Rick & Shari have both been raised in the Shipshewana area. They have lived there since being married in 1982 and raised their 3 children there as well, Jason, Brooke & Mark. They have 7 grandchildren. Rick was a mechanic for most of 25 years prior to pastoring. During those years he & Shari were young adult leaders then for 9 yrs youth leaders before serving as a pastor since 2005. He is most passionate about men’s ministry and marriage. Rick enjoys bicycling, hiking & tent camping.
Pastor Gordy has been pastoring at River of Life since 1996. He and his wife Denise are very involved in many aspects of church life including worship, women’s ministry and the practical side of church leadership. His passion is the study of God’s word and the accuracy with which it’s portrayed. In recent times Gordy has stepped out of the lead pastor role to pursue more of an apostolic role in meeting with pastors and ministry leaders to see “the church” become more united in trust and mission. He also has been teaching River School for several years in training others in specific areas of Christian leadership. Denise is the owner of Glow Bookstore in Shipshewana and loves the ministry doors that have opened through that opportunity. Gordy and Denise have 3 children and 8 grandchildren who they love to spend time with.