Roger Mantel And Family
Pastor Roger Mantel is a gifted preacher who has a passion for ministry. Speaking and teaching about God's Word and seeing the Holy Spirit transform lives through the message of the gospel brings him great satisfaction. He loves people and thrives in any environment where he can be ministering to and connecting with others in the name of Jesus.
Roger has over 15 years full-time ministry experience. Eight of those years were in youth ministry. He received his MDiv. from Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. However, he will say the degree has less value than life experience, ministry experience, and living out what he has learned from the study of God's infallible Word.
Roger loves hunting, camping, and fishing. He is a musician, and met his wife, Christy, when they were in a Christian band together, touring the country in a 15 passenger van.
Don't let the fact that Roger is a California native fool you. He put his surf board aside to value life as a Godly husband and father. He is blessed to have three arrows in his quiver: David, 26. Arielle, 24. Moriah, 20. Roger and Christy have been married for 27 years, and have homeschooled and graduated all three of their children.
Christy is busy in ministry as well. She is currently writing Sunday School curriculum for Answers in Genesis. She has worked alongside her husband through his years in ministry, helping him teach youth and working behind the scenes administratively. She has a degree in music, but would prefer to be known by her faith and ministry to family and church. Christy loves scrapbooking and cooking for her family.
Their son, David, lives in Chicago and works for The Salvation Army. He leads worship for a traveling Salvation Army worship team, and spends his free time recording and producing albums.
Arielle works full time at a pediatrics office in Bright, IN. She is on the worship team here at River Valley and blesses us each week with her beautiful voice.
After Moriah graduated high school, she started her own cleaning business with two friends, and is saving money to move to Nashville and get an English degree.
"He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant not of the letter but of the Spirit;
for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." 2 Corinthians 3:6