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interests: I love music, all types. I listen to classic rock, contemporary Christian, classical, just about anything. I can’t say I’m a fan of Country Music. Sorry. I love to read novels and am a big fan of war history from most of the conflicts of the last 100 years. If we don’t understand history, we’re doomed to repeat it. I love to find fun places to eat. I like local places that have a hometown feel. Savarino’s sandwich shop is my new favorite. I like to watch sports, hang out with other families, and although I’m a little ashamed to say it, I like to go the beach. I didn’t used to, but Kristin, my lovely wife, has conned me into going enough times that I like it. I love learning and one of my favorite things is being able to integrate new things that I’m learning about God’s incredible creation into my sermons.
bio: Scott has been married to Kristin since the mid-90s and they are still deeply in love. They have 3 children; Katie, Kamryn and Troy who enrich their lives greatly. Scott has served churches in Visalia and Hayward, CA and came to the River in 2010. He loves watching youth sports, reading, and recently he got back into wood-working on his days off. He is passionate about preaching God’s Word and desires people to not only come to know Jesus as their Savior, but also growing in their understanding of what it means to serve them in their own unique context.
Interests: people. fantasy sports. epic films. wiffle ball. board games. dance parties in my kitchen. jam sessions with my kiddos. uno. fireside conversations exploring the meaning of the universe. delicious things to eat and drink. the detroit tigers.
bio: Since August 2003, Nick's been working with some of the most passionate, amazing, and creative people at the River, inviting students to become faithful disciples of Jesus. He and his wife Julie have 3 girls and 1 son (Eva, Sofia, Noelle, and Simeon) and a new Beta fish (Indy Indigo). He was ordained as a co-missioned pastor in the Christian Reformed Church in 2007 and is currently getting his Masters in Global Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary.
interests: Biographical books/movies about leaders & adventurers; most recent was Winston and Franklin. Variety of music: Classic Rock, Bluegrass, Country. Sports of all kinds, Fresh fruit, In-n-Out burger, chocolate, Home improvement projects, An evening out with my wife Nancy, enjoying a meal and conversation together. Spending time with my six children and four grandchildren. Seeing a person begin to embrace a life of following Christ; seeing a believer revitalized by exercising their gifts to serve others.
bio: Greg has served as pastor in three California churches, mostly recently in San Bernardino. He, Nancy and their three teens began attending The River four years ago. As the Administrator of Ministries since February 2013, Greg enjoys providing support and resources for the people of The River.
interests: Besides being a full-time wife and mother I love to read, scrapbook, walk with friends and do Zumba several times a week, go on trips as a family, go boating and occasionally even hike. While there never seems to be enough time in the day, there is nothing better than sitting down with my husband and just talking over the little things in life. My girls keep me hopping with their schedule, rehearsals, practices and homework. Just when I think it’s overwhelming I just have to take one look at them worshipping on a Sunday morning and everything quickly gets back into focus.
bio: Beth has been the Worship Director at The River for 13 plus years. She was involved in music since the first Sunday she came to the River however, she took on the role of worship director after teaching at Redlands Christian School for 19 years. Beth is very passionate about worshipping the Lord and love the role that she is able to play here. Her current position involves creating the worship services alongside the pastors, Creative Arts Team and musicians. The River is so blessed to have so many gifted musicians and technicians who want to use their gifts for the glory of the Lord. Beth has a BA degree in music as well as education with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. While piano is her main instrument, she also plays the organ, flute and a little guitar. She has been married to her wonderfully supportive husband, John, for almost 14 years. "He is my greatest encourager and spiritual mentor. " she says, "I have a stepson who is 22, as well as a set of 9 year old identical twin daughters." On the side, Beth currently teaches about 20 private students as well as a music class for toddlers and preschoolers once a week. "My life is saturated with music and praising God," exclaims Beth, "and I wouldn’t have it any other way!"
Interests: the grandkids, jogging, travel, and more than anything my wife interests me!
Bio: Pastor Will was born in The Netherlands and grew up in Iowa. He graduated from Dordt College in 1969, married Ruth Van Ee and then graduated from Calvin Seminary. He has been an ordained Minister of the Word in the CRC since 1973 serving congregations in Corsica, SD, Cincinnati, OH, Redlands, CA and Denver, Co. Along the way Ruth and Will have been blessed with four children: Lynn, Paul, Rachel and Joel. They now have twelve grandchildren! Will has been a pastor at The River since 2002. Since September 1, 2014, he "emeritated" (offiially retired) and moved into a part time position focusing on visitation and diaconal work.
Interests: My small group of middle school girls, spending time with my friends and family, going on trips, the beach, National Parks, crafting, cooking, DIY projects, being able to go to sports games with my husband, Legos, finding new TV shows, and board games.
Bio: Rachel has been a member of The River for her whole life. She has been involved since a young age with Children's Ministry and she is now a small group leader to a group of high school girls in Youth Ministry. She has also been involved in working with SERVE, Hands of Mercy, and Lugonia Elementary outreaches. Rachel recently graduated from California Baptist University with her Bachelors in Communication Arts. She enjoys being able to work with each staff member and helping them with their administrative needs.
interests: There are several things! I love all things related to beading; shopping for beads, creating unique items from the beads I purchase and the therapeutic benefits of sitting in my studio for hours and coming out with a completed piece that I love. I also enjoy thrift stores and shopping for that one great find. My greatest interest is spending time with my family and my special friends. In addition, I also love watching women move to a higher place in their relationship with the Lord.
bio: Debbie is a full-time wife (Don) and Mother (Jessie and Ray) and a part-time employee at The River. She has been working as the Director of Women’s Ministry and Adult Education since 2007 and has been an active member of The River since 1987. It brings Debbie great joy to see a women come to an event or study and hear that God’s truths has spoken to their hearts so deeply that transformation begins to change who they are.
interests: Finding new places to enjoy with my family. Designing, building, and finishing furniture. Spending time with my friends. Taking mini vacations. Doing projects I find on Pinterest (I'm not ashamed to admit that I love it and my ). Sewing. Painting.
bio: Becca has been married to Nate, a High School English teacher at Arrowhead Christian Academy, for almost 9 years. They have 3 children, Jonas, Norah, and Miles. She was a youth director at another church before becoming the Director of Children's Ministries at The River in February of 2013. She has been blessed with being part of a ministry on a part time basis so that I can be home with my kids some days and enjoy watching them becoming the little people they are. It also allows her to support her husband Nate during basketball season when he's coaching the varsity girls' team at ACA.
interests: running, being outside, being a new mom, baking, people pleaser, playing and learning new games.
bio: Kimberly has been a member of the River Christian Reformed Church for over 10 years and started taking an active part of the church in the past two years. She is a youth group small group leader and a Sunday school teacher. She is the Assistant to the Director of Children’s Ministry and will oversee the Sonrise Children’s Ministry.
Interests: Cooking, travel, decorating, beach trips, camping, picnics, date nights, Disneyland, family day trips, and spending time with family and friends.
Bio: Shaina attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she obtained her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a minor in music. It was there that she met her husband Landon. They have been married for 5 years and have a son, Luke. Shaina has been a member of The River since 2011 and has previously served as a vocalist for the worship team. Shaina has been a part of the Children's Ministry Team since 2013, where she began as the Nursery Coordinator and now serves as the Early Childhood Director. Shaina is blessed to have the opportunity to work part-time so she can stay at home and watch her son become the little man he is. She also feels grateful for the opportunity to utilize her experience as a classroom teacher while serving The River community. Shaina enjoys seeing the young children of The River grow in their understanding and love for the Lord. Seeing and working with volunteers that pour out their love for Jesus into the lives of children is such a privilege.
Interests: Fishing, Korean BBQ, Ping Pong, enjoys time of fellowship with his friends and family, watching movies, going to the beach, working as a fishing deckhand, and napping.
About: Mario was born in Chino, CA and raised in Ontario, CA. He recently graduated from California Baptist University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Christian Studies. Mario has been involved with youth ministry from 5 years, one year with Young Life Chino Valley and four years as an intern at the River CRC. Mario has a passion for equipping youth with the knowledge and application of being a disciple for Christ.
Interests: Time with the family is always #1! I enjoy our cross country road trips, cheering at my kids' football and volleyball games, a captiving book, and eating authentic Mexican food. I enjoy working with children and substitute teaching in the Redlands schools. Good days include coffee, making connections with new people, phone calls with my parents, and relaxing in the backyard, aka the "Verhoeven Pavilion".
Bio: Karen was born & raised a farm girl from Iowa. James & Karen met at Dordt College in NW Iowa and married in 1989. They moved to James' hometown of Redlands and Karen continued teaching in the area. They have been a part of The River since that move, active in all areas of ministry. Previously, Karen served on The River staff as the Children's Ministry Director for 7 years. Karen recognizes that her life is full & blessed with a supportive, yet crazy husband, and 3 children: Alexander-19, Ben-18, and Abby-14. We recently added Nala to our family, a 5 year old German Shepherd/Lab mix.
Interests: adventures, being with people, reading, drinking coffee and playing games.
Bio: Elicia is a member of Young Life College staff here in Redlands that is supported as a missionary by The River and attends meeting to bring the perspective of college students. She and her husband Sam have lived in Southern California since April 2013, are still settling into the community and always welcome dinner invitations.
Interests: I love spending time with friends and family. I love that I am growing in Christ every day and love doing the things that bring me closer to Him and that help me with my journey (prayer, devotions, bible study). I love being on staff at this church, listening to music, and quiet time under the stars. I should also mention coffee; I enjoy a hot cup of coffee every morning, hazelnut is my favorite.
Bio: DeWanda has been the church custodian for about 2 years. She will tell you that there is hope for everyone that has a drinking or drug problem. Jesus can and will set you free like he did her. She fought the battle of the alcoholism for many years. She loves waking up each morning not at all concerned about her former addiction. Her life is definitely a miracle, and she testifies that she could not have done it without the help of her savior, and the special friends who helped her. She still faces other battles in life, but rests in knowing that she doesn’t face her battles alone. She loves and trusts God for every obstacle she now faces. Everyone on staff enjoys working with her, and loves the perspective she brings to meetings and discussion.
Interests: I enjoy sailing, cooking, economics, and solving problems, whether they need solving or not.
bio: David has been married to Caitlin since 2011. They were blessed by the birth of their daughter, Ainsley, in 2014. They have lived in Redlands and have been members of the River since 2010. David joined The River staff in the summer of 2015. He studied economics at Cal State San Bernardino, and has worked in finance, logistics, and construction over the years. David is self-employed in construction and remodeling, and he loves the challenges, variety, and flexibility of each new job.
interests: I'm a geek by choice; I got my first computer, a TRS-80, in 1978 and I am an unashamed Apple fanboy. I'm also a musician by training; I started with the clarinet in fourth grade and later added the saxophone and oboe. I am a father by God's grace and I love spending time with my boy.
bio: Don studied Music (vocal emphasis) at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College and participated in worship ministry since 1980. For nearly 30 years Don has been involved in IT support and consulting in my own business. Cara and Don have been married for 10 years and have a five-year-old son, Ethan.