Ministry Team & Official Board

Many people lead the various types of ministry offered at Riverbend United Church:

  • Rev. Valerie Oden, Lead Minister 
  • Rev. Tom Sawyer, Minister Emeritus
  • Paula Roberts, Music Director
  • Sherry Steele, Music Ministry & Accompanist
  • Lois Samis Lund, Music Ministry — Handbells
  • Luke Nelson, Youth Ministry Coordinator, click here for Youth Group details & calendar
  • Madison Prairie, Youth Ministry Coordinator
  • Krystal Manuel, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
  • Jacqueline Hunt, Office Manager
  • Catherine Evoy, Office Assistant

We follow the United Church of Canada Policy on Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Procedures which can be found at: Sexual Misconduct Policy All employees and volunteers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this policy.

Official Board

Members of the community are vital to the life and well-being of the church, and many of the community members that provide their services for the church are listed here:

  • Marvin Severson, Chair
  • Matthew Schoenhardt, Lease Manager & former Chair
  • Chair Elect, VACANT
  • Sheila Luther, Recording Secretary
  • Ray Hawrelak, Treasurer
  • Ian Meier, Finance Committee
  • Don Trenn, Property & Maintenance
  • Heather Dettman, Ministry & Personnel
  • Carolyn Miller,  Affirming Coordinator
  • Dawn Power, Affirming Coordinator
  • Judi Cook, Outreach
  • Christine Ens, Spiritual Formation
  • Jill Spaner, Northern Spirit Representative

Official Board messages:


We follow the United Church of Canada Policy on Sexual Misconduct
Prevention and Response Procedures which can be found at: https://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/resources/sexual-misconduct-prevention-response.pdf

All employees and volunteers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this policy.