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
Heidi joined the Rivermont staff as Choral Accompanist in January 2019. Heidi earned two bachelor degrees from Liberty University, a Bachelor of Music in Piano Studies and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Studies. She holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from University of Lynchburg. Heidi also completed the one-year program at Word of Life Bible Institute in Florida and spent a summer studying Italian in Bologna, Italy. Heidi has worked at various schools, churches, and musical organizations throughout the Lynchburg area and currently teaches vocal and piano lessons in her private music studio. In her spare time, Heidi enjoys hiking with her husband, singing with her pet bird, and reading.
Director of Middle School Ministries
Josh has been a member at Rivermont EPC since November 2014 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.
Ciera has been a member of Rivermont EPC since November 2014. From 2016-17 she completed a one-year internship with our student ministry and in August of 2018 began serving as our Communication Coordinator. She loves getting to support the ministry of the church through the development and implementation of effective communication practices. In her spare time, Ciera likes to workout, read, watch movies with her husband, and volunteer in the student ministry.
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.