Our leaders

At New River we adhere to a "servant leader" model of leadership.  By this we mean that our leaders are servants first and leaders second.  Each one of our elders and governing board members also serve in a variety of ways throughout our church family.  In fact, this is why we actually call our governing board a "Servant Team".  We believe this is the example that Jesus set for us as He said, "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)

  • Doug & Karis Rowse, lead pastor

    Doug and Karis have been married for 30 years.  They have three wonderful young adult children who are serving Jesus in Florida, Ohio and New York.  They enjoy serving God together, looking at houses and dreaming about how to fix them up. (Doug reminds Karis often that he is not Chip Gaines!)  

  • Josie Robertson, office administrator

    Josie has been serving as our office administrator for about a year.  She and her husband Scott have two great daughters and are very active with soccer tournaments.  Josie maintains a very friendly office environment and welcomes people Tuesday-Friday from 9am-3pm. 

  • Bud Duplin, elder

    Bud has served as an elder in our church for approximately 8 years.  His passion for God is contagious and he is one of the most encouraging people you will ever meet.  He and his wife Linda, love their kids and grandkids very much.  Their ministry extends beyond New River in that they also serve as an encouragement to several other churches in the area.  

  • Glenn Gerhard, elder

    On top of his busy family and career, Glenn and his wife Tammy began a coffee shop that has been used mightily by God to bless this town. Glenn has served as an elder for approximately 5 years.  He combines his God-given business acumen with his love for people and has raised up numerous young people to reach their God given potential.  

  • Jarles Florez, elder

    Jarles and his wife Lori are two of the founding members of New River Church.  He has a genuine pastor's heart and is known for the way he cares for people.  He is fluent in Spanish and has also been a key leader in helping New River to develop a school and ministry in Managua, Nicaragua.  

Servant Leadership

As a church we intentionally work with a "servant model" of leadership.  By this we mean that while leadership is essential to a healthy church, our leaders are primarily servants first.  Each person in the leadership of our church is a man or woman who consistently demonstrates the humility of serving others in any way that is needed.  We believe this is the example which Jesus set for us to follow.