Pastor Lee Schott
I’m glad you’ve stopped by to see who we are at Valley United Methodist Church.
The truth is, I’m not sure who we’re going to be! I’m pretty new here. I arrived as pastor in July 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, so I have yet to see the faces of the people who are part of this congregation. We’re still in the midst of figuring each other out.
But I can say some things about who I am, and the vision I have for The Church—not just the one at the corner of Ashworth and 42nd Street in West Des Moines, but for the larger church, in all the identities and ways we show up in the world.
I want us to be a church known for love. It’s what Jesus called us to; his commandment was for us to love one another. I think that means welcoming people we might have overlooked or initially pushed away. And talking about the hardest things in our lives and in our world. It means building community—real, resilient community—where we can hear a range of perspectives and stay in relationship even if we disagree. It means standing beside others who are struggling, and helping them win the fight to be well. It means staying in relationship even when we make mistakes, or hurt one another with our words or actions, and then working to make those things right.
In the very early church, people saw those early Christians and said, “See how they love one another.” I want that to be said of us. I’m pretty sure that will make us a different kind of church—one that’s not so much about what we’re doing for people, but how we’re building relationship with people.
If you want to know more about me, click over to my web page where you can read my bio and find out about my books that cast the vision I just described. You might also want to check out and perhaps subscribe to my blog, which I publish weekly, on those same subjects. I’d love to hear from you if you want to talk about what we’re doing, and what’s in the works, and how it’s going.
And when you’re ready for this church that’ll be learning how to make room, I can’t wait to welcome you—online, or in the gazebo, or in whatever way we’re able to be together. God is doing a new thing in our midst. It’s what we’ve been waiting for!
4201 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Church Office - 515-225-8128