Ben Kidder, Senior Pastor
Ben Kidder has been at The River since October 2006. He grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Shell Lake, Wisconsin. He 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, Wisconsin with his wife Ingrid and their three children – Gabby, Silas and Blaise.
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 welcome and a loved child of God.
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. (Connie says, “some say I never grew up.”) She is married to Doug. Connie loves nature, the great outdoors and of course her dogs. She loves to spend time with family and friends. Connie is involved with the Gordon Food Shelf, Community Cares, and ESG for the town of Chicog. She states, “of course, I am a Bears fan. LOL”