Riverside’s Leadership Team (LT) is the group of members that have been chosen by the congregation to lead Riverside. The LT is responsible for building, maintaining and overseeing the spiritual welfare of Riverside and for directing and overseeing all Riverside ministries and organizational duties. The LT includes our Senior Pastor and Riverside members of appropriate character, giftedness, and call. (1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9, Acts 6:1-4) Each LT member has particular ministries that they advocate for.
If you have questions for the LT, you can contact them collectively at firstname.lastname@example.org or individually via their emails below.
Elizabeth is the advocate for the RiverKids, Women’s Discipleship and Chair of the Leadership Team.
Elizabeth grew up in West Lafayette and graduated from Purdue University in 2002. Growing up, she attended church on a regular basis with her family. Elizabeth married her best friend Adam in 2009, which is when she began developing a personal relationship with God. Her desire to know God on a deeper level grew stronger with the birth of her two children. Since attending Riverside Covenant Church, Elizabeth has enjoyed participating in the women’s Bible studies, her small group, and volunteering in the nursery. She is excited about how she has seen God work in her life during the past several years.
While not working, Elizabeth loves to read, watch movies, and spend time with her family. She enjoys spending time outside, and feels the most relaxed when camping with her family.
Julie is the advocate for Community Outreach, Prayer, and Secretary of the Leadership Team.
Julie grew up in Greenwood, Indiana, before going to Ball State where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Special Education. She has taught for the last 26 years as a Life Skills teacher for GLASS working with middle and high school students with severe disabilities. Julie is also an officer/board member with The Arc of Tippecanoe, a nonprofit agency serving children and adults with disabilities.
Since becoming a member of Riverside Julie has served in the infant nursery as well as participated in women’s Bible studies and women’s retreats. She is also active in outreach through the monthly meal served at Lafayette Transitional Housing. Julie was a part of the Riverside mission team that went to Ecuador this past summer. She continues to follow the daily path that is making her a stronger Christian each day.
Stan is the advocate for the Welcome Ministry.
Stan is the advocate for Welcome/Community Life and Adult Education
Stan grew up in Muncie, IN and came to West Lafayette to attend Purdue University in 1970. He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and stayed to work for Eli Lilly and Company. After serving in a variety of roles, he retired after more than 36 years. He currently works part-time as a Senior Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Auditor and Products Director for an international HSE consulting firm.
Stan and his wife Karen have 4 grown children: Katy, Sara, Matt, and Kristi and a golden retriever named Jax. They enjoy travelling to visit their children, Purdue Sports, and being with family and friends.
Since joining Riverside in 2006, Stan has served as a Server/Facility Closer and assisted with the Church Directory process and the library team. He and Karen are active with their small group.
Stan grew up in the Presbyterian Church and came to know Christ as a teenager during a mission trip. He continues to want to grow in his faith and be available to ways God can use him..
Annis the advocate for the Stephen’s Ministry and Finance.
Ann grew up in Bluffton, Indiana. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Purdue University in 1993, and acquired her CPA license a few years later. She worked in public accounting for 16 years, and is currently working as the controller of Kettelhut Construction. In 2013, she married Michael and became a stepmother to Ashley & Giovanni. She grew up attending a United Church of Christ with her family. She committed her life to Christ her freshman year at Purdue, and continues to strive to grow in her faith. Since attending Riverside, she has had the privilege of serving as a Stephen Leader, participating in the women’s bible studies and a marriage Pod, and working with the library team. When not at work or keeping up with her family, she loves to read, create stained glass pieces, and is striving towards a black belt in TaeKwonDo.
Diane’s greatest passion is pursuing the Lord through His Word and prayer, and she also enjoys running, walking, hiking, reading, and making apple pies for her family & friends.
Blake is the advocate for the Worship and Men’s Discipleship Ministries.
Blake grew up in Westfield, IN and attended Purdue University where he received his degree in Web Development. While in college he became involved with Cru – a ministry to college students. After graduating Blake joined full-time ministry serving with Cru at Purdue for two years, overseas in Berlin, Germany for a year, and since 2011 has ministered to international students studying in the U.S. Blake married his wife LeeAnn in 2011, and they will soon have two children, Baird and Parker (due end of January). They enjoy being outdoors, having friends over for dinner, and playing board games. Since joining Riverside, Blake has served in the sound booth, worked on the website, and enjoys meeting weekly with his Pod.
Chuck is the advocate for Facilities, Small Group Ministry and Vice Chair of the Leadership Team.
Chuck is a family man and a business owner. Chuck and his wife, Brandi, have two children: Izzi and Roxi. Chuck is a licensed home inspector in the greater Lafayette area.
Chuck was baptized during a youth event in 2002 in Kokomo, IN and strives to be a solid Christian leader in his household, as well as in the church. He has a passion for problem solving and taking care of others.
Chuck has served on Riverside’s Pastoral Relations Committee for about a year and really enjoys the early morning Men’s Bible Study, his Small Group and playing the drums on Sunday.
Dan is the advocate for the Youth Ministry.
Dan grew up in a small town in West Central Illinois (Mt. Sterling). In 2002, he married his best friend in college, Dana (a special education teacher). They have three children, Adelaide (2006), Miriam (2008) and Teshetae (2010), and a half dog/half cat (Pug, Mini Schnauzer, et al.) named Wally.
Dan began serving Riverside as Senior Pastor in January of 2008 after serving as Interim Senior Pastor at Ravenswood Covenant Church in Chicago. He has also served as a youth pastor, chaplain, attorney, auto parts salesman and horse stall cleaner.
He desires to be used by God in a powerful way and strives to be an effective servant who inspires, encourages, and changes lives not simply on earth, but for eternity.
Dan has a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Political Science from the University of Illinois, a law degree from the Northern Illinois University College of Law, and a Master of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary.