Pastor Rob Ketterling

Lead Pastor - River Valley Church

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Rob Ketterling is the founder and Lead Pastor of River Valley Church, a multisite church that launched in Minnesota in 1995. It has since grown into a thriving church with over 8,500 in attendance across eight U.S. campuses with plans for further expansion in the future.

Through his unique and practical preaching style, vision casting and gifts of leadership, Rob encourages people to live out River Valley’s mission of cultivating an authentic, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the author of several books including Change Before You Have To and Front-Row Leadership and currently serves on several organizational boards including the Lead Team of the Association of Related Churches (ARC). Rob loves traveling and spending time with his wife Becca and also enjoys time on the golf course.

You can follow Rob Ketterling on Facebook and @robketterling on Instagram and Twitter.


River Valley Leadership Institute Staff

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Terry Parkman

Director, River Valley Leadership Institute

Terry is the NextGen Pastor at River Valley Church as well as the Director of River Valley Leadership Institute. His heartbeat is for this “emerging generation” of youth and young adults and helping them to discover their purpose, developing them as leaders, and empowering them to step out into the plan of God for their lives. He lives in the Minneapolis-metro area with his wife Christina and his daughter Avalie. 


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Dasha Polyakova

Assistant Director, River Valley Leadership Institute

Dasha Polyakova serves as the Assistant Director of the River Valley Leadership Institute. Her various past leadership positions held in organizations around the world have helped fuel and inform her passion to see the next generation trained, resourced and empowered. Through a practical and relational approach, Dasha leverages her experience to help others discover their gifts, develop their passions and follow their call.



Ashley Gamer

RVLI Coordinator, River Valley Leadership Institute

Ashley Gamer was hired at River Valley Church in August of 2017 as the RVLI Admin Assistant, after interning with RVLI for nearly two years. Ashley graduated from the University of Northwestern St. Paul in 2015 with a bachelors degree in ministry. She is passionate about the local church, and loves to be a part of a team that helps people grow and develop in ministry and their relationship with the Lord. Ashley loves spending time with her friends, summer weather, a good cup of coffee, and Indian food.