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.
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.
Regional Director - Campus Outreach
Matt was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. He went to college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he was a member of the men's soccer team. It was during Matt's freshman year in college that he became a Christian. After graduating college, Matt went on staff with Campus Outreach where he served on North Carolina campuses for six years before expanding the ministry of "CO" into Virginia in 2006. In 2008, Rivermont EPC became the hub church for the Campus Outreach ministry in Virginia. In addition to leading the college ministry at REPC, Matt and his 16 staff have on-campus presence on five campuses throughout Virginia. Matt's passion for students and engaging speaking style has also made him a popular conference and retreat speaker, providing him with opportunities to inspire and encourage people around the country. Matt met his wife Julia while they both were in college. They married in 2001 and after living in multiple cities on ministry assignments, they now consider Lynchburg "home". They have four boys (Isaiah, Toby, Coleman, Benson) and one sweet daughter (Eliana).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.