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.
Ralph Moller, Associate Pastor of Discipleship
Ralph and his wife, Teresa, moved to West Lafayette from San Francisco, California where Ralph served as the Senior Pastor of Lifehouse Covenant Church. Prior to serving Lifehouse, Ralph was the Senior Pastor at Heartland Covenant Church in Ripon, California and planted Westhigh Church in Cary, North Carolina.
Ralph earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from North Park Theological Seminary. He has been ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church since 1995.
Before experiencing God’s call into pastoral ministry, Ralph spent several years working as a Project Engineer for Exxon and 6 years on Navigators campus staff at University of California San Diego.
Ralph and Teresa (a Registered Nurse) have been married for over 30 years and have three children in their 20’s who live in different parts of the United States.
Mike was a part of Riverside before he moved to Delphi a couple years ago and is very excited to be a part of Riverside again. Additionally, many in our community know Mike through his service as a French and Math Teacher in the West Lafayette School Corporation for the past two years. Mike also served as a French Teacher at Twin Lakes for six years. Mike’s wife, Autumn, teaches at Klondike Middle School.
Mike has a B.A. from Butler University in Middle/Secondary Education and is working towards a ministry license in the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Babby has been the Office Manager at Riverside since February of 2005. She’s married to Tim and they have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. Babby enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching movies, reading and taking walks.
Megan Mills was born at Home Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana. It was a frigid February day three decades ago. She then spent the next 18 years growing up in nearby Battle Ground. Upon high school graduation she packed up all her belongings and moved… to Purdue. Growing up in the church she became a Christ-Follower in 7th grade. During her time at Purdue she was deeply involved in Grace Campus Fellowship, a GCM church serving on the worship team and involved in leading a small group. While pursuing a degree in Secondary Education, she met and fell in love with the Handsomest Nerd in all the Land, having always had an affinity for the geeky type. She quickly charmed him with her extraordinary Ultimate Frisbee skills, and Everette proposed marriage on her twenty-first birthday. They married in Megan’s final year of school, and due to Everette’s career opportunities they immediately packed up all their worldly possessions and moved… to Lafayette. After graduating, Megan spent a year teaching high school social studies in Kokomo, the next fall their son Jonathan (2007) was born. Megan then devoted her time to caring for, and teaching young Jonathan, and also becoming involved with Bible Study Fellowship as a Children’s Leader.
God used these most recent years to develop in her a passion for teaching children the Word of God. She is inspired by the idea that this great and mysterious God has made himself available to even the smallest child and desires greatly to be known by them.
Katrina Elliott, Women’s Discipleship Director
Katrina Elliott was born and farm-raised in Tipton County, graduating from Tri-Central High School (2000). Feeling misguided by her affinity to mathematics, she attended Purdue University, where she began her major in Electrical Engineering. After working a summer as a counselor at Camp Tecumseh, she changed her major and graduated with a degree in Secondary Math Education (2004). Another change instigated by her summer at camp was the introduction to a handsome British man called Tom. Katrina and Tom were married a year later (2002) and began their lives as one at the blessed place they met. They have continued to live and minister as a family at Camp Tecumseh since then.
Upon graduation from Purdue, Katrina took a job teaching Algebra and Geometry at Lafayette Jefferson High School, where she taught for one year before taking leave to have their first child, Sophia (2005)…a fiery redhead. After two and a half years as a family of three, the Elliotts welcomed their son Oliver (2007). Katrina enjoyed the honor of being a stay home mother to two kids for nearly eight years, when God shook things up by adding a third child, Tre (2012), into the mix through an organization called Safe Families for Children. What was initially supposed to be a four month stay turned into guardianship after six and a half months in November of 2013. There’s never a dull moment at the Elliott’s!
One of Katrina’s greatest passions is teaching. Outside of the math classroom, she has focused her teaching on empowering followers of Christ “to live a life worthy of the calling,” a life of the abundance He has called us to. Through her ministry to the counselors at camp and her leadership position in the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group at Covenant Church, the Lord has refined the passion of teaching in her life to be focused on women. Katrina has a great enthusiasm for connecting women…through connections comes encouragement…through encouragement comes growth…through growth comes an outpouring. Yeah. Katrina is excited to see the outpouring of God through the women of Riverside.