PASTORS & STAFF
Jim & Karen Britton
Founders / Lead Pastor
Jim Britton has been Senior Pastor at RiverSong Church since its founding January 1, 1985. Within six months he closed his Heating and Air Conditioning company to serve the church full-time. The challenge was on to see if the “Old-time, Holy Ghost” life could be ministered in a “non-religious”, contemporary setting.
Having lived in Springfield since 1960, he has a passion to see God’s abundant Life invade our city. Having a “Kingdom Culture,” Pastor Jim and the church are very connected to other churches, pastors, ministries, and programs in our city. He has been blessed to minister in several foreign countries, particularly Russia. He is gratefully married to Karen and has two children, Jim and Christiann, who have blessed them with six amazing grandchildren.
The food he could eat every day: Popcorn
Favorite place: My house
Musical instrument: Plays the 5-string banjo and listens to bluegrass music every week
Favorite movie: Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Most people don't know: Earned his private pilot license in 2003
Mike & Amanda Bruns
Michael Bruns joined RiverSong Church staff on March 1st, 2013 and serves as the Children’s Pastor. He fell in love with children’s ministry while working at summer camp during high school. Michael has a passion to not only see children saved, but to have them walk in the anointing of the Holy Spirit and experience the presence of God through worship. His desire is to help raise up world changers who know their identity in Christ from an early age. Michael married his best friend, Amanda, on July 14th 2002. They have twins, Noah and Liberty, who are beautiful testimonies to the goodness and faithfulness of God and a fulfillment of God’s promise to them. In 1998 he completed the first year of The School of Discipleship at Miracle Mountain Ranch in Pennsylvania, and has served in the children’s department at RiverSong for 10 years.
Hobbies: Baking, carpentry, and computers
Favorite Movie: The ORIGINAL Star Wars trilogy
Favorite Job before becoming a pastor: Pediatric R.N.
Food Weakness: Schuler's Powdered Sugar Custard Donuts
Favorite Place: Wherever his wife and kids are
Stephen & Jenny Bell
Stephen Bell joined the RiverSong Church staff April 10, 2016 and serves as the Associate Leader. His life is marked by the supernatural and his vision is to equip and empower believers of all ages to influence society with the gospel. Stephen married the woman of his dreams, Jenny, on January 19, 2002. He and Jenny have four amazing children, Jasmine, Judah, Savannah, and Scarlett. As a family, they love the beach, watching good movies at the drive-in, and enjoying the fire pit in their back yard. Stephen completed a Discipleship Training School and a Basic Leadership School with YWAM in 1998 and 2000. He also graduated from the 1st year Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in 2011.
Favorite Movie: Jason Bourne
I love playing: baseball, Risk, and corn hole
Favorite food: Hamburger, fries, and buffalo wings
Accomplishments: Authored a book Revolutionized by Grace
Most people don't know: I have traveled to 11 countries
Favorite place: The beach