Travis Albrecht

Lead Pastor

Hobbies: I love to run, hunt and fish, drink coffee, woodwork, date my wife, and spend time with my daughters.
Education & Experience: I have a B.A. in Comparative Studies of World Religions from UW-Eau Claire (2001) and an M.Div from Bethel University (2005). I served as an Associate Pastor at The River Church (River Falls, WI) and as a Senior Pastor at North Shore Church (Menomonee, MI). I joined Valleybrook as Lead Pastor in July 2017.
Favorite Authors: Tim Keller, Jeff Vanderstelt, Matt Chandler, and Francis Chan.
Family: My amazing wife, Lisa, and I were married at Valleybrook in 2001, and we have 3 beautiful daughters, Brooklyn, Mikayla, and Chloe. We also have a yellow lab named Lacey and a cat named Maximus (Max).

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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 did 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, a beautiful daughter Isabel, and another daughter on the way!


Ben Robertson

Imitate Director (grades K-12)

Hobbies: I enjoy tennis, photography, piano, spoken word, horseback riding, dog training, and working out!
Education & Experience: I graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2012 with a BA in Special Education. Over the past several years I have had the incredible opportunity to intern with Josiah Venture in the Czech Republic and with Next Step Ministries in the Bahamas. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Transformational Leadership at Bethel Seminary.
Favorite Authors: Tim Keller, Dann Spader, Mark McCloskey, Jeff Vanderstelt, Patrick Lencioni and Madeleine Le’Engle.
Family: My beautiful wife, Sarah, and I have been married for three years. We have a daughter Phoebe and a fun-loving, adorable Goldendoodle named Miša!


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 four kids: Aden, Avery, Eli, and Edwin.


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.