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.

Senior Pastors

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Dave and Karen have always been a part of Riverside Church, Karen being a member of one of the original churches which joined together in February 1977 and Dave joining when he turned his life over to Christ in April 1979. Both have a pastoral heart, always with an eye to watch over God's people. They have a passion for revival, and raising up the next generation is very important to them.  Dave has ministered in many countries on five continents, serving and supporting pastors in many parts of the world.

Pastoral care

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Chris Stone
Chris is an experienced pastor of the church, and he has a passion to see people restored and walking in the fulfillment of their calling in God.

Leadership team


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Simon Turner
Simon works part-time for the church as pastoral assistant. His passion is to see the church rise to be all it has the potential to be and that we reflect God's purity and goodness in our lives each day. As well as being part of the leadership team, Simon heads up the worship team. Simon's heart for worship is that we would enjoy being in God's presence and give Him the honour He truly deserves. He believes that there is a greater and louder song that God's people can be singing on the earth.



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Carol Turner
Carol serves on the leadership team at Riverside Church along with her husband Simon. Carol firmly believes that God has amazing plans for an abundant life for all His children, and her heart is to see people discover and realise their destiny by working in partnership with our amazing God. Carol and Simon have two small boys, Noah and Felix, and they enjoy the wonder, challenge, belly laughs and mess that is parenthood!

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Shine joined Riverside in 2012 and started preaching in 2016. She has a passion to see wounded hearts healed and women and men being set free from issues such as depression, low self esteem and coming into their true identity in Christ. 
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Bruno heads up evangelism at Riverside. God's vision for this department is to love out of the box, be available to build relationships with the community and present them with the gospel, not only in words but also in attitudes, actions and prayers. Our aim is to see people saved and help them to find their purpose in God. Through Jesus all of this is possible, for He is the one who makes us fishers of men (Matthew 4:19). Bruno works part-time for Taunton Youth for Christ.

Office Staff



  Nigel Glover

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.

Team leaders



  Prayer and Prophetic Ministry - Shine Sibanda and Pat Delling-Williams
Sharon R S   Children and  youth - Sharon Russell-Smith
I am originally from Zimbabwe. I am 36 years old. The Lord told my family and I to come to Taunton in the UK and we arrived in January 2018.

In my previous job in Zimbabwe I was a Nursery School teacher. I also taught Sunday school at the churches I attended and loved watching the children grow in their faith with Jesus. 
Pat Delling Williams cropped   Welcoming - Pat Delling-Williams
Welcoming is the face of the church. A pleasant smile and warm greetings help to project the ethos of Riverside.  Pat's prayer is that all who enter will feel they have found a home where they will be loved, valued and embraced.
8160367 copy low res   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.

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  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. Sandra is involved in many areas in the church, including supporting communications.
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Outreach — Karen Usher, Sandra Packer, Karen and Chris Roberts, 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 and the Messy Church team is led by Karen Usher. Karen and Chris lead activities at Messy Church. The Prayer and Prophetic teams are present every month as part of Riverside's outreach. Rivertots (parents and toddlers 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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