Shades Valley Community Church is led by elders that are nominated and approved by the congregation. They have primary authority over the body and the Lead Pastor.
The Elders work diligently to guard SVCC’s doctrine, pray/care for members, and direct the ministries of SVCC toward fulfilling our mission.
Bryan Belknap (chair)
Bryan, his wife Jill and son Cash started attending SVCC when they moved to Birmingham in 2011. He has spent his life creating videos, books and Bible studies for churches and camps nationwide, taking joy in finding unexpected ways to communicate Truth. A Texan in exile, he is currently the Creative Director at Resonate Pictures and loves spending his free time rooting for the Dallas Mavericks or watching movies from the Criterion Collection.
Jimbo and his wife, Nancey were founding members of SVCC where he first served as an elder in 1992-1993. He is on the board of directors for Legacy School of Discipleship and currently serves with the SVCC Welcome and Coffee teams. Together with his wife, they host and mentor young adults. Jimbo also enjoys spending time with family and friends, Alabama football and playing tennis. He resides in Homewood with his wife. He has three children and three grandchildren.
Josh grew up in Homewood and became involved with SVCC through the youth group when he was 15. He eventually moved to college and married Meg but they returned to Birmingham and resumed attending shades in 2007. Since that time he became involved with the missions and mercy team and went on several trips to Poland, serving youth in various ways there. He currently lives in Homewood with his wife and son Oliver (1), and works as an Engineer for Southern Company. He enjoys running, soccer, being outdoors and hanging out with friends and family.
A.J. and his wife Grace have been attending Shades Valley since its’ inception. He has served on the worship team since the very beginning and has helped with other aspects of church life over the years including construction, facilities maintenance, men’s group, counseling, and others. He and Grace also teach a small group class called “Family Matters.” They have 8 children and 1 grandson, all of whom attend Shades Valley.
Matt and his wife, Lisa have attended SVCC for well over 20 years. He has previously served as an elder and on the Mission Team. Matt is an attorney at Parrish & Theus LLC. He really enjoys spending time with his two sons, playing golf, and watching college basketball.
Don and his family have been attending SVCC since 2011. Don & Helena studied and met at New Tribes Bible Institute in WI. Don worked in the construction field in WI for many years. While living in WI, Don served on the Men’s Ministry board of their church. Now that they live in Jasper, AL , they manage greenhouses for Bonnie Plants, Inc. Don serves as an usher and counter at SVCC. Don & Helena have 3 children, Nate (14), Tyler (12) and Natalie (10). In his free time, Don loves to fish for bass and hunt big game.