Valerie Ackermann (nee Larson) was born and raised in a small prairie town in Saskatchewan, Canada. After high school, she began studies and graduated with a BA in Theology from Briercrest Bible College. There she met her husband Chris. After living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada for a year, they went to work at Hume Lake Christian Camps.
After moving to Fairfield, CA in 1998 they attended Parkway Community Church which was a well connected church to both of them. They became parents of two active young men who each operate at 100% boy plus some. The Ackermann household is busy with a lot of fishing tackle organizing, trampoline flip contests, dirty baseball pants, finding the right cleats for practice, forts in the dining room, pancakes with way too many chocolate chips, tying ropes to skateboards to pull behind bikes, and a thousand other bad ideas!
Val is on full time staff at Parkway Community Church as the Director of Children’s Ministries and has been in that position since 2004. She is involved overseeing volunteers, planning programs, and facilitating the classes for Sunday school and leading a kids choir.
Val has a desire to see parents equipped to teach their own children about God, and to tell her stories of her own journey of seeing the closeness of Jesus in daily life. She also loves to live openly genuine, believing everyone’s story points to the Storywriter, and as we tell ours, we tell His.