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 ministry team and is very passionate about leading and mentoring teens. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Elk River and have one cat and one dog, and look forward to having a family one day.

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 team. Robin and her husband, Matt, live in East Bethel and have two rambunctious, adorable little boys.

Denise Bowe

Adult Ministries Admin

Debra Robinson

Family Ministries Admin

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

Amber Winden

Church Cleaner

Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson

Global Missions Director

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.