Leadership Team and Families
JT and Jaime Kliewer
JT Kliewer serves as the lead teaching pastor at River Church. JT holds a Master of Divinity degree. He and his wife, Jaime, have 3 children. JT and Jaime are OU alums, and have extensive missions experience from working overseas before joining River Church staff. JT brings a practical, biblical, and gospel-centered approach to his teaching and leadership.
Emilio and Shelby Ortiz
Emilio Ortiz serves as the Youth Director at River Church. He and his wife Shelby have been members of River for several years, and have faithfully served in various areas of our church community. Both Emilio and Shelby have experience leading small groups, leading teams overseas in missions contexts, and discipling and mentoring young people in their faith.
Brent and Krysten Jenkins
Brent Jenkins serves as the College Pastor at River Church. Brent holds a Master in Theology degree. He also leads and develops River’s Worship Team alongside an amazing team of volunteers. Brent is married to Krysten, and they have 3 young boys. Together, they have invested in college students for 13 years in Norman.
Matt and Michelle Delouise
Matt Delouise serves on the River Church elder team. Matt brings years of experience in the workplace and overseas missions to his pastoring role within River.
Michelle Delouise serves on River staff as the Volunteer and Communications Director
Michelle manages the various means of church communication and coordination of our amazing volunteers teams. Matt and Michelle have 4 children.
Stuart and Amy Edwards
Stuart Edwards serves on the River Church elder team. Stuart has a law degree from the University of Oklahoma and works for an oil and gas company in Oklahoma City. He and his wife, Amy, have 3 children. They serve in community groups, River Youth, and with parents of youth in our church.
Tom and Bre Pedersen
Tom Pedersen serves on the River Church elder team, and brings years of experience from the work world, leading teams on overseas mission, and developing people in their gifts and strengths.
Bre Pedersen leads our Women’s Ministry within River Church.
Tom and Bre are OU alums, are both founding members of River, and have 4 children.
Dave and Nancy Edwards
Dave Edwards is the founding pastor of River Church, and serves on the elder team. Dave is married to Nancy, and together they have 4 children and many grandchildren. He has ministered in Norman for over 30 years, serving with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and Trinity Baptist Church prior to launching River Church in 2006.
Ann and Omar Rosales
Ann Rosales is the SPLASH Children’s Ministry Director at River Church. Ann is married to Omar, and they have 3 children. Ann and Omar have been long-serving members of River Church, having led community groups and discipleship groups, and bring many years of experience in ministry and building relationships.
Our Story and Dream
In 2006, River Church was launched to reach the next generations in Norman. Our vision is to develop a church community that loves and obeys Jesus Christ as fully as possible, grows into the image of Christ as fully as possible, and joins Him in discipling our members, our community and the nations of the earth as fully as possible.
In short, our heart is to develop healthy people in healthy community on intentional mission. The only way we can do this is by depending on Jesus Christ as fully as possible. This happens by gathering together in large community on Sunday mornings, in smaller gatherings with our Community Groups, and in close relationships where we can disciple one another (called D-Groups).
Our services have a contemporary and relaxed feel, as we emphasize gathering together in authentic community. In our services and community groups we read and teach the Bible – God’s Word – as the authority for our lives.
River Church is led by a team of elders, who act as shepherds and pastors to lead, equip, and serve our church. We have a team of staff and amazing volunteers who help move our mission forward.
River Church Values
Learn more about the values that shape our church culture HERE
River Church Doctrinal Beliefs
Learn more about our statement of faith and doctrinal beliefs HERE
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