Our Leadership


Mark Palmer

Mark Palmer

Lead Pastor

Mark’s heart is to have people understand their freedom in Christ (Physically, Financially, & Spiritually) and that true worship to God does not just come on Sunday morning, or that it only comes from a song. True worship comes from the heart and can be expressed in any number of ways. Here at the church, we want to give people ample opportunity to express themselves through their God given talents.

Pastor Mark and his wife, Jill, have three children. Pastor Mark has been serving here at the church since 1996, and has a BA with a major in communications. Pastor Mark sees himself as an eternal student.


Jill Palmer

Jill Palmer

Director of Women's Ministry

Jill has been serving alongside her husband, Mark, in various ministries at the River Church since 1998. Together they have done youth and children’s ministry with Jill always serving in women’s ministry in one way or another. In 2012 she took over the role of director of Women’s Ministry and loves to see women make connections and experience His true freedom.

She came to Durango in 1994 for college (has a degree in Biology) and never left. This is where she dedicated her life to Christ, met Mark and discovered her God-given dreams and passions. When she is not working with the women of the River church she is busy taking care of, and homeschooling, their 3 children, reading, writing and occasionally binging on a series on Netflix.


Steve Quisenberry

Steve Quisenberry

Executive Pastor

Steve has been a pastor for nearly 30 years in various states (California, Wyoming, Florida, North Carolina and Idaho) and been on staff at TRC since 2009. Steve has the oversight of the finances, facilities and missions. He would like to see everyone go on a mission trip so that they can become aware of the world around us, and the needs of different people groups.

Steve and his wife Lori, have been blessed with 12 children during their 37 years of marriage. 2 of their kids still live with them at home. They also have 6 son’s/daughter’s in-law, and have 12 beautiful grandchildren. Steve loves music and old movies, so you’ll often find him at home on a Sunday afternoon watching an old musical or classic film.


Andy Sloan

Andy Sloan

Youth Pastor

Andy and Rebecca moved over from Harpenden, England in October ’15 after working at YWAM (Youth with a Mission) there in England for 7years.

Rebecca is originally from here in Durango and Andy is from England where they both met and got married back in 2012. They have a little boy who was born in September 2015 called Finnley. As a family they love living here in Durango and looking forward to see what the furture has for them living in Colorado.

They enjoy board games, drinking tea, watching the Marvel Universe expand and the wonderful community here at The River.

Andy also is currently is building a recording studio in the church building and is very passionate about creating music that has a message of Hope and purpose. Watch this space!


Susan Williams

Susan Williams

Children's Pastor

Susan moved back to Durango in December 2015, after spending 2 years traveling and ministering throughout the United States and South America.  She started working with the children here at the River Church in February 2016. She has a passion for the children at The River Church to experience God. She has started a garden outside of the chapel to help children be able to experience the wonderful creation that is around them.

She enjoys spending time with her PTMW (Pre-Teen Merge Wednesday) girls and spending time in the great outdoors.  Susan has visited all 50 states and has a wanderlust spirit to travel the whole world.