Riverside Community Church is led by a group of elders who together are responsible for the care and well-being of the church.
Every member of the church has been called and gifted by God for service. Most of the work of the church is done by deacons and volunteers. Scores of people serve in a wide variety of ways week in and week out. They teach Sunday school, volunteer in the youth ministry, serve in the praise team on Sundays, take meals to people who are sick, pray for people in need, teach neighborhood Bible studies, etc.
In addition, a small paid staff provides specialized ministry support.
Paul Sommerfeld is the primary teaching pastor and shepherd of the congregation. Together with the other elders, Paul provides overall leadership and seeks to stimulate the spiritual well-being of the church.
Paul’s path to full-time ministry was different than most pastors. For over 25 years, he had a very successful career in IT and training with a Fortune 500 company. Although this was rewarding, his passion has always been teaching the Bible and shepherding people. For most of his adult life, he served in teaching and leadership roles within the church. Since first attending Riverside in 2007, it became apparent to Paul and to many around him that the Lord had been preparing him in a unique way for full-time, pastoral ministry. Paul accepted the call to be our Lead Pastor in June 2013.
He and his wife, Debra, first met in high school and were married in 1985. They have three children, Amber, David, and Nathan, ranging in age from teens to twenties. Paul’s hobbies include flying, woodworking and home remodeling.
Pastor of Family Ministries
Jason shares in the shepherding and teaching of the congregation and leads our Fusion student ministry. He recently joined Riverside as a pastor in February of 2019.
Jason received his Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and studied Philosophy & Religion at Hillsdale college. His heart has always been for the local church and building up the body of Christ through teaching, spiritual formation, and pastoral care. He grew up in and has consistently been serving in churches grounded in expository preaching and careful study of God's word. He also has been greatly impacted by his own pastors over the years and has a desire to invest in others as much as they have invested in him.
Jason is happily engaged to his fiance, Katie - and excited to begin a new adventure with her at their wedding this summer. They met while Jason was serving with a ministry overseas in Scotland. In his spare time, Jason enjoys reading widely from theology to literary fiction, playing acoustic guitar, trying his hand at photography, and hobbies like hiking and Euro board games.