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IMG_8819MIKE PALOMBO
Director of Relational Discipleship

Mike joined the Rivermont EPC staff in August 2016 andis from Alpharetta, GA. He received a B.S. in Communication from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA in 2009. He received a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO in 2016. Mike is currently pursuing ordination in the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.  After graduating from college, Mike joined the staff of Campus Outreach, first as a staff member and then as an Campus Director at Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA.  Mike married his wife, Whitney, in 2013. When he's not reading and thinking about discipleship, he enjoys eating his wife's cooking, playing the bass, and camping out in God's glorious creation. 

IMG_8855SHANE WHELAN
Director of Student Ministries

Shane has been at Rivermont EPC since August 2006 and is from Marietta, GA. He received a B.A. in Communication from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS in 1998. He received a Master of Arts in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary (Virtual Campus) in 2012. Shane is currently pursuing ordination in the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.  After graduating from college, Shane worked as a Video Editor for WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, VA for a year and for CNN in Atlanta, GA for three years. He served as Youth Director and Director of Christian Education for four years at First Presbyterian EPC in West Point, MS. Shane is married to Laura and has three sons Luke, Jackson, and Sawyer. He enjoys spending time with his family, good food, sunsets, porch swings, and playing and watching any sport.

PeggyPEGGY BETTCHER
Director of Music Ministry

Peggy has been the Director of Music Ministry at Rivermont EPC since 2001. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and a Master of Music degree in music theory, both from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. She has done additional organ study under the tutelage of faculty members from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. From 1983-2001, Peggy served as organist and director of handbell and children’s choirs at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora, Illinois. Since 1999, Peggy has published numerous arrangements of contemporary praise and worship music through Hope Publishing Company. These include ten books of handbell arrangements, 19 individual handbell titles, and a collection of arrangements for organ. Peggy and her husband Wes have two adult children, who are married. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening, and creating music for publication.

IMG_8793ANN KNIGHT
Director of Children's Ministries

Ann is a native of Lynchburg and has been a member of Rivermont since 1998. She has served in many areas of our children’s ministries. In her role as Director, she oversees all the Children’s Ministries for the nursery through 4th grade and the Rivermont Preschool. Her passion is working with children and her gifts are teaching and administration. Ann’s husband Frank, who has served as an elder and a deacon, is also very active at Rivermont. Their daughter, Jenni, works in South Carolina. Ann’s degree from Longwood University is in elementary education with a minor in math. Ann enjoys reading, crocheting, playing the piano and gardening.

 IMG_8864MATT BRADNER
Regional Director - Campus Outreach

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8859TONI TERMOTTO
Nursery Supervisor

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

IMG_8795KELLY NELSON
Business Administrator

Kelly has been at Rivermont EPC since 2004 and became the Church Business Administrator in 2017.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.  She is currently pursuing certification as a church business administrator through The Church Network.  Kelly has served as our Administrative Office Assistant for six years, in addition to many ministry areas at Rivermont EPC including: Nominating Committee member, Sunday School teacher, Bible Club leader, Vacation Bible School helper, and youth group mentor.  Kelly and her husband Darin have two children, Megan and Leighton, a foster son, and a dog named Max.  Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, baking, crafting, and outdoor activities.

IMG_8786JULIA SANSONE
Director of Choirs & Accompanist

Julia has worked at Rivermont EPC since 2008 accompanying the Sanctuary Choir and directing various youth chime, handbell and vocal choirs.  She is a classically trained pianist and also a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music who has taught a private piano studio for over 20 years.  As a certified Strategic Intervention coach she is a nationally recognized speaker and mentor to other music teachers.  Julia loves her two children, travel, dancing and learning. 

IMG_8779JOSH DEMPSEY
Director of Middle School Ministries  

Josh has been a member at Rivermont EPC since February 2015 and in August 2017, he began serving as Director of Middle School Ministries. Josh has been working with youth in church and camp settings ever since he arrived at Liberty University in 2010. He met his wife, Ciera, through one of these leadership experiences and she has been his partner in serving students ever since. Josh received his Bachelor of Science in Religion: Youth Ministries in 2014 and plans to continue his education at a seminary in the near future. Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and discovering and critiquing stories, whether in movies, books, or on TV.

 IMG_8799JANET FRESHOUR
Assistant to the Pastors

Janet has worked at Rivermont EPC since 2006. She began as Administrative Office Assistant and in 2011 became the Pastoral Administrative Assistant.  Janet is responsible for providing administrative support to the pastors, coordinates special events and projects. She graduated from Liberty Christian Academy and Liberty University. She is a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church.  Janet and her husband, Greg have two children, Brittney (her husband, Leif Aagaard), and Lauren, two horses, three dogs, and one cat.  Janet loves living in the country, spending time with her family, animals, horseback riding, hiking, and cooking.

IMG_8802DONNA DODGION
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Donna is from Amherst County and has been at Rivermont since June, 2017. She serves as the Receptionist / Administrative Assistant for Rivermont. Prior to coming to Rivermont, Donna worked in the Amherst School District as a secretary for 13 years. She received her Associates Degree in Secretarial Science from Central Virginia Community College. Donna attends Elon Baptist Church where she sings in the choir and has taught children’s Sunday school.  Donna and her husband, Marvin, have 2 children, Alex (and wife Katlin) and Amanda. They also have 2 grandchildren, Karleigh and Kinleigh and a family pet turtle named Mr. T. When not working, Donna enjoys sewing and spending time with her family and friends.

IMG_8814ALISHA MEADOR
Congregational Care Coordinator

Alisha has been a member of Rivermont EPC since 2015, and joined our staff in September 2016. Originally from the Midwest, she has lived in Lynchburg since 2004. Alisha earned her B.A. in Special Education and Psychology in 2006, and spent over 10 years working in the school systems and partnering with local businesses, assisting individuals with disabilities in pursuing their unique gifting and passions. She also spent time as a certified sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired. Alisha has a passion for making sure the unseen are seen and valued for who they are. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jim, and running around with (or after) her two young sons. In her free time, she loves to cook, garden, read, write and travel. 

IMG_8833CARLTON CASH
Building Superintendent

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8876GEORGE EVERSON
Office Assistant

George has been a member of Rivermont EPC since 1983, and is the most senior staff member having joined the staff in 1991. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, George moved to Lynchburg in 1980 to attend Liberty University. He graduated with a degree from Phillips Business College, which is now Miller-Motte Technical College, in 1986.  In addition to assisting the staff with various office duties, George serves as clerk for all of our Rivermont mission committees.  When George isn't working at the church, you can find him reading, playing computer games and playing fantasy role games.