Leadership

STEVE IRWIN
PASTOR

Steve (wife Ginnie) watches over the leadership teams, staff, and overall operations of the church. He supports the staff to help them accomplish God’s direction for His church. Passionate about relationship with Jesus, Steve seeks to help others know the depth and power of God’s love. He is the primary speaker on Sunday mornings. By Jesus’ grace he is a devoted husband, father and grandfather and finds his greatest joy in seeing his family grow in the love and knowledge of God.

sirwin@riveroflife.org

319-533-4090

MARCUS BRATSCH
PASTOR

Marcus (wife Kristen) is responsible for overseeing relational discipleship, outreach and spiritual growth. He oversees LIFE groups, classes, training, and one-on-one discipleship. When he shares a ‪Sunday morning message, you can see that he’s passionate about the Bible’s teachings and deeply desires for others to share in that joy. In his off time, Marcus is a ballroom dance instructor and can often be found reading a good book or spending quality time with his wife and two sons.

MICAIAH NORRIS
WORSHIP MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Micaiah is the new Worship Ministry Director at River of Life. She is a soon to be graduate of the International House of Prayer University (IHOPU) in Kansas City, Missouri. She is responsible for overseeing all things related to worship ministry here at ROL. This includes vocals, musicians, sound, lighting, live streaming and so much more. Micaiah has a passion for worship and prayer and likes to work out. She can also be found trying out new fruit combinations on her juice machine!

JOANNA MANTZ
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

JoAnna, long time ROL attender, is our Children’s Ministry Director. She leads the team of volunteers that minister to the ROL children ages birth-5th grade. JoAnna has a passion for making the Bible come to life in the eyes of each child and helping parents disciple their little ones. She is married to Michael and her daughter Hanna will be a senior next year. The Mantz family loves basketball and can be found at one of Hannah’s games most any weekend. She also is a wonderful seamstress and crafter. If you ask her nicely she just might show you her fancy bedazzled basketball shoes!

jmantz@riveroflife.org

319-393-3709

EMILY SPINDEN
PREACHING ASSOCIATE

Emily contributes through collaboration during weekly sermon reviews, strategic communications support, and occasionally preaching during our Sunday service. She also serves as a LIFE group coach. She has deep compassion for those who have yet to know Jesus’ love, and a passion for integrity with God’s Word. Once our full-time Community Life Director, Emily’s now with us just a few hours weekly because she finds great value pouring her energy into her husband and four children.

JILL ZECK
ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR & OFFICE MANAGER

Jill is responsible for all things administrative. She loves to make lists, check things off the list and never met an office supply she didn’t like! She will administrate anything that isn’t tied down. Her help in running the office and keeping the staff on task is priceless.She is married to her high school sweetheart, Robert, and they have one son, Jayden (7), who keeps them on their toes! They love to travel as a family and have lots of fun together; especially if a beach is involved. On the weekends you can find them curled up together watching a Disney movie and sharing a big tub of popcorn.

jzeck@riveroflife.org

319-393-3709

CHAS HABERKAMP
CUSTODIAN & MAINTENANCE

Chas, ROL’s custodian and maintenance man, is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet! And he loves the Lord with all his heart. He has been serving at ROL for over 5 years now as the resident “handy man”. He keeps the inside of the building looking good on a weekly basis and helps our Deacon of Facilities, Terry Shields, with the upkeep and maintenance of the building and grounds. Chas has been a huge part of the clean up and remodeling efforts after the derecho in August. When you see Chas around the building say hello. (He also loves coffee and tacos!)

JONI TIBBITS
BOOKKEEPER

Joni, the ROL bookkeeper, is the one who is in charge of all things financial. Joni helps keep track of all the giving and paying the bills. She is only here a few hours a week but she’s got a big job to do. The staff is thankful for the help she gives them on a weekly basis (and for writing their paychecks as well!) She is a gardener and makes use of the the ROL coffee grounds in her compost pile weekly. We are thankful that she keeps the lights on for all of us. Thank her for her service when you see her around the church!