Leaders & Staff

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Riverview Church Leadership

Riverview Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.

Mel Svendsen

Lead Pastor

Pastor Mel loves serving as a pastor. He felt God calling him into ministry as a young man and is passionate about communicating the truth of God’s Word, whether it’s at church on Sunday morning or with someone he meets at the corner market. Mel completed his Master’s of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) as well as substantial work toward his Doctorate at the same school. He has over 30 years in ministry experience that has helped to shape and change his life. By God’s grace, he has served at ‘Peoples Church’ in Toronto, Canada, at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Essex Fells, N.J. and for 12 years was the Senior Vice President of Student Life at Trinity International University/TEDS in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to coming to Riverview, Pastor Mel was the Senior Pastor of a church he planted called Harvest Bible Chapel in Lake Zurich, Illinois. In less than 10 years, this church plant grew from 200 to over 1300 people on Sunday mornings. Mel and his wife Barbara met and were married in Germany and now have six children: Joelle, Brieanna, Mandy, Caden, Brady and Capri. The family is enjoying their newfound friends and church family here at Riverview and in the Fallbrook/Bonsall community. Pastor Mel loves telling people about Jesus Christ and teaching God’s Word in creative, practical ways. You’ll find him after every service standing by the doors of the church greeting people and getting to know them by name.

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Pastor Mel loves serving as a pastor. He felt God calling him into ministry as a young man and is passionate about communicating the truth of God’s Word, whether it’s at church on Sunday morning or with someone he meets at the corner market. Mel completed his Master’s of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) as well as substantial work toward his Doctorate at the same school. He has over 30 years in ministry experience that has helped to shape and change his life. By God’s grace, he has served at ‘Peoples Church’ in Toronto, Canada, at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Essex Fells, N.J. and for 12 years was the Senior Vice President of Student Life at Trinity International University/TEDS in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to coming to Riverview, Pastor Mel was the Senior Pastor of a church he planted called Harvest Bible Chapel in Lake Zurich, Illinois. In less than 10 years, this church plant grew from 200 to over 1300 people on Sunday mornings. Mel and his wife Barbara met and were married in Germany and now have six children: Joelle, Brieanna, Mandy, Caden, Brady and Capri. The family is enjoying their newfound friends and church family here at Riverview and in the Fallbrook/Bonsall community. Pastor Mel loves telling people about Jesus Christ and teaching God’s Word in creative, practical ways. You’ll find him after every service standing by the doors of the church greeting people and getting to know them by name.

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Hopena Kahakui

Pastor of High School & Young Adults


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Kim Russell

Children's Ministry Director

"I have always had a heart and passion for working with children. I began serving in the Children’s Ministries department of my local church while attending college at Vanguard University and have never stopped! My husband Joe and I came to Riverview in 2008 and I was immediately plugged into the kids programs. I began working on staff 2 years later and in late 2016 God opened a door for my current role as Director.


I am a busy, homeschooling mom of four who loves Jesus and His kids and I consider it a joy and privilege to serve the kiddos and families at Riverview each week!"

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"I have always had a heart and passion for working with children. I began serving in the Children’s Ministries department of my local church while attending college at Vanguard University and have never stopped! My husband Joe and I came to Riverview in 2008 and I was immediately plugged into the kids programs. I began working on staff 2 years later and in late 2016 God opened a door for my current role as Director.


I am a busy, homeschooling mom of four who loves Jesus and His kids and I consider it a joy and privilege to serve the kiddos and families at Riverview each week!"

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Gregg Mangus

Operations Administrator

Gregg Mangus comes to Riverview Church staff after more than 30 years of serving in the Navy and retiring as a Lieutenant Commander with his focus on Naval Command and Control operations. Gregg has been attending Riverview for nearly 7 years and has served in numerous capacities as a volunteer. In his staff role, Gregg serves in giving leadership to our Men’s Ministry and the various Bible studies and outreach events that are held. He also gives support and leadership to our home group ministry, Riverview University classes, facilities management, budget matters, and other organizational and administrative functions.

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Gregg Mangus comes to Riverview Church staff after more than 30 years of serving in the Navy and retiring as a Lieutenant Commander with his focus on Naval Command and Control operations. Gregg has been attending Riverview for nearly 7 years and has served in numerous capacities as a volunteer. In his staff role, Gregg serves in giving leadership to our Men’s Ministry and the various Bible studies and outreach events that are held. He also gives support and leadership to our home group ministry, Riverview University classes, facilities management, budget matters, and other organizational and administrative functions.

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Scott Harrah

Worship Leader

A fully devoted follower of Christ, who has been playing music professionally for over 20 years, and has a passion for finding God through scripture and worship.

Scott and his wife Claudia have been a part of Riverview since the spring of 2010.

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A fully devoted follower of Christ, who has been playing music professionally for over 20 years, and has a passion for finding God through scripture and worship.

Scott and his wife Claudia have been a part of Riverview since the spring of 2010.

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Sharon Felix

Administrative Assistant

Sharon works in the hub of the church office, and has a passion for making people feel warmly welcomed. She loves using the gifts God has blessed her with to assist staff and others, with the many administrative tasks that happen behind the scenes of ministry.

Sharon has been working in the church office since 1999, and loves being used by God for His glory. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys spending time with family and being a grandma. Her favorite hobby is creating organization out of clutter!

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Sharon works in the hub of the church office, and has a passion for making people feel warmly welcomed. She loves using the gifts God has blessed her with to assist staff and others, with the many administrative tasks that happen behind the scenes of ministry.

Sharon has been working in the church office since 1999, and loves being used by God for His glory. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys spending time with family and being a grandma. Her favorite hobby is creating organization out of clutter!

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John Dunckel

Financial Director

John receives joy and fulfillment in using his CPA/Finance background to serve the REFC family in the area of accounting/administration.

With one grandchild and more on the way, John and his wife Lisa are looking forward to this new season of life.

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John receives joy and fulfillment in using his CPA/Finance background to serve the REFC family in the area of accounting/administration.

With one grandchild and more on the way, John and his wife Lisa are looking forward to this new season of life.

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Steph Dynes

Operations Assistant

Steph comes to us from Jack in the Box Corporate, where she was a Senior Project Manager. She was responsible for their Labor Management and Food Cost Systems. She has a degree in Business Management and a Certification in Web Development.

Steph grew up in Los Angeles, as the daughter of a Pastor. She has been happily married to Sean for over 17 years. Steph loves the people of Riverview Church and enjoys working in the office.

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Steph comes to us from Jack in the Box Corporate, where she was a Senior Project Manager. She was responsible for their Labor Management and Food Cost Systems. She has a degree in Business Management and a Certification in Web Development.

Steph grew up in Los Angeles, as the daughter of a Pastor. She has been happily married to Sean for over 17 years. Steph loves the people of Riverview Church and enjoys working in the office.

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Jeanette Kranz

Connections Coordinator

Jeanette is a people person and loves to give hugs and spend time praying for any needs. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Greg for 43 years.

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Jeanette is a people person and loves to give hugs and spend time praying for any needs. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Greg for 43 years.

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Dave Albertson

Facilities Manager


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Jeremiah Trujillo

Tech Coordinator


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