Lead Pastor – Andy Merritt
A pastor for 16 years, Andy has a heart to see faith in God impact lives. He believes that our relationships with God should change how we live. Married to a wonderful wife Janelle they have three kids. Andy is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with degrees in Christian Ministries and Biblical Literature.
In addition to being a pastor, Andy serves as an adjunct professor at Spring Arbor University teaching Church Planting and Growth. He is the author of three books, Eden (a novel), Completely Reckless, and Resonant Frequency.
Andy is active in the Jackson community and currently serves as the Vice-Chair for the Jackson Hot Air Jubilee.
Director of Operations
Many know him as fuzzy….or big guy….or bubz…..or papa Merritt. They are those who love me unconditionally…..those who laugh at my endless nonsense….those who enjoy hanging out, serving the Lord and growing together.
An amazing wife, four great children and their spouses, lots of fun grandkids and an amazing Rivertree family who serves a great God are the they’s that bless me every day.
Director of Youth Ministries
Chris Neville is a devoted husband and father of four who is passionate about ministering to the teens of Rivertree. Having spent many years at Christian Camps he is both inspired and awestruck at God’s awesomeness, and how he works in the hearts and minds of young people.
Director of Children’s Ministry
Diane has a heart for children after raising four of her own. She seeks out and creates creative experiences that help our kids better understand the God who loves them. When she is not leading Rivertree Kids, she is an accomplished painter and leads Bible studies in inner city Jackson.
Contact Diane: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Team – Amy Neville
Amy Neville is full of joy and love for everyone around her. Withholding nothing, she gives generously with her whole heart in her whole life. She speaks often of God’s grace in her life and in awe of the journey he has brought her through. She successfully raises four kids with lots of smiles left for others. Her heart for God and the people around her make her a perfect fit for our teaching team!
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