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Pastoral Leadership


Eric James | Worship Pastor

James Family 2019Eric grew up in a Christian home but didn't come to a saving knowledge of Jesus until after college. Eric has his B.A. in Information Technology from Kennesaw State University.

As Worship Pastor, Eric serves Rivertown Church by taking primary responsibility for leading our congregation in worship through song each Sunday. He also serves through discipleship, pastoral care, and preaching. Eric loves adventuring outdoors with his family and equipping others to enjoy God through the study of his Word. He and his wife Heather have three boys and three girls. 

Email: eric(at)

David Townsend | Discipleship Pastor

TownsendsDavid was born and raised in North Carolina where he started following Jesus as a young adult. He felt the call to ministry as a freshman at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, majoring in Philosophy and Religion. David completed his M.A. in Intercultural Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and while there, met his wife Kaitlyn. Together they felt called to make Jesus known in Vermont.

As Discipleship Pastor, David serves Rivertown Church in taking primary responsibility for the direction and multiplication of our discipleship groups. David also serves Rivertown Church through teaching, pastoral care, leadership development, and preaching. David geeks out over many hobbies, including cycling, coffee roasting, skiing, and anything that interests him. The Lord has been kind to David by giving him Kaitlyn as a wife, and Juniper as a daughter.

Email: david(at)

Ben Whittinghill | Lead Pastor

The Whittinghills May 2019.JPGBen came to Christ at an early age in Atlanta, GA, and was called by God to pastor as a Junior at the University of Georgia. After finishing his business degree, Ben served as Discipleship Pastor of the City Church in Kennesaw, GA while completing his M.Div. at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

As Lead Pastor, Ben serves Rivertown Church in taking primary responsibility for vision, preaching, and equipping the church for the work of ministry. He also serves in pastoral care and leadership development. He is passionate about Jesus, his family and friends, discipleship, and coffee. God has greatly blessed Ben and his wife Kayla with five boys and a girl. 

Email: ben(at)

Ministry Team Leaders 

Jessie Weeks | Kids Ministry Director

Weeks FamJessie Weeks is a California girl who has now lived most of her life in Vermont. She and her husband Nate came to Christ as adults and are both passionate about seeing people come to know and follow Jesus as the only source of hope and salvation.

As our Kids Ministry Director, Jessie serves the families Rivertown Church in leading a team of volunteers to create opportunities for kids to learn about Jesus and his gospel in a safe and fun environment. She also serves as the church's administrative assistant. Jessie enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with family. 

Email: jessie(at)


Elizabeth Burns | Women's Discipleship Director

Liz BurnsLiz came to Christ as a freshman while pursuing a marketing degree at Georgia College and State University. After placing her trust in Jesus, Liz experienced authentic discipleship through a ministry on campus, and the Lord developed in her a passion to see women discipled with the Word of God to know and walk with Jesus.  

As Women's Discipleship Director, Liz serves the ladies of our church by training and equipping them to know and love Jesus in his Word and to make disciples. Liz also leads our Connect team to help create a hospitable and welcoming environment to guests of our church. Liz enjoys pretty much anything outside, reading, and a quality cup of coffee. 

Email: elizabeth(at)