Our Leaders


David Chapman – Founding Pastor
David is responsible for leading and teaching the body of believers at The River.  He has a passion for seeing others fulfill their God-given assignment. David was ordained in 1990 by the late Dr. Lester Sumrall and has been in ministry for over 20 years. He recently earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in Theology. He is also an author and is currently working on his 14th book.

Deb Chapman – Director of Ministries
Deb is responsible for almost everything that goes on behind the scenes at The River during the Sunday worship experience. She also uses the gift of exhortation to encourage the church with the Word of God. Debbie is intensely involved with ministry to families who have children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Debbie is also one of the best Veterinarians in the state of Arizona, and was named the 2015 Gila Valley Business Woman of the Year.


Ministry Accountability:

Pastor David serves with and is submitted to the United Christian Leaders Alliance (UCLA) through EPIC Ministries. UCLA is headed by Pastor Jerry Williams from Houston, Texas. Jerry has ministered around the world in music ministry with his band Harvest, winning numerous awards and winning thousands of souls to Christ. He now functions as a pastor and a leader to pastors.

Team Pastors:
Ernie Llamas, Youth Pastor
Don Zimmerman, Care Pastor – Follow-up







Elder Team:
Bill Brandau, Ernie Llamas, Kirk Gray

Worship Leader: Lolene Brandau
Youth Ministry: Ernie Llamas
Children’s Ministry: Cristina Mitchell

Ministry Leaders:
Connect Group Leaders: Jason & Maria Kouts, Don Zimmerman, Bill & Lolene Brandau, Kirk & Cathy Gray, Tim & Norma Hart
Bookkeeper: Cathy Gray
Cleaning: Marylou Garcia & Shawn Spencer
Homeless Outreach: Marylou Garcia, Deanna Stone & Joe Morgan
Hope Kids: Deb Chapman
Love in Action: Sally Aranda
Men’s Ministry: Kirk Gray
Mexico Missions: Tommy Urrea
Parking: Rudy Rose
Prayer Ministry: Millie Chavez
Prison Ministry: Fred Givens
Recovery Ministry: Joseph Abeyta
Safe House: Norma Hart
Special Events: Teresa Holiday
TGIF (Singles): Angie Ortiz
Women’s Ministry: Lolene Brandau, Yolanda Leon, Maria Kouts
Worship Team: Lolene Brandau, Tommy Aranda, Shane Casey, Bob Crisler, Jason Kouts, Art Aranda, Maria Kouts, Tommy Urrea, Ernie Llamas, Joseph Abeyta