Chelsey Dunleavy

Children's Pastor


Chelsey Dunleavy is the Children’s Pastor at Bethel Valparaiso.  She grew up in Valparaiso and began attending, what is now, Bethel Valparaiso in 1988.  She accepted Jesus into her heart as an 8 year old attending Awanas with her best friend.  Chelsey was often her moms best helper in Sunday school and took over as a Sunday school teacher when she was in 6th grade. Even as a young child she has enjoyed being at church and having a heart to love on, teach, and care for children. 

Chelsey joined Bethel Valparaiso staff in 2007.  She graduated from Valparaiso University in 2011 with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education.  She has been a kindergarten teacher for 6 years. Four years in Valparaiso Community Schools and two years in Kankakee Valley Schools.  She is currently working on getting her master’s certificate in Early Childhood Education Administration through Ball State University. 

She feels so blessed to get to influence children not just at Bethel Valparaiso but also in the community. Chelsey is passionate about teaching children in a highly engaging and interactive way that will create an environment where children are confident enough to live out  the truths that Papa God believes about them in every aspect of their lives.

5 Questions

1. What are three words you would use to describe yourself? Patient, organized, tech savvy

2. What is one of your favorite quotes? “You’re off to the Great Places!  Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting, So…. get on your way!” Dr. Seuss

3. What celebrity do you get told you look the most like? Meg Ryan

4. What are some things on your bucket list? Live like a Gilmore Girl! Have a movie marathon with endless amounts of junk food. Attend a town meeting. Don’t forget the fries and shakes. After a move to a new house, determine all of the best delivery options for future reference. Attend a festival for every season. Participate in a snowman (or woman) building contest. Open an inn— oops I mean a Day Care.  🙂

5. What do you love most about your job? I love guiding children in feeling the love of God as we worship, pray, and learn together.