Who "We" is...
Senior Pastors John & Kristie Woolard
Pastor John Woolard is originally from Flint, MI, but became a "Northerner" in 1977 when his mother moved the family to AuGres. John spent many years as a semi-professional musician, and during a rainy evening in northern Michigan, en route to a concert, the Lord touched John and spoke into his heart that he had been called to walk in ministry. Ever since that night in 1998, John's life has been committed to the Lord. Using the musical gifts for the service of the kingdom, John has been on many stages with many well known artists as he continued to walk forward in the calling God placed upon his life that night so many years ago. John is working towards a Doctorate in Pastoral Leadership, and has been through Truth University and John Maxwell's "360 Degree Leader" courses.
Kristie Woolard is a Pinconning Native and graduated from Pinconning High School in 1986. She spent many years in the Banking Industry as a Bookkeeper. She currently has a degree in Early Childhood Development. She is a loving mother of four amazing children and has a heart for young women and children.
Her testimony of God's Grace is amazing!
Worship/Youth Pastors Joe & Brandy Nashatka
Pastor Joe Nashatka grew up in Turner, MI. Realizing his gift at an early age, he is a determined and self taught musician. In 1996 he joined The River's Worship Team as a Percussionist/Drummer. Aside from his position at The River, Joe is the lead singer of the wildly popular Christian Rock band "Living Stones"; they have opened for Todd Agnew, Paul Coleman, NewWorldSon, and 33 miles - just to name a few. Recently, Joe had the privilege of going to Franklin, Tennessee to work with Grammy nominated Writer, Producer and acclaimed Musician Billy Smiley (Whiteheart, Gaither Vocal Group).
Brandy Nashatka plays keys, leads worship and sings amazing harmonies.. She has been on The River's worship team for 15 years - she grew up in this Church! Her other passion is children, and she also teaches in the Children's Church The River. Outside of church, Brandy works as a Rural Mail Carrier in the Pinconning, MI area.