Our Staff

 

Mark Moore

Mark Moore

Lead Pastor

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Mike Herring

Mike Herring

Executive Pastor

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Ben Payne

Ben Payne

Worship Pastor

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Deb Armington

Deb Armington

Nursery and Toddler Coordinator

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Kristi Blank

Kristi Blank

Director of River Valley Preschool

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Ross Brooks

Ross Brooks

Audio and Lighting Coordinator

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Amye Decker

Amye Decker

Director of Operations and Exec. Asst. to Lead Pastor

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Janet Fahey

Janet Fahey

Administrator

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Bob Goeller

Bob Goeller

Facility Manager

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Emily Langness

Emily Langness

Administrator of Kids Ministry

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Christine Mester

Christine Mester

Director of Pastoral Care

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Joanie Murphy

Joanie Murphy

Director of Kids Ministry

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Keith Walatka

Keith Walatka

Lead Pastor of Riverside (church plant)

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Adam Willis

Adam Willis

Student Ministries Pastor

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Mark Moore

Mark Moore

Lead Pastor

I am originally from the Great Nation of Texas, but I’m honored to call Indiana my new home. I spent over eleven years pastoring a church that I planted in Dallas, TX, and then I joined International Justice Mission as Director of Church Mobilization. In that role I helped local churches seek justice for those who are violently oppressed around the world. My wife, Lezlie, and I have a daughter, Logan (21), and two sons, Cole (18) and Carson (12). Together we enjoy laughing, traveling, eating, and all things football.

mmoore@rivervalley.net

Mike Herring

Mike Herring

Executive Pastor

mherring@rivervalley.net

Ben Payne

Ben Payne

Worship Pastor

bpayne@rivervalley.net

Debbie Armington

Debbie Armington

Nursery and Toddler Coordinator

I am married to my college sweetheart and we have six wonderful children, Danielle married to Kevin, Brock married to Laura; Arick and Taylor. I taught school for 10 years before staying home to raise our family. In 1998 I joined the kid’s ministry team at RVC. It has been a privilege and blessing to serve with our families and their little ones.

darmington@rivervalley.net | 574.258.5513, ext. 121

 

 

 

 

Kristi Blank

Kristi Blank

Director of River Valley Preschool

I am excited to step into the role of Director after teaching here at River Valley Preschool for several years. I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with young children. My professional journey began by obtaining an Elementary Education degree from Purdue University with a reading minor and a kindergarten endorsement. After staying home to care for my children while they were young, God gave me a new passion for Child Development and Early Childhood Education. That passion, along with several years of previous experiences in multiple schools and daycare settings has led me to this incredible opportunity. I enjoy creatively partnering with families and teachers to provide a supportive environment for the spiritual and intellectual growth of young children. On the nerdy side, I enjoy reading about and studying Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Curriculum for preschool. My husband, Aaron, and I live in Mishawaka with our three children Westly, William and Ellainie. We attend River Valley Church where I also help teach in our Splash Program for first through third graders.

kblank@rivervalley.net | 574.258.5513, ext. 206

Ross Brooks

Ross Brooks

Audio and Lighting Coordinator

 

I have been married to Carol since 1990. We have two children, Ryan and Christine. We have been attending River Valley since the fall of 1998 and started running sound in 1999.

I got my start running sound at a small Detroit area church way back in 1982. I have been serving in this way, in one form or another, ever since. It is a process that brings me joy even in the difficult times.

My hope is that my team and I do our jobs well enough that you can easily enter in a wonderful time of worship.

rvcsound@rivervalley.net

Amye Decker

Amye Decker

Director of Operations and Exec. Asst. to Lead Pastor

I have been married to my best friend, Darren, since 1997 and we love being the parents of Emily, Jonathan, and Ava. God gave me the gifts that I use here at RV to keep things running behind the scenes and I love how God plans out each day for me.

adecker@rivervalley.net | 574.258.5513, ext. 105

Janet Fahey

Janet Fahey

Administrator

I have been part of the wonderful River Valley family since 1996, and I currently serve at the Storehouse, in Kid’s ministry as Joan Murphy’s assistant in the splashpad on Sunday mornings, and in the office, where I work for Amye Decker and Keith Walatka. I’ve been married to my crazy husband Mike for over 30 years and recently added the title of Grandma to my resume. It has been my privilege to serve and I am looking forward to the new adventures God has in store for me here at River Valley!

jfahey@rivervalley.net

 

 

Bob Goeller

Bob Goeller

Facility Manager

I’m commonly known around the church as ” Bob, the Builder”. God has blessed me with the ability to fix things or at least make it look like I can. I believe if you wear enough tools on your belt it looks like you know what you’re doing. I enjoy maintaining the facilities that God has blessed our church family. I worked with P-H-M schools for over 30 years in the maintenance department. Pat, my wife and best friend, and I have been married for over 31 years. God has blessed us with 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I enjoy hiking, watching sunsets on the beach, playing with the grandchildren and driving/showing mustangs.

bgoeller@rivervalley.net

Emily Langness

Emily Langness

Administrator of Kids Ministry

After leaving our hometown in Colorado, River Valley has been our surrogate family since 2005. And now I am really excited to be a part of the team, helping to serve and minister to all the families of River Valley. Aaron and I are busy raising our two boys, Noah and Breven and when we’re not cheering them in hockey and soccer, we’re watching our beloved CO Avalanche or finding other fun things to do as a family.

elangness@rivervalley.net | 574.258.5513

 

Christine Mester

Christine Mester

Director of Pastoral Care

In 1997 I married my best friend, John, and we have two amazing daughters, Madelyn and Chloe. I am incredibly blessed to be able to know, love, and help care for the people of River Valley Church. I love nothing better than sitting and sharing life and Jesus with people. And if there’s a good cup of coffee to go along with it, all the better!

cmester@rivervalley.net

Joanie Murphy

Joanie Murphy

Director of Kids Ministry

I love working with kids and an amazing team of leaders who serve alongside me to help our kids know, love and follow Jesus.  Been married to Steve 35+ yrs (and he still makes me laugh!). We have two grown children – Ryan and Katie – and two fun, amazing granddaughters, Ava and Brooklyn. We also have two dogs, Blue and Maizee (can you guess what team we cheer for?) and my favorite things are books, sitting on my swing on the deck, time with family/friends and chocolate chip cookies.

jmurphy@rivervalley.net | 574.258.5513, ext. 106

Keith Walatka

Keith Walatka

Lead Pastor of Riverside (church plant)

 

I’m married to my beautiful wife Shelley and we have 5 kids so far (two are Buckeyes, two are from Ethiopia, and my little girl is a Hoosier). In college I received an engineering degree, then worked in marketing at a fortune 30 company, and now I’m a pastor (which is a very odd title to me, but I love what I do). If I had more free time, I’d be through-hiking the AT trail. But since I don’t, I spend my limited free time hunting, fishing, backpacking, reading, wrestling my 4 boys, cuddling my little girl, pursuing my wife, and hanging with my friends and talking about life, Jesus, and His Kingdom. I’m an introvert, yet I believe that we people are created for community,… so I live a fun and frustrating life.

keith@riversidecommunity.org | Riverside Church

 

Adam Willis

Adam Willis

Student Ministries Pastor

I was married to my beautiful wife, Becca, in August 2003.  She is a constant source of encouragement, my best friend, and partner in ministry for the last 12+ years. We have spent many hours working with youth and enjoy this age group.  We have 3 outrageously fun boys: Landon (8), Tate (6), and Heath (3). Sports and an active lifestyle was a very big part of my life leading up to a spinal cord injury in September 2013.  God granted me a miraculous recovery and I am still able to be active, but not at the level I previously could. You can read about the accident in greater detail on our family blog > adamandbecca.blogspot.com.  We are very excited to be a part of the RVC Family and how God will continue to use us to serve the students and their families.

awillis@rivervalley.net | 574.258.5513, ext 131