Meet Our Staff
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
Eduardo Manuel E. Morales
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.
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.
Michaela Colbrese has been the Discipleship Coordinator for over a year. Her greatest desire is to help others know they are important, special, and have value in their own uniqueness. To accomplish this is to share the love of Christ and create disciples.
Michaela grew up on a farm in East Moline, IL with her 17 siblings. She joined the military (Army) and was stationed in Germany from 1999-2001. She currently resides in East Moline, IL with her three sons Miguel, Nathaniel, and Noah.
Michaela went to school for her pre-law degree but decided to return to school after working in that field for 8 years. She obtained her Masters in Ministry 2018 from Wesley Seminary of Indiana Wesleyan University, specializing in Child, Youth, and Family Ministry.
Michaela loves singing badly yet loudly in her car and working on her dance moves while she cooks in the kitchen. Her hobbies include loving on others, soccer, reading, and exercising. She also loves watching Off-and On Broadway and Major League Baseball (Go Red Socks!). Her three favorite humans are her three sons who keep her on her toes and young at heart
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.
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.
Praise Team Leader
Brian Schou (pronounced “skow”) has been a part of the local music community since arriving in the Quad Cities to attend Augustana College in the late 1980s. He has performed in and led several groups, most recently The Sin City Orchestra, which just wrapped up a sixteen-year run this past October. Brian was also the contemporary music director at a Lutheran church and filled in for several area congregations (including Riverside) since the mid-2000s. Brian has been teaching high school English for 28 years, 18 of those at United Township High School, where he teaches gifted sophomore and dual-credit college writing classes. Brian’s wife, Holly, also teaches English at UTHS; his son, Cooper, is a jazz studies major (drumset) at the University of North Texas; and his son, Jackson (also a drummer), attends Pleasant Valley High School. Brian appreciates the opportunity to use the gift of music to serve God and the people of Riverside.
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 51-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 Darby.
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!”
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
Cooper Schou has been producing Riverside UMC’s online videos since April 2020.