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Dr. Tony Lambert - Senior Pastor

Originally being from New Orleans, Louisiana has helped prepare Tony for the diversity of Denver. Attending high school and college in south Mississippi instilled a strong sense of community and allowed him to meet his wife Sherry, a native of Hattiesburg, MS. He has led small rural churches and some of the largest metropolitan churches in the nation. Tony and Sherry have an ability to adjust to local context without compromising biblical convictions. Their passion has always been to impact a region. Sherry shares Tony’s commitment to missions including church planting, pastor training, marriage conferences as well as leading women’s & men’s ministry in several states and ten different countries. Both continue to serve beyond the local Church on boards of universities, at seminaries, and through national, state and local committees.
The past six years they have focused on leading Riverside, a downtown church, to reach one of the fastest growing areas of the country. The church has repositioned herself to share the gospel with a city that has a median age of 34.
While loving most outdoor activity in general their free time is spent riding motorcycles in the mountains and adjusting to being grandparents of 5 grands who have all arrived within the past 5 years.
Tony has earned several degrees including a Doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary where he currently serves as trustee. Sherry has a degree in business and worked for years as a fitness instructor.

Ethan Springer - Worship Pastor

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 two children, Hannah Joy and Jackson.


Erik Dabis - Director of Production and Facilities

Erik has over 20 years of experience in the audio/visual and music industries with extensive ministry experience directly related to these fields of expertise.
With a varied background working with The Salvation Army, Presentation Audio Visual Services at The Ritz Carlton (Denver), Colorado Community Church, and Riverside Baptist Church, Erik understands the importance of working with diverse people to meet their audio/visual needs and provide the best possible production. Erik currently holds Dante Levels 1 & 2 certification and the Infocomm A/V Technologist Certificate.
Erik has been married for 10 years to his wife, Marie, and has two children, Michaela (8) and Trenton (2). Erik loves the Lakers, good Korean BBQ, and gardening. (Yes, it’s possible to love all of these things.)


Joshua Van Hal - Director of Communications

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.


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.

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).