Pastor Betsy Arnold
Pastor Betsy Arnold believes that God is love and that the closer we live in community with one another, the closer we grow to God. God’s love is for everyone. Seekers, believers, and questioners are all welcome when the River of Life Community gathers.
Betsy also believes in the healing power of narrative, especially the stories told by Jesus. In her preaching, Betsy focuses on what the Scriptures meant historically and how that impacts Christ’s followers living in the twenty first century.
In addition to being an ordained minister with a Master’s of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Betsy is also a social worker. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Indiana University and a clinical license in the great state of Indiana. She has worked with children and adults as a therapist.
Betsy considers her status as a wife and mother of three children to be among the greatest gifts God has given her. Betsy knows that life isn’t always smooth and that loving friends and family ease our burdens.
An author, Betsy has published three novels in the Tapestry Series under her full name, Cady Elizabeth Arnold. She is working on her fourth book in the epic fantasy genre. Her books are available on Amazon, or from the trunk of her car. 😉
Choir Director-Jason Crittendon
Jason has been directing the River of Life Christian Church (and the former Ninth Street Christian Church) Choir since 1999. Prior to his work in Logansport, Jason served as the Children’s Choir and Handbell Choir Director at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Knox, Indiana. Jason holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Saint Joseph’s College as well as graduate credits in conducting and score analysis from Indiana University. He gained directing skills as a student director of the College Choir, the pit orchestra in the theater department, and drum major of the marching band at Saint Joseph’s. He has taught instrumental music for 22 years in the Logansport school system and the Culver school system. Jason is an avid lover of music concerts, travel, and automobiles.
Administrative Assistant-Martha Brown
Pianist & Financial Secretary-Beth Chapman
Child Care-Alice Snyder
Pastor and Bible Teacher-Cary J. Green
Cary has taught an adult Bible Study class for more than 6 years. He has served as part-time Bible teacher and has preached sermons once or twice a month since April, 2019.
On October 15, 2022, Cary was asked to serve as pastor.
He wrote “Success Skills for High School, College, and Career.” His books are available in secular and Christian editions and have appeared on Best-Seller lists in College & University Student Life, Study Skills, Children & Teens Christian Ed, and Christian Youth Ministry.
Prior to starting his own business, Cary spent 20 years as a professor of soil chemistry and university leader. As a tenured full-professor, department chair, and associate dean, he has led a college-level recruiting and career center, academic department, and an academic programs office. He has supervised and evaluated over 35 university-level faculty and staff.
Cary is an award-winning educator with experience teaching 1,200+ students in courses ranging from graduate-level soil chemistry and environmental soil science to freshman orientation, senior seminar, and leadership. He also is an award-winning mentor with 20+ years of experience coaching 400+ students in the academic advising and college & career readiness space.
Cary received research funding from NASA (through the Center for Space Science, Texas Tech University), Soldier and Biological Chemical Command, and the Texas Department of Environmental Quality. He has been invited to present his research internationally. He has served as an environmental consultant with a dozen corporations and has published 30 refereed scientific papers and 150+ technical papers, presentations, and abstracts.
PhD, Iowa State University. Ames, IA. 1993. Soil Science.
MS, Iowa State University. Ames, IA. 1989. Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry.
• Premium for Academic Excellence Award. Iowa State University. 1987.
BS, Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN. 1987. Crop and Soil Science.
• Certificate of Achievement. Department of Agronomy. Purdue University. 1987.
National Leadership Development Programs Completed
• Food Systems Leadership Institute. Cohort 4. 2008-2010.
• ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development Program.