Meet the River Valley Team

Michael Bahn: Pastor of Worship, Life Groups & Administration
Michael has served at River Valley since 2002 with an unwavering passion for worship. He and his wife Jannelle have been married almost 20 years and have three children, Michael-Austin, Adriana, and Alesia. Outside of ministry at River Valley, Michael ministers as a singer, songwriter and recording artist leading worship abroad, as God calls him, to encourage the Body of Christ. Contact Michael. To follow Michael’s ministry visit
Allison Bolen: Director of Children’s Ministry
Allison and her husband, Chet, have been attending River Valley since they moved to Oregon in 2007. They have been happily married since 2001 and have four children, Ella, Eden, Bret, and Boyd. Chet and Allison co-lead a Life Group and enjoy serving in children’s ministry. Allison has over 10 years of teaching experience, a master’s degree in education, and passion for sharing God’s Word with others. Contact Allison


Kathi Brown: Director of Counseling Ministries & Life Group Pastor
Kathi and her husband, Rick, have been married since 1974, have two grown children and five grandchildren. Rick and Kathi have been active members of RVC since 1977, and Kathi has been on staff since 1991. Together, with a passion to see Christ bring healing and wholeness to the lives of men, women and young people, they have been involved in ministry for 25 years. Kathi leads or coordinates many personal growth classes, supervises the Lay-Counselor Ministry Team, and does some individual and couple counseling. They both were instrumental in developing the marriage ministries and still work with the current Team. They also were in the leadership that developed BSA Troop 77, the Boy Scout troop chartered by RVC. Rick was the first Scoutmaster and held that position for 10 years. Together, they are currently working to develop a ministry for those with debilitating physical diseases (like cancer) and their caregivers. Contact Kathi


Jim Brumbach: Pastor of Life Groups & Elder
Jim and his wife Sherrill have been driving forces in the Life Group Ministry, both here at RVC and as consultants to many churches in the Rogue Valley, for nearly ten years. They spend much time training Life Group Shepherds, focusing on Emergency Preparedness, and they serve as marriage mentors. And if that is not enough, Jim and Sherrill are helping on
the leadership team at the River Valley New Hope (the church meets at New Hope Christian School). Jim also serves our fellowship as an Elder. Jim and Sherrill have two grown children and seven grandchildren. Contact Jim

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Mark Goens: Lead Pastor, Teaching, Pastor of Life Groups
Mark has been the Lead Pastor at RVC since 1997. Prior to that, he was on staff here as Pastor of Student Ministries for
over 7 years. His passions are teaching God’s Word, and Life Groups. Mark, and his wife of over 30 years, Dana, devote much of their time to our Life Group ministry… helping to train new shepherds and start new groups. Mark and Dana have four wonderful grown children: sons Tyler & Cody and daughters Nicole & Natalie. Contact Mark

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Tyler Goens: Redwood Campus Pastor 
Tyler grew up in this community. He received his undergraduate degree from Simpson University and his master’s degree from Liberty University. His primary emphasis at River Valley is the Redwood Campus, but he also helps support River Valley’s student and life group ministries. He also coaches soccer at North Valley High School. Tyler is passionate about God’s Word and changed lives!. Contact Tyler



Roger Haberman: New Hope Campus Pastor, Pastor of Student Ministries, High School Ministry: Campus After Dark (CAD)
Roger has been working with students for almost three decades. He has a passion to see students grow in their
faith, allowing God to work through them as they learn to impact the world for the glory of God. He has been married
to Brenda since August 17, 1985 and they have three children, Ryan, Jake, and Brittany. Contact Roger


Diana Hecht: Director of Women’s Ministries
Diana leads a team who oversees the ministry of women through events such as Women’s Bible Studies, the annual Women’s Retreat, and more. Women are provided with opportunities to gather together and love one another, disciple each other, and grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Diana and her husband, Ken, have been married for over 34 years and have lived in Grants Pass for over 17 years. Contact Diana

HigueraDoug Higuera: Pastor, Downtown Campus 
The Lord has had me involved in ministry since 1980, and I have served in a variety of ways during that time. While on
staff at Trail Christian Fellowship, I directed the Children’s Ministry for 14 years until the Lord moved me into developing discipleship ministries there at TCF. After serving on staff there for 22 years, I accepted the call in 2012 to lead & teaching pastor here at Calvary Church, now River Valley Redwood. My wife Laurie and I are passionate to see God’s people growing in the grace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as Lord, and being equipped for the ministry that fits their gifts, passion and calling. Contact Doug



Dan Horst: Pastor of Mid-High Student Ministries, Middle School Ministry: Midway
Dan has been serving students and their families for many years at RVC. Dan works closely with Roger Haberman and his own Mid-High staff to reach to Middle School students and help them become independently dependent on Christ. Dan and Jen have two young children, Jared and Haley. Contact Dan


Chuck Kostrna: Redwood Campus Pastor, Pastor of Children’s Ministries, and Life Groups
Chuck has passionately served at RVC for over 10 years. He oversees our children’s ministries and plays a crucial pastoring role in our Life Group and Equipping ministries, and also serves our fellowship as an Elder. Chuck & Kim have four children, Andrew, Stephen, Rachel, and Sarah.
Contact Chuck
Brian Lucas:  Facilities Manager 
Brian was born and raised here in Grants Pass, and has been a part of the RVC family for almost 10 years. In that time he has served in many different capacities including youth ministry, leading worship, and Life Groups. This year Brian has come on staff to work with the facilities/maintenance team. He has been married to his wife Ashley since 2008 and has been blessed with 2 beautiful daughters, Kiara and Abigail. Contact Brian
Michelle Rutherford:
Finance Director
Michelle has been serving at River Valley since 2010. She received her degree from University of Phoenix and has been in for-profit accounting for nearly 20 years. Michelle has a heart for finances done God’s way and enjoys facilitating Financial Peace University and Challenge Workshops. She and her husband, Richard, co-lead a Life Group. Michelle and Richard have been married since October 21, 1995 and are blessed with three adult “children”. Contact Michelle


Duane Stark: Pastor of Missions/Outreach
Duane has a passion to see God’s love carried out in tangible ways. He believes we are called to make disciples locally, nationally, and globally. Duane oversees our outreach ministries and loves to see God’s people following their own passions in an effort to bring people closer to a love relationship with the Creator. Duane is married to Dusti and has three children, Payton, Destini, and Jewel. Contact Duane

SullivanSean Sullivan: New Hope Campus Pastor, Church Planting Director
Sean and Christina have been married for 13 years and have two children, Savanna and Noah. Sean was radically delivered from a life of addiction by the grace and captivating love of Jesus Christ. Sean and Christina’s passion is to see whole neighborhoods and communities transformed, marriages and families restored, by the love and grace of God. Sean and Christina love to teach and help the body of Christ to take spiritual responsibility for one’s own neighborhood, by relationally engaging neighbors, introducing them to Jesus through prayer, kindness, and a Christ centered lifestyle. Sean and Christina’s vision is to see churches planted in neighborhoods all across the county and beyond, overwhelming the lostness with the presence and love of Jesus. Contact Sean

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RVC Elders 

  • Michael Bahn
  • Mark Goens
  • Jeremy Nugent
  • Carl Wilson
  • Jim Brumbach
  • Lary Harris
  • Larry Schwein
  • Chet Bolen
  • Chuck Kostrna
  • Duane Stark
  • Tom Criswell
  • David Mathis
  • Brian Taylor