Love God/Love One Another/Reach the World

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?”  He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

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What is Pleasant Valley Church about?

It is the mission of Pleasant Valley Church to help people Love God, Love One Another, and Reach the World.

Jesus taught people that the greatest commandment was to,“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands” (The Gospel of Matthew 22:37-40).

The Bible - We are a church that loves the Bible! We read it, we learn from it, and we try to apply it to our lives. From the youngest to the oldest attendees, we strive to help people understand how the Bible can impact each person's life. 

The Gospel - The gospel is the good news about Jesus Christ. What is the 'good news'? It is the main message of the Bible: God sent His Son, Jesus, to redeem man from sin. It is the greatest truth that can be embraced, and we want people to hear, believe it, and live it.

The Church - The church isn't the building, it's the people who gather each week. We encourage one another, we care for one another, we learn together, pray together, and much more. The people who make up Pleasant Valley Church aren't perfect, but we strive to love God, love one another and reach the world as a community of Christians.

What is the church like? In addition to the things mentioned above, we would probably be categorized as a small to medium size church. We're concerned more about who you are than what you wear or where you live. Also, while we don't have all of the opportunities of a large church, we have something we feel is more important: a genuine, personal feel. When you come to Pleasant Valley Church, we'll get to know your name, you'll get to meet great people, and you can actually connect with the pastors and other leaders of the church. We like to say, "We're large enough to make an impact, but small enough to know your name."

Staff and Elders

At Pleasant Valley Church, we believe in a plurality of leadership and the priesthood of all believers. While our staff oversees the everyday functioning of the church, the Lead Pastor, along with the elders, are responsible for overseeing the entire church ministry. Of course in all things, Christ is the head of the Church!



A native Ohioan, Paul came to Pleasant Valley Church in the fall of 2008. Prior to coming to Parma, Paul served as a pastor of missions and outreach for a large church in northwest Indiana, pastored a small church in rural Kentucky and worked in collegiate ministry. Paul studied financial planning at The Ohio State University, and completed his pastoral training at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a M. Div. in christian ministry as well as a Th. M. in ethics. Paul loves spending time with his wife as they discover new places in NE Ohio, and he loves seeing his three children laugh and play as they grow up. He has a passion for helping people understand the eternal significance of following Jesus Christ. 



Gary and his wife, Stacey, have been members of PVC since 2003.  Over the years, he’s been involved in several different ministries, including deacon, trustee, benevolence, and facilitating numerous Bible study classes for various age groups.  His desire is to help others grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ as a result of studying God’s Word together.  Gary and Stacey’s family consists of 3 grown daughters (Madison, Halle, and Carly) and two dogs (Sooner and Angus).



David and his wife, Becky, have been members of PVC since 1991. During that time, David has been involved in many ministries, including: deacon, usher, and children's. David also serves with our elementary Sunday School ministry with his wife. They have four children and two grandchildren.


Jon Oliveras // Worship Leader

Jon is originally from the Cleveland area and has a passion for worship ministry. After completing his degree is music, he went on to serve in several churches in the areas of worship and youth and has been at PVC since November 2018. He and his wife Jaclyn love serving in ministry together, discovering fun local restaurants, and spending time exploring the outdoors. 

What do we believe?

The things a church believes is so important, and that's why we're not shy about it. We love the Bible and what it teaches. Below are a few of teachings that we embrace.

The Bible - The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

God - There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

Man - Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Salvation - Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Grace -Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.

All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.


The Church - A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper - Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

The Family - God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.