Staff and Leadership
In Riverside Church, we believe that every member of the church is called to serve so that the church can grow to be healthy and fruitful. We value every member and we encourage everyone to contribute positively to the work of the church according to their God-given gifts and callings. Everyone gives of their time voluntarily but a few are paid part-time by the church in order to enable them to put more time into their areas of service.
The structure of the church is based around a number of home groups and a number of functional teams. All of this is overseen by two elders.
Chris and Roz Stone
Chris comes from a farming background and has lived in Taunton all his life. He has served in church leadership for many years and is a passionate worshipper, loves people, and enjoys missions.
Roz is a prolific songwriter and talented musician, and ably supports Chris in his role. They have been happily married for 29 years and have four adult children and 3 (soon to be 5) grandchildren.
Keith and Sandra Packer
Keith delights in the love of his heavenly Father and is learning how to live like a son of God. He has extensive knowledge of the Word of God and teaches frequently. He also has a desire to see every member of the church using their spiritual gifts. As well as supporting Keith, Sandra gives a lot of her time to pastoral visiting, runs Rivertots (the parent and toddler group), and is a member of several teams, including the Messy Church team.
Stuart and Gine Glover
Stuart currently works 3 days a week for the church. His main roles are developing the worship team and working with the church outreach, but he also assists with adminstrative work in the office.
Gine works 4 days a week with God TV and is currently taking a Business Degree. She moved to the UK from Norway in 2013 and has a real passion to see people develop intimate relationships with God. Stu and Gine also head up the House of Prayer together.
Nigel is the building manager and also looks after the church accounts and general administration. The building is used by various community groups and therefore he handles the room bookings and communicates with the users. Nigel finds these roles really fulfilling as they allow him to express his heart for organisation,
order and accuracy.
Prayer Ministry - Pam Glover
Pam promotes prayer and the use of the prophetic gift in the church. She has a strong prophetic anointing herself and longs to see more of the prophetic in action. She has input into the weekly House of Prayer meetings and constantly encourages the church to join in prayer.
Worship - Matt Stone and Stu Glover
Stu is a musician, loves worship and has a heart to see people find their identity in God and live for him. As well as heading up and organising the team, Stu and Matt both love to lead the church into God's presence through heartfelt praise and worship.
Pastoral care - Chris Stone
Chris is an elder, and the senior pastor of the church, he has a passion to see people restored and walking in the fulfillment of their calling in God.
Children and Youth — Rachel Stone and Ruth Perry
Rachel is passionate about teaching children and the youth to follow Jesus Christ. She also works as a teaching assistant in a primary school in Taunton. Rachel believes that living with Jesus as a best friend is an exciting and fun journey. She likes to transmit that fun and joy to children by playing games and doing loads of creative stuff. She also loves music and plays guitar. She is married to Matt, and would also like people to know that she is... French!!!
Discipleship — Joe Glover
Welcoming - Karen Roberts
Teaching — Dave Usher and Chris Hall
God's desire and plan is that 'His sheep hear His voice'. Dave's ambition and passion is to help people to do the very thing that God has called them to, namely hear His voice, by understanding His Word and putting into practice what they have heard.
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Chris’s desire as a teacher is that men and women should know what the truth of the Word of God states, rather than what they think it might state; thus people are set free from incorrect teaching.
Co-ordination and Communication — Jane Hamilton and Sandra Packer
Jane heads up the Communications team and loves to promote good communication in all its forms. She also has a heart to see lives changed by the truth of the Word and is actively involved in the Teaching team and other areas of service in the church.
Outreach — Phil and Pam Lloyd-Yeo, Karen Usher, Sandra Packer and Sandi and Jeremy Gainsford
Riverside church is involved in several initiatives reaching out into the community. Phil and Pam run the monthly free BBQ, the Messy Church team is led by Karen Usher, Rivertots ( Mums & Tots group) is run by Sandra Packer and the church’s involvement in the Besom is headed by Jeremy and Sandi Gainsford. (These initiatives are described in more detail elsewhere on the website.)
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