Aran and Rachel are the Senior Ministers of Riverside Church. Married for over 20 years they are passionate about loving God and loving people and having a whole lot of fun in between the two. They have 3 incredible children, Joshua, Bethan and Nathan.
They have a real heart to lead a vibrant contemporary fun filled church that impacts its local communities as well as developing a new generation of leaders.
Aran and Rachel met whilst working on an AOG Home Missions Team, where they were involved in church planting, evangelism and various youth work projects. They were married in 1994 and settled in Saffron Walden Essex assisting the local AOG church as youth pastors eventually becoming assistant ministers. Aran also served as a local Police Officer within Hertfordshire Constabulary. Rachel has a vocational background within HR, training and wages/payroll
In January 2003 they felt a clear call of God to relocate to Exeter and were invited to serve on the ministry team with the senior minister John Partington at Riverside Church. In 2006 Aran and Rachel were appointed as senior leaders of the church.
Aran is high energy, fun and brings an evangelistic edge to the church, he regularly leads global mission teams all over the world. He has recently completed his MA in Missional Leadership. He loves cricket, golf and rugby and is a huge Exeter Chiefs fan, he’s also a Nottingham Forest fan but doesn’t seem to mention this much.