River Glen is a place where adults, youth, and children eagerly learn how to be committed followers of Jesus. You will find an atmosphere of acceptance at River Glen as you ask the questions you need to ask to grow in your faith.
JOIN US ON SUNDAY MORNINGS
Worship Service is 10:30 AM
Services can also be viewed on You Tube
River Glen is a “come as you are” church, which includes your attire. We welcome every look from t-shirt and jeans to yoga pants to Sunday best.
River Glen's hospitality provides a great faith community by offering space for people to feel comfortable and cared for when gathered together. Join us for coffee, treats, and fellowship before and after Sunday service.
Sunday school and kids fellowship are available for all ages, 9:30-10:15 AM on Sunday mornings. Additionally, Sunday school for children ages 4 through 5th grade takes place during worship every Sunday except for the first and third Sundays of the month when we have communion.
As the Father sent me into the world, so I send you" is a commissioned piece of art by calligrapher Timothy Botts over the exit doors. It reminds us that the church extends beyond the building - wherever our members gather, the grace and fellowship of Christ is present. We seek to worship and learn together as well as serve the community of Naperville, surrounding areas, and throughout the world by actively serving outside our doors. When we do this, we strive to live out our mission statement: experiencing God's love and making Jesus known.
We believe in the foundation of faith as found in the Scriptures, which tell the story of God's love throughout history. Because Creator God lives in community as the Trinity with Christ and the Holy Spirit, we honor God and live most faithfully when we seek to be in loving community with God and with others. We understand God to be at work in the world, believe in the grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, and seek the renewal and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. We believe we experience Christ most fully in worship, service, and the celebration of the sacraments of communion and baptism.
River Glen Presbyterian Church is a progressive church with an inter-generational ministry focus and a heart for service. The congregation is led by the Reverend Jessica Scholten as well as our governing board of spiritual leaders, the Session, and supported by a Board of Deacons and two parish associates, the Reverend Michael Bittel and the Reverend Barbara Carmichael. River Glen is known for its warm welcoming spirit, rich worship, and relevant preaching.
River Glen was founded in 1985 and is a part of a collection of churches called the Presbyterian Church (USA) which work together for mission and ministry to spread hope and God’s love. We believe this kind of connectional church is valuable for spiritual growth and working together for good in the world.
CHURCH LEADERSHIP & STAFF
Reverend Jessica Scholten, Jess started at River Glen in 2017. She preaches and teaches regularly, works closely with staff and ministry teams, moderates the Session, and provides pastoral care. She seeks to help others experience God's presence through faith practices and meaningful service to others and has the spiritual gift of hanging out.
Jess graduated from Hope College in Michigan, with a B.A. in English and from Western Theological Seminary in 2001.
Pastor Michael gives support to the leadership staff, and congregation. His roles involve pastoral care, preaching, and resourcing of discipleship ministries.
Michael has his Master of Divinity from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA and is a lifelong student. His interests include baseball, football, reading and golf. He married the strongest, coolest, and most talented person he ever met, Mary, and they have two dogs, Grant and Maizy.
Pastor Barbara gives support to the leadership and staff in our various ministries. Her roles involve some preaching, teaching, pastoral care and resourcing of discipleship ministries.
Barbara served in full-time pastorates in Houston, Texas and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin before retiring and answering the call to serve at River Glen.
She has her Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Illinois and her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary in California. She is married with two children and two grandchildren.
Director of Music
Joyce is River Glen’s Director of Music. She oversees and coordinates all of the music ministry programs in addition to directing the chancel choir and contemporary service worship teams. Joyce has served River Glen in this capacity since 2007 and has worked in music ministry for over 22 years. Joyce has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Ball State University and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University. She is married to Kent and they have two children, Aaron and Danielle.
Director of Youth Ministries
Len has been a part of River Glen for over 10 years, and is active in music ministry here also. He is currently a Teaching Assistant at Metea Valley High School, and has worked in education since 2012. Youth ministry is an important part of his life, having been involved in youth groups throughout his adolescence. Prior to serving in this role, Len was a volunteer youth leader at River Glen for 4 years, assisting with mission trips and weekly activities. You may see him biking around town with his wife, Nicole. They live in Aurora with their dog, Bernie.
Director of Children & Family Ministries
Megan began as the Director of Children and Families Ministries in the summer of 2018. She attended Concordia University to become a Director of Christian Education. She then spent 10 years working for Young life. Megan is married her husband, Justin and they have 3 girls Zoey, Mila, and Audrey, and a baby boy named Wells.
DIRECTIONS TO RIVER GLEN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
River Glen Presbyterian Church is located on Raymond Drive just north of Ogden Avenue. If you are headed North the church is on your right (East) side.
Service is held on Sunday's at 10:30 AM.