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

pastors & Staff



Matt Arden

Lead Pastor



Bob Comarsh

Associate Pastor



Dan Abken

Associate Pastor



Robert Choate

Lay Pastor (Active)



Tara Arden

Operations Director  

Tara grew up in church and from an early age loved serving in various types of ministries. She graduated college with a Sociology major and minor in Missions. "The plan" was to enter the foreign mission field , but God's plan was to marry Matt Arden and move to Yuba City.  Definitely a foreign mission field compared to her home state of Illinois.  
She and Matt have been married for 22 years, have two daughters and have called Yuba Sutter home for 19 years.  Tara has served in various roles at River Valley, including working with Matt in the youth ministry and as RV Kids director.  In her current role, she feels God's pleasure as she gets to combine her God-given skills with the requirements of  Operations Director.  There's nothing like creating a good system, planning and organizing for the glory of God.

Fun facts: She plays the piano and flute. Enjoys a good conspiracy theory, or two.  



Emily Abken

River Valley Kids Lead Coordinator



Trace DeNormandie

Lay Pastor (Inactive)



Andrew Mote

Lay Pastor (Inactive)