Phillip and Evelyn Ward

Senior Pastors

Our pastors were greatly impacted by revival services in 1995 and powerfully anointed for the ministry in which they are now engaged.  After many years of ministry to children and youth, evangelism, and as worship leaders, they accepted the invitation to pastor the congregation in 2004.  Another powerful touch from Heaven came during services in 2007 when they received a Word from the Lord to purchase new properties for the congregation.  That Word was fulfilled in 2010 with the purchase of the current 2500 seat sanctuary in which the congregation continues to worship and grow.


Fred and Jodie Peloso

Associate Pastors

Fred and Jodie were powerfully impacted by revival and powerfully anointed for ministry in their home state of New York.  The anointing on their life was quickly noticed and they were invited to serve as traveling ministers for eight years and were part of the team founding churches in both Missouri and Alaska.  After moving to Jacksonville, they joined the staff of The River Church in 2006 as youth pastors.  They currently serve as associate pastors and are active in administration, children’s ministry and evangelism.


Daniel and Haley Medley

Youth Pastors

Daniel and Haley were greatly impacted during extended revival services at The River Church in 2006.  Although they were first time visitors, and unsettled by their initial encounter, the Holy Spirit captured their hearts and they surrendered their lives to The Lord.  It was during these extended revival services that they were anointed for ministry and were invited to accept the position as youth pastors of the congregation.  They are raising up a group of passionate teens who are impacting their campuses, friends and families.