Meet our Pastor, Our Elders & The Rest of our leadership Team


Hello! My name is David Skinner and I am the Senior Pastor at The River of Life Church. My wife Gena and I met at Texas Tech while attending the Trinity Church College Group, and we recently celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary in December. We have 4 awesome children: Maegan and Andrew Meynig live in Leander, where Maegan teaches high school math and Andrew is a property manager. Alyssa will graduate in May from St. Edwards University in Austin. Our youngest, Reece is a sophomore track athlete at Texas Tech. We have been in ministry for over 30 years and are excited about this new chapter in our life. We have spent the past 25 years in the Austin/San Antonio area sharing the truth of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit in several United Methodist Churches. I am looking forward to humbly serve as your pastor. I firmly believe that God has amazing things in store for The River and we are excited to get to be a part of it.

David Skinner

senior pastor

Our Elders

Glen Gibbs


Eddy Allyn




Valeria Villanueva

Creative Director

My name is Valeria but you can call me Val for short. I have been at The River for about 3 years. I am responsible for all the creative elements at The River. If you are into photography, videography & graphic design email me! I would love to connect with other fellow creatives. My hope and prayer is that our church grows and that we are able to minister to the people of Abilene.

Kristyn Velasquez

Host team leader

Hello! My name is Kristyn. I am a wife to a railroader, momma to 2 busy boys, and a soon to be special education teacher. I love where our church is heading and I have the amazing privelage of plugging in volunteers. I also help by leading Wednesday’s Group! 

Isaiah 40:30-31


Matt & Megan Sapp

River students leader

Matt and Megan met while attending college in Virginia and both were on a traveling acting team that was sharing the good news of Jesus. They have recently moved to Abilene where Matt will be completing an MA in Old Testament at ACU and Megan is teaching 8th grade english at Merkel Middle School. Fun Facts: Matt once skydived over Hawaii and Megan is an identical twin. 


Megan Whittington

river kids coordinator

Hi! My name is Megan. I am a railroad wife, mom to 3, and a Special Aide at Jim Ned Lawn. I plan lessons for our 3’s & 4’s class, as well as our Children’s Church. I also get the blessing of teaching these lessons to our future disciples during out Sunday Children’s Church and Wednesday Kid’s services, to our 5 yrs – 5th grade. If you ever want to see Gods word from a different angle and hear questions you may have never thought of before; then discuss The Word with a child. You may be surprised what you will learn and how you will help our children’s understanding.

Matthew 19:14


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