Deacons

Deacons serve as “ministers of help and compassion.”

Deacons assist the elders by taking delegated leadership in certain practical, logistical, and administrative areas. In this way, the various ministries of the church can be better served and the elders will be better able to focus on their primary responsibility of the spiritual leadership of the church family. 

Michelle Larsen

Nurture and Growth Ministry

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Meet Michelle:

1. Where are you from and when did you come to know Christ?

I am native to Illinois, my personal relationship with Jesus started in 1987.

2. What is a favorite book (besides the Bible)?

Favorite books are what I read with my children: Mackenzie (16), Virginia (14), and Abraham (6). The Hardy Boys, The Box Car Children and To Kill A Mockingbird are the current reads in our house. 

3. What do you like about Riverside?

Riverside is like coming home -- warm and friendly and very much like family. All around wonderful.

Paul Kruit

Finance Ministry

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Joe Masin

Mission and Outreach Ministry

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Meet Joe:

1. Where are you from and when did you come to know Christ?

I was born in New York City and Christ became my Lord in 1992.

2. What is a favorite book (besides the Bible)?

My favorite book is C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters because it takes a quirky way to define the Christian faith.

3. What do you like about Riverside?

I like the fellowship and teaching at RCC - people are genuinely interested in other attendees and the sermons explain and apply the Word. 

Jerry Lietza

Building and Property Ministry

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Meet Jerry:

1. Where are you from and when (year) did you come to know Christ?

Geneva, Illinois. Raised in a Catholic home, faithfully served as an altar boy into H.S. Started attending Fox Valley Bible in 1994 and was led to become baptized at Harvest Bible in 2005.

2. What is a favorite activity or food?

I enjoy all types of food and trying new things. I enjoy watching almost any kind sporting event, but especially baseball. I’m a big fan of the Chicago White Sox.

3. What do you like about Riverside?

The fellowship and close relationships with one another.

Stephen Kaufman

Assimilation Ministry

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Meet Stephen:

1. Where are you from and when (year) did you come to know Christ?

I am from Montgomery, Alabama, and I came to know Christ on a Saturday evening in 1984 (age 21).

2. What is a favorite book of the Bible?

James – I like the length – you can read the whole thing in one sitting. It very, very practical and encouraging, and helps me understand how to live my life as a Christian.

What is a favorite activity?

Recreationally, I like to golf.  I love the outdoors.  It's relaxing; you are always learning and you can have great long conversations with people without it all being too self-aware. It teaches patience and HUMILITY!

3. What do you like about Riverside?

I think the people are quietly faithful and steady. There is a current of mutual friendship, even if you don’t know the person. I love the inclusion of little ones in the things we do.

Bill & Kathy Russell

Adult Studies

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 Meet Bill and Kathy:

1. Where are you from and when did you come to know Christ?

B - Born in Oak Park; raised in St. Charles; began to see Jesus through a late-in-life marriage, but found Him at Riverside.

K - I was born Aurora, IL, then lived in Minnesota, upstate New York, and Wheaton, IL; settling in St. Charles 30 years ago. I have “known about Christ” since childhood, but I came to “know Him” when my spirit was broken in 1988.

2. What is a favorite movie, book (besides the Bible), or food?

B - My father taught me to enjoy lamb, which I do, but I wish he had also enjoyed the Lamb as I do.

K - The Five Love Languages - it provided practical (and Biblical) tools to help us bridge differences and address challenges for growing our marriage.

3. What do you like about Riverside?

B - The people at Riverside all seem to share a desire to know and love God more deeply.

K - I love being in community with others who love hearing the Word of God taught on Sunday morning and studied in Home Groups during the week.

Kelly Jaros

Helps Ministry

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Meet Kelly:

1. Where are you from and when did you come to know Christ?

I grew up in New Bedford, MA, but I lived in Florida 8 years before moving here in 2013. I came to know Christ in Florida in 2008.

2. What is your favorite book (other than the Bible)? Favorite food?

Book:  The Great Gatsby - it's just one of those books I could read over and over again. I actually like that it doesn't have a happy ending. It shows the fleeting nature of the riches of this world.

Food:  EASY - pizza because you know - it's pizza! I try not to eat it often though as it isn't the best food for you.

3. What do you like about Riverside?
I love the sense of community at Riverside. People here really care about one another.

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