Help Needed


Jack is with all of these crazy boys all by himself and is in desperate need of a guy that is willing to step in with him. Email him at to get involved!

Julie Bay


Julie was raised in the area and ventured West after college. She LOVES California but after getting married and having her 3 babies out there it was time to move home. Julie is a family girl… weeks are usually jam-packed with family dinners, kids sports, homework and family adventures. She is a creative person who loves to cook and is a graphic designer by profession. Julie enjoys coffee and anything sweet! She loves Jesus and felt the call to help with CVCYouth. She looks forward to sharing her faith, building relationships and helping young Christians grow in their journey with Jesus.

Andy Bay


Andy Bay grew up in Geauga county and has been attending CVC since 2012. He resides in Hinckley with his wife and 3 children: Jordan, Ethan and Colin. He has a passion for Truth and looks forward to joining CVC youth to raise up this new generation of disciples for Christ. His day job is in software, but his happy place is running trails in the area.

Caroline Hotz


Caroline Hotz is a former CVCYouth student who considers herself a “coffee enthusiast”. She enjoys reading in her free time and going to the movies. One of Caroline’s favorite things is to discover new coffee shops in every city she visits. Caroline began as a CVCYouth leader in her senior year of high school and has been a leader since. She has a heart for the next generation of students and loves pouring into the lives of the middle school girls. With the decision to stay local for college, Caroline feels called to use Northeast Ohio as her mission field and to continue to come alongside and disciple the young believers of CVCYouth.

Brielle Marlow


Brielle just graduated from Liberty University in May 2021 with a degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and minors in Chinese and health promotions. She is very excited to be back in the Cleveland area, and summer camp 2021 and her time with the seventh grade girls played a huge part in her decision to stay in Cleveland! She is so excited to invest in the lives of the seventh grade girls in Collide. She loves languages, cultures, and adventuring with friends to different cities. She is always down for a coffee or ice cream date, and she has a special love for bubble tea. Brielle loves to go on walks, go hiking, play volleyball, read, and hang out with friends. She is especially excited to study the Bible with the seventh graders and to see their relationships with Jesus flourish!

Joe & Linda Valenti


Joe has served at CVC for over 15 years preaching, leading worship, and caring for the students of CVCYouth. Joe and his wife Linda met at CVC and enjoy laughing, boating, watching The Voice, and hanging out with their two kids – Grace and Logan. Joe holds his undergrad degree from Balwin-Wallace College and an MA in Theology from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and enjoys reading, fishing, hunting, good BBQ, country music, water skiing, adventures, and live theater. Joe’s happy place is with his family out on the open water.

Michael & Deja Garcia


Michael and Deja are recent Ohio transplants, they recently moved from Portland Oregon but really spent most of their lives in California. Michael is from San Diego, he grew up playing water polo, swimming and surfing. Deja grew up in Central California, 15min outside of Yosemite, and enjoys to run and hike.

Michael and Deja met in 2001 while attending a post-college fellowship group. Michael works as a Pharmacist and Deja as a homemaker and part-time server. They have 3 children together, 2 dogs, and a fish. They have always enjoyed working with the youth, they served as AWANA leaders when their kids were young. When not working they love to be outdoors hiking the metro park trails.

Cort Cable


Born in Northwest Ohio and moving around in childhood, Cort found a home in Greater Cleveland for the last 30 years. During his formative teenage years in Bay Village, he was led to salvation through Jesus Christ by Young Life Staffers at the high school. This act of kindness and volunteerism left a lasting impression on him as he attributes the time he currently spends teaching and discipling to students from his own experiences.

Cort has lived in Valley View since 2010 and has been an active member at CVC during that time. When he’s not posing as a Software Administrator sitting in an office chair, he aspires to be outside. Some of his interests are trap shooting, gardening, ping pong, disc golf and running. For the last year he has been learning to play the mandolin and loves bluegrass. Stop by and visit in the winter to see his backyard ice rink!

Jack & Emma Hopkins


Jack and Emma met in high school band class in 2014 at Cuyahoga Heights High School. They both grew up around the area and attended CVCYouth in high school, where they also served as Collide leaders. Jack pursued a degree in Marketing at the University of Toledo where he led worship for Toledo Cru and now works in CVCYouth. Emma is currently pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Akron in anticipation of a career in biomaterials and tissue engineering.

Jack and Emma are newlyweds as of June 2021 and live in Broadview Heights with their two pet sugar gliders, Squink and Jinx. Their hobbies include traveling and being outdoors, Marvel movies, playing music together, using their air fryer, along with gaming and reading (respectively). They welcome any and all discussions of how everything can be classified as a salad or a sandwich, the freedom Christ brings to believers, and what’s currently going on in their lives whether lighthearted or heavy.

They both have been heavily involved in CVC and have joyously served alongside many past and current CVCYouth leaders for the last 5 years. They are both so excited to step into their role as high school leaders in a full time capacity this year.

Clay & Autumn Cooper


Clay and Autumn met at church during Autumn’s senior year of college. The two married in 2018 and have lived in Broadview Heights since. Clay works as an account manager for a software company. When clay is not working, he enjoys spending his free time playing games with friends. Autumn works as a mental health social worker in Summit County. Autumn spends most of her free time outdoors and particularly enjoys hiking and kayaking. The Coopers chose to serve with CVCYouth because they love to have fun and recognize the eternal significance of investing into younger generations of believers.