever been around.  You can come as you are and people will love and accept you as you are.  But as we teach and preach here, once you come, God will change you from the inside and you will not stay as you are.

Come and worship and experience the love of Christ with us each Sunday.

Serving Christ gratefully,

Paul Vale

Susie Vale – Music Minister

I am a 1984 graduate of Lincoln Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sacred Music. Paul and I have been married for 21 wonderful years. New Life Christian Church has been my home church since 1971, when my dad, Robert M. Allen, accepted the ministry here. My parents ministered at this church for 25 years, and now my husband and I have ministered here for over 16 years. I’ve been a musician my entire life, well, at least since I was old enough to hold a hairbrush in my hand as a “microphone.” During my years at LCU, I traveled performing concerts with Dayspring, Gloria Choir, and Chorale. After college, I performed solo concerts at churches throughout Northwest Indiana, and traveled with The Continental Singers performing concerts all across the United States and throughout Europe. I’ve directed choirs of all ages – children, teens, adults – and especially enjoy directing and performing in our Living Christmas Tree productions. I’m honored to carry on my mother’s legacy of keeping music alive in our church and making it an integral part of the worship experience.