STAFF

TODD PETKAU
LEAD PASTOR

Todd grew up in Regina, attended Capernwray, BC and graduated from Winnipeg Bible College. After youth pastoring for 8 years, Todd and Carolyn helped launch Riverwood in 1995. He is passionate about his marriage, family of three beautiful daughters, fixing up things people throw away and watching God restore lives as only God can!

Jon has been part of Riverwood since it began. His wife Kelly and him have 4 children and a 1979 RV. He is driven by the idea that the local church should have a practical impact in the neighbourhood as we follow the way of Jesus to stand with the vulnerable, marginalized, and forgotten.

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JON COURTNEY

COMMUNITY PASTOR

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Carolyn has been part of Riverwood since it’s beginning and joined the staff team in 2003. She has a degree from Winnipeg Bible College and is passionate about pastoring people in faith, through hard times, and in marriage! She loves being married to Todd, and adores her 3 daughters!

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CAROLYN PETKAU

MARRIAGE, FAMILY + CARE PASTOR

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Rhoda and Karl met at Columbia Bible Institute in Clearbrook, BC. They married after finishing Bible School, and have lived in Winnipeg since then, working, serving in church ministries, and have 3 sons and 5 wonderful grandchildren.
The last 4 years they’ve been on staff part time as site pastors at the Warehouse.
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KARL + RHODA NEUFELD

WAREHOUSE SITE PASTORS

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Brock and Lori have attended Riverwood Church since 2006. They were married in 2008 and have 3precious children Bennett(7) Tenley(5) Sadie(2). Brock works full time as the Soccer Program Director atYouth For Christ and Lori works part time as an Ophthalmic Assistant.

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BROCK + LORI GROENING

FIREHALL SITE PASTORS

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Joseph came to Canada from Congo, South Kivu in 2007. God has called him to serve as Site Pastor of the Riverwood's African Worship Community. He is also enrolled in the diploma program at Carey Theological College, B.C. He is married to Florence and they have 5 children. Joseph enjoys playing acoustic guitar and singing as well as playing soccer with his kids.

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JOSEPH BAGAZA

SITE PASTOR
AFRICAN WORSHIP COMMUNITY

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Pastor Richard (Rick) is Assistant Site Pastor for the African Worship Community. His life is dedicated to living by example and encouraging God's People to live up to their full potential in Jesus Christ. Pastor Rick and his wife Jeanne are proud parents of their two children; Glenn David and Daniella. They are so happy to be part of the Riverwood church family!

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RICHARD MUFARIDJI

ASSISTANT SITE PASTOR
AFRICAN WORSHIP COMMUNITY

Abigail enjoys a lot in life, from spending time with family and being outside, to painting, drawing and crocheting. She has a creative mind and applies that to everything she does. She is thrilled to serve God with her abilities and schooling after completing the Graphic Design course at Red River College.

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ABIGAIL BAKKER

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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Arianna was raised in Winnipeg where she felt led to join Riverwood’s Uprising team as a Summer Student in 2016. She is currently working towards her BBA at the University of Winnipeg and intends on completing a BRS after. Arianna loves coffee, art, youth ministry, and exploring the great outdoors.

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ARIANNA TIEDE

INTERIM JUNIOR HIGH DIRECTOR

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Ben joined the team in 2010 and has enjoyed creating music with the dozens of excellent musicians across Riverwood’s multiple locations.  Ben and his wife, Ingrid, along with their five children enjoy biking, swimming, hiking, travelling, the outdoors, and all forms of shrubbery.

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BEN NEUFELD

WORSHIP DIRECTOR

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Brittany has been a part of Riverwood since it’s beginning in 1995. Along with working with our high school students and young adults, Brittany loves biking, reading and anything that involves hanging out in the city.

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BRITTANY PETKAU

HIGH SCHOOL & YOUNG ADULTS DIRECTOR

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Carol has been volunteering at Riverwood since the very beginning - helping out at the food bank, at the second-hand store, folding bulletins and attending services. She's been on staff since 2010! She has a beautiful daughter and one son and two grandchildren. In her spare time she likes to go camping, walking, biking and helping others!

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CAROL NYQUEST

CUSTODIAN

Cole has lived in Winnipeg all his life and has been attending RW for 8 years. Cole leads the broadcast team, and oversees the support and integration of all technology at Riverwood. Cole loves travelling, studying scripture, and serving in many different capacities around Riverwood!

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COLE LAZARUK

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

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Dan has a music degree from Canadian Mennonite University and an education degree from University of Manitoba. In addition to his work at Riverwood, Dan teaches guitar in the Louis Riel School Division during the school year. He and his wife Rachel are passionate about worship music and about serving with others in community!

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DAN BERGMAN

ASSISTANT WORSHIP LEADER

Debbie along with her daughter started attending Riverwood in 2008 after returning from Uganda. She has been serving in Riverwood Kids for 10 years. She is passionate about building relationships with children and helping them see that they are loved by the Father who created them. She enjoys music, singing, and reading.

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DEBBIE FRIESEN

RIVERWOOD KIDS
FACTORY SITE DIRECTOR

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Irene has been attending Riverwood for almost 8 years and joined the staff as bookkeeper 2 years ago. She also serves on the e-visuals team at the Warehouse. Irene is married to Rudy, they have 3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and 2 grandsons. In her spare time, Irene loves to quilt and spend time working in her yard during the summer.

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IRENE DERKSEN

FINANCES

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Jen has been working in the Elmwood community as the Refuge Program Director for the past 10 years.  Jen obtained her counselling diploma in 2003 and continues her studies at University of Manitoba. The Refuge strives to create a safe space where women can be supported and experience unconditional love.

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JEN GILL

REFUGE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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JOEL HAMM

DIRECTOR OF IT AND TECHNOLOGY

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Joel grew up in Winnipeg and specifically in Elmwood where his parents still reside.  He has a love for this neighbourhood and the people in it.  Joel also has a passion for music and technology and is fortunate enough to be able to do what he loves working for Riverwood.  Joel is happily married and him and his wife Andrea have one son.

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JORDAN BOCHINSKI

DIGITAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

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Jordan has attended Riverwood since 2016. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media and Communications. Jordan is passionate about meeting new people and building relationships! Him and his wife Camille are very competitive and love playing different sports together. Jordan is excited to continue to pursue God’s calling on his life!

Kaylyn grew up in Winnipeg and has been attending Riverwood since 2017. She is passionate about following God’s call on her life and about serving others through ministry. Kaylyn loves to sing, be creative, read, and spend time with her husband and their two cats.

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KAYLYN LOZYNYC

CREATIVE DIRECTOR + ASSISTANT WORSHIP DIRECTOR

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Khel was born and raised in Winnipeg and attended Providence College. He worked as a youth pastor for 7 years serving the Filipino community in the city. He is also married and the father of two children. In his spare time loves to tinker with his radio controlled trucks

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KHEL DE CASTRO

ASSISTANT WORSHIP LEADER

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Kirsten has been a part of the Riverwood Community since 2016. She graduated from The University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts in Film, and Rhetoric and Communications. She likes coffee, plants, and all things outdoors.

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KIRSTEN BRENNER

VIDEOGRAPHER

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Larysa became a part of the Riverwood Team after finishing her diploma in cosmetology. She loves serving in Project 67. Larysa enjoys being the one who greets people when they come to the church office during the week, and spends her free time outside and painting.

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LARYSA SHUPENIA

RECEPTIONIST

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LeeAnn and her family have been a part of Riverwood since 2007.  She has a passion for growing, cooking and sharing food, which she brings to her role as Program Director at the Garage.  She uses this enthusiasm to work toward food security, food and nutrition education and community building.

LEEANN CHEADLE

RIVERWOOD FOOD BANK
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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Lisa, together with her husband Darren, have been attending Riverwood since 2011. They quickly became involved in worship during Sunday mornings, Celebrate Recovery, and later on, Finding Freedom. As a teacher, Lisa is passionate about children and is excited to be serving in Riverwood Kids.

LISA HILDEBRAND

RIVERWOOD KIDS FIREHALL
SITE COORDINATOR

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Morgan has been on staff with Riverwood Kids since the fall of 2016. After several years of working in various camp ministries — and loving it! — her favorite part of the job has been starting a day camp ministry at the church. She also loves photography and being in nature with friends.

MORGAN SANCHEZ

RIVERWOOD KIDS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
+ WAREHOUSE SITE COORDINATOR

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Scott looks after the church facilities and has been on staff since 2009. He is married and has two daughters. Outside of work he loves sports, board games, camping and making colourful pancakes!

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SCOTT WALKER

FACILITIES DIRECTOR

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Sue began volunteering at Riverwood over 20 years ago by assisting Todd with service planning. As Connections Director, Sue now facilitates the front line teams for weekend services, leads volunteer placement and oversees Thursday night small group networks as well as the Global Leadership Summit.

SUE COURTNEY

CONNECTIONS + SPECIAL
EVENTS DIRECTOR

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Stephanie lives on a small acreage with her husband and three kids north of Winnipeg. Stephanie and her family have called Riverwood home for the past six years and loves the community it brings! She has her Bachelor of Commerce from U of M and worked in a public practice accounting firm until August 2016.

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STEPHANIE TOEWS

ACCOUNTANT

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