Our Pastors 


Here at the River, we are blessed to have a dynamic father and son team of Co-Pastors who share a  passion to see lives transformed by the simple gospel of Jesus Christ.  Win - Build - Send.

 Pastor Otis 

River of Life Baptist Church began in July of 2003 and is the second church the Nixdorf's have planted.  Currently, Otis is our primary teaching pastor and serves bi-vocationally at River.  


Otis & Debbie  Nixdorf have been married over 40 years. They've served in ministry most of those years.  Otis graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO and gained his MDiv from Louisianna Seminary.  


In 1987 the Nixdorf's planted their first church in Independence, MO where Otis served as Senior Pastor for over 12 years. Pastor Otis also served as Senior Pastor of a church in Springfield, MO.


Debbie works as a RN and helps the church by singing in the praise band, teaching, etc...

She really helps keep everything running.

Dave and Stephanie Nixdorf were married in 2002 and have 2 sons, Fisher and Hunter. 


Dave Nixdorf graduated with honors from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a BA in Biblical Sudies.  


Dave is our full-time pastor and is responsible for the day to day operations of our church. Dave ministers to our youth, teaches classes, preaches, counsels, and spends most of his energy behind the scenes working out important details most people never see.  


Along with his duties at the River, Pastor Dave serves as the current President of the Cameron Area Ministerial Alliance, and is the Head  Wrestling Coach of Penney High. 


Stephanie works for the Hamilton School District and assists with ministry.  She has a servant's heart and is a vital part of our ministry at the River where she fills countless roles.  We are truly blessed by her faithfulness to our church family.

 Pastor Dave 

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 Support Staff 


Here at the River, we are also blessed to be able hire part-time staff to work with our Pastors in reaching our goal to Win - Build - Send.

Darla married the love of her life Clayton Walker in 1975.  They  have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  Darla has served Christ through various ministries and holds an Associate of Arts in Children's Ministery from MBTS.  As the River's Children's Minister, Darla's primary objective is to Recruit, Equip, and Lead a team of volunteers to develop and implement startegies in effort to Win - Build - Send through ALL aspects of our Children's Ministry.  She desires to see young lives changed with the power of the Gospel by getting kids and their parents excited and about learning and serving God.

 Darla Walker