Our Team

The people of Valley Covenant Church use their gifts as full time, part time, or volunteer servants of Christ. They have the awesome privilege of encouraging, equipping and sending fellow Christ followers into ministry in the church and the community.

Staff Team



Rick Lindholtz (Lead Pastor) has a passion for serving God and loving others, and a love for the arts – particularly music and theatre. Rick served for 15 years as a Covenant Evangelism Associate, teaching and training Christians across the US and Canada in the principles of sharing their faith in a positive and compelling way. He is the founder of The Pastoral Arts, a ministry department of Artists in Christian Testimony International, and the author of Pleasant Lines. Rick and his wife Alicia have an adult daughter in Chicago and a son at Wheaton College.

Chuck Potts



Chuck Potts (Pastor to Students, Children and Families) graduated from North Park University in 2009 and  has served in a variety of Youth Ministries positions over the years, including 9 summers in Covenant Camping ministries (the most recent being as summer Program Director in 2009 and 2011). Chuck joined the Valley Covenant staff in 2014.  Chuck enjoys all types of games (large group, outdoor, indoor, video games, etc.) and loves to incorporate games into the ministries he serves.  He also enjoys basketball, fantasy football, covenant camps, going to the movies, and graphic design.  Chuck and his wife Heather are the parents of Sean and Ben.



Jill Huber (Preschool Director) has been Director and Lead Teacher of Valley Covenant Preschool since 1990. A native of StillmanValley, Jill is a graduate of Stillman Valley High School and Illinois Wesleyan University (B.A.  Elementary Education). Before coming to Valley Covenant Preschool, Jill taught Kindergarten and Chapter 1 Reading for 5 years.   Jill and her husband Bill have 5 grown  children and 4 grandchildren.   Jill also enjoys volunteering with the Jr. High and Senior High Student ministries at Valley Covenant Church.



Caitlin Pierson (Office Manager) graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Youth Ministry. She has roots in Rockford and her husband, Brent, is a native of Stillman Valley. The arrival of their son Odin brought them back to be near family. Caitlin and Brent have been enjoying getting immersed into the Stilllman Valley community. Caitlin also enjoys volunteering with the FUSION student ministries at Valley Covenant. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and camping.


.Leadership Team

Jim Ahlberg, Church Chair

Yvonne Raymond, Vice Chair / Youth Ministry

Mary Lyon, Secretary / Congregational Care

Jeff Huber, Financial Officer / Children and Families

Roger Carlson, Preschool / Properties

Dwight Bond, Evangelism, Outreach and Mission

Jim Fowler, Bread of Life, Childrens’ Ministry

Rick Lindholtz, Worship / Evangelism

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