Ron and Linda Vaught are the founders and Ron is the lead pastor of The River Church, a ministry located in a rural area just outside of Williamsburg in Toano, Virginia.  Since it began in 2012, the church has experienced rapid and healthy growth through relationship building and serving others. He attended UVA, Columbia Bible College and Seminary, Potomac Bible College and is currently working on a Master’s degree from Trinity Bible College and Seminary. [MORE]

Ron & Linda Vaught

Lead Pastors

Elliot Schweickert is the outreach pastor for the River Church in Toano, Virginia. His vision is to mobilize, equip, and empower the local body to reach the world with the message of the simple gospel. Elliott has traveled throughout the world with the knowledge and conviction that God is a good Father, and He wants us all to partner with Him to bring about the reality of Jesus' prayer, “On earth as it is in Heaven.” [MORE]

Elliott Schweickert

OutReach Pastor
Ulisse Ovidi comes to The River Church by way of South Africa. Ulisse is the Missions and Life Groups Pastor. Ulisse’s heart is to see people set free by hearing, seeing and walking in the truth! The Bible says “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6. Ulisse’s heart is to equip the sons and daughters of God to walk into maturity! [MORE]

Ulisse Ovidi

Missions and Life Groups Pastor

Craig and Allison Spears met while leading a teenage focused youth outreach and that call is still on their lives. Their focus is to teach teenagers how to hear God’s voice and how to express His voice to others through their own gifting and callings. Craig and Allison believe that God wants to do a mighty work in and through the teens.  A great move of God has already begun and the teenagers are playing a major role in it. This is the generation that will stand up and change the world around them.

Craig and Allison Spears

Youth Pastors

Originally from Montville, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York, CJ and Lorraine Fusco now call James City County their home.  As a well-blended family, they are blessed to have eight children between them; four of who serve in the United States Military, and eight awesome grandchildren... [MORE]

CJ and Lorraine Fusco

Leadership - Elder

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col 3-23). Serving at The River Church is a tremendous blessing because LOVE is our focus-- for our Lord, Jesus Christ and for one another. We encourage you to join us as we serve God and our church family in love and truth with compassion and caring giving all glory to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Paul and Cathy Heilman

Administrative Director
Joe and Teresa "T" Vaught have been leading worship at The River Church since 2012. Although they have each enjoyed their own separate worship journeys, ministering at many different churches over the years, they are amazed how powerful it is to minister together. They strive to lead as they live. Through the blessing and the bleeding, they pour out and allow God to pour in. Their heart and passion are to see people encounter Christ in a way that goes beyond the song. Moving hearts, growing hope and changing lives.

Joe & Teresa 'T' Vaught

Praise & Worship Leaders
God invites us to ask; “Be anxious for nothing, but by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God” (Phil 4:6).  With this invitation, the Lord Makes a promise; “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14).  [MORE]

Ron and Claudia Monroe

Prayer Directors