The Staff

 

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Rick Santiago 

Lead Pastor 

 I grew up in Youngstown Ohio. At the age of sixteen, I made the single greatest decision when I decided to follow Jesus Christ. At the age of 17, during a youth service, I received God’s call into ministry. I attended North Central University to study Youth Ministry. While in college I met my future wife Johanna. After college, Johanna and I youth pastored in Hudson Wisconsin for two years, before transitioning as youth pastors to Abundant Life Church in Blaine, MN. In September of 2010, we were voted in as Riverdale Church Lead Pastor. I love spending my free time working out and sipping coffee and spending time with my family.

 Contact Rick at rick@riverdalechurch.com

 

53793194_10218224256537199_7372716606633279488_nScott Wilcox 

Associate, Children's Pastor 

 I was born and raised in sunny Wisconsin, in a town known as the bicycle capital of the world. I graduated from North Central University, Minneapolis where I met the love of my life Jody. We have 3 children and our dog Millie. My family and I have been in full time Kids Ministry for 20 years in both Minnesota and Arizona. I enjoy long walks on the beaches of San Diego, coffee (Nespresso), and spending time with my family.

Contact Scott at scott@riverdalechurch.com

 

51975478_2270307199688839_646323051117412352_nCindy Chastanet 

Marriage Pastor

I grew up in Minneapolis, MN and I received Jesus as my savior when I was in
grade school after hearing the good news about Christ. As a youth and young adult,
I walked a wavy road and made a lot of mistakes along the way, but God had His
hand on me. As I grew and matured in my faith, God’s call to ministry came, and I
became a pastor in 2014. I am now ordained with the Assemblies of God. I completed my pastoral studies at Global University and MN SOM and since 2006 my husband and I have served in marriage ministry. I can’t tell you how privileged and excited we are to work with couples to help build, enrich, and restore their sweetheart relationship and I am absolutely amazed at what God is doing in this as we get to witness first-hand the breakthroughs, restorations, and growth couples are experiencing. This is tremendously rewarding kingdom work and we are so grateful and thankful to be a part of it! My husband Henri and I raised five children and we are blessed to have over 10 grandchildren. A few things we enjoy are roller skating, snowshoeing, going for walks, biking, and bonfires.

Contact Cindy at cindy@riverdalechurch.com

 

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Worship Director

I grew up in Gwinn MI before moving to MN in 2013, where I completed my degree in Worship Leading in 2017. While in college I met my beautiful wife, Megan, who completed her degree in Youth Development in 2017. In July 2015 we were happily married in our home state of Michigan, and on November 2017, we had our son, Coasten James Dickey. I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing body of believers and am passionate about seeing people experience God in a deeper way through worship and music! 

Contact Blake at blake@riverdalechurch.com

 

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Kyle Besch

Youth Pastor

I was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was 13. In high school I felt called to ministry, which led me to North Central University where I graduated from in 2016 with a B.A. in Youth Ministry. My wife Makayla and I got married in 2018, and we enjoy being outdoors and anything involving ice cream!

Contact Kyle at kyle@riverdalechurch.com

 

 

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Pastor of Connections

Growing up in a Christian home, I always knew a lot about Jesus.  But it wasn’t until I was seventeen years old, that I made the life-transforming decision to actually follow Him.  My world changed in an instant, and I’ve never looked back!   

In 2002, I earned a degree in Communication from Bethel University.  Upon graduation, I enrolled at Bethel Seminary where I earned a Master of Christian Education with an emphasis in youth ministry.  I also happened to meet my amazing husband Chad!  We’ve been happily married since 2004 and have three crazy wonderful kiddos.

For eight years, I was a middle school youth pastor at Oak Haven Church in Ham Lake, MN.  After the birth of our second son, I made the difficult decision to step out of full-time ministry to devote the majority of my time and energy to raising our growing family. 

Over the years, I have continued to minister through various volunteer positions at Riverdale Church.  I have also had the privilege of speaking at a variety of ministry events throughout the state of MN and when inspiration hits, I occasionally write on my blog www.christyengelhart.com

I was thrilled to get the call to become the pastor of Connections at Riverdale Church.  I’m beyond excited to see how God is going to move in our midst as we strive to connect in deeper ways with Him and with each other.        

Contact Christy at christy@riverdalechurch.com

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Preschool Ministry Director

I was born in Southern California and spent my childhood there before my family transplanted to Minnesota in 1990.  Riverdale became our home church and although we moved around some, God always kept the doors to this church open in my life. In 2007 I graduated from North Central University with a degree in Intercultural Studies and received my Pastoral License. I have served in this church in many different areas, primarily youth and worship, since 2002 and I’m excited to share God’s truth with the children and help them see the stories come to life. My husband, Curtis, and I were married in 2010 and became an immediate family by adopting two children while we were pregnant with our first.  We quickly grew to a family of 7 and have settled there for now.