Rev Loril Hawk, Pastor
Pastor Hawk did her undergraduate work at Seattle Pacifiic University earning her BA in Psychology, then studied at Fuller Theological Seminary where she received her M Div Degree. She has served churches in Michigan, Kentucky, Montana and Colorado.
She comes to us from a 17th century congregation in New Jersey. She brings a wealth of experience having worked as head-of-staff, pastoral assistant, youth director, trauma center chaplain, singles ministry leader and contemporary worship leader. Additionally she has leadership training in Alpha, Kerygma and Stephen's Ministry; also she is a certified Prepare/Enrich Pre-Marital and Marital Counselor. Her "family" consists of a Golden Retriever, a Golden Doodle, three cats and four parrots, plus a horse named "Griffin."
Her ideal church "..passionately loves Jesus Christ and strives to follow him. It is open and welcoming to all who come for fellowship and community. This church has a deep and committed desire to grow in their faith and live into their commitment of discipleship. This church welcomes diverse worship styles... and they also celebrate diversity within and outside their doors."
Pastor Hawk is a gifted preacher and teacher, who delivers down-to-earth, thought-provoking and engaging sermons that help us connect Scripture to our daily lives. She has a wonderful sense of humor and a passion for Jesus Christ and seeks to share her faith in Christ through her sermons, her classes, and while walking with others on their own journeys of faith, helping them to know Jesus Christ in a personal and intimate way. She is also a musician and her instruments of choice are the guitar and drums.
Summer Pearson, Youth Mninistry Director
Summer Pearson serves as the Youth Ministries Director at Riverdale Church, and loves working with children and youth. Summer believes that the Children and Youth Ministry is a critical ministry; the goal is to develop respectful, strong, and spiritually-grounded young people into adult Christians with rock-solid faith and integrity. Summer has been inspiring people since she was a child through song and testimony. She is a gifted speaker, singer and songwriter who has the ability to impart hope and joy. Summer believes that leading others into the presence and knowledge of God is a high honor, and is committed to taking the gospel of Christ to the world. Summer also serves as a worship leader, substitute teacher, and hosts a weekly Christian Internet show on BRITE Radio. Summer is a proud mother of two precious boys. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Math from Emory University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.
Peggy Lint, Office Administrator
Peggy joined the staff at Riverdale in July of 2008. Prior to that she worked 25 years for National Capitol Presbytery as receptionist, office administrator and bookkeeper. She also works one day a week for 'Scenic American', an environmental agency, as their office manager and bookkeeper.
She and her husband Richard are active members at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Hyattsville, where they have been members for over 40 years. Peggy and Richard live in Riverdale Park, and enjoy playing with their grandson, camping, bowling and surf-fishing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Michael Hopkins-Gross, Music Director
Michael was born in Baltimore and grew up with a passion for music, with his formal training beginning when he received piano lessons at the age of 7. He is an alumnus of the Maryland State Boychoir where he also served on the staff as a music theory instructor, accompanist, and conducting scholar. He has served as the Assistant Music Director of the Glorystar Children's Chorus in Potomac, MD, where he was in charge of the Chamber Choir and Men's Ensemble. Michael presently studies voice and composition. Michael is an active composer and arranger in a wide variety of style and is most at home in the choral idiom. He has received various commissions in the Baltimore area. His works are performed by ensembles and artists throughout MD. He received a BM degree in music composition from the University of Maryland and is currently finishing a degree in choral/general music education.
Cassell Helton, Children's Ministry Director
Cassell is excited to join Riverdale as the new children's ministry leader. He brings years of experience and music ministry in his work with children and youth. Cassell is a contemporary gospel singer and previously supported Riverdale's contemporary service.