Meet Our Staff

Our Pastors

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William Adams

Senior Pastor

Rev. Bill Adams has been the directing pastor at Riverside UMC since July 1, 2016. Bill is a creative and loving spiritual teacher helping others share and spread God's love. Pastoring churches is Bill's second career but his first calling. He has been serving as a pastor in the United Methodist Church since July 1996. In June 2003, Bill was Ordained as a Full Elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The vision of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Bill and the Riverside United Methodist Church envision that happening as we connect, grow and serve in ways that make God's love present in and around every part of life. Bill's goal is to help people learn how to live life to its most exciting and fullest extent through a relationship with God and Jesus Christ! As we do and help each other connect, grow and serve God's love becomes very real. That is what transforms the world and brings about the beauty of God's kingdom we all long for in our own ways. Through multi-media worship experience on Sunday mornings and accessible small groups and studies throughout the week we are growing into who God created us to be and helping others grow into who God created them to be as well.

Bill and his wife Cindy were married in November of 1980. Together they have three beautiful daughters Emily, Ellen and Erin. Bill and Cindy encourage you to come join us at Riverside and see what God has in store for you.

Education: B.A. - Western Illinois University 1978

Master of Divinity - Garrett Evangelical 1999

Pastor Bill can be reached at (309) 764-6721 or by e-mail at rvrsidepastor@mediacombb.net.

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Eduardo Manuel E. Morales

Associate Pastor

Pastor Eduardo Manuel E. Morales has been an associate pastor at Riverside UMC since September 1, 2020. Manuel, as Hispanic members call him, is a passionate Bible teacher, always with the desire to see disciples grow. His calling is Pastor-Evangelist. He studied at the Wesleyan-Pentecostal Seminary "Instituto Cristiano de Mexico" in Mexico City.

He and his wife Blanca were married in June 1990 and have had 6 children; Eduardo, Juan, Blanca, Priscila, Josue, and Sergio. Since they got married, they have served in the Kingdom of God and have managed to plant several churches in Mexico, USA, and Venezuela. Pastor Manuel, has also dedicated part of his ministry in the formation of other pastors and currently all are active in the Kingdom of God.

Pastor Manuel's vision at UMC, in the Hispanic community of the Quad Cities, is to plant churches and form disciples who will grow in their churches. He has a special focus on youth, since God has shown him to prepare the next generations.

Pastor Manuel wishes to exalt Christian values ​​in the Church, that is, brotherly love, good works, zeal for the things of God, and passion for lost souls. In his heart is also the return to gestate in our Church the value of missions, not only locally, but eventually abroad, as it would be in indigenous communities in Mexico, and countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador, and others more Spanish-speaking.

Education: T.A. Christian Institute of Mexico, AC

Local Pastor course, UMCARES

Please see his ministry’s Facebook page, or contact Pastor Morales at sergiot1930@gmail.com

Our Staff

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Deanna Spiegel

Office Manager

I have lived in the Quad Cities for the past 25 years. I grew up in a military family, so I moved around the country for most of my childhood. I have been happily married to my husband, Jerry Spiegel, for 27 years. He is the Fire Marshal on the Moline Fire Department. We have been blessed with adopting two amazing children. Our daughter, Kylie, is in college. Our son, Justin, is in high school. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, along with traveling, going on bike rides and walks. My previous employment has included being a stay at-home mom and working for the Moline School District for nine years.  I have been blessed to work at Riverside once a week with such wonderful people. I love meeting so many new people through Riverside and being able to share the gifts that God has blessed me with.

Deanna Spiegel can be reached at RvrsideInfo@mchsi.com

Kathy Pezley

Director of Children & Youth Ministries

Kathy Pezley can be reached at RUMCYouth@mediacombb.net

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Beverly Duffy

Nursery Coordinator

I grew up in Rock Island, IL and was very active in both sports and band throughout High school.  I am currently attending Black Hawk College and working towards my teaching degree in elementary education.  I have been a member of Riverside United Methodist Church since 2003.  I feel beyond blessed to have such an amazing church family here.  My passion has always been to work with kids.  In my free time I enjoy camping, listening to music, exercising, and spending time with my family.  I have been married for 12 years now to my wonderful husband Darren.  We both feel like Riverside is our second home and look forward to growing in faith and sharing our love of Christ for many years to come.

Beverly Duffy can be reached at (309)764-6721 or by e-mail beverly.duffy.05@gmail.com

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Jed Poust

Organist

I have been the organist at Riverside since 1990 and I also play keyboard with the praise team. My wife (Renee) and I are both retired elementary teachers from the Moline Public Schools. My first organist position was at the Orion,IL United Methodist Church where I served for 13 years.

Jed Poust can be reached at (309) 764-6721 or by e-mail jrpoust@mchsi.com

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Andrzej Kozlowski

Director of Music & Worship

Andrzej Kozłowski was born in Gdynia, Poland, but in 1992, he and his family emigrated to the United States permanently. Andrzej's first musical encounter with the piano was at the age of 12, proclaiming to his father that he will be "The next Paderewski." His musical talent was later discovered by his father, when he noticed his quickness and ease in learning and understanding of the piano's capacity as a polyphonic instrument.

At the age of 14, he began piano lessons with concert pianist Dwight Pelzter, but due to the teacher's health complications, the lessons ended after only 9 months. After a few months of self-teaching, Andrzej's piano tuner referred him to a renowned pianist and composer Zaven Khatchadourian, with whom he further continued his studies until his sudden death in 2003. Andrzej went on to continue his studies at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University in music education, but shortly after moved on to study piano performance at the Juilliard School.

As a pianist, Andrzej has dedicated his career specializing in the music of Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin. Andrzej is often referred to as a sentimentalist with a very spontaneous urge, collaborating his personal life adventures into his interpretations. His music is often defined to be cinematic and programmatic.

Andrzej Kozlowski can be reached at contact@akozlowski.com.

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Harry Parr

Facilities Manager

Harry is a life long member of Riverside United Methodist Church and spent 39 years working for the Farm Equipment Manufacturing Industry. He continues to operate their 55-year-old family practice “Office Services Unlimited Incorporated.” Harry enjoys “making things happen” with construction projects and numbers in their tax, accounting, and property management practice. He and his wife Beverly were blessed with three children; Todd, Kimberly, and Krista. They also enjoy their grandson Chandler. The family dog is a black lab named Maddie.

Harry has served as our Church Facility Manager since October 2005. He utilizes his skills to enhance the ministries of Riverside through organization and direction of the maintenance and continuous improvement of our facilities and grounds. Harry enjoys working with the staff and congregation at Riverside UMC and hopes to “make a difference!”

Harry Parr can be reached by e-mail at rvrsideharry@mchsi.com

 

Don Wood

Joyful Noise Hand Bell Choir Director

Don Wood is the director of our Joyful Noise Hand Bell Choir at Riverside. Don can be reached by e-mail at don.idot.wood@gmail.com

Cooper Schou

Videographer

Cooper Schou has been producing Riverside UMC’s online videos since April 2020.