Jesus Christ is the head of His church.

But the Scriptures also make clear that a local church is to be led by a group of individuals, called elders, who are gifted and called by Him to serve. The guiding principle of leadership for the church is servant leadership. Church members are to honor, support and pray for their spiritual leaders.

The governing authority of Riverside Community Church rests with a group of biblically qualified men called elders. The elders are chosen to serve in submission to Christ and the Word. The pastors also serve as elders, and collectively they are responsible for the oversight and the spiritual care of the church. (See the church constitution for more information.)

Verse - Leadership

The elders are the shepherds of the flock and provide leadership through teaching, worship, pastoral care, stimulating prayer and outreach, administering discipline, resolving disputes, stimulating vision and encouraging believers to serve in areas of their giftedness. The elders also provide oversight of the pastoral staff.

The elders typically meet twice a month, more often as needed. Each of them is available to anyone within the congregation for counsel, prayer, a listening ear, etc. Please feel free to contact any of them at any time.

Steve Olsen

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 Meet Steve:

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

Somerdale NJ to Ayersville OH to Longview TX to San Diego to Phoenix to South Elgin // 1972

2. What is a favorite movie and why?

The Mission (1986) - Beautiful cinematography, acting, music, and sacrifice.

3. What do you like about Riverside?


Tom Muckian


Meet Tom: 

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

I live in St. Charles. In pre-adulthood, I first lived on the south side of Chicago, then moved to Elmhurst when starting Jr. High.  I came to know Christ in 1984.

2. What is a favorite movie?

Too many choose from. Favorite movie for this moment is Saving Private Ryan. Because of the courage and self-sacrifice displayed by ordinary "citizen" soldiers. As well as capturing the life changing horrors of war.

Book (besides the Bible)?

Again, too many but the best one I've read this year is Christy by Catherine Marshall. It shows the main character's growth as a person, in her faith, and in compassion. You also get an up close look at the people of Appalachia and their hardships. And much more.


Pizza. Do you really have to ask why?

3. What do you like about Riverside?

The realness of people. We're a gathering of imperfect people worshipping, learning from the Scriptures, loving God and each other.

Brad Scull

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Meet Brad:

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

I am from right here in IL, and I became a believer to the extent I could understand at the dinner table at 5 years old.

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

Unto The Hills devotional by Billy Graham

3. What do you like about Riverside?

First, it has always been a place where I can be real, faults and all. Second, a place where others pour into and love my kids.


Meet Doug:

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

I was born on the north side of Chicago, and raised in Lombard.  In 2006, I began my personal walk with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

2. What is a favorite movie and why?

My All American (2015) - based on a true story about a Texas Longhorn football player, it's a movie about dedication, hard work, overcoming hardships and staying strong in your faith.

3. What do you like about Riverside?

Family!  There is a genuine love for one another, as we all go through life together in the form of worship, fellowship and relationships as Jesus instructed.  Romans 12:5 explains, "so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."




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