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Staff and Elders

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Jeremy Martinson

Lead Pastor / Elder

Along with his wife, Lois, Jeremy left a career in technology consulting to pursue his passion for preaching, leadership development, and serving people. He is committed to equipping believers for a lifetime of faithful service to Jesus Christ, and to proclaiming the good news of the merciful God who saves sinners.


joshJosh Svaleson

Worship Pastor / Elder

Josh is the husband of Marissa and a father of two sons. He is employed at Discovery Benefits. Josh was called to be an elder at River City Church in October 2015. The Svalesons enjoy following the call to make and train disciples of Jesus Christ, wanting believers and unbelievers to see the glory of God in the gospel of Christ more fully at a local and global level. 


danDan Holder


Husband, father, teacher for 8 years, and now Assistant Principal at Liberty Middle School, Dan was called to be an elder at River City Church in March 2011. The Holder family is excited about Jesus’ call to make disciples in their own home, in their missional community, at River City Church, in this city, and throughout the world.


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Church Planting Resident

Devin's residency includes practical ministry experience and seminary training. He leads a Missional Community and preaches roughly once every five weeks. He's pursuing his Master's of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. The goal at the end of the residency is to plant a church in North Dakota. Devin is married to his amazing wife, Betsy.


mholderMichelle Holder

Women's Discipleship Coordinator

Michelle is excited to walk with women as we all grow in care and discipleship centered around God’s Word. She desires to equip and counsel women to know God and make Him known to those around them. She and her husband Dan along with their kids count it a privilege to serve together in their home, church and neighborhood proclaiming Christ’s goodness and faithfulness.


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Pastoral Coach

Serving as a coach and mentor to our elders and missional community leaders, Phyl helps us assess our ministry and provides coaching for our leaders. In addition, he provides counsel, pastoral care, teaching and will be significantly involved in the multiplication of congregations. He comes with wide experience, having served North American Baptist Churches in a wide variety of pastoral leadership positions and served for 12 years as a "pastor to pastors" as the Northern Plains Regional Minister. Phyl is passionate about teaching the Word of God and mobilizing the church to help people become Christ-followers. His goal for every person in his sphere of influence is to help them become disciples of Jesus Christ who are disciple-makers. He and his wife, Jo, have been blessed with four married children and fourteen grandchildren.