Riverside's Staff & Elders

 

Staff

 

BobReed2015 Bob Reed
Lead Pastor
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Bob and his family came to Riverside Church in February, 2010, from Austin, TX. He has been married to Sue more than 20 years and they have four children. Bob’s passion in ministry is to make disciples who love and live like Jesus right where they are Monday through Sunday. His other passions, outside of spending time with his family, are anything sports related especially golf, fishing and working out.

 

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Fred Drovdlic
Director of Operations
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Fred and his family moved to Fort Myers from Pittsburgh, PA in December 2004, and became members of Riverside Church shortly thereafter. He has been married to a beautiful woman of God, Jody, since 1997. They have two teenage children, Casey and Madison. For most of his professional career, he was a community planner and designer in Pennsylvania and Lee County, FL. Over the last five years, his call from lay leadership into professional ministry became clear and in June of 2014 he joined our staff. He believes in the local church and is passionate about building a church organization that reflects Jesus' desire for making disciples and for developing men into leaders who follow Jesus and are on His mission. He loves to travel and spend time with family. He enjoys anything outdoor such as golf, fishing, basketball, hiking, biking, and going to the beach. He also enjoys movies and loves to hang out and laugh.

 

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Eric Echols
Executive Pastor
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Eric grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He and his wife, Nicole, met in the 7th grade but never dated. They both accepted Christ as teenagers and grew up in the same youth group. Eric and Nicole were reunited seven years after graduating from high school after a fluke meeting at a mall near their hometown. They have been married nearly 18 years and have three amazing children: Samuel (15), Emma (13), and Wilson (13). Eric loves the local church and is passionate about seeing God’s people and God’s Church reach their Kingdom potential by fully pursuing Jesus and leading others to do the same. His other passions include spending time with his family, any outdoor activities, reading multiple books at one time, and UGA football.

 

 

163947_1837397454417_1224906640_32265814_1886716_n Cole Jennette
Worship Pastor
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Cole and his family moved here in December, 2010,  from their long time home near Atlanta, Georgia. He married his beautiful wife Mindy in March, 2007.  Within four years, God blessed them with 3 lively kids, Skyler, Leeland and Selah.  Cole's passion is to see God's people experience the presence of God through music and to be changed because of that encounter. Faithfully, he leads us each week to encounter and magnify our loving, heavenly Father.  When not leading worship or spending time with his family, Cole loves to hunt and fish.

 • For more from Cole, check out his BLOG.

 

Picture_3 Ryan Jasper
Creative and Communications Pastor
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Ryan and his beautiful wife Emily and his three kids, Ella, Evelyn, and Elizabeth, moved here to join our team in May, 2012. In 2016 he moved from Student Ministry to leading our creative and communications team and moving our local outreach forward as we Go, Multiply and Send. He is native to Vidor, Texas. He attended Liberty University of Virginia and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor’s in Communications and Youth Ministry. Ryan also graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute of New York in 2005. Ryan has been a pastor for over 14 years and has worked with churches to raise up young leaders through student ministry. After his first several years in youth ministry, Ryan decided to go into the Surf industry and was the CEO of Swim World for over 6 years; however, God tugged at Ryan’s heart and led him back into full-time ministry.

 

Shea Shea Vosler
Director of Family Ministry
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Shea joined the Riverside team in January, 2016. He moved here from Tampa, where he had been serving in a number of ministry roles over the last 15 years. While leading student ministry, he became passionate about encouraging the emotional, mental, and spiritual health of families. He loves creating environments and opportunities for God to move. When not doing all things church, Shea loves to be outdoors-whether it be fishing or camping, playing soccer or frisbee, riding his motorcycle or just lying in a hammock. His favorite food is "yes" and his favorite colors are blues and greens.

Children's (K-5th) and Preschool (infant-5yr).

 

Matt Jessica Matt Nations
Young Adult's Director
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A musician, athlete and passionate Christ follower, native to Tampa, Florida, Matt graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. He could have never imagined where God would lead him in the coming years. Matt and his beautiful wife, Jess, joined our team in January, 2014, and is heading up our Young Adult Ministry. Matt has a huge passion for missions, worship and seeing young men and women fall in love with Jesus and pursue their calling. In his free time, Matt enjoys anything sports related, being on the water and working out.

 

staff 2010_toddgenzlinger Todd Genzlinger
Facilities Manager, Assistant to Adult Ministries
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Todd joined the Riverside staff in 2004. He serves in Adult Ministries and is our Building & Grounds Supervisor. Todd's passion for helping people get connected in authentic relationships, transforms lives. He lends his creativity to projects within the church, while leading the Building Team, which keeps the church looking good and running smoothly. He and his wife Amy have been married for over twenty years and they have two children, Calvin and Madelyn. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, friends, and his Life Group. When he has time off, he likes scuba diving and fishing. Todd's sense of humor and his ability to have a "whatever it takes" attitude help strengthen us as a whole. We're thankful for his gift of being able to get the job done.

 

Tony Tony Lamantia
Interim Student Director
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Tony joined the Riverside staff in 2014. Until Oct 2016 he served in Student Ministries with Ryan. He is now leading the ministry as Ryan moved to another need in the church. Tony was born in Davenport, Iowa, but spent the majority of his growing up years in Fort Myers, FL. As a teenager he moved with his family to work with a ministry that took him to Indiana and Michigan. After 7 years serving in that ministry, he headed back to Fort Myers and soon after started attending Riverside. Tony's hobbies include, not shaving, family breakfasts, hanging out with people, and collecting old books.

 • Students Website

 

SueReed2017 Sue Reed
Director of Women's Ministry
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Sue joined the Riverside staff in October 2016. She moved here in 2010 with her husband Bob and their 4 children (Brianna, Bryce, Chase, and Seth), after leading the women's ministry in Austin, TX for 8 of the 11 years they lived there. She and Bob celebrate 25 years of marriage in 2017 and become first time grandparents! She has a heart to see the mission of Riverside accomplished by helping develop women to be disciples and to become disciple makers of other women. She also enjoys counseling opportunities with Bob and one-on-one counseling with women. Outside of ministry, she enjoys decorating her home, her dog and cat, music, and spending time with Bob and their children.

 

Carole Carole Zeltman
Family Ministries Assistant
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Carole Zeltman came on board the Children's Ministry team in April 2014. She loves helping children grow in their knowledge and faith in the Lord and strives to bring new ideas and a woman's touch to the nurturing and education our youngest students. Primarily working behind the scenes, Carole helps keep parents and Children's Ministry leaders up to date with weekly emails, assists in organizing special events for our elementary and pre-school families, and prepares curriculum for Sunday mornings. 

Carole and her husband Rich have two wonderful daughters. Julianna, her oldest, is active in youth; while Olivia livens things up with the elementary crowd. Carole loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, swimming and soaking in the beautiful Southwest Florida atmosphere.

 

Ursula Ursula Schenone
Executive Assistant
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Ursula joined the Riverside staff in 2014. Initially she served as our part-time receptionist and an assistant to the Director of Operations. In 2016 she moved to full-time becoming the executive assistant to the leadership team. Ursula and her family moved here in August, 2013 from Aurora, Illinois. She and her husband Taylor have 2 amazing daughters, Leah and Raegan, plus an equally amazing dog named Moses. Ursula has served in various capacities in ministry over the years and is excited to now be a part of the family at Riverside. She loves spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach and watching movies.

 

 

Elders

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Don Dian

Jerry McManus

Bob Reed

Dan Sater

Corey Younger

Omar Lederer

Jack Kuhn

Jonathan Kaplan

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