Brian Wiele - Lead Pastor
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pastor-brianPastor Brian Wiele began his ministry as the Lead Pastor at River Ridge in August of 2006. After receiving degrees from UC Berkeley and Fuller Seminary, Brian has been a Covenant pastor for thirty years, including twenty years at one congregation in Northern California. He and Linda have been married for thirty years, and have two grown children. Brian is passionate about being a messenger of God’s Word, the unity of God’s family, and helping churches serve their communities. Playing golf, drinking coffee, reading and writing are some of his hobbies, and he also does volunteer work for the Epilepsy Foundation and Kokua Services.
Peg Melhaff - Children's Pastor
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pegPeg & her husband Gary joined Grace Community Covenant Church in Olympia in 1989 and came to River Ridge Covenant with the church plant in 1993. Peg has worked in Children’s ministry for over 20 years starting in the nursery, then as a teacher and now as pastor of Children’s Ministry. She feels called to this position and is passionate about providing a quality program for our kids, disciplining and mentoring as we come alongside families bringing up Christ-followers.  Kids are not just the future of our church; they are a vital part of our church today. Investing in the children and youth programs honors God and brings His blessing to them and us. Peg and Gary have two adult daughters: Katie and Stephanie.
Dan Meyerpeter - Youth and Families Pastor
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Dan joined River Ridge Covenant Church from Northern California where he has served as the youth minister for Trinity Presbyterian Church and Discovery Christian Church. Prior to that he served as the Executive Director of Church Volunteer Network, a parachurch organization in Sacramento. Dan graduated from UC Davis with a degree in history and is currently studying at Western Seminary. Dan is married to Paige, who is very involved in youth ministry with him. Dan is passionate about creating opportunities for students from single parent homes to connect with positive adults in the Church. Dan enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, and skiing. Dan and Paige have two dogs, Lance and Judah.
Hilda Beirne - Administrative Assistant
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hildaHilda Beirne has been the administrative assistant at River Ridge Covenant since July of 2008. She is married to Timothy and together they have two grown children and a wonderful son-in-law. Hilda enjoys trips to British Columbia to see her mom, and trips to the local thrift stores or garage sales.
Dennis Anderson - Church Administrator
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Dennis ADennis is responsible for policy development, business administration, and facilities management. A longtime member of our congregation, in 2015 he joined our staff part-time after retiring from government service. He and his wife, Lynette, have been married over 30 years. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren (so far).
Sue Harwood - Office Volunteer
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Harwood Sue2014Sue Harwood began volunteering in the church office in 2013. She loves the work and the people. Sue became a widow in 2001 after nearly 30 years of marriage. She has six step-children, ten step-grandchildren, and four step-great grandchildren—all living in Washington. She enjoys spending time with friends, working at church and visiting the kids when possible.