Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men
– Colossians 3:23
Andy was born and raised in the rural community of Lamont Oklahoma. He was saved when he was nine years old at Children’s Camp, (Camp Lela) which was sponsored by Kay Baptist Association. A year later, in the fifth grade, he felt God was calling him to be a preacher.
In college Andy was given the opportunity to grow in ministry through the Baptist Student Union at both Northern Oklahoma College, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he graduated in 1993 with a B.A. in History. In 2011, he graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity.
In 1989, Andy was licensed to preach by Northeast Baptist Church in Ponca City, OK. In June of 1991, at the age of 21, Andy was called to his first church, the First Baptist Church of Helena, OK. Over the last 30 years Andy has also pastored churches in Blackwell and Hobart, Oklahoma, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Topeka, Kansas.
Andy enjoys hunting and fishing, as well as working in his yard and garden. He loves playing with his dog Ezra, but His greatest joys come while spending time with his family. Andy likes good movies, novels, playing around on the piano, and putting together puzzles.
He has been married to his wife, Dustie, for 28 years. She is a Speech Pathologist at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa. Dustie is an avid runner completing two marathons, several half marathons, and numerous other shorter races and fun runs. Their kids are Nolan and his wife Sheridan, who were recently married in December of 2018, Mason, who plays the tuba in the Pride of Bixby, and O.B. who is Ezra’s best friend and focused on surviving the seventh grade.
Bro. Victor grew up in Tulsa, OK and joined the U.S. Air Force at 17. After four years of active duty he began a civilian career as a police officer. In 1997, he and his wife, Janine became members of Riverview Baptist Church. While serving as a deacon at Riverview in 2000, Bro. Victor surrendered to God’s call to full time vocational ministry.
He attended Oklahoma Baptist University as well as Southern Nazarene University, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was called to Riverview as the Associate Pastor of Adults in 2008. Victor has a passion for old cars and spending time outdoors fishing, hiking, and camping. He is married to Janine, his wife of 25 years, and has two daughters, Alyssa and Jessica.
“I am God’s servant. Continually seeking a closer walk with Him, loving Him deeper every day, and sharing both His love and mine with those around me. Or at least that’s who I try to be.” – Bro. Victor
Richard joined the staff at Riverview in 2015 and serves as the Pastor of Worship Ministries. Originally from Altus, OK, Richard received his BME in Vocal Music from Oklahoma Baptist University and MM in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Prior to serving at Riverview, Richard served at churches in Marietta, OK and Norman, OK. He loves to perform in theatrical stage productions. He has performed in many university productions and with The Ohio Light Opera Company, Opera in the Ozarks, and Ardmore Little Theater. Richard has been married to his wife, Pam, since 1992, and they have three great kids; Luke, who is studying Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Oklahoma State University; Molly, who is in High School; and Jack who is attending Northeast Intermediate School in Bixby where Pam is the music teacher. Richard and Pam live in Bixby with their children and two dogs, Gracie and Luna(tic).
Musicals – Les Miserables, Dear Evan Hansen, Camelot
TV – Syfy / Fantasy Dramas, College Football
Music – Musical Theater (obviously), 80s rock, Pentatonix, Lincoln Brewster, Toby Mac
Hobbies – Acting, Tennis, Golf, and Running (only because my heart demands it)
Christian started working at Riverview in August of 2016. He’s hard working and loves nothing more than seeing a student realize the potential that God has given them. He is passionate about the Bible and the lessons everyone can learn from it.
Christian has a wonderful wife, Katie. They both enjoy teaching, mentoring, and loving on students together. He is from a small town called Seminole, OK. He spent time in Stillwater as a student at Oklahoma State University and graduated from OSU with a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education with a History minor. Christian is working on his Masters degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His hobbies include watching Oklahoma State football, turkey hunting, and writing in his blog “Chronicles of an Upcoming Generation”.
Carissa had the blessing of growing up as a preacher’s kid and in a home that introduced the Bible and the need for Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age. She accepted Christ at the age of five and then surrendered to missions/ministry at the age of 12. Carissa continued to grow in the Lord and be involved in church through her junior high, high school and college days.
In September of 2001, Carissa had the opportunity to work for the Special School District in St. Louis, MO. While at the SSD she was trained as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist working with children with autism. In September of 2002, she had the opportunity to move to Bermuda to work with a family with three autistic children. While in Bermuda she met her husband Graeme, and they were married December 6, 2003. They are blessed with two children; Zoe age 13, and Jackson age 10.
Graeme and Carissa began attending Riverview in April of 2004. Carissa was still waiting on God to reveal to her, her calling in ministry. When she was asked to be the preschool director in 2009, she knew that it was what God had called her to do. During her 5 years of preschool ministry God continued to shape her passion and give her a vision for a children’s ministry at Riverview. She was hired as the Children’s Minister in September of 2014.
Carissa has a passion to see children come to the saving power of Jesus Christ. She believes that it is the church’s job to partner, support, and encourage parents to disciple their children toward a lasting relationship with Him.
It is my privilege to have the opportunity to directly serve God while I’m at work. I began working here in 2001. I assist the pastoral staff, and I also enjoy making publications and meeting the needs of church members.
My hometown is Glenpool, OK. I am married, and we have three grown children and are also blessed with three grandchildren. We are church members at Glenpool First Baptist. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, camping, gardening, and taking walks. I enjoy praise and worship music. Some of my favorite music artists are Mercy Me, Hillsong, Natalie Grant, and Chris Tomlin.
My favorite food is Mexican. I love tacos. I am known to be a “matter of fact person.” I like to plan ahead and be organized. I enjoy encouraging people, too.
I desire more than ever to not only KNOW God’s purpose for me but also to boldly walk in that purpose. Grace says I can.
And all the world will praise God’s Great Name.
Romans 14:11 (paraphrase)
Carol has worked in the office at Riverview since 2006. She keeps Sunday School records and handles other department duties as needed. She lives in Broken Arrow with her husband Phil. She has a daughter, two grandchildren and two great grandkids. She especially enjoys talking with and helping church members when they come into the office. Her hobbies are playing with her dog Samson, playing piano, and reading.
A member of Riverview since 1984, Paula has sponsored youth choir tours and counseled and cooked for Falls Creek and Spring Break trips. She has played in the orchestra and sang in the adult choir for years. She started volunteering in the music ministry in 2000 and was hired part-time to do the same in 2009.