Our Pastors and Staff

Joel Detlefsen
Senior Pastor
 

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Pastor Joel is a native son of Riverview Baptist, having been born into the church family in 1980. He worked as a volunteer with the youth program for 4 years before joining the church staff in 2003. Joel graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in Ministry, and obtained his Master's of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul. Joel became Senior Pastor at Riverview in April of 2015.  Joel and his wife Betsy have a son, James and a daughter, Hannah, and a cat, Martha. Pastor Joel blogs here and here

 

Harold Lang
Visitation Pastor
 

Pastor Harold volunteers his service to Riverview Baptist Church as Visitation Pastor for the sick and homebound. From 1983 to 2000, Harold served as the senior pastor of the congregation. He is a graduate of North American Baptist Seminary. He and his wife Marj served as church planters in the United States as well as missionaries in Cameroon and Nigeria, West Africa.

 

Church Council

Rich Erickson (VIce Chair)
Cal Ahlquist
Judy White
Marti Swenson
Tim Olson
Samuel Mande
Jeremy Nielsen (Chair)
Carla Pedersen
Joe Walls

Levi Secord
Pastor of Christian Life & Growth

Pastor Levi serves as the pastor of Christian Life and Growth.  He and his wife Emily are both native Minnesotans. They met  while they both were attending Northwestern College. Pastor Levi graduated from Northwestern with a degree in Communication and Bible. Feeling called to ministry, Levi attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated with his Master's of Divinity in 2013. Levi and Emily have been married since 2007 and they have two children, Gideon and Joshua.  Check out Pastor Levi's blog here.  

 

Kathie Brinkman
Administrative Assistant

Kathie serves as Riverview’s part-time administrative assistant and oversees Riverview’s bulletin and newsletter production, special projects, and website maintenance. Kathie has been married to Matt since 1987 and together they have enjoyed the adventure of raising three children—one young adult and two teenagers.  

 

Deacons

Kerry Glewwe (Chair)
Veronica Glewwe
Brian & Claudia Marz
Roberts & Gael Horner
Roxanne Vidger
Mark Stassen
Jared & Dondi Dove            
Jeff & Lisa Weiberg

Richard Lindstrom
Pastor of Youth & Worship

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Pastor Richard received his Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013 after finishing his B.A. at Northwestern in 2009. He was pleased to join the pastoral staff at RBC in July 2015 after an internship in teaching the youth that previous school year. Always active, his diverse interests include athletics, Hebrew, film, archery, classic literature, guitar, and good green grass.    

 

Cheryl Reeves
Choir Director
 

Cheryl has led the Riverview Sanctuary Choir since 2006. She was also Music Director of CitySongs, a U of M based arts and youth development program for kids in grades 4-8. Cheryl has a B.A. in Vocal Music Education from Bethel University and a M.A. in Choral Music from St. Thomas. She has taught vocal and classroom music in the Minneapolis and Moundsview school districts and the Breck School.