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Scott Menez
Teaching Pastor


Scott Menez began his ministry at Riverbend on September 20, 2015. He is the tenth Senior Pastor in Riverbend’s 62-year history.

Pastor Scott, who has been in the ministry for 34 years, has a passion to preach the glories of Christ and to train men to lead at home, at work and at church. He teaches annually at various conferences and for several years has helped train pastors overseas.

Born and raised in Walnut Creek, Calif., Pastor Scott became a Christian at a young age. He later moved to northern California where he began his ministry and met Gina, who became his wife. He became affectionately known in California as “The Cowboy Preacher,” as he used ranching for earning a living while serving as a church-planter.

For 21 years, he was involved in church planting in the rural parts of northern California (Cottonwood, Proberta and Lake City), as well as in Nevada and Oregon. He went on to serve six years as Teaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church of Hollister, Calif., prior to serving at Riverbend.

His theological training came through several schools in California, including The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, Butte College in Chico, Shasta Bible College in Redding and The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, where he received a divinity degree in pastoral ministry at age 40. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Cornerstone Seminary & Bible College and was a teaching professor there for seven years.

Pastor Scott enjoys camping, hunting, fishing and sports, especially baseball.

Pastor Scott and Gina (his wife of 30 years) have four sons—Colton (married to Becky), Conner, Caleb, Canon).

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 Bobby Caliendo
Pastor of Evangelism & Outreach

Bobby’s favorite ministry activity is evangelism and spending time with his wife, Heather of 15 years and their 4 boys. He enjoys many aspects of ministry, from teaching, preaching, discipleship, counseling, foster/adoptive care, as well as outreach opportunities that involve surfing and coaching youth sports. Bobby earned a finance degree from Stetson University, a Masters in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and worked as a financial analyst and CPA for 10 years before responding to God’s call into ministry. Bobby earned his Masters in Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017 and was ordained as an elder in 2019.

 

 

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Rick Cobb
Pastor of Worship & Facilities

In his 44th year of ministry and 29th year at Riverbend ... has a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas and undergraduate degree from Florida State University ... for 25 years directed the widely acclaimed Ormond Passion Play at Riverbend ... has been on mission trips to Belarus, Romania, South Africa ... wife: Claudia ... seven children ... three grandchildren.

 

 

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Brian Giaquinto
Pastor of Finance & Administration
 

 

 

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John Griffin
Pastor

John and his wife, Faye, are originally from Virginia.  They have been members at Riverbend Community Church for 12 years.  Formerly a Deacon, later ordained as a Lay Elder.  He is a decorated U.S. Air Force, Vietnam era, veteran of 22 years during which he served as an Air Traffic Controller at various locations around the world.  He earned a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautics and a Master's degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.  He earned his Doctorate in Education at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL.  Dr. Griffin is a tenured Associate Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he has taught Air Traffic Management for 17 years.  He and his wife have two adult sons, five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.  They also served as foster parents to 14 children.

 

 

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Jason Karr
Pastor of Education

In his 29th year of ministry and 19th year at Riverbend ... pastored Ormond-by-the Sea’s North Peninsula Baptist Church for 2.5 years prior to coming to Riverbend ... also served at Skycrest Baptist in Clearwater nearly four years ... has Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary ... also alum of Stetson University ... has served on Riverbend mission trips to Belarus, Russia, South Africa-Mozambique ... wife: Donna ... five children ... two grandchilden.

 

  

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Jerry Schaeffer 
Pastor of Communications, Membership & Senior Adults

In his 26th year of ministry (25th at Riverbend) ... has master’s degree in mass communication from Arkansas State University ... also done doctoral work in Biblical Studies at Master’s School of Divinity ... formerly: magazine editor with Southern Baptist Convention, newspaper sports editor, assistant athletic director at Arkansas State ... Army veteran who served in Vietnam war, earning Bronze Star ... has served on Riverbend mission trips to Belarus and Honduras ... wife: Pat ... two daughters ... eight grandchildren.

 

 

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Brian Shealy
Executive Pastor

Brian was born and raised in Greenville, S.C. ... attended Clemson University where he studied Architecture ... while serving in the Air Force as a B-52G Electronic Warfare Officer, he met his wife Myra ... they have eight children and one grandchild ... has ministered as a senior pastor in Guam, California and Florida ... received his seminary training at The Master’s Seminary and Baptist Bible Seminary ... also taught biblical languages at The Master’s Seminary ... In 2012 began The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, Calif., and served as Dean.