Mark Howard, Pastor

Mark grew up just outside of Sheffield, UK. After studying Physics at University of York, he moved down to London to train as a Bible teacher. In 2006, he moved to Greenwich, CT, to work as an Assistant Pastor and met his wife, Cherilyn. Following his studies at Westminster Theological Seminary, he briefly returned to Greenwich then moved to the Lehigh Valley to serve as pastor at West Valley. He and Cherilyn have one daughter, Charissa, and a crazy cockapoo called Ginger.

Derek Coyle, Assistant Pastor

After receiving his undergraduate degree in education from Messiah College, Derek worked as  teacher before sensing a call to the ministry and training at Westminster Theological Seminary. He joined West Valley as an intern in 2016 and became our assistant pastor in October, 2017. He is married to Bethany and they have one daughter, Ellie.


As a presbyterian Church, West Valley is governed by a team of elders who jointly shepherd the congregation alongside the pastors. If you would like to contact them you may email them.

Matt Nussbaum • David Reed • David Royes


The Diaconate of West Valley focuses on extending mercy and compassion. Their purpose is to show God’s love by serving the physical needs of West Valley and beyond. (The Greek word for “deacon” is diakonos meaning “servant.”) Should you want to contact the diaconate of West Valley please call our main office at 610-421-8066 or email them.

Jeff Aiello • Curtis Stetka