Our Team


The Sunday Team

The Sunday Team leads our volunteer teams who create the environment where every person in attendance at our Sunday Worship Gatherings is invited to connect with Jesus and one another.


Erin Bird

Vision & Teaching

Spouse: LeAnn

Children: 4 (two girls, two boys), and one son-in-law

Hometown: Shenandoah, IA

Favorite Hobby: long distance swimming for exercise

Favorite Drink: Honey-laced English Breakfast Tea spiked with cayenne pepper & cinnamon

A favorite "passion": Movies (especially Christopher Nolan films)

One fun thing many people might not know about me: I once finished in second place in the Gladstone, MO "Big Splash" competition. I can do a mean can-opener!

Jake Epley

Worship Gatherings

Spouse: Grace

Hometown: Waverly

Workplace: Riverwood and Fidelity Bank

Favorite Hobby: Playing board games and video games with friends

Favorite Food: Chicago deep-dish pizza

Favorite Musician: John Mark McMillan

Favorite Passion: Getting to write new songs with good friends

One fun thing many people might not know about me: I’m left-handed, but only when it comes to writing. Additional fun fact? I type ambidextrously.


Bridget Pavelec

Kids Creek

Spouse: Ed

Children: 5 (4 boys, 1 girl)

Hometown: Waterloo, IA 

Workplace: My home  🙂

Favorite Hobby: Drinking coffee and reading

Favorite Food: chocolate chip cookies

Favorite Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

A favorite "passion": My family - and rearranging my living room!

One fun thing many people might not know about me: I have snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, been white water rafting and rode in a hot air balloon.

Laurie Albright


Spouse: Randy

Kids:  two adult boys

Hometown: Lewiston, NY

Workplace: I was an RN until my first son was a year, then became a Domestic Engineer (and occasional control freak).

Favorite food: Chocolate (of course!)

Hobbies: Flower arranging & feeding people

Favorite movie: Ever After

One fun thing many people might not know about me: I have held the Discus record at Lew-Port High School in New York for the last 36 years. There was one girl who so desperately wanted to beat my record she actually hated me - until she met me and eventually became my sister-in-law!


Elder Team

Our Elder Team loves & cares for our church family by helping us follow Jesus. They regularly pray for the Riverwood family, teach us from the Scriptures, and guide us into the future we believe God holds for us. And they'd love to welcome you into the Riverwood family as well!


Luke Anderson


Spouse: Jeni

Kids: Two boys & two girls

Hometown: Lovettsville, VA

Workplace: Stonebridge LTD. Cedar Falls, IA

Favorite Hobby: Triathlons

Favorite Food: MEAT!

Favorite Movie: Star Wars

A favorite "passion":  Family bike rides

One fun thing many people might not know about me: I swam against Michael Phelps. (He beat me!)

Erin Bird

Vision & Teaching

You can read about Erin above, but here are a few more "favorites"

Another Hobby: Graphic Design

Favorite Food: Ice cream or dark chocolate

A favorite "passion": Sports, specifically Kansas City Royals baseball, Nebraska Cornhusker football, & Wartburg wrestling

Another fun thing many people might not know about me: I once ate an ant head that had been soaked in spicy pepper juice.


Ed Pavelec


Spouse: Bridget

Children: Same as Bridget 🙂

Hometown: New Hartford, IA

Workplace: National Guard//Army Aviation Support Facility// Det 1 Co A 1/376th S&S (Support & Surveillance)

Hobby: Wood… chopping, sawing, shaping, cutting, working, etc. (oh, and computers)

Favorite Food: Thai Curry Wings!!

Favorite Movie – The Fifth Element or Stardust.. both so good

Favorite Musician – Tenth Avenue North

Favorite Passion – Apologetics as it pertains to Philosophy, and creation science

One fun thing many people might not know about me:  I worked for 4 years on Iowa’s 71st Civil Support Team and worked alongside the FBI, DHS, FEMA, and DOE.

Matt Townsley


Hometown: Muscatine, IA

Workplace: educational leadership faculty at the University of Northern Iowa

Favorite Hobby: running

Favorite Food: chicken parmesan or anything chocolate/peanut butter combined

A favorite "passion": standards-based grading (Editor's Note: He's so passionate about this, he even wrote a book on it!)

Another Favorite: I do not watch too many movies, but The Truman Show is one that sticks with me.

One fun thing many people might not know about me: My wife, Cassy, and I once ran across the Golden Gate Bridge (and back) at sunrise


To meet some of our other fantastic leaders and people,
visit us on a Sunday mornings at 9:30 am