Greg Rhodes, Pastor
Pang Foua Yang Rhodes, Spiritual Life Director
Greg and Pang Foua have been ministering to Hmong young adults for the last fourteen years. They have served as teachers, counselors, mentors, and friends. They have been married for 23 years, and although they don’t have any children, they believe God has blessed them with a unique path to walk and an equally unique group to serve.
Johan Yang, Worship Director
Johan has been married to his wife, Pajjar, for eight years and has two children, Gwyneth and Harlow. He enjoys playing board games, attending concerts, and spending time with family. He has served in churches for more than a decade, focusing mainly on worship and small groups. Additionally, he is always looking for ways to grow and be challenged in his spiritual walk.
Alicia Thoj, Community Engagement Director
Meejoluj (Meng) Thoj, Chief Handyman
Meejoluj and Alicia have served in worship and youth ministry for over a decade. Meejoluj is a social worker, and Alicia works in non-profit organizations. They have been married for four years, and while they do not have kids yet, they have tons of nieces and nephews to spoil. They love attending community events, eating new foods, or giving back to people.
Pang and Kong started dating as good friends, got married, and have remained best friends for eight years! They enjoy serving in family-focused ministry, bring kids, youth, and parents together in Christ. Pang is known for her deep conversations, and Kong is known for his kind loyalty. Together, they love a life filled with hospitality, friendship, and support.
Touchee Yang, Connections Ministry Director
Jess Yang, Connections Ministry Director
Touchee and Jess have been married since August 2015. They have been a part of RiverLife church from the beginning. Volunteering in different ministries has allowed them to explore their strengths and gifts that are now being applied to the Connections Ministry. They enjoy Netflix, Hulu, sports outings, and time with family and friends centered around Jesus.
Xau Moua, Life Groups Director
Xau enjoys connecting with people and helping them find authentic community in their lives and in church. He has lead and been involved in small groups for over 10 years, in both campus and church settings. He's been married to his wife, Lani, for 5 years, and they are always up for an adventure around town. He is an engineer by trade and a BBQ and jazz enthusiast at heart.
Tommy Lor, Youth Director
Tommy is a recent graduate Crown College who is passionate about building relationships with teenagers and their families. He has a deep desire to walk alongside young men and women while helping them cultivate a personal and enduring relationship with Jesus. During his free time he enjoys board games, basketball, and having authentic conversations. He has participated and volunteered in several youth ministries over the last seven years.
To bring hope and healing to second and third gen Hmong
Many of us live with deep emotional, relational, and spiritual brokenness—wounds from things we've done and things done to us. God longs to heal us. That’s why hope and healing are at the heart of God’s story and at the heart of RiverLife’s story.
It’s God’s hope and healing that restores marriages, breaks addictions, and brings joy and peace. And church is a place where all of that can happen. Then, as we are restored, we can in turn reach out to a hurting world with hope and healing.
RiverLife has six guiding principles that shape who we are and what we do.
ACCEPTANCE - Embracing people as they are
"Accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God." Romans 15:7
The spiritual life is a journey, and we’re all at different places along that road. We accept you wherever you are along that journey. You don’t have to dress a certain way, get your life cleaned up, or even believe the same things we believe in order to be a part of this community. God welcomes all people to pursue a relationship with Him; so do we.
TRANSFORMATION - Pursuing radical life change
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2
God doesn't simply accept us; he desires to transform us. In Him, we can be new creations—healed from our past mistakes, fashioned into a more loving spouse or a better friend, and empowered to care for others more generously. At RiverLife, we are constantly pursuing life change in everything we do, drawing ever closer and closer to Jesus Christ.
RELEVANCE - Connecting biblical truth to people’s lives
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
God matters to our lives—the struggles we face, the questions we ask, and the issues we care about—and God wants to speak directly into all of those areas. RiverLife desires to bring the timeless truths of God’s Word to the lives of second-gen Hmong through teaching, prayer, and worship that are practical and applicable.
BICULTURALISM - Honoring the complexity of being Hmong and American
“God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Acts 10:34-35
Second and third gen Hmong are uniquely Hmong and American. Their lives are marked by the complexities of straddling two different cultures that often have conflicting worldviews. The pressure is to choose one culture over the other, but we strive to reflect thoughtfully on ourselves, our values, and our cultures, and to examine them in light of biblical values.
AUTHENTICITY - Being real and transparent
“Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8
We crave deep relationships. But often our fears and insecurities get in the way. Jesus’ early followers created incredible communities of authenticity because they were committed to being real and transparent in their relationships. The commitment they had in that first church is the same one we have here at RiverLife.
IMPACT - Making a difference in our communities
“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
God created His Church to be a blessing to the world, and RiverLife wants to be on the front line of those blessings. We all have communities to which we belong—families, neighborhoods, schools—and we as a church will work tirelessly to empower people to make a positive difference in their communities.
As a part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, RiverLife shares our denomination's core beliefs as described below.
There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Deut. 6:4, Matt. 5:48, Matt. 28:19
Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace. Phil. 2:6-11, Luke 1:34-38, 1 Peter 3:18, Heb. 2:9, Rom. 5:9, Acts 2:23-24, Heb. 8:1, Matt. 26:64
The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. John 14:15-18, John 16:13; Acts 1:8, John 16:7-11
The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of humanity. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice. 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 3:15-16
Humans were originally created in the image and likeness of God: they fell through disobedience, incurring both physical and spiritual death. All people are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss. Gen. 1:27, Rom. 3:23, 1 Cor. 15:20-23, Rev. 21:8, Rev. 21:1-4
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all people; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God. Titus 3:4-7
It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion. 1 Thess. 5:23, Acts 1:8, Rom. 6:1-14
Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age. Matt. 8:16-17, James 5:13-16
The Church consists of all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, commissioned by Him to go into the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, edification through the Word, prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Eph. 1:22-23, Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-47
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment. 1 Cor. 15:20-23, John 5:28-29,
The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service. Heb. 10:37, Luke 21:27, Titus 2:11-14
For more information on The Alliance beliefs, visit their website at: https://www.cmalliance.org/about/beliefs
The Christian & Missionary Alliance
RiverLife Church is a member of the North Central District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). We are part of a Christ-centered global movement more than 6 million strong, people who are passionate to bring the good news about Jesus to our neighborhoods and world.
The denomination has seven Scripture-based core values which drive all ministry, from the local church services to the international missions.
1. Lost people matter to God. He wants them found.
2. Prayer is the primary work of God’s people.
3. Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards.
4. Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success.
5. Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple.
6. Without the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, we can accomplish nothing.
7. Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change.
Because of who Jesus is and what He’s done, we are compelled to “go!” Humbled by the open invitation that He extends to us, we join Him in His work to restore and reconcile lost and broken people to Himself.
For more information on The Alliance, visit their web site at http://www.cmalliance.org.