Our team

the river Leadership

The staff and leadership team here at the River is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for our church and our community. If you have any questions for any of our pastors or leadership team members, feel free to call our church office to find out how. You can contact the church office at info@therivr.com

  • josh williams

    Senior Pastor

    Following college,  Josh spent most of his vocational career building a successful video and animation company in Branson, Mo.  Toward the end of 2012, Josh began to feel an undeniable tug towards ministry.  After a series of God-sized-coincidences, Josh found himself not only working in ministry, but eventually leading the church that he and his family had called home since 2004.

    Even more than his love for the New York Yankees, Josh loves his family.  He and his wife Sarah have been married since 1999, and have three incredible kids; Josh (Jr.), Luke, and Bekah.


    "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." - 2 Tim. 1:7

  • Paul michel

    Lead pastor

    You can't exactly call Paul a newcomer. He's been here before. Paul was a member of The River from 1999 to 2006. In the spring of 2006, God called Paul out of his comfort zone, and into vocational ministry. After a couple years of studying God's word and the pursuit of God's vision for his life, Paul was ordained as a Pastor in 2008. Eight years of ministry experience....and he's back! In August 2016, Paul showed up, right on time for his appointment to join the River staff, as Lead Pastor.


    Paul enjoys time with his wife Tennille (married since 1994) and their 4 boys, Tyler, Mason, Miles, and Thatch. He also likes to spend time wrenching on his 80's muscle car project, and soaking up God's gift of music.

  • Raymond donat

    youth Pastor

    Ray has been pouring his life into students at the River since he first volunteered in the nursery when he was a junior high student. He loves to see people trust and follow the One True God, and he especially loves pointing and leading youth to have this relationship with Jesus!  

    Ray spent a few seasons exploring the mountains of Wyoming and building trails!   He is convinced that the outdoors are where we are meant to be. "Man's heart grows hard away" from it so let's get our youth outside in God's creation!


    Recently, Ray and his wife Erin welcomed their first child.  A little girl named Adalyn.




  • Amy Lyerla

    Children & Families Director

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dIRECTORS & bUSINESS TEAM


Our goal is to have a church led by godly leaders, under the oversight and watchful care of the Directors.  The directors are given ultimate responsibility and authority to see that the Church remains on a true biblical course; that its members are being appropriately shepherded; that the body is being fed through insightful and accurate teaching; and the life of the church is being well managed with the assistance of other competent and godly leaders.  They are to care about the spiritual and physical well-being of members, regularly praying for the sick.  They are to guard the body against harmful influences, confronting those who are contradicting biblical truth or who are continuing in sinful behavior.  In doing so, they are to keep closing potential entrances for Satan, so that the truth of Christ will remain credible to both the congregation and the community.


The purpose of the Business Team is to provide assistance to the Directors and Pastoral Team in the areas of professional counsel.  It is to leave the "business stuff" with those gifted in this area.