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 youth pastor for the River Church in Toano, Virginia. His vision is to raise up a generation of leaders who are equipped, empowered, and released into their God giving purposes 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

Youth 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 have been serving the local body for more than 15 years. Their background is in youth ministry, small groups, leading teams on the street for outreach and home churches. Craig was recently ordained through Elim Fellowship and is excited for what God is doing at the River. In addition to Associate Pastor, Craig co leads the Wednesday Bible study and is part of the worship team. Their desire is to see the body to grow into who they were created to be.

Craig and Allison Spears

Associate Pastor

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 and Intercessory Prayer Team Leader