Lead Team

Dr. Bill ellis

founding pastor

Bill began pastoring Riverside in 1988. Bill and his wife Teresa live in Oakmont, having already raised two daughters and are now enjoying life as grandparents. 


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David kennard

lead Pastor

David began at Riverside in 1998. He is our lead pastor, overseeing all facets of ministry, operations, finances and direction of the church. He is the chairman of our board of deacons. He and his wife Amie live in Penn Hills.


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jay newland

OAKMONT CAMPUS PASTOR


Jay began pastoring in 2000. He has served local churches in the Midwest as youth pastor, executive pastor, and lead pastor. Beginning in 2020, Jay serves at Riverside as Campus Pastor. He and his wife Candace have been married for 21 years and have a son and a daughter. 


Michael Evans

mills campus PASTOR

Mike began attending Riverside in 2007 and started serving as our connections and young adult pastor in 2016. He oversees The Table alongside a dedicated group of volunteers and friends. He is a regular part of our communications team. He currently lives in Penn Hills with his wife Lauren. 


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Trey Sullivan

CREATIVE ARTS Pastor

Trey has led our worship and arts teams since he began at Riverside in 2014. He is one of our regular worship leaders and teaches our worship groups. He currently lives in Oakmont and enjoys being a part of our young adult gatherings. 


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JOSHUA KENNARD

WORSHIP PASTOR

Joshua joined the Riverside staff as the Worship Pastor in 2020. He is one of our regular worship leaders and helps to oversee the direction of the creative arts ministry. He and his wife Olivia live in Verona. 


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Donnie Marsh

Student Ministry Pastor

Donnie has been with Riverside since 1996. He leads our Nexus Jr. & Sr. High School Ministries, alongside a dedicated group of volunteers. He is one of our regular communicators and lives in Oakmont with his wife Shelly and their two kids. 


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Dana Nichols

Kids Ministry Director

Dana began leading Riverside Kids in 2015. She leads the ministry with her co-director Josh, overseeing volunteers, writing curriculum, creating media and taking part in Riverside Kids events. She also volunteers for Nexus Student Ministry and The Table Young Adult Ministry. She and her husband Tyler live in Plum. 


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Josh Hull

Kids Ministry Director

Josh began leading Riverside Kids in 2016. He leads the ministry with his co-director Dana, overseeing volunteers, writing curriculum, creating media and taking part in Riverside Kids events. He also volunteers for Nexus Student Ministry. Josh lives in Oakmont.


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