Staff

Say hello to the leadership team at The River

Meet our leadership

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Billy Pate - Pastor

Billy Pate began pastoring The River in 2009. Since then, he oversaw the church's move from downtown Burkburnett to our current location. Billy is married to his wife of 26+ years, April. They have three children, Gabe, Zoe, and Zane. Billy loves the outdoors and has a passion for ministry.

April Pate - Administrator

April Pate is the wife of Pastor Billy Pate. She serves The River in an administrative capacity. From graphics, to finances, to events, she works in a variety of ways. April loves spending time with her family, taking road trips, and is always ready for coffee!

Ryan Riggs - Family and Ministry Pastor

Ryan Riggs has a passion for seeing the various ministries of the church reach their full potential. Ryan is married to his wife of 10+ years, Shayla, who has partnered with him in all his ministry endeavors. They have four children, Noah, Eli, Isabella, and Olivia.

Phil Addy - Youth Pastor

Phil Addy joined The River leadership team in 2020 as the pastor of student ministry. Phil is married to his wife of 23+ years, Sarah and they have 3 children. Phil is a retired veteran and loves spending time on his family farm.

Andrew & Megan Cox - Directors of Kids Ministry

Andrew & Megan joined the River leadership team in 2021 as directors of kids ministry. Andrew loves to DJ, and goes by DJ Disciple Drew; Megan is his wife and ministry partner. They have 5 wonderful children of their own.

Bonnie Hoggatt - Nursery Director

Bonnie Hoggatt is a founding member of The River. She has been a dedicated worker in every capacity, her passion and talent for ministering to young children is unmatched.