New church to open in Troy

By Cecilia Fox -

TROY — Aiming to be a welcoming place for the whole community, a new church will open in Troy next Sunday.

The Valley Church Troy, a new offshoot of The Valley Church in Piqua (previously known as the Upper Valley Community Church), will celebrate its launch on Oct. 14.

Pastor Mark Coulter described the new church as a place where the music might be a little too loud, people don’t take themselves too seriously and kids have “a lot more fun than they should.”

“It’s a place where people can come as they are. That’s one of our big things. No matter what stage of life, no matter what they have going on in their life,” he said. “It’s a place where people can belong.”

Services will be held at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Troy Rec, which is located at 11 N. Market St. Because the Rec hosts programs for local youth, Coulter said it is also a great location for the church’s youth programs and outreach.

“Reaching the next generation is huge for us,” he said. “We’ll have, from day one, dynamic ministries from birth through fifth grade. It’s going to be fun and a great learning environment to learn about God.”

Teens are also encouraged to be actively involved in the church through volunteering and service.

Coulter said that there are about 70 people who come up to the Piqua campus from Troy regularly, so a second location in Troy just made sense.

“It’s where we’re seeing a good number of people come from,” he said. He and his wife and family also live in Troy.

He added that the church leaders are eager to establish The Valley Church as part of the downtown Troy community.

“We really want to be invested in downtown,” Coulter said. The church has joined the Chamber of Commerce and worked with Downtown Troy on several programs, he added.

Coulter said he also wants the church to be a welcoming place for the whole community, Troy and its surrounding areas.

“Our approach is that people come in and they feel welcome. A friendly environment is huge for us. People being there to get connected,” he said. “And helping people on their faith journey. Our sermons are relevant, like this week we’re talking about worries.”

The Valley Church in Piqua was founded in 1994 by Pastor Paul Jetter as the Upper Valley Community Church. The congregation met in a variety of unusual locations, including the second floor of what is now El Sombrero and a vacant store in the Miami Valley Centre Mall, until its current home on Seidel Parkway in Piqua was built in 1997.

For more information about the church, visit the or look for The Valley Church on Facebook.

By Cecilia Fox

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