Jesus Christ is the Head of His Church, and each member of His church has been entrusted with His Spirit, spiritual gifts, and responsibility to help the Church be healthy (1 Cor 12:13, Eph 4:11-16). In light of this, we value a congregational government that meets quarterly to make decisions together, guided by the elders.
Our staff are:
Administrative Assistant Becky Sell
Becky grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Eureka, WI, the youngest of three kids. After watching her parents give their life to Christ when she was 12 years old and seeing the remarkable change in their relationship and lives, she knew without a doubt that God was real and the power of Christ can do the impossible. She graduated from Omro and went to UW-Oshkosh to get a degree in Graphic Communications. In college, she met Andy, and they dated for nearly three years before getting engaged to be married. They lived briefly in Colorado Springs before moving back to Wisconsin to start a direct-market farm on Becky’s family farm. Ten years later and a whirlwind of epic failures, incredible wins, job changes, start-up companies and some massive faith-growth, Becky and Andy now have four children, live in Berlin and just keep following God’s path, one step at a time. If you are interested in the journey that has become their reward, you can read all about it at Becky’s blog: ourfarmdiary.blogspot.com, which she and Andy have been keeping since 2008. And now the latest, working for the church that they fell in love with in 2017, is a dream come true.
Worship Director Chad Raisleger
Chad grew up in a small family in Green Bay, WI. His earliest musical memories are of having basically been raised in the choir loft of his Catholic church where his parents sang for over 25 years. Chad joined a rock band his senior year of high school called Annex and they were fortunate to travel all over the states for many years. After high school, Chad studied music education at the University of Green Bay. Chad and Jill were married in 2002 and grew their family while serving in a full time role at Celebration Church where Chad was the music director and Campus Pastor at 2 of their 3 locations. Stepping out of full time ministry in 2019, Chad spent a year and a half driving semi praying about his next steps in ministry. It was clear that music ministry was his calling and quickly doors began to open at River Shores. Chad’s desire is to learn while leading and to create an atmosphere of worship where distractions are removed, allowing people to experience God in a personal and awesome way.
Youth Pastor Andrew Barber
Andy was raised in Lake Zurich, IL. He graduated from Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley, CA with a degree in Biblical Studies. He spent many years working in a variety of roles at Fort Wilderness Camp in McNaughton, WI. While assisting in directing youth camps at Fort his love for youth ministry grew. After his years at camp Andy served as the Bible Teacher for High School students at Valley Christian High School in Oshkosh, WI for 4 years. Andy loves working with youth as they step towards adulthood and take greater ownership of their own faith. He joined the staff at River Shores in 2022.
Pastor Casey Getz and Children’s Director Katie Getz
Casey is originally from Morton, IL. He graduated with a major in Chemistry from Trinity International University in 2002, which is where he met his wife Katie. After graduation he worked at Abbott Laboratories as a Chemistry Lab Technician for 2 years, while playing in the Christian band “Oak from Ash.” In 2004, he married Katie, started serving at Terrace Shores as a worship pastor, and began taking seminary classes by extension through Trinity. In 2009 he completed his Master of Divinity degree there. Casey and Katie then helped Terrace Shores plant a second site in Berlin, WI, “River Shores,” which was launched in September 2009. Casey also enjoys writing & recording music (See his website). The Getzes live in Berlin and have four children: Henry, Merian, Emmett, and Lincoln.
Katie grew up in Markesan, WI, as a pastor’s kid at Terrace Shores Church. She graduated from Trinity International University and graduated with a biology degree (& dating her future husband.) Katie then went to UW-Oshkosh, graduated as a registered nurse, and worked at the Berlin Memorial Hospital. Katie worked for a couple years teaching at Valley Christian School (in Oshkosh) before coming to work at the church. River Shores & serving the people of Berlin have been a passion of Katie’s since the beginning, so coming to work here feels like home. When she is not dancing & playing with the kids at church, she can be found cheering on her own kids at their events.
Elders – Mike Kargl, Donn Wright, Randy Potratz & Casey Getz
Church Treasurer – Victoria Hill
Financial Secretary – Mike Kargl
Building and Grounds – Steve Verbust
Missions Team lead – Donn Wright
Hospitality Team – Tanya Pulvermacher (Potlucks), Becky Sell (Coffee), Ann McCarthy (Security), Craig Piekarski (Ushers)
Compassion Team – John Zinke (Calls, Visits), Belinda Stevens (Meals), Maureen Heet (Prayer), Kari Kittel (Cards)