Peter Benedict | Pastor

Peter has served on the RHV staff since 2000. He's been leading our staff since 2015. His undergraduate degrees are in English Teaching and Psychology, and he has completed Vineyard Leadership Institute, a two year distance program of academics, mentoring, and leadership. He's been married to Erin since 1997, and they have twin girls and a son. In his spare time Peter enjoys reading, cooking, disc golf, and running. He’s a passionate epicure, and if you call him the pastor geek, he will take it as a compliment.

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Jon Marsden | Pastor

Jon and his wife Sue planted RHV with a team in 1990 and have served faithfully ever since. Jon grew up in West Central MN and went to Concordia College, where he began to experience God's love through relationship with Jesus. He received training at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. Jon  and Sue co-lead the Central Mexico Partnership for the Vineyard and love working with their friends in Mexico. For fun, Jon likes to play games with his kids and grandkids, and is a very devoted and "hopeful" Twins fan.

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Sue grew up in Excelsior, MN and went to college at the University of Minnesota. There, she began to experience what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. She read through the book of Acts and was gripped by the stories of the church of Jesus moving forward. Loving Jesus and His church have marked her life ever since. She and Jon were married in 1975 and in 1990 they had the privilege of being part of a team that started River Heights. Sue loves partnering with Jon and the rest of the RHV staff to lead this amazing church family. In 2009 she stepped into leading the children’s ministry and loves seeing kids’ lives blossom as they experience God’s love for them. She also loves family times with her six children, their spouses, and her seven grandchildren. Her leadership with the Vineyard Central Mexico Partnership has her learning Spanish (Prayers, por favor!).

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Gay Narron | Pastor

Gay has been attending River Heights since 2004 and has been on full-time staff since 2008. Her areas of leadership include Celebrate Recovery, small groups, and the administrative operations of the church. Gay has a B.A. in History and Political Science from Bethel University in St. Paul, and she has completed Vineyard Leadership Institute's two year program. She is single and lives in Inver Grove Heights. Few people know that her thumbs are double jointed and fewer would think that her story of faith would include her being sent to jail, but it’s all just as true as her pecan pies are good.

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Justin Law | Pastor

Justin arrived at River Heights Vineyard in 2000 and became worship pastor in 2001. He currently leads in the areas of worship arts, prayer, and youth. Justin has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Writing, has completed Vineyard Leadership Institute’s two year program, and received his Masters of Ministry in 2011. In 2015 he received his certification as a Spiritual Director. He put out three albums with different rock bands, enjoys performing locally as a singer/songwriter, released a worship recording in 2010, and has served as Midwest leader on Vineyard USA’s worship task force. He cites his parents’ influence in his life, both for planting the first Vineyard in Minnesota and the parental wisdom of allowing him to have his first KISS album at the age of four.

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