Lead Pastor - Ricky Jones
Ricky, Bianca and their four boys moved to Tulsa to plant RiverOaks in January 2006. Before coming to Green country, Ricky worked with Reformed University Fellowship as a campus minister at Mississippi State University and Delta State University.
Ricky grew up in the small town of Dresden, Tennessee and has an unhealthy affinity for Blue Collar Comedy. He went to seminary at R.T.S. in Jackson, Mississippi and received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt.
Executive Pastor - Jonathan Dorst
Jonathan was born in Pittsburgh, PA and has lived a number of places on the East Coast and in the Southwest. He and his wife met at Baylor University, got married his last semester, and then went to seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary- Charlotte. After seminary, Jonathan was an Assistant Pastor at two churches in South Carolina and Virginia. In 2003, they moved to Stillwater, OK to plant Grace Church Stillwater (PCA) and lived there for 11 years. In June of 2014, they moved to Tulsa for Jonathan to work at RiverOaks.
Jonathan and Rachel have two children, Madeleine and Eliza, who attend Jenks schools. Jonathan has a degree in music education, plays classical, fingerstyle guitar and has led music at many churches. He is also an avid film fan and is slowly working on an online Masters of Films Studies.
Church Planting Apprentice - Raul Bermudez
Raul Bermudez was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Fort Worth Texas. After High School, he joined the Marines. While serving, the Lord called him into the ministry. After his service, he attended Southwestern AG University, and Regent Seminary. He is ordained in the Southern Baptist Church and has served the church for over ten years. He has served as a missionary providing theological education to Cuban pastors and leaders.
He has worked with diverse organizations in developing Hispanic church leaders in the U.S. and internationally for the past 10 years. His experiences also include: serving as an Adjunct Professor in various seminaries, speaking on Latin missions at various conferences, Hispanic theological education, planting a church, being a senior pastor, and teaching as an undergraduate professor.
He and his wife Yaidelin feel called to serve Tulsa by planting a Hispanic church. They have three children Yaidrelis, Samuel and Vasti. Their family is a mix of Cuban, Puerto Rican and good old fashioned American.
Youth Pastor - Ross Turner
By the grace of God, Ross came to Christ at the early age of 5 through His parents’ ministry. Before going to college, Ross attended Liberty Church in Broken Arrow for 8 years and was shaped by its Student & Music Ministry. He attended Edison Preparatory School and then Oklahoma State University, graduating with a degree in Music Education (Orchestral Studies). Ross played for the Tulsa Symphony and Tulsa Opera before moving to Dallas in preparation for vocational ministry.
While attending OSU, Ross was called to ministry at the age of 20. His heart has been shaped by God to “bridge the gap” between the pre-teen and young adult years, especially in light of the great falling away of students from Christian professions during this time of life.
Ross and his wife, Elizabeth both attended Dallas Theological Seminary and received their Master’s degrees, Ross in Christian Education, Elizabeth in Biblical Counseling. Elizabeth is an LPC (OK and TX), and works as a therapist. They have one daughter, Evangeline (“Elle”), who is a very recent and joyful addition to their family!
Church Administrator - Jason Averill
Jason was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He and his wife Esther began attending RiverOaks in 2008 and became members in 2010. A few years later, in 2012, he graduated with a BS in Biblical and Theological Studies from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Jason started working part-time at RiverOaks as an administrative assistant in May of 2012 and was promoted to church administrator January 1st, 2013.
Esther and Jason had their first child, Mykah, late that same year.
Director of Women's Ministry - Caroline Royal
Caroline moved to Tulsa in August 2017 to join the staff at River Oaks as Director of Women's Ministry. She moved to Tulsa from New York City were she served on staff at Redeemer Presbyterian Church East Side leading the youth ministry. In addition, while in NYC, she served homeless women in recovery through the Bowery Mission. Before NYC, Caroline served college students as an RUF intern at Western Kentucky University from 2011-2014.
Originally from Macon, GA, Caroline is the youngest of 5 kids and has 7 nephews and 2 nieces. She's enjoys exploring the local food and music Tulsa has to offer, riding her bike, and cooking fresh produce from the farmer's market.
Nursery Coordinator - Shannan Stitt
Shannan is a mother of three, so she understands that people have questions regarding childcare at RiverOaks. Please feel free to contact her with any concerns you might have or if you are interested in volunteering in the nursery and she will be more then happy to get back to you.
The Elders at RiverOaks lead our church with a "big-picture" vision of our mission and ministry. They wholeheartedly devoted to Christ’s Church, and they seek to serve our congregation and our community by humbly offering their wisdom, their time and energy, and prayer. If you need prayer, wise counsel, or ever just someone to talk with about your struggles, you can’t do better than these men. Listed below are the men currently serving:
Shepherding Elders focus on the spiritual needs of people in the church. They hold a monthly prayer meeting that is open to anyone who would like to be prayed for, and are available for counsel and visitation.
Glen Hall, Sr.
A Deacon (a word that means servant) carries out the works of mercy and service in the Church. He tends to the poor inside the church and out, and takes care of the church’s financial and practical concerns. He is a man you would feel comfortable talking to if you need help.