Our Staff

  • Leah Leclerc - Office Administrator

    Leah Leclerc has been committed to serving Christ since childhood and has been involved in various ministries from age 13 to the present. She is passionate about worship, hospitality and children’s ministry and has served in those capacities here at River of Life and elsewhere. She served for 6 years as Children’s Pastor and Administrative Assistant at Life Changers International Ministries in Detroit, Michigan.

    Since moving back here from Michigan in 2008, she and her husband, Marc have attended River of Life. They became members in 2009 along with their three children and have been active in ministry with children, youth, hospitality, worship and more. 

    Leah joined the staff at River of Life as Office Administrator in June 2015 and is excited to bring her experience, passion and love of God and His people to that role.

  • Lindsay Ortega - Children's Ministry Coordinator

    Lindsay Ortega serves as the Children's Ministry Team Director. She is an elementary school teacher at Valley Christian Academy in Aurora where she has enjoyed ministering to students and families for the past seven years. 

    Prior to Aurora, she taught for the Bedford City Schools for over eight years, and prior to that she taught for a year in the Cleveland Heights/University Heights City Schools. 

    Having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College with a major in Psychology, she also holds a Masters of Education from John Carroll University. 

    Lindsay has a passion to guide and support children and their families to know, love and obey Jesus. Her other interests include fitness, travel, movies and music. She is the loving mother to her son, and they reside in Bedford.  

  • Jeff & Brianne Gilliland - Associate Pastor, Youth, Young Adults, and Worship Team

    Pastor Jeff joined the staff at River of Life as associate pastor in October 2016. He leads the young adult ministry and worship team ministry at River of Life, but as the associate pastor also gladly jumps in to whatever role is needed at the time. His primary ministry is to his wife, Brianne, and as a father to his five children; Noah, Caleb, Ember, Nathan, and Jasper. Jeff has a heart for worship, foundational discipleship, and seeing students learn to hear and obey God. He loves songwriting, music production, and drinking coffee. Jeff was ordained with Messenger Fellowship in 2015. He has a degree in Bible and Theology from Malone University and has been involved as a student and staff with Youth With A Mission for 10 years. 

  • Dinah Hodgson - Re3 Ministries & Prayer Coordinator

    What is Re3?  Click here to find out more:  Re3.pdf

  • Steve Stewart - Mens Discipleship & Accountability

  • Joe Daltorio - Lead Pastor

    Joe and his wife Janice founded River of Life Community Church in 1997. Joe serves as Director of Akron Community Transformation of Society (ACTS), a network of churches and leaders committed to spiritual transformation in Northeast Ohio. He also serves on the Board of HarvestNet, Steven Fry Ministries and is a member of the Executive Team of Messenger Fellowship since 2000. Joe has a heart for "four generation discipleship" and leadership development. He is commited to working with the regional Church toward community transformation and is also active in networking partnerships with the church in other countries.

    Check out Pastor Joe's Persoanl Blog at joedaltorio.com