Pastors & Staff

Ron Vaught

Founder & Senior Pastor

Ron and his wife, Linda, live in Providence Forge and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Ron has a heart for moving people into relationship with Christ, seeing believers set free from religious practices and traditions that have typically stifled God’s love. With an incredible gift of discernment and a vision for the church, Ron desires to train people up in the Lord and release them into ministry, hence the name “The River Church”, which continually flows and is teaming with God’s equipping power and love, rather than a sediment pond that builds memberships and presumes to reach a lost and dying world from inside a building.
With a vision to love the local community into relationship through providing practical needs as well spiritual needs, Ron also has a heart for underserved countries. With tangible ministry outreach to India, South Africa, as well as Uganda. Ron has a vision for campus church planting and sees an opportunity to reach many nations through the drawing of students from countries throughout the globe to the love of Christ, while here originally for the US education system.
Ron looks forward to writing books, planting more churches as well as continuing to follow obediently God’s plan to love a lost and dying world. His ministry philosophy for the church, especially in North America, is to once again fulfill its responsibility of loving on and caring for people practically and spiritually while living and moving in God’s fullness.

Chris & Lisa Luck

Administration, ROC Campus Pastors, Web Design, Social Media, Children's Ministry

Building big people and getting them plugged into where they need to be in the Body of Christ to help establish the Kingdom, are at the heart of what Chris & Lisa love to do. Encouraging and equipping the saints for ministry to develop Kingdom culture wherever they go....Chris & Lisa realize that the church must go outside the four walls in order to transform communities.  Demonstrating a model for unity, cooperation, and partnerships in Charles City through the ROC, Chris & Lisa are excited to see how the Lord is releasing a powerful move of His Spirit in the county.

Pastors Chris and Lisa live in Charles City, VA , have been married for nearly 34 years, and have 2 children and 2 grandchildren (with one on the way!)

Rick & Jeanie Ragno

Kingdom Connections (KC) Pastors, Web Design, Connect Desk

Rick and Jeanie have a heart for connecting  people together, and cultivating gifts, talents and abilities of others.  With a passion for teaching and practically applying God's Word, they have been in ministry for over three years and have served in many roles including a tenure as a Campus Pastor for a local Williamsburg, VA. church.
Rick served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and retired in 2021.  Jeanie has a heart for helping others physical and spiritual needs and has served as a Registered Nurse at a local hospital for over 20 years.  They have been married for 30 years and currently live in Toano, VA  and enjoy spending time outdoors enjoying nature.  Rick enjoys cycling, while Jeanie competes in marathons.  They enjoy spending time with their two children and two grandchildren.

Seth & Madison Savage

Youth & Young Adults Pastors, Audio/Video, Media, Web Design 

Bio coming soon

Joel & Sylvia Gorelick

Eldership - Holy Smoke Ministries,  Administration, Financial Team, Outreach Ministries

Joel runs a God-given food outreach ministry called "Holy Smoke". For several years Joel has been serving the greater Williamsburg community through his food ministry; from feeding the homeless to giving a breakfast to our first responders and countless other opportunities. God has used his generosity and humility to touch many lives for the gospel and show love in a very practical way.
If you know of an opportunity where Joel and his team could bless the community, please contact him below.

James & Caryn MacLean

Eldership - Teaching, Education, Financial  Administration, Worship

Bio coming soon

Bill & Mel Floyd

Eldership - Building, Facilities, Teaching, Security, and Site Coordination

Bill and Mel have a heart of compassion for those in our body, as well as a desire to help build world-changers for God’s Kingdom. With significant experience in men’s and women’s ministry, praise and worship, leading small groups, and teaching, they look for opportunities to build up other believers and help them in their walk with the Lord. Their passion is to develop people who will help change the world, one life at a time.

Jose & Monika Soto

Eldership - Spiritual Guidance, Benevolence, and Communion

Bio coming soon

Rick & Debbie Baird

Eldership - Ushers , Greeters, and Hospitality

Rick and Debbie have been married for 39 years.  They love praising and worshiping the Lord. They have experienced leading small groups for many years and loving on people.  Rick and Debbie want to see the body of Christ become all it can be by bringing out the giftings the Lord has given to His children.  Watching each member mature in their anointing brings them as much joy as watching their own son, daughter in – law and grandchildren achieve their destinies in God.

Victoria Canady

Director of Prayer Ministry

Victoria oversees the River Church's intercessory prayer ministry. She is blessed with the ability to hear and convey Holy Spirit's message for both personal edification and the church community. She is deeply committed to partnering with Holy Spirit and prayer, interceding on local and national levels according to God's heart. Victoria fervently believes that corporate prayer is powerful and essential for all Believers regardless of denomination, uniting hearts and voices while seeking God's will. You are invited to join the River Church's intercessory prayer ministry on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the main building for a transformative experience of prayer and worship. Together, let's witness the remarkable impact of collective prayer in our lives and communities.

Gary & Frannie Bell

Men's & Women's Discipleship Ministry

Gary and Frannie moved to Williamsburg in 2021.  They  raised three children in St. Mary's County, Maryland and enjoy visiting with them as often as possible.   Gary is a retired Naval Flight Officer. His service career has given him a heart to mentor and encourage men to be the best they can be. He has strong leadership, mentoring, and relational skills. Gary is self motivated and can always be found working on projects that help others in need. 
Frannie has a heart to lead women to what Christ has for them in the Kingdom. She loves to share God's promises and hope for the future with others.  In various christian ministries she he has been a teacher, discipleship and small group leader, mentor, and counselor for the Kingdom of God.   

Angela Patteson

Worship Director

Worship pastor, singer and songwriter

She began a love for Jesus, worship and singing as a young girl and sang on many worship teams and sets. She attended Brownsville Revival school of ministry at age 20 and met her husband Jeff who graduated from BRSM. They have been married 24 years, and the two of them have been full time prayer missionaries and part of leadership teams for years. Together they have 5 sons and a daughter in heaven.

Angela has been leading worship for the past 14 years, and she has a passion to worship in spirit and truth, to flow with the Holy Spirit in prophetic worship and new songs and to see Jesus glorified, heaven released here and now, and that the body of Christ would take hold of their true identity and pursue intimacy with Jesus above all else.