Val began working at Buffalo Covenant as the Pastor of Youth Ministry in 1983 after graduating from Northwestern College. She married Mark Pederson a psychologist at the Family Counseling Center in 1985, and three years later she resigned and stayed home for 10 years to raise their children, Charissa, Anastasia, and Luke. In 1995 she agreed to come back and serve as interim Youth Pastor and after one year was convinced to once again assume the role full time. Val is passionate about the work she does. “I love working with youth because they are the leaders of today. They have the ability to impact their schools, their homes, their friends and communities. They are passionate about life and they truly want to live lives of meaning and an understanding of who God is and what difference He makes in their lives and the lives around them. They don't desire status quo, they want change. So Buffalo Covenant seeks to give them the opportunity to be the leaders that will love people and help them become all the Lord desires them to be.” Her hobbies outside of church include time with Mark, time with the kids, photography, stain glass, painting, snowskiing, broomball, long walks, good books, and studying Greek.