Pastoral Staff

Pastoral Staff

rick

Music & Worship
Rick Cobb

In his 43rd year of ministry and 28th year at Riverbend ... has a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas and undergraduate degree from Florida State University ... for 25 years has directed the widely acclaimed Ormond Passion Play at Riverbend ... wife: Claudia ... seven children ... three grandchildren.

 

michael

Biblical Guidance & Outreach 
Michael Harsch

In his 21st year of ministry and 19th year at Riverbend ... has B.A. degree from Liberty University ... has done additional work toward master’s degree at Liberty ... served 17 years as Pastor of Students at Riverbend ... has also overseen Riverbend’s children’s ministries ... musical soloist who has toured with singing groups ... wife: Summer ... three children. 

 

 

 jason

Riverbend Academy & Education
Jason Karr 

In his 28th year of ministry and 18th year at Riverbend ... pastored Ormond-by-the Sea’s North Peninsula Baptist Church for 2.5 years prior to coming to Riverbend ... also served at Skycrest Baptist in Clearwater nearly four years ... has Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary ... also alum of Stetson University ... wife: Donna ... five children ... one grandchild.

 

Jerry

Communications & Senior Adults
Jerry Schaeffer 

In his 24th year of ministry (23rd at Riverbend) ... has master’s degree in mass communication from Arkansas State University ... also done doctoral work in Biblical Studies at Master’s School of Divinity ... formerly: magazine editor with Southern Baptist Convention, newspaper sports editor, assistant athletic director at Arkansas State ... Army veteran who served in Vietnam war, earning Bronze Star ... wife: Pat ... two daughters ... eight grandchildren.

 

 alden

Administrator 
Alden Stephens  

In his 25th year of ministry (all at Riverbend) ... has B.A. degree from Florida State University ... for several years headed the church’s Above & Beyond (missions) ministry ... also directs dramatic productions and assists with music ministry ... formerly: drama/music teacher in public schools, businessman ... wife: Nancy ... three children ... two grandchildren.