Leadership Team

Pastors Paul and Margie Arends

Paul and Margie are the senior pastors of The River. They have served in full-time ministry for over 30 years, and they have a burning passion for the church to become that glorious Bride in the earth that fulfills its last days’ commission. They have been involved in planting churches and leading mission teams into other nations, equipping local believers and churches in power ministry. Together they co-lead a vibrant, healing community of believers who are preparing for the greatest move of God in history. Miracles and the supernatural works of the Kingdom of God are abundant in their ministry. Both Paul and Margie are powerful teachers and writers.


As a church family, we recognize that Paul and Margie are more than just "pastors" in the traditional understanding of the role. They are a spiritual father and mother, and they are raising up sons and daughters in many nations around the world. In addition to pastoral ministry, Paul and Margie are pursuing a vision from the Lord to provide an apostolic resource center that impacts Montana, the Northwest region, the United States, and many nations around the world. To this end, they minister extensively in other nations. In addition, they have founded Fire School, a training school for radical disciples of Jesus.


Paul and Margie have 4 children, all serving in the Kingdom, and 9 grandchildren.

Paul and Margie are ordained ministers of Global Awakening, the ministry of Randy Clark.


Pastor John Gabriel Arends

John is part of the pastoral leadership team at The River. He oversees many areas of ministry at The River, including worship, media, youth, and missions teams. He is a powerful teacher and has a passion for people to encounter God's supernatural power, truth, and love. John actively works to see this generation raised up into an unstoppable, on-fire force that lives to love God, even in sacrificial holiness.


As a songwriter and recording artist, John frequently leads worship at churches, conferences, and events locally, across the United States, and internationally. Many of his cutting-edge worship songs are being sung around the world. One of his greatest joys is raising up worship leaders and worship teams in other nations. (More information about John's music is available on johngabrielarends.com.)


John graduated from Regent University with a degree in professional communication. He is married to his beautiful bride Unisha, and they have three sons.


John is an ordained minister of Global Awakening, the ministry of Randy Clark.