Rivers Church Leaders
Who We Are
Our Team & Leadership
Our Pastor: Chris Kitts
Founding & Lead Pastor
Chris and his wife Kelly where married in 1993. They both attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. Chris has served both bi-vocational and vocational ministry. Chris worked in the Abilene Independent School District as well as a Head Start teacher and school administrator in the North Texas area. With over 20 years in ministry, Chris has worked at Trinity Baptist in Abilene, TX; Calvary Baptist in Taylorville, IL and Granbury Baptist in Granbury, TX. Chris and Kelly Kitts have 2 daughters, Kelci and Kadi.
Josiah and Laura Thompson helped plant the church in 2008.
Over the years the roles and responsibilities of Josiah and his wife Laura have grown. Josiah serves as our worship Pastor where he leads our music and worship band. Josiah is also in charge of our men’s discipleship. Laura leads Rivers Kid’s Ministry. They have three children; two daughters Kensley and Olivia and a son in the middle, Braylyn.
He and his wife, Katie, are graduates of Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. Justin also leads our men’s ministry while Katie leads the women’s ministry. They have 2 children Marlee and Finn. The Burtons have been with us from the beginning; in fact, Chris was Katie’s youth pastor way back in the year 2000.