VB Staff Edit 2

Nate Abuan

Associate Pastor

Hobbies: I enjoy drinking coffee, running, waterskiing, reading, playing board games, watching soccer, and eating food that tastes really good.
Education & Experience: I have pastored at Valleybrook since 2011. I have my B.A. from UW-Eau Claire and M.Div from Oral Roberts University, and I am currently doing some continuing education at Bethel Seminary.
Favorite Authors: I like C.S. Lewis and anybody who quotes C.S. Lewis. I also like reading Ravi Zacharias, Francis Chan, and Brad Young.
Family: I have a wonderful wife Rachel and a beautiful daughter Isabel.


Ben Robertson

Imitate Director (grades 2-12)

Hobbies: I enjoy tennis, piano, spoken word, horseback riding, photography, dog training, and working out!
Education & Experience: I graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2012 with a BA in Special Education. I had the unique opportunity to be a Special Education teacher in the Elk Mound School District for two years. Over the past several years I have also had the opportunity to be a missions intern with Josiah Venture in the Czech Republic and with Next Step Ministries in the Bahamas. I am currently pursuing a Masters Degree at Bethel Seminary.
Favorite Authors: I love to read! My favorite authors are Henri Nouwen, Dallas Willard, Dann Spader, David Platt, Tim Keller, Laura Hillenbrand, and Francis Chan.
Family: My beautiful wife, Sarah, and I have been married for two years. Our family currently consists of a fun-loving, adorable Goldendoodle named Miša. We are expecting our first child in December 2016!


Tara McGuire

Imitate Little Kids Director

Hobbies: I enjoy reading, running, and baking.
Education & Experience: I have a bachelors degree in elementary education and a masters degree in multidisciplinary studies.
Favorite Authors: I enjoy reading CS Lewis, JK Rowing, and John Grisham.
Family: My husband Jamie and I have three kids: Aden, Avery, and Eli.


Julie Smith

Office Manager

Hobbies: I enjoy Gardening, reading, dancing/doing Zumba, being grandma!
Education & Experience: I attended UWEC, worked at Northern Center in Chippewa Falls for over 30 years in various roles, retiring in 2009.  I have also been one of the Valleybrook sound techs for several years.
Favorite Authors: I really don’t have any particular favorite authors.  Being a part of a book club for the past 6 years or so has led me to read many books that I might not have chosen on my own, so I am enjoying lots of author variety.
Family: My daughter Celena, son-in-law Jeff, and granddaughter Reese live in Eau Claire.  I also have 3 other stepchildren who live in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri, along with 2 granddaughters, 1 grandson, and 1 great-granddaughter.