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Our Staff

Jessica Scholten


     The Reverend Jessica Scholten Jess is our Pastor, Head of Staff, who started in December of 2017. She preaches and teaches regularly, works closely with staff and ministry teams, moderates the Session, and provides pastoral care. Jess graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, with a B.A. in English and went directly across the road to seminary, where she graduated from Western Theological Seminary in 2001. 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. Contact Jess at jess@riverglen.org.

Michael Bittel

Parish Associate

Pastor Michael is currently serving as a Parish Associate giving 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.  

Barbara Carmichael

Parish Associate

     Pastor Barbara is currently serving as a Parish Associate giving 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 Chicago, Illinois and her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. She is married with two grown children and two grandchildren.

Len Bogacki

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.

Peg McCall

Peg is a member of our Office Staff.


Email: office@riverglen.org

Joyce Lawson

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.

Megan Elder

Director of Children and 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 for 13 years to her husband, Justin. They have 3 girls Zoey, Mila, and Audrey, and a baby boy named Wells.

Caryn Perucca

Caryn is a member of our Office Staff.

Email: office@riverglen.org