Dr. Dan & Dr. Dianne Coflin
Senior Pastors

Pastors Dan and Dianne Coflin were married in 1973 and began serving the Lord in full time ministry in 1977. After 22 years of ministry as associate pastors they were instructed by the Lord to leave the church family they had served to step out into a new place God promised to show them. After 9 months of teaching and preaching in the Tampa Bay area they became the senior pastors of River of Life Church in Lutz, Florida in April of 2000. Both pastors have studied, graduated and taught in various colleges and seminaries and each hold doctorate degrees in pastoral ministry and theology. Pastors Dan and Dianne feel called to serve the body of Christ here at River of Life Church and abroad. Their greatest desire is to partner with the Holy Spirit to equip the church through powerful teaching of the word of God, flowing in the gifts of the Spirit, dynamic prophetic worship and seeing people touched by the power of God. In addition they have felt an international call to teach, serve and encourage missionaries and have preached in Switzerland, Turkey, Romania, Slovakia and other international regions.

Our Pastors love to have fun! They enjoy cruises, golfing, movies and trying new restaurants (Pastor Dianne does not enjoy cooking- even though she's actually quite a good cook). They love spending time with their family, kids, grandkids and grandogs!!



Justin & Amy Peterson
Associate Pastors

Pastors Justin and Amy Peterson have been in ministry for 24 years in the North Tampa area.  Justin earned his M.A. in Theology and Bachelor of Music Ministry from Life Christian University.  Amy earned her Bachelor of Theology also from Life Christian University. He serves as the administrative Pastor for River of Life and as one of the worship leaders.  Amy is the church office manager and is one of the Ladies' ministry leaders.

They live in the Odessa area with their two teen aged children (Kaeli and Eli) and two adorable dogs. Well... one adorable dog and one that's a huge pain in the neck, but they still love her. Pastor Justin enjoys fishing and golfing, even though he is not very good at either.  Amy enjoys Hallmark movies, shopping, and loves the beach!

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Candido & Brandi Perez
Children's Pastors

Candido and Brandi Perez are both certified elementary teachers and have worked with children since they were both radically changed by the Lord Jesus over 22 years ago. They are best friends and enjoy doing things together such as running, walking, cooking, doing activities with their children, and just being together as a family. They have 2 children, Kennedi and Lincoln, who are the biggest blessings of their lives.

Candido and Brandi Perez are excited to be working with the children and youth at River of Life. They have witnessed God's mighty hand in their personal lives and want to share the goodness of God with the youth/children of River of Life. They enjoy ministering as a family with the children/youth with worship dance, flags, blacklight performances, Christmas plays, and anything else that brings children/youth closer to God and each other.

Aixa Garcia
Food Pantry Director

Aixa was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she graduated from a Christian school. It was there that she learned about the true love of God. She taught Sunday School at her local church in Puerto Rico and was part of a Dance Ministry that traveled locally, ministering  through the art of dance. Aixa had  the opportunity to travel to Venezuela and Costa Rica as a missionary to teach the love of Christ to kids in these countries. She earned a Bachelors from Universidad Sagrado Corazón in 2009. She leads the Food Pantry Ministry and also helps lead the Ladies’ Ministry. Aixa moved to Tampa in 2011 with her husband and two children- a teenage boy and a bubbly 8 year old girl. She enjoys being a stay-at-home mom, which gives her time to serve the Lord and to serve others.  No one at the church had any idea that she was a dancer until she gave us this bio.  Hopefully, we will get to see her dance soon.

Barbara Castro
Hospitality Director

Barbara attended Rhema Bible Training Center and is a graduate of Victory Bible Institute in Tulsa. She currently holds a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Life Christian University where she currently holds the position of Dean of the Christian Education program. She has taught science courses for almost 20 years in both public and private schools, mainly in Tulsa and Tampa. She has also authored a book entitled “Creationism Vs. Evolution.” It was written to help Christian parents and students deal with the theory of evolution which is being taught as truth in the public schools across America.

Barbara is a thrill-seeker who enjoys new exciting experiences, including skysurfing over Clearwater Beach, spending an hour in a glider slowly descending from several thousand feet up over Beloit, WI (where her son lives), flying in helicopters, swimming with sharks at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, swimming with manatees and dolphins in the ocean, and enjoying Segway tours around South Tampa and along the gulf in St. Petersburg.

Willis Lewis
Maintenance & Set up Ninja

Willis grew up in New York. He is the guy that no church can function without. His job duties include painting, maintenance, set-up, tear-down, drumming, comedy routines and he polishes a mean floor. He holds a PhD in taking good care of his church.