Being and making disciples who know God and make God known through worship, community, and mission.

pastors & Staff

Matt Arden

Lead Pastor/Elder

Matt was a surprise baby, the youngest of 3 sons, born and raised in Reno, NV. He has lived in Yuba/Sutter for nearly 20 years altogether with Tara, his wife of  '99. They have two daughters. Matt did his undergrad at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO and earned a Master of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY in 2006. He has been in ministry for 27 years serving as a worship and youth pastor at churches in both an urban and suburban context. He has been River Valley's Lead Pastor since March of 2013.

Matt's favorite verse is Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." The testimony of Matt's life is God's strength being demonstrated in our weakness. God's presence, love, forgiveness and grace have been clear even in the midst of many failures and losses!

Fun facts: Matt enjoys buying and selling collectibles and is an avid New Orleans Saints fan. He came to Yuba College in 1995 to play football for Yuba College and still aspires to be an athlete today.

Bob Comarsh

Associate Pastor (Music & Liturgy)

Bob was born and raised in the Yuba/Sutter area. Jesus rescued him when he was 6 years old and has been "growing him in grace" ever since. He has been married to Bridget for nearly 30 years. They have three grown children (2 by birth, 1 by marriage) and an 1 grandson . He earned a Master of Divinity from Gateway Seminary in 2021.  He currently serves RVC as an associate pastor over music and liturgy and is a part of our preaching team.
Fun facts: Bob enjoys music, Star Wars, the San Francisco Giants, Wordle, and coffee. He collects Starbucks mugs, vinyl records, wears Vans, and puts product in his beard.

Dan Abken

Associate Pastor (Community)

Dan was born in San Bernardino, CA. but considers Paradise, CA. his hometown. He has been married to Kathy for 51 years. They have two grown children and six grandchildren. He has been in ministry for over 30 years including 20 years as the senior pastor of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Veneta, Oregon. He also worked as a land surveyor for 25 years. Dan attended Simpson Bible College in San Francisco, CA. and received additional pastoral training through the C&MA Ministerial Study Program. He currently serves as an associate pastor over our gospel community groups and is part of our preaching team.

Robert Choate



Troy Geierman

Finance Director

Vanessa Cisneros

Children's Director

Emily Abken

Assistant Children's Director

Trace DeNormandie

Lay Pastor (Inactive)