Pastors & Staff

Mel Svendsen

Lead Pastor

  • I serve  as the Lead Pastor of Riverview Church.
  • I completed my Master’s of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) as well as substantial work toward my Doctorate at the same school. 
  • I love telling people about Jesus Christ and teaching God’s Word, and love spending time with my family.
  • My wife Barbara and I met and were married in Germany and have six children: Joelle, Brieanna, Mandy, Caden, Brady and Capri. 
  • My favorite coffee drink is a straight coffee.

John Dunckel

Administrative Pastor

  • I am the Admin Pastor and  enjoy using my CPA/Finance background to serve the REFC family in the accounting/administration areas.
  • My hobbies are golf, and tennis when my knee is working.
  • I am privileged to have four grandsons ages 4 and under, which gives me an excuse to do Legos with them.  My beautiful wife Lisa and I are looking forward to doing a little more traveling since she retired late 2019.
  • Regarding coffee, I really only like the pseudo-coffees, like frappuccino and coffee ice cream. :-)

Hopena Kahakui

Pastor of High School & Young Adults

  • I am the Pastor of Young Adults and High School students.
  • My Hobbies include reading and throwing axes.
  • I am blessed with a lovely bride, Marlo.
  • My favorite coffee drink is a Vanilla Bean Americano.

Jordan Budke

Pastor Junior High & Home Groups

  • I am the Junior Hight Pastor. We have teachings on Sunday's, Thursday's, and other ways to interact throughout the week.
  • My hobbies are winding down at the movie theater or spending time with my family.
  • I am newly married, and I am the uncle of eight nieces and nephews. 
  • My favorite drink is Dr Pepper...coffee is gross.

Janae Kramer

Children's Ministry Director

  • I am the Children's Ministry Director here at Riverview.
  • My hobbies are camping with my family, going to the beach and hiking.
  • My husband Kenny and I have three children, Wyatt(16), Zaya(12), and Cannon(10).
  • My favorite coffee drink is an Americano.

Jeremiah Trujillo

Media & Technology Pastor

  • I'm in charge of Family Ministries and Audio Visual needs for the church.
  • My hobbies are making home videos of my family.
  • My wife Alyssa and I have two boys, Judah and River.
  • My favorite coffee drink is a Dirty Chai!

Scott Harrah

Worship Leader

  • I am the Worship Pastor coordinating with volunteers for Sunday worship and other events.
  • My hobbies besides music, are cooking and baking bread.
  • My wife's name is Claudia.
  • My favorite coffee drink is a black coffee.

Jeanette Kranz

 Connections Coordinator

  • I am the Connections Coordinator, connecting our congregation through prayer requests, phone calls and Sunday mornings, and sharing Christ's love and hugs.
  • My hobbies are playing the piano for fun.
  • I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Greg since July 1974, raised a son and three daughters. I have a eclectus parrot, finches and a dachsund.
  • My favorite coffee drink is a Chocolate Chip Frappuccino.

Sharon Felix

 Administrative Assistant

  • I am the Administrative Assistant and have a passion for making people feel warmly welcomed.
  • My favorite hobbies are spending time with family, being a grandma, and  creating organization out of clutter!
  • I am married to Tony and the grandma of five amazing grandchildren.
  • My favorite coffee drink is a  Carmel Macchiato.

Dave Albertson

Facilities Manager

  • I am the Facilities Manager.
  • My hobbies are woodworking, stamp & coin collecting,  and antiquing.
  • I am married and have six kids and eleven grandkids.
  • My favorite coffee drink is a coffee with cream.

Steph Dynes

IT Admin

  • I am the IT Admin and technology person.
  • My hobbies are traveling, and working out.
  • I just celebrated 20 years of marriage with my husband Sean.
  • My favorite coffee drink is a cappuccino.