Nursery and Toddler Coordinator
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.
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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.
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.
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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!
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.
Preschool and splash45 Coordinator
I was born and raised in Mishawaka, which has confirmed in me a true love for this community. I have a passion for serving the local community through the relationships at River Valley Church.
The opportunity to partner with parents to instill a love of learning in young children is exciting. I strongly believe that a solid foundation begins with knowing the love of Jesus Christ. Providing a curriculum that enhances spiritual and intellectual growth is important and essential in developing young hearts and minds.
I earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Bethel College here in Mishawaka. I taught for the Mishawaka School Corporation for 4 years and then had the opportunity to stay home and love on my boys Kaene, Kohl, and husband Jack. I have been a part of RV staff since 2005 and can’t imagine a better place to work or group of people to sound myself with. I am blessed!
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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.
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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!
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.
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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.
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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.
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