As followers of Christ we are all ministers of the gospel and have significant roles in God's kingdom. Below are some brief bios and contact information about our pastoral staff and secretary.

  • Ben Tacoma

    Ben came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ when he was only four years old. All his life he has strived to walk ever more faithfully in dependence on Christ. He received his Masters of Divinity, pastoral from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and his Bachelor in Biblical Studies from Grace University, Wyoming, MI. Ben is married to Hananiah and they have two children, Oliver and Scarlett. 

    EMAIL:  bentacoma3@gmail.com              


    Brandon was led to Christ by his friends in high school and has been serving in youth ministry since 2006.  He received his MDIV from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2012 before coming to Riverside in 2013.  At Trinity, he met his wonderful wife, Ashley, and together they have three energetic boys: Ryerson, Caleb, and Lucas.
    Brandon oversees our youth ministries and adult small groups.

    EMAIL: tis_brandon@hotmail.com


    Shirley keeps things flowing smoothly around the church. If you need to know what's happening at the church or if the facility is available just ask Shirley. Whether you need information, a good read, or just an encouraging word, talk to Shirley.

    EMAIL: riversideefc@midconetwork.com


    John grew up in the Mayville/Portland area and has been active in a variety of ministries that include serving on the worship team, serving as an elder and church chairman, helping with AWANA as the game director and in numerous other ways. He now serves as our director of college ministries along with his wife Paula. If you want to know what's going on in that ministry or how you can be involved, touch base with John.

    EMAIL: john.c.peterson.2@mayvillestate.edu