Amanda and George have been active members of Valley Praise since 2015. Born and raised in Harlingen, the Banda’s married in 2009 and together have three crazy but lovable kiddos, Davin, Leandra, and Brennan. They love spending time with their family celebrating holidays, birthdays, BBQ’s, game nights, and really just look for any opportunity to praise God for all that he has done their lives!

George oversees, schedules, and trains our A/V teams, with an emphasis on our online campus. A passion for IT, George graduated from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.

Pastor AmandaBanda joined the VP staff as Director for Connectional Ministry in January 2019 and appointed as Worship Pastor at Valley Praise in 2020 after completing Local Pastor Licensing School in the Rio Texas Conference. In 2018 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Leadership from the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. Previously a Graphic Design and A/V Production Teacher with Harlingen CISD, Amanda has a passion for teaching, learning, and pouring into others for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ! (P.S. Amanda loves to have meetings over breakfast, lunch or coffee, hint, hint)

Even now,” declares the Lord,“ return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.” Joel 2:12-13

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:5