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.

Alison Hermann

Children’s Team Lead & Early Childhood Sunday School 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.

John LaRocque

Student Ministries Leader

John leads our Student Ministries. He obtained a Youth & Family Ministry degree from Rochester College, in Michigan. Aside from ministering to teens, you can find John cheering on his Detroit sports teams.

Jessica (Jess) Hills

Office Manager & Middle School Coordinator

Jess is happily married to her husband, Chad, and they have 5 children ranging in age from 3 to 16. She can be found organizing staff, 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.

Jessica Anderson

Communications Director and Ministry Development Lead

Jessica oversees all things Communications, First Impressions and Social Media. Jessica is married to our Worship and Technical Coordinator, Cole. They live in Elk River with their Australian Eskimo puppy!

Cole Anderson

Worship and Technical Coordinator

Cole oversees our Worship and Tech Teams and occasionally plays or sings on the Worship Team. Cole and his wife, Jessica, live in Elk River as they renovate their new home!

Eddie Pachuau

Worship Director

Eddie is one of our most recent hires as our Worship Director. Eddie was originally born in India but now lives here with his wife Maria and 2 little boys, Eli and Micah. In his free time, Eddie loves spending time with his family, playing music, songwriting, fishing, biking, and visiting new places.

Culin Wambsganss

Assistant Worship Leader and Technical Director

Culin is our Assistant Worship Leader and Technical Director. He is very passionate about growing community. The importance of God being number one in our lives is the message he wishes to spread. Culin and his wife Cami live in north Minneapolis and love the outdoors with their two dogs.

Denise Bowe

Adult Ministries Admin Assistant

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 Assistant

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. Her positivity and smile are contagious, and she is a wonderful example of living out God’s love for people! Deb and her husband, Ron, live in Zimmerman.

Erin Cramer

Elementary Sunday School Coordinator

Erin has always loved working with children! She is a former elementary school teacher and now has three kids of her own that keep her very busy. When she’s not at ROL, you can find her and the kids visiting parks, traveling to see family or cheering on the Michigan Wolverines!

Laura Johnson

Wednesday Night Children’s Coordinator

Laura loves serving with others to bring kids closer to Jesus! Her husband and two sons (young adult and middle school ages) are her favorite blessings! She loves gardening, baking, and making crafts in her spare time.

Chastity Hackbarth

Custodian

Chastity makes sure our building looks it’s best and is always clean. We are so thankful for her, especially now! She also serves on our Children’s Ministry and First Impressions teams. Chastity and her husband, Ryan, live in Zimmerman and have two little girls.

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.