Pastor Tom Johnson

Lead Pastor

Pastor Tom is a 1985 graduate of North Central Bible College and is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He has been married to his wife Malissa for over 30 years, and they have five adult children and several grandchildren. Pastor Tom and his family have ministered in Red Wing since 1996.

Pastor Ben Johnson

Youth Pastor

Pastor Ben graduated from North Central University in December of 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Studies and is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He married Hannah Johnson in December of 2012. Ben and Hannah started off their ministry together in Rochester, where Ben served as an Associate Pastor for over a year. Ben has been serving in Red Wing since 2014 as the youth pastor. Ben and Hannah have two young boys. 

Pastor Angel Bechel

Children's Pastor

After finishing her education from Global University and MNDSOM, Pastor Angel received her Certified Ministers License in April of 2011, in 2014 her License to Preach, and In the year 2017 She was officially ordained. She interned at New River for three years as the Children’s Pastor's assistant before becoming the Children’s Director and is now the Children's Pastor.


Pastor Angel and Brandon Bechel were married in 2011 and have three children. Caleb, Reuben, and Eternity.

Pastor Jenny Royalty

Worship Pastor

Pastor Jenny completed her education through Global University in 2006 and is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God.   Jenny married John Royalty in 2007.  They have three children.  Jenny has been serving as the worship pastor at New River since 2014.


Pastor Ronda Pelzer

Family life pastor

Pastor Ronda completed her ministry education at Global University and Minnesota School of Ministry, receiving her Ministry Certification in April of 2017 and her License to Preach in April of 2018. She was Ordained in April of 2020. She has been involved with ministry at New River since 2006. Pastor Ronda is a Family Life Pastor, leading the Celebrate Recovery, Mentorship,

and New Guest Connection ministries. She also ministers to New River’s children and women. Pastor Ronda has been an RN for 30 years. She coordinates church medical needs and serves as Nurse Manager for a pregnancy resource center. She and her husband, Mark, have been

married since 1993. They have a son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Janie.

Pastor Cathy Goggin

Family Life Pastor

Pastor Cathy completed her education at MNSOM in 2015 and became a Licensed Assemblies of God Minister. She has served in Women’s Ministry at New River since 1999. She also has served our community, having started a para church ministry in 2006. She and her husband Ron have been married for 35 years and have 2 adult children and 4 grandsons.