At Riv, we are led by a team of pastors that include everything from full-time employees to volunteers. Some work with one specific venue and others work with them all. As a team, they share the responsibility and burden of leading the church in our city.

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AREAS OF FOCUS: holt venue

Pastor James Granger

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AREAS OF FOCUS: REO town venue

Pastor Justin Detmers

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AREAS OF FOCUS: westside venue

Pastor Tony Pyle

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AREAS OF FOCUS: teaching and church planting

Pastor Noel Heikkinen

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AREAS OF FOCUS: westside venue

Pastor Steve Sommerlot

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AREAS OF FOCUS: strategy and operations

Pastor Mark Brett


Directors are men and women of deacon-level character that lead in significant areas of ministry at Riv. Many of them serve centralized functions that impact the entire church and others work with a specific venue. A lot of these people volunteer to serve the church, a few raise their own financial support, and others are on staff.

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AREAS OF FOCUS: Director of Care Ministries

Director Ben Newman

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AREAS OF FOCUS: Director of Administration

Director Betsy Gillengerten

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AREAS OF FOCUS: Director of Women's and Marriage Ministries

Director Wendy Smith

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AREAS OF FOCUS: Music Director

Director Ryne Weber

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AREAS OF FOCUS: Production/Tech Director

Director Josh Nunn

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AREAS OF FOCUS: RivKids Director

Director Jenny Cole

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AREAS OF FOCUS: Facilities

Director Caleb Chapman