Ben Kidder, Senior Pastor
Ben has been at The River since October 2006. He grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Shell Lake, Wisconsin, and then attended Indiana Wesleyan University, where he received his B.A. in Christian Ministries and Biblical Literature; he later received his M.S. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Wheaton Graduate School. After being a pastor in Iowa for four years, Ben felt called into church planting. He has since made his home in Minong, with his wife Ingrid and their four children – Gabby, Silas, Blaise, and Malachi.
With a love for the Lord, serving people and farming, Ben brings great joy in preaching God’s truth and ministering to those in the community. His down-to-earth personality will make you feel right at home.
Dominique Clements, Assistant Pastor
Dominique is the newest addition to our River family. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada and moving here from Buffalo, NY she brings some new perspectives and energy to our church! Having followed a call since 9 years old, she is a second generation pastor, following in her dad’s footsteps. As a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University she completed degrees in both Church Music and Christian Worship, and is currently in the process of finishing her Masters of Divinity at Wesley Seminary.
A self professed nerd, Dominique loves anything DC/Marvel, Sci-Fi, or history related. Though she prefers Hockey, particularly the Montreal Canadiens, to Football, she is most certainly a Packers fan! Dominique also enjoys experiencing new places, cultures, and traditions, having traveled to several countries such as: France, Zambia, South Africa, Caribbean, and soon the UK.
Connie Strohman, Administrative Assistant
Connie has worked at the River since January of 2009, she was born in Chippewa Falls WI, moved to the Northwood School district when she was 2 years of age and grew up here. However, some say she never grew up. Connie loves nature, the great outdoors, and of course her dogs and husband Doug. She loves to spend time with family and friends, and is involved with the Gordon Food Shelf, Community Cares, and ESG for the town of Chicog. When asked of her NFL affiliation she said, “of course, I am a Bears fan. LOL”
Our Local Board of Administration (LBA) is composed of seven members:
Ben Kidder – Chair
Larry Jacobson – Vice Chair
Roland Higgins – Secretary
Dan Oostdyk – Treasurer
Lynette Kasinskas – Member at Large
Deb Hard – Member at Large
Nina Fouks – Member at Large
The Board is elected by the members of the River Church to administrate the church. They are responsible for things such as the oversight of the Senior Pastor, the spiritual health of the church, facilitating the steps to membership, and finances, to name a few. More detail on the function of the Local Board of Administration can be seen in the Wesleyan Discipline. If you wish to contact one of our board members please contact the church office.