Here's where you get to know the pastoral team at The River. Of course it's just a snapshot so you'll have to stop in and meet us in person. We can't wait to meet you!

 
 
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Pastor Paul, Julia & Hannah Rivard - Lead pastor

Paul and Julia have a love for Jesus and a passion for people. They started on staff as Youth Pastors in 2009 and Paul has been Lead Pastor since March of 2015. Their desire is to see people step into their destiny and identity in Christ. They especially love to equip people to overcome obstacles in their lives. They believe victory comes through the Word of God, the power of the Holy Spirit and faith community. They enjoy family, friends, good pizza and hanging out by Lake Superior. They have a daughter, Hannah and a dog named Lady. Questions? Email Paul at paul@riverchurchduluth.org and Julia at julia@riverchurchduluth.org.

 
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Belle Nelson - Student Pastor

Belle has been on staff at The River since 2008. Initially, she was a Family Life Pastor with her husband. Now she is currently serving as the Student Pastor in Arrow Youth Ministries. The simplicity of hearing God's voice is a subject she loves to discuss with anyone who will listen. She loves to laugh and believes that leadership is always reserved for the optimistic. She and her husband Eric have three children, Elijah, Eden and Ezra. Questions for Belle? Email her at belle@riverchurchduluth.org.

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ERIC NELSON - WORSHIP PASTOR

Eric has been on staff at The River since January of 2008, first as a Family Life Pastor and now as our Worship Pastor. His passion for leading people into the presence of God is evident when you first meet him. When he is not on stage, you'll see him checking in on our volunteers in Family Life Ministry, or playing Angry Birds on his IPAD. Eric is married to Belle our Youth Pastor and genuinely believes being married to her is like winning the lottery every day! Questions for Eric? Email him at eric@riverchurchduluth.org.

 
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ROB DEAN - CARE PASTOR

Rob is married to his wonderful wife, Kim. They have four grown children and are loving their five, soon to be six, season of grandchildren. His major responsibility is coordinating a growing, vibrant recovery ministry called Celebrate Recovery. God has raised up an awesome group of leaders that are serving with him. He is so blessed to serve at The River along with a warm and growing staff. Please let him know if he can serve you in any way. Questions? Email him at rob@riverchurchduluth.org

 
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Cellie Dudley - children's Pastor

Meet Cellie, our Children’s Pastor. Cellie has attended The River on and off for roughly 17 years. One of her greatest joys is, being able to sow seed back into a place that has sown so much into her. She loves to cook, come up with creative ways to connect with people and craft. In RiverKids - you can expect that your child(ren) will be loved exactly as God designed them, while being encouraged to develop, grow, and stretch their faith and of course, have a ton of fun. Chances are you have seen her running around, humming, always with a cup of coffee in hand. Grace, growth, and freedom are her heartbeats, while Jesus and coffee fuel her fire. Questions? Contact cellie@riverchurchduluth.org.