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 by singing, teaching our children, planning, counseling, etc... We are truly blessed by her faithfulness to our church family.
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.
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 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. From two families, the church grew to over 600 in Sunday morning attendence in the 12 years they served there. Otis also served as Senior Pastor at Baptist church in in Springfield, MO while also teaching a course at BBC on Personal Evangelism.
Debbie works as a RN and helps the church by singng in the praise band, teaching our little ones, planning family activities, etc. She really helps keep everything running.
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.