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Dr. Tony Lambert - Senior Pastor
It was July, 2012 Tony & Sherry first sensed a stirring of their hearts for CO yet the official contact came 5 months later. Leading some of the largest churches in the nation to small rural churches their passion has always been to reach beyond the walls to impact a region. Their commitment to missions include church planting, pastor training, evangelistic emphasis, marriage conferences, women’s & men’s ministry in several states and ten different countries. This, along with serving on boards of universities, seminaries, national, state and local committees helped prepare them for the uniqueness of CO.
Considering their love of skiing, hiking, hunting, motorcycling, horses and most anything outdoors CO is a perfect home.
Tony has earned several degrees including a Doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Sherry has a degree in business and worked for years as a fitness instructor.
Charlie McAllister - Family Pastor
Charlie comes to Riverside from serving previously in 7 churches in the Ministry of Education since 1990. Most of the churches have been in Texas with a 5 year stop in Nebraska. Charlie married Becky in 1985 and they have 4 boys: Andrew (who is married to Lauren), Matthew, Logan, and Luke. His passion is seeing Jesus become real to people and see them follow through in their desire to serve Him! His life’s verse is Deuteronomy 32:2 – Let my teaching fall like rain on tender plants. Charlie enjoys all kinds of sports and activities and is excited to be in Colorado to experience all that God has in store for he and his family!
Landis Elder - Student Pastor
Landis serves as Riverside’s Student Pastor. He came to Riverside in April 2015. A native of North Carolina, Landis is huge University of North Carolina Basketball fan. He loves all kinds of sports and being outdoors. Landis and his wife Chelsea are both graduates from Liberty University located in Lynchburg VA. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity degree through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Landis loves to teach students the Bible and see students come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Landis and Chelsea have one child, Hannah Joy.
Karen Bransgrove - Children's Minister
Karen began her children’s ministry work at Riverside in October of 2000. Before that, she served on staff at Coulter Road Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas. Topeka, Kansas was home to Karen, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education at Washburn University. Since that time, she has completed continuing education courses in preschool development as well as some educational leadership courses at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Of her ministry focus and philosophy Karen states, “I believe children are a gift from God. My desire is to work in partnership with parents to help lay the spiritual foundation for a child to come to know Jesus Christ in a personal and life-changing relationship and then to disciple them in their journey with God.” Karen has two sons. Austin is married to Audra with their son, William. The three reside in New York City. Chris is married to Julia and they live and work in the Denver area.
Joshua has served as the Director of Communications at Riverside Baptist Church since May 2008.
He received his BFA from Ball State University in Muncie, IN with a major in graphic design. Before moving to Colorado, he was the Art Director for an advertising agency in Indiana.
Joshua loves art and connecting the people of Denver to God through art.
He and his wife Laurie were married in March of 2005 in Indiana, where they both grew up.
Jaime Lopez - Pastor for Espanol
Jaime Lopez and his family began working with the Riverside “ESPAÑOL” congregation during the spring of 2006. Prior to coming to Riverside Baptist Church, Jaime had been working and serving for 7 years as a music director for IGLESIA BAUTISTA NUEVA ESPERANZA in Brighton, Colorado.
He attended Miami Baptist Institute and finished his pastoral and missionary studies in 1988. Jaime says that the church focus for Riverside En Espanol is simple “Make disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Jaime has been married for almost 20 years to his wonderful wife, Ruth and God has blessed them with a daughter Christy (12) and a son Marcos(10).
Bill Winter -Pastor of Care and Crisis Ministries
Bill began ministry in 1961, as a pulpit supply preacher for 6 weeks, in a small church in the small Kansas town of Udall. He was born in Arkansas City, Kansas in 1942and grew up on a farm in that area.
He received an Associate’s Degree in electronics technology from RCA Institutes of New York City and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ashland University, Ashland Ohio. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. With the exception of a thesis, Bill completed all of the requirements toward a Master of Theology degree at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission in Pasadena, Calif.
As Pastor of Care and Crisis Ministries Bill focuses on people in crisis situations. He also does jail and prison ministry. He is a law enforcement chaplain and does volunteer work in the area of disaster relief.
Bill and his wife, Sharon, have a son and daughter and four grandchildren.
Don Metzler - Pastor to the Seniors
Don Metzler is the Pastor to Senior Adults at Riverside Baptist Church. He considers it a great blessing that he has had the privilege of ministering to Riverside’s senior adults for the past sixteen years.
Don worked in a variety of management levels of retail sales as well as having his own business. In addition, he has been a Market Developing Manager and sold mobile tool businesses in a number of states.
He and his wife Dorothy have had the joy of being married for 52 years. They have three children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Lee Lovegren - Associate Leadership Pastor
Lee began serving as an Associate Leadership Pastor at Riverside in June 2006. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer on Riverside’s Board of Trustees and has taught the Senior Adult Fellowship Bible Class for the past eight years.
Lee was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and received his Bachelor of Science degree in bio-medical engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1977. He has completed additional courses in accounting, management, Christian education, economics and leadership through the
US Navy and United Airlines.
Lee’s goal is to follow the Lord’s leading and to glorify Him in all that he does (John 15:1-5, 16-17) and to go into ministry after he retires from his current career.
Lee and his wife, Hope, have been married for 35 years and have two children, Jason (30) and Melissa (25).