The Staff




RickRick 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. Johanna and I have 6 children ranging in ages of 16 down to 1. I love spending my free time working out and sipping coffee.

 Contact Rick at [email protected]


Pastor Scott and Jody 2Scott 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.

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Henri and CindyCindy Chastinet 

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. I followed the call of God on my life and completed my pastoral studies at Global University. My passion is to help couples have a wonderful lifelong marriage that they really enjoy.

My husband and I have five adult children and eight grandchildren. We enjoy snowshoeing, going for walks, biking, and bonfires with family, friends, and neighbors.

Contact Cindy at [email protected]


Blake Web ProfileBlake Dickey 

Worship Director

I have lived in Minnesota since beginning my studies at North Central University in Minneapolis in 2013, where I completed my degree in the art of 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 in November 2017, we had our first kid, Coasten James Dickey.

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Kyle Besch

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 hobbies include playing and watching pretty much any sport, playing music, and hanging out with family and friends.

Contact Kyle at [email protected]



20030889_10212202825417644_220273262_n Nate and Sarah Englar

Connections Directors

We both grew up here in the great state of Minnesota. We both were raised going to church, but really made our relationship with God our own in our young adult years. Our heart is to serve and build the Church, however, He asks us to, and see it flourish with vulnerable, authentic relationships. We love coffee, music, Star Wars, and time spent up North. We have 3 boys, ages 6, 4, and 2. 

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Sarah M Profile 2Sarah Mohr 

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.