The Board is composed of seven members: Ben Kidder, our Senior Pastor; Larry Jacobson, the Vice Chair; Roland Higgins, the Church Secretary; Dan Oostdyk, Lynette Kasinskas, Deb Hard, and Nina Fouks.
The Board is elected by the members of the River Church to administrate the church. Briefly, we are responsible for oversight of our Senior Pastor, the spiritual health of our church, the steps to membership, the financials, and a host of other stuff. We joyfully perform the functions of Elders for the Church. We act as the Nominating Committee for new members for the Board. More detail on the function of the Local Board of Administration can be seen in the Wesleyan Discipline.
Information about our Board members and how to reach them:
Ben is the chair of the Board. Ben has been the pastor for the River Church since October 2006. Raised to know the Lord, he has walked with Christ since he was a boy. Ben is our Senior Pastor. He has been married to Ingrid for 15 years and they have three children. He is a wrestling coach, dabbles in agriculture, and is fascinated by history. More information is on the Our Staff page of this website. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org , 715 466-2844 or 715 520-0245.
Larry Jacobson is the Vice Chair and chairs Board meetings when Pastor Ben is not available. He moved to the Minong area in June of 2014 and began attending The River. He recently became a member and is now serving on the LBA. In the past year he completed the leadership class and has been involved in the men’s small group. Larry became a believer in Jesus Christ in high school at a FCA conference. Clear Lake, Iowa had been his home for over 40 years. He brings 25 plus years of church leadership experience. He is a self-employed electrician. He has been married to his wife, Sue, for nearly 46 years. They have two children and five grandchildren. Larry enjoys being a spectator of all sports, outdoor activities, and time with family. He can be reached at 715-416-4348 or email@example.com.
Deb and Tom Hard moved to Gordon 12 years ago and she have been privileged to see The River blossom from the early days. She came to know (and accepted) Jesus as her Lord and Savior during VBS at the age of 9 and has been walking with Him since.
She really enjoys being on the Worship Team. Other interests include reading, cooking, gardening and various crafts.
She has been married to Tom for 20 years and they have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
She can be reached at 715-376-4671 or firstname.lastname@example.org