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Our Pastor

Janet Riley is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  She received her B.A. from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and holds a Masters in Christian Education from Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, Tennessee as well as a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California.  In her ministry, Janet has served in a variety of different settings as Christian Educator, Chaplain, Associate Pastor, Co-pastor, Installed Pastor, and Interim Pastor.  Janet began serving as our Bridge Pastor in September 2018 and began serving as our Interim Pastor on July 1, 2019.

Janet has been a participant and trained as a facilitator in the Wellness Recovery Action Planning and Crisis Planning or WRAP program.  She has completed the Family to Family Program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mental Health First Aid Training, and a one day training for those who minister to youth impacted by suicidal desperation through the organization, Soul Shop.  Currently, Janet serves on the Board of Behavioral Health Alternatives in Wood River, Illinois, and is committed to helping others live their best life and is passionate about ministering to those who live with mental illness.

Her now young adult triplet sons have been the greatest teachers in her life helping her hone her skills in adaptive leadership.  One of her greatest joys is spending time with her granddaughter, Heidi who is just beginning first grade.   Her greatest challenge is training her large Anatolian Pyrenees puppy, Elijah who demands consistency and lots of praise and coaxing to obey.

Janet says, “I am grateful for the relationships I have formed here, and all that I have learned from you.  I am excited to see what God will be doing in the new chapter of this faithful community.”