Pastors & Staff

Ellis and Melinda Newman


Ellis and Melinda have pastored The River since 2006.  Their heart is to equip the people of God and extend the kingdom of God.  One of their greatest passions is to experience God's presence and see lives transformed by an intimate relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ.  One of their greatest privileges is to raise up the next generation of leaders and release them into their callings and destiny.
Ellis and Melinda have two adult children, Jordan Mitchell and Timothy "Tyler" Mitchell, his wife Tori and two grandsons, Aiden and Timothy.

Dean Fisher


Dean Fisher, a native of Louisiana, along with his wife, Judy, began his pharmaceutical career of 30+ years working for Rucker Pharmacal Company in Shreveport, LA. After numerous mergers and buyouts he retired from Abbott Laboratories while living in Dallas. Shortly after retirement he and Judy moved to a ranch for abused and neglected children in the Texas hill country where they volunteered as “grandparents“ for over eleven years. In 2014 they moved back to Louisiana to be closer to family and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dean serves as elder at RCC.

Judy Fisher

Prayer Coordinator

Judy and Dean moved to the Natchitoches area after living in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas for 35 years. They started attending RCC in the summer of 2014. Judy served in Women’s Aglow while living in Houston, TX. When Dean was transferred to Dallas she was on staff in the Communications department of a North Dallas church. In 2003 they felt the Lord leading them to volunteer to live on a ranch for children in the beautiful Texas hill country. She presently serves as Prayer Coordinator at RCC.
Judy and Dean have three wonderful daughters, eight fabulous grandchildren and six super fabulous great-grandchildren.

Mary Teekell

Hospitality Ministry

Mary has been a member of the River Community Church since 2006 where she has held various roles as children's director, served on ministry teams, and is currently over hospitality ministry and eGroup facilitator. Mary has served as a staff member at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and Arts for over 20 years. She has a passion for being a vessel for God's kingdom and leading others to know Him. She is married to Tracy Teekell for 30 years and have two adult children, Blake and Brooke Teekell.

Eva Kingsley

Office Administrator, Media & Mission Coordinator

Eva is from Purwokerto, Indonesia. She left her business in 2013 to answer God's calling to serve as a full-time missionary in several different countries. She is passionate to share God's desire for a loving personal relationship with each individual.
Eva is happily married to David Kingsley, one of her supporters in doing mission work. They are looking forward to what God has in store for them to build His Kingdom.

Sebastian Alfaro Fontalvo

Youth Pastor

Sebastian Alfaro Fontalvo is from Cartagena, Colombia. A young man who is passionate about the word of God and those around him. His journey with God began when he was called to be fully committed to God’s work in his hometown, leaving school for almost a year and what he loved to do, in obedience to God’s calling. Down in Colombia he served as a worship minister and youth leader. After he came back from Colombia, he became the worship leader for Celebrate Recovery program at First Baptist Church Natchitoches, also, he worked as their second trumpet player in their orchestra. He served as well on campus ministry at NSU, sharing the word of God, serving in any way he could, and impacting the life of his friends and college mates through his lifestyle and devotion to God.
Sebastian is currently a Senior in NSU pursuing two degrees, in Music performance and Music Business.