Riverbend staff directory

|   Lead Pastors   |   Admin   |   Care and Support   |   Church Involvement/Missions   |   Community Groups   |   Creative Arts   |   Kids   |   Operations   |   Students   |   Church Committees   |

Lead Pastors

DAVE HANEY
SENIOR PASTOR

Dave’s passion for leading a church for people who don’t like church has shaped his ministry. Dave and his wife, Diane, have three grown daughters; Cayah, Leah and Kaitlyn, all of whom have wound up in Austin, not simply to be near their family, but just because Austin is that awesome.

Favorite thing about Austin: Definitely the bats. Also, the Burro Cheese Truck.

Email: kross@riverbend.com


PETER SLEEPER
EXECUTIVE PASTOR

Peter has a heart for teaching and a burden to figure out what the Church needs to become to help post-Christian people experience the caring love of Christ. Peter loves to spend time with his three boys, travel, play golf, surf, learn new things and have stimulating conversations with people.

Favorite thing about Austin: All the great quirky restaurants.

Email: pmears@riverbend.com


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NORM SCHOENFELD
CHURCH INVOLVEMENT PASTOR

Norm champions INVOLVEMENT, working with hundreds of Riverbenders helping them to find the place God is calling them to serve. He doubles as the Men’s Pastor for Riverbend as well, and most of the auxiliary entities of the church report up to him.  After running businesses for 30 years, he entered full-time ministry at Riverbend Church in 2006. Norm and his wife, Barbara, are former New Yorkers who have been married for 34 years and have a daughter in San Francisco and a son in the Washington DC area.

Favorite thing about Austin: Its amazing people and its amazing “eats” - everything from Torchy’s Tacos to Perry’s Steakhouse!

Email: nschoenfeld@riverbend.com

KEVIN HEDGES
CREATIVE ARTS PASTOR

Kevin, his wife Mindy, and daughter Grace, are transplants from the San Francisco Bay Area by way of the foothills of Denver. Experiencing and embracing Austin with the love of Jesus, they hope to live out the blessing that everyday we are all waking up to what God is already doing.

Favorite thing about Austin: It used to be Rainey street… Now it's gotta be its well-deserved rep as a foodie town. Yum. Oh, and pretty much all-around the friendliest people anywhere in the country.

Email: khedges@riverbend.com


Administrative

KIM FARR
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & HR

Kim and her husband John are native Texans. They have two adult children who also live in Austin. Kim has been the Finance/ Human Resources Director for over 17 years. When she’s not pinching pennies, you will find her running town lake and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Favorite thing about Austin: There is always old/new and interesting events/places to discover.

Email: kfarr@riverbend.com

LINDA BELL
COORDINATOR OF FINANCE & ACCOUNTING

More info coming soon. 

Favorite thing about Austin: More info coming soon.

Email: lbell@riverbend.com


Care and Support

PAULETTE SCHWARTZ
CARE & SUPPORT PASTOR

The Schwartz family have been part of Riverbend for thirty plus years and Paulette has been on staff for twenty years. She works with Stephen Ministry and support groups including 12-step recovery groups.  She provides pastoral care to those dealing with relationship issues, grief, illness and addiction, as well as benevolent needs. On Sunday mornings she teaches in the Grace Lab. Her ministry efforts focus on providing help and encouragement to people who are hurting physically, spiritually and emotionally.  

Favorite thing about Austin: More info coming soon.

Email: pschwartz@riverbend.com

LINDA SMITH
CARE & SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Linda has been calling Riverbend her home since 1988 and in 2003 became a member of the staff in Care and Support. She has two grown children and five grandkids. Linda and her husband, Monte, also have a furry child, Annie, the smartest black lab ever.

Favorite thing about Austin: Everything but the traffic! 

Email: lsmith@riverbend.com


Church Involvement and Missions

PAMELA CHRISTENSEN
STEWARDSHIP PASTOR

Pamela has a unique passion for inspiring others to be the best stewards they can be of the relationships and resources that God gives us to manage. She and her husband, Doug, are natives of Northern California, recently transplanted to Austin. They have a grown son, Eric, who lives in Portland, Oregon and daughter & son-in-law, Julie and Joe, who live near Sacramento, California. 

Favorite thing about Austin: Being music lovers, they are eager to experience the highly acclaimed music scene that Austin is known for.  

Email: pchristensen@riverbend.com


MIKE SCULLEY
DIRECTOR OF THE RUNDBERG MISSIONS

Mike's passion and mission is taking people beyond the walls of the church to reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mike and Linda have five grown children and four grandchildren and they live our lives vicariously through them even though they are spread out all over this country. Thank God for FaceTime! 

Favorite thing about Austin: Diversity of cultures, spiritual openness and caring attitude of the community. 

Email: msculley@riverbend.com

 


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KRISTA ROSS
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Krista is a native Austinite.  She and her husband, Mark, have four children and one granddaughter who have all been raised at Riverbend.  She has been on staff at Riverbend for 23 years working with children, events and now as an Executive Assistant.  When she’s not at work, you can usually find Krista either behind a camera lens or with her awesome granddaughter... or both! 

Favorite thing about Austin: Texas Longhorns, duh...

Email: kross@riverbend.com

DAVID SUNDE
MISSION HILLS CHURCH PLANT PASTOR

Since arriving in 2006, David's leadership has grown to include young single adults, young couples and families. He’s been a regular part of the Sunday morning teaching rotation and Riverbend’s Leadership Team. David is passionate about spiritual formation, collaborative leadership, and building communities of faith and action. A primary focus is answering the question, what does it mean to BE the church not just GO to church? His newest venture is laying the ground-work for a church-start up in Austin beginning in 2016. David and his wife, Laurel, have two kids, Bjorn and Annika.

Favorite thing about Austin: It's dynamic - it keeps you guessing, always something to explore, and friends to enjoy it with.

Email: dsunde@riverbend.com

 

 

 

JENNY KEENER
MINISTRY COORDINATOR

Jenny is a native Texan who made Austin her home in 2014. She and her husband, Jayson, visited Riverbend shortly after moving and they’ve been hooked ever since. She loves the opportunities that Riverbend offers to serve and grow in a community that accepts everyone just as they are and wherever they are on their journey. Jenny enjoys exploring Austin and discovering new things to do and places to go. She also loves hanging out with friends, with family, and with Jayson and their dog-child, Emmett, who is the sweetest rescue dog you’ll ever meet.

Favorite thing about Austin: The people, the food, and the laid-back vibe.

Email: jkeener@riverbend.com

 

Community Groups

SCOTT VERMILLION
ADULT MINISTRY PASTOR

Scott has a passion for helping people hear God’s message and find their purpose and place within it.  Scott has been married to Samantha for 15 years (and they are easily the best 15 years of his life since she makes him better in every way).  They have two daughters, Lydia (11) and Claire (9).  Because of his girls love of animals, they have teamed up to lobby for their next residence to be an animal farm, but Scott was able to negotiate them down to two hamsters and a yellow lab.  Besides Jesus and his family, Scott loves the outdoors, sports, photography, making videos, and tending his garden.

Favorite thing about Austin: It’s a new place full of new people to meet!  What could be better than that! (for an extrovert at least)

Email: svermillion@riverbend.com


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DEAN BUSBOOM
SENIOR ADULTS PASTOR

Dean came to Riverbend in 2001 to do research for Dr. Gerald Mann and later became the Pastor to Senior Adults. He is married to Sally and has four children and 7 grandchildren. He enjoys teaching and working with senior adults. He also enjoys working in his yard and garden, working on his 1919 Indiana tractor, and attending all of his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.

Favorite thing about Austin: More info coming soon.

Email: dbusboom@riverbend.com


PAM MEARS
PASTORAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Pam, her husband Todd and two children Ryan and MaKayla moved to Austin in 2010 to serve the families of Riverbend. Pam has volunteered along side her husband, our Children's Pastor since that time. After working in the dental field for 18 years, Pam decided she was ready for a life change and jumped at the chance to join us here at Riverbend. She feels so blessed to be a part of what Riverbend is doing.  

Favorite thing about Austin: The beautiful landscape and Hopdoddy of course.

Email: pmears@riverbend.com


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LEIGH CONGDON
YOUNG ADULTS DIRECTOR

Leigh joined the Riverbend staff in March of 2015 as the Director of Young Adult Ministry overseeing AveNEW. She moved to Austin from Minnesota in 2009 right after marrying Doug, Riverbend’s Student Pastor. They have one daughter (another child on the way) and all three Congdons thoroughly enjoy being involved in many different areas of the church community.  

Favorite thing about Austin: The abundance of hidden parks and trails that all happen to be by water of some sort. Also, the queso.

Email: lcongdon@riverbend.com


SANDY LOUNSBERRY
WOMEN'S MINISTRY COORDINATOR

Sandy and her husband, Paul, have been a part of Riverbend since spring 1985. They moved to Austin in 1984 after he finished Dental School in San Antonio. At the time expecting our first child, they fell in love with the message of grace and acceptance. Her background is actually Physical Therapy, but found that a gift of organization and serving with volunteers is a passion. Through VBS, student ministry and now Women's ministry, God has provided many opportunities for Sandy to learn to trust him, to grow and develop a relational ministry with many amazing people. Paul and Sandy have three adult children; Jonathan, Jenna and Jilly. They all continue to love and participate at Riverbend, a place we all call home. 

Favorite thing about Austin: Lake Travis, especially on a summer evening when we can watch a sunset from the boat and see the moon rise. Absolutely peaceful and stunning!

Email: slounsberry83@gmail.com

 
 

Creative Arts

CARLTON DILLARD
PASTOR OF MUSIC & WORSHIP

Carlton joined the Riverbend Church staff in 1989. He spent many years in music ministry serving churches in Texas and New Mexico. He is known for his contagious enthusiasm and creative use of various styles of music in the contemporary church. Besides being a gifted vocalist and worship leader, Carlton is a conductor, arranger, and record producer. He and his wife, Sharon, have four children and four grandchildren. Sharon also serves on staff as Manager of Riverbend Centre for the Arts. Carlton's other passions include home theater design and installation, and their two dogs, Maggie and Zoe.

Favorite thing about Austin: The live music scene and great restaurants.

Email: cdillard@riverbend.com


CASEY MCPHERSON
RESONATE WORSHIP DIRECTOR

Casey is a Christian that never really fit in at your typical church, and that's why he's at Riverbend: He's known to be a little "rough around the edges" and Riverbend welcomes that! He loves connecting with God through music and seeing others be connected to Him by it as well. Casey loves hair-brained ideas, people who want to save the world, and recording music! On top of leading the Resonate worship band, he has two other groups called Alpha Rev and Flying Colors, of which he releases records with. He is married to McCall McPherson, a Psychiatric PA, and is hopelessly in love with her as well as their two daughters, Weston and Rose. 

Favorite thing about Austin: Breakfast tacos, Lake Austin on a Monday afternoon, and our awesome music community.

Email: cmcpherson@riverbend.com


SUSIE KECK
CREATIVE ARTS COORDINATOR &
CO-PRODUCER 

Susie has lived in Austin since 1993 when she moved here from the flat lands of Lubbock, Texas.   Once she saw the hills, trees and lakes, she knew she was home.  Susie has been involved in the Creative Arts ministry here at Riverbend for 17 years beginning as a member of the Riverbend Choir and then quickly becoming a staff member.  When she is not working, you will find her hanging out with friends, watching chick flicks and crafting.  She also loves spoiling her niece, Jayci, and nephews, Kyler and Colton. 

Favorite thing about Austin:  It’s diversity…..in food, music and people.

Email: skeck@riverbend.com


PETER LONGNO
VIDEO PRODUCER

Peter moved to Austin, Texas in August 2014 from Lubbock, Texas to grow and seek greater opportunity in media. He has multiple skills such as photography, video, sound design, and social media. Once a freelance photographer focusing on weddings, Peter is now producing videos to tell compelling stories of God’s people to the congregation. Peter is recently engaged to his fiancé, Sanetra, whom he met during his first months here in Austin.

Favorite thing about Austin: Outdoor activities, the fast-paced environment, food, food, and food. 

Email: plongno@riverbend.com


DANI POWERS
GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Dani moved to Austin in 2009 to enter the next chapter of her creative journey. Trials, change, strength and perseverance has shaped her personal design aesthetic allowing her to execute her digital world. She enjoys the company of her dog, Jersi, and finds that helps keep her days fun and consistent.

Favorite thing about Austin: All the outdoor opportunities laid out in a beautiful landscape with open arms for adventure!

Email: dpowers@riverbend.com

 

Kids

TODD MEARS
CHILDREN’S PASTOR

In 2010, Todd moved to Austin from Arlington, Texas with his wife, Pamela, and their two children Ryan and MaKayla. In 2005 Todd answered the call on his life and became the Children Pastor at a large church in Arlington. He has been involved in church for well over 25 years serving as a volunteer in worship, youth, adult and children ministry. Todd has a huge heart for God, children and families alike and he considers it a privilege to be able to speak into the lives of children. He loves sports, fishing, hunting and just spending time with family and friends.

Favorite thing about Austin: Food and hanging out with family and friends.

Email: tmears@riverbend.com


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KATE ARMSTRONG
PRE-SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Kate has been involved in the growth of children’s faith and education for over 10 years. She sees it as a gift to be able to speak into the lives of the families and children hear at Riverbend. Kate, her husband Jeremy and their daughter Paige relocated here from California and happily now call Austin home. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling and exploring new areas of her faith through serving, volunteering and education. 

Favorite thing about Austin: The People (Southern Values Meets Jeans and Flip Flops)

Email: karmstrong@riverbend.com


SUSAN KENNEDY
EARLY ELEMENTARY DIRECTOR

Susan has been actively involved in the development of children's faith for over 18 years, 10 of which have been on staff with Riverbend's Kids Department. Working with children provides Susan with the opportunity to fulfill her passion for bringing the amazing love of Jesus to God's youngest flock. She is the single mother of 3 grown daughters and a 9 -year-old son, and has 4 grandchildren. She enjoys reading, music, hiking, baking and the beach...and of course baseball "the greatest sport EVER!" 

Favorite thing about Austin: Family is here.

Email: skennedy@riverbend.com

AMBER KWARTENG
NURSERY COORDINATOR

Amber has lived in Austin for over 14 years after moving from the small country town of Brenham, Texas. She loves the city life and can't see herself anywhere else. She loves cooking new dishes and enjoying time with family and friends. Shopping and writing is always something Amber loves to do on her free time. She has worked with children for over 5 years and loves teaching and helping them grow. To know that she has changed at least one child's life for the better is a great blessing to her. 

Favorite thing about Austin: Family and friends.

Email: akwarteng@riverbend.com


Operations

SCOTT MATTESON
DIRECTOR OF IT

Scott was looking to do something different with his life. So when a position opened up at Riverbend Church, he jumped at the chance to work in a faith-based organization and has been blessed to be part of the Riverbend staff for over 13 years. Scott and his wife, Cyndie, have no children but see their dogs, Lilly Belle and Piper, as their children. 

Favorite thing about Austin: Enjoying family close by, Barton Springs pool & 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats from underneath the Congress Bridge at dusk.

Email: smatteson@riverbend.com


JOE MCKENZIE
DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES

Joe's passion for the facility management here is in the opportunity to design and create things. Joe also likes all variety of projects and people that he gets to meet. He is a single parent to a very beautiful daughter, Maddie, now 11 years old. They love to go horseback riding. 

Favorite thing about Austin: The mild winters and the Mexican food.

Email: jmckenzie@riverbend.com


SAM GUINN
FACILITIES TECHNICIAN

More info coming soon. 

Favorite thing about Austin: More info coming soon.

Email: sguinn@riverbend.com


TERI RICHARDS
ASSISTANT FACILITIES MANAGER

Teri has been in Austin since 1984 and has two kids: son, Devin and daughter, Charlee, who recently graduated from Cedar Park High.  

Favorite thing about Austin:  The people, Matt’s El Rancho, and Steiner Ranch Steakhouse.

Email: trichards@riverbend.com


SERGIO DOVANLINA
FACILITIES TECHNICIAN

More info coming soon. 

Favorite thing about Austin: More info coming soon.

Email: sdovanlina@riverbend.com


ROY GALINDO
FACILITIES TECHNICIAN

More info coming soon. 

Favorite thing about Austin: More info coming soon.

Email: rgalindo@riverbend.com


CHUY GOMEZ
FACILITIES TECHNICIAN

More info coming soon. 

Favorite thing about Austin: More info coming soon.

Email: cgomez@riverbend.com


PABLO GOMEZ
FACILITIES TECHNICIAN

More info coming soon. 

Favorite thing about Austin: More info coming soon.

Email: pgomez@riverbend.com


KEARY BAILEY
DIRECTOR OF REMEMBRANCE GARDENS

More info coming soon. 

Favorite thing about Austin: More info coming soon.

Email: kbailey@riverbend.com


JILL MOORE
WEDDING DIRECTOR

Jill comes to Riverbend with years of sales and Wedding Coordinating experience and joins her husband, John, drummer in the Resonate service, in serving the Church. Jill and John are blessed with a daughter, Mia and son Edwin, and love to call Austin and Riverbend their home. Jill thrives when making bride's visions a beautiful reality in the Smith Family Chapel. 

Favorite thing about Austin:  As cliché as it sounds, my favorite thing about Austin is the awesome Live music!

Email: weddings360@riverbend.com


 

SHARON DILLARD
MANAGER FOR RIVERBEND CENTRE, INC
AND RIVERBEND CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

More info coming soon. 

Favorite thing about Austin:  more info coming soon.

Email: sdillard@riverbend.com

 


MOLLY SYLESTINE
COORDINATOR FOR RIVERBEND CENTRE, INC AND RIVERBEND CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

Molly has been in Austin since 2006 and has been attending Riverbend since she moved here. She worked for the Children's Ministry for a year and a half back in 2007 and loved being on staff. She and her husband, Jeremy, lead the young couples community group, Couple Vision. They have two sweet daughters: Quinn and Noelle and a fur baby puggle named Ella. 

Favorite thing about Austin: There are so many things to do outdoors! 

Email: msylestine@riverbend.com

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DEDE KELLICKER
COORDINATOR FOR RIVERBEND CENTRE, INC AND RIVERBEND CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

DeDe found Riverbend Church in 2003 and has enjoyed being a part of this community ever since.  She loves the idea of a community where everyone is accepted regardless of their past and current situations, as well as where they are along their spiritual journey.  She has volunteered in a variety of areas over the years and officially joined the staff in April 2014.  Her husband, Steve, and twin boys, Brenden & Patrick, keep her busy at home while her daughter, Danae, is currently attending Texas Tech University. 

Favorite thing about Austin: The diversity and acceptance of odd and unusual – and of course… Riverbend Church!

Email: dkellicker@riverbend.com


 

Students

DOUG CONGDON
STUDENT MINISTRIES PASTOR

Doug and his wife, Leigh, have lived in Austin for the past 6 years and will soon be welcoming their second child to the family.   Doug has been involved in Student Ministry for over a decade and loves nothing more than seeing students plugging in to fellowship. When he’s not working, you will find him outside playing sports, especially basketball and golf – or during the oppressive heat, you will find him inside nerding out with friends around a board game.

Favorite thing about Austin: That you can eat mexican food every night and not be considered weird - and year-round golf weather!

Email: dcongdon@riverbend.com


SAMANTHA COOPER
STUDENT MINISTRIES DIRECTOR

Samantha is a native Austinite and a native Riverbender. She grew up in Riverbend Student Ministry and has had a passion for working with students since she was a student herself. After attending college at Texas A&M (Whoop!), she began working as a Student Ministry volunteer leader and has been a full-time staffer since 2014. She loves spending time with friends and family and playing volleyball. Students and staff around Riverbend know her as “Scoops.” 

Favorite thing about Austin: The laid-back vibe. And Mozart’s Coffee Roasters. Coffee by the lake? Yes, please.

Email: scooper@riverbend.com


RYAN MEARS
STUDENT MINISTRIES COORDINATOR

Ryan moved to Austin in 2010 and attends Moody Bible Institute as a Ministry Leadership Major while serving in ministry at Riverbend. In his free time he enjoys playing games, throwing a football around, and hanging out with friends. 

Favorite thing about Austin: The landscape.

Email: rmears@riverbend.com

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DOUG PITTENGER
HS STUDENT MINISTRIES COORDINATOR

Doug (or “Dougie P” as he’s known at Riverbend) has a heart for serving people and having the most fun possible while showing people how much God loves them. And that translates to a passion for international missions, leading worship, and deep community - especially in the context of youth ministry. Dougie P has been in Austin since 2010, is a Texas Ex Class of 2014, and alongside ministry he also owns and operates a party bus company. Rarely alone due to his extreme extrovertedness, you can typically find him taking friends to the newest and weirdest food trucks around Austin

Favorite thing about Austin:  Tacos. And live music. Any combination of both. 

Email: dpittenger@riverbend.com


Riverbend Church Committees

Below is a list of the Committee Members who represent the congregation in guiding the church. 

Stewardship Committee

  • Mac Holder (Chair)
  • Pete Maulding
  • J.P. Lewis
  • Marcy Echols
  • Len Whyte
  • Roger Leick

Missions Committee

  • Kelly Jolet (Chair)
  • Sam Vaugh
  • Mike Brown
  • Joe Stinus
  • Brian Rawson
  • Tracy Barr
  • Katy Lane

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

  • Tom Fornshell (Chair)
  • Bill Coletti
  • Wayne Gibson
  • Peggy Clarke
  • Harry Barnes
  • Steve Schaefer

Church Council

  • Dave Haney: Senior Pastor
  • Peter Sleeper: Executive Pastor
  • Gary Teich: Moderator
  • Jim Ford: Chairperson board of Trustees
  • Mac Holder: Chairman Stewardship Committee
  • Tom Fornshell: Chairman Personnel Committee
  • Kelly Jolet: Chairman Mission Committee
  • Julie Brown: Chairman Coordinating Committee
  • Norm Schoenfeld: Member ex-officio

COORDINATING COMMITTEE

  • Julie Brown (Chair)
  • Shan Rutherford
  • Chris Robson
  • Chris Hanson
  • Will Foster
  • Richard Ridings
  • Alfred Soyemi