STAFF

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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!

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Jennifer Haaksma

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Jennifer was thrilled to join our staff in 2020 after having called Riverwood home since 2001. She is energized by providing behind the scenes support so that our staff team can flourish as they carry out the work that God has called them to. Jennifer and her husband have two teenage boys. Away from work she enjoys baking, reading and spending time outdoors.

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Jacob Braun

RECEPTIONIST + BROADCAST COORDINATOR

Jacob has been a part of Riverwood since 2018. He has involved himself in many of the opportunities to serve in Uprising middle school, the worship team, and now at reception. He loves learning new things and is always up for the challenge of a new skill. He enjoys playing drums, painting, and rock climbing in his downtime.

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Irene Derksen

FINANCES

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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Stephanie Toews

CONTROLLER

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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ADMINISTRATION

 
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Carolyn Petkau

CONGREGATIONAL
CARE PASTOR

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 (now Providence 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 and 2 son-in-laws. 

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Dunstan Gomes

SMALL GROUP + DISCIPLESHIP PASTOR

 

 

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Sue Courtney

CONNECTIONS + SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR

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, oversees Thursday night small group networks and has recently added oversight of a Mentorship program. Outside of work she loves having time with family and friends.  

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ADULT
MINISTRIES

 
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Brittany Petkau

YOUTH + YOUNG ADULTS PASTOR

Brittany has been a part of Riverwood since it’s beginning in 1995. She has a Bachelor of Theology and is passionate about seeing young people grow head-over-heels in love with God and use their gifts to serve Him. Brittany loves biking, reading and anything that involves hanging out in the city.

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Jordan Bochinski

MIDDLE SCHOOL + SPORTS MINISTRY DIRECTOR

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!

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YOUTH +
YOUNG ADULTS

 
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Debbie Friesen

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY ASSISTANT

DIRECTOR + FACTORY COORDINATOR

Debbie along with her daughter started attending Riverwood in 2008 after returning from Uganda. She had been serving in Riverwood Kids for 10 years before joining on staff. 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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Lisa Hildebrand

FIREHALL KIDS COORDINATOR

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

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Olivia Bahizi

AFRICAN WORSHIP COMMUNITY

KIDS COORDINATOR

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

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RIVERWOOD
KIDS

 
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Jon Courtney

COMMUNITY PASTOR

 

Jon has been part of Riverwood since it began. His wife Kelly and him have 4 children. He is driven by the idea that the local church should have a tangible and practical impact to the needs of the neighbourhood as we follow the way of Jesus with compassion, generosity, and the pursuit of justice.

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Emily Barnowich

REFUGE PROGRAM FACILITATOR

Emily has been a part of the Riverwood community since she was three years old! 

She received her Certificate of Child and Youth Care from Red River College in 2021.

She is passionate about showing Jesus to people by showing them support, love and compassion.

Emily is excited to continue building relationships with the people in our community, and looks forward to the new and good things that God has planned for our neighbourhood.

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Jen Gill

NEIGHBOURHOOD PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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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Julie Veenstra

COMMUNITY ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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NEIGHBOURHOOD

 
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Ben Neufeld

WORSHIP PASTOR

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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Khel De Castro

ASSISTANT WORSHIP LEADER

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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Merci Cyifuzo

MUSIC COORDINATOR

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WORSHIP

 
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Joel Hamm

DIRECTOR OF IT + TECHNOLOGY

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 two kids.

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Kirsten Brenner

VIDEOGRAPHER

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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Imoleayo Toludare

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Imoleayo joined Riverwood Community in 2021. She is a creative easy going and interesting graphics designer (Industrial Designer) with a masters in Project Management. She is committed to working for God in the church and community, with a passion to help people, make them feel good about themselves, discovering and exploring their God given talents.

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PRODUCTION

 

SITE
PASTORS

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Karl + Rhoda Neufeld

WAREHOUSE SITE PASTORS

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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Brock + Lori Groening

FIREHALL SITE PASTORS

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

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Richard Mufaridji

AFRICAN WORSHIP COMMUNITY

SITE PASTOR

Pastor Richard (Rick) is our 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 three children; Glenn David and Daniella. They are so happy to be part of the Riverwood church family!

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Carol Nyquest

CUSTODIAN

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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Mark Huska

CUSTODIAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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Krissy McKay

CUSTODIAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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FACILITIES +
CUSTODIAL