Our Staff Members

The staff at The River Church of the Nazarene has spent many years commited to Christian service. Our staff enjoys serving our community, whether in sharing our faith or just lending a helping hand. Here are a few of The River Church of the Nazarene's staff members, starting with Mark Massey:

Mark Massey  (Pastor)  Send E-mail to Mark Massey
Mark grew up in Salisbury and thought he would be a farmer all his life. But God had other plans. In 2003, God sold the Massey's farm and they moved to Kansas City to attend seminary. In 2005, he was called to pastor the Weston Community Church of the Nazarene. God then called Mark to plant something he had never planted before. A church. This is the beginning of The River Church of the Nazarene.

You can follow Mark's blog at http://chickennomore.blogspot.com

Pastor Mark Massey
JR LaPearl  (Pastor to Youth)  Send E-mail to JR LaPearl
JR was born and raised in the small town of Maiden Creek, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, I attended Eastern Nazarene College earning a degree in early childhood education. After graduating I moved to Salisbury, Maryland and I had the privilege to marry my college sweetheart, Nicole. I am very blessed to have three wonderful children, Zachary, Maddison, and Cade.

I am very blessed to have had the opportunity to be raised in the Church of the Nazarene. Growing up at Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Reading, Pennsylvania; I was taught in many ways what our great denomination stands for and is the reason why today I embrace the core values of the Nazarene church. I am very proud to say that I am third generation, and my children are carrying on a fourth generation of Nazarenes. With growing up in the church, I made my first real commitment to the Lord around the age of eight at Northeast Nazarene Camp. After that at the age of twelve I experienced the first of my three callings to preach the Word. I say three, because it took the Lord speaking to me three times to realize what my purpose and call was. My last calling was amazing. I was sitting at the same family camp where many years prior I asked the Lord in my heart. He clearly spoke and said “Three times, I will ask no more.” We went home from camp, placed our house on the market, sold it and moved to Colorado Springs to attend Nazarene Bible College where I graduated with my B.A in Pastoral Ministries. I have served as a youth pastor for over 6 years now and love to see the youth of today realize the plan and love that our Lord has for them. I am very excited to see God’s plan unfold for us as He continues to build youth ministry here at The River. Hold on as The River Flows.

Pastor JR
Most members of our staff can be reached via E-mail or please feel free to contact us through our contact form.