Meet the Team

Dave Johnson

Lead Pastor

Dave planted River of Life in 1994 with the vision to equip the church to help people find and follow Jesus. He loves to teach God’s word and apply it to every day life. Both Dave and his wife, Ann, have a passion for prayer and have 5 adult children.

Kelsey Sandahl

Worship Director

Kelsey leads our Worship & Tech teams. She has a passion for writing and performing music, as well as helping women discover their true beauty in Christ. She’s married to Luke and they are the happy parents of 5 little girls.

Kristina Bloomdahl

Children's Ministries Leader

Kristina leads our Children’s Ministries team. She loves the adorable smiles, tiny voices, crazy energy, and most of all kids learning about Jesus! She lives on her family’s farm west of Elk River and loves being on the land. She is currently pursing her MATS degree through Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

John LaRocque

Student Ministries Leader

John leads our Student Ministries. He obtained a Youth and Family Ministry degree from Rochester College, in Michigan. John and his beautiful wife, Ashley, have been married since 2018, and have 2 fur babies together. They reside in Elk River and love it there! Aside from ministering to the teens, you can find John cheering on his Detroit sports teams.

Robin Stoddard

Office Manager

Robin oversees our office. She’s always striving to learn and grow, and she’s passionately involved with our Prayer Partners ministry. Robin and her husband, Matt, live in East Bethel and have two rambunctious, adorable little boys.

Denise Bowe

Adult Ministries Admin

Denise supports the Women’s, Men’s, Small Groups and Care Groups ministries. She loves helping and encouraging others. Her passion shines as the Care Groups Coordinator exuberating hope and healing of God’s everlasting love. If you don’t see her serving at RoL, she finds joy residing at her 10-acre hobby farm and spending time with her 2 adult children.

Debra Robinson

Family Ministries Admin

Deb supports the Family, Children’s and Student’s Ministries. She’s passionate about overseeing weddings, baptisms and child dedications, and is involved with serving on our Prayer Partners and First Impressions teams. Deb and her husband, Ron, live in Zimmerman.

Jessica Hills

Middle School Coordinator

Jessica (Jess) is happily married to her husband, Chad, and they have 5 children ranging in age from 3 to 16. She can be found helping John LaRocque corralling teens and hunting down volunteers. Watch out, she may recruit you! Jess has a heart for teens and loves watching them realize Christ’s love for them.

Alison Herrmann

Early Elementary Coordinator

Alison oversees our early childhood volunteer teams and can usually be found at the Home Point Check-In desk on Sunday mornings with a big smile. She and her husband, Ryan, live in Big Lake and have four girls. One of Alison’s favorite pastimes is physical fitness.

Amber Winden

Church Cleaner

Amber is happily married to her husband, Jeremy. They live in Zimmerman and have one little boy. Amber loves kids and serves in our Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings, and can be found on various weekdays cleaning the church while she jams to loud music.

Heather Anderson

Global Missions Director

Heather has a passion for helping people discover the unique gifts God has given us through serving others on mission and serve projects. She oversees all things Global Missions.  She and her husband Eric, live in Zimmerman and have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Christina Robarge

Local & Regional Missions Director

Christina leads our local and regional missions team. She is passionate about helping others find ways to show God’s love through serving. She works full-time as a financial analyst, and she and her husband Jeff have two adult daughters.