Jack served in the Marines for ten years, including a tour in Iraq, before going into the ministry. After completing his MDiv at Denver Seminary Jack and his wife Tammy moved to the Philippines where they founded Arise Children’s Home. With his heart for the suffering and forgotten, Jack walked the slums and rescued destitute children. In 2018 Jack became very ill and could hardly function. Though he sought prayer and medical help Jack did not improve, so finally, after ten years in the Philippines, Jack and Tammy and their children returned to the states. When the American doctors could not help Jack and the situation seemed hopeless, Jack decided to worship God anyway. It was during one of these personal worship times in April 2021 that God touched Jack and restored his health. A month later Jack was called to lead our church.
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Tammy was a student at Columbine High School the day several of her classmates were lost in a senseless shooting. Yet God prompted Tammy to leave campus for lunch that day. Tammy listened and obeyed, which saved her life. After Tammy married Jack they served as missionaries in the Philippines for ten years where they established Arise Children’s Home. Although Tammy and Jack had to return to the states due to Jack’s health struggles, the work at Arise rescuing, caring for, and educating former street children continues. Besides being a busy mother of five children, Tammy works closely with Jack to accomplish the mission of The River Church, keeping our operations running smoothly. Tammy holds an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University.
Jim became a Christian while in college and from that moment on has run hard after God. At CU Boulder, in addition to attending to his engineering studies, Jim was highly involved with the Navigators where he learned the importance of Bible study, scripture memorization and discipleship. During those years Jim also was active in a local church where he learned how to operate in the gifts of the Spirit. Jim’s work at our church centers around discipleship and promoting the deep study of God’s word which grows out of his conviction that these practices have the power to transform lives. Jim and his wife Lorie also served as cross-cultural missionaries in Kenya for three years in the 1990’s. They have four adult children and three grandchildren.