The Team

To find out more about the individual Gardener ore Advisor please click on the photo.

GARDENERS

The Gardeners are a group of volunteers who facilitate the growth of theRIVER Communities and Connections by promoting the vision of theRIVER and maintaining the relationships within the network.

Katelyn

Regional Gardener of the Americas, Pilgrimages and Mobile Communities

Main Responsibilities:

Communicate to communities in the Americas after each meeting; summarising what was
discussed, how it impacts the communities, and asking for feedback.
Connecting new communities in the Americas and perhaps training them
Connecting theRIVER to other projects, networks, organisations in the Americas when
necessary
Some more details on what he/she will be doing:

I am currently living in Boston, MA. My involvement started in 2013 where I volunteered at the Shelter Jordan in Amsterdam. During my time there I attended the conference that started theRIVER and it has been near to my heart since. I have been a part of other RIVER communities such as Light House Hostel in Edinburgh and have done a pilgrimage based around RIVER communities and connections through Australia, Thailand, and New Zealand. I am working on plans to start a community for travelers in the Boston area and travel in North America to scout for other great spots for RIVER communities.

Katelyn

Allison

Regional Gardener for Australia and New Zealand.

Allison is the founder and facilitator of The Third Space Community based in Melbourne (and now in the Virtual space too!). She has been involved in theRIVER for the past three years since attending the 2018 gathering in Thailand. Allison and her husband Kevin have a heart for connecting with travellers, backpackers, international students and pilgrims wherever they find themselves on this great earth.
Allison

Felix

Online Gardener and Regional Gardener of Europe, Connector to Advisors

Main Responsibilities:

Taking care of online presence of theRIVER
Making videos for theRIVER
Taking care of the website
Communicate to communities in Europe after each meeting; summarising what was discussed, how it impacts the communities, and asking for feedback.
Connecting new communities in Europe and perhaps training them (starting new ministry) (updating)
Connecting theRIVER to other ministries, networks, organisations in Europe when necessary

How are you connected to the traveller scene?
I‘m travelling around the world in 2014. I lived in Australia for 1 year and in Spain for a few months, I did different road trips and interrail trips.
I’m an open-minded, creativ person with many different interests.
Since the start of my journey, I worked in many different jobs. I worked as a self-employed photographer and filmmaker, I was part of the organisation team for events like Reformationsjubiläum and Kirchentag, both big Christian events in Germany. In Australia, I worked on different farms.
My journey with God started at the same moment when I started travelling.
As a traveller, you learn to trust and to listen to God when you are on the road.

Felix

Advisors 

The Advisors are the chosen representatives of theRIVER Communities and Connections to oversee the direction of theRIVER. They support the Gardeners through prayer and mentoring.

Steve

Advisor

Experience in the traveller scene:
My travelling experience began in earnest with my wife, Jen, in 2012 when we packed up our
house for 12 months and took off around the planet. Our intention was to visit and link up with
missions and friends in mission that we had supported over our married life. While in France,
volunteering at the SurfHouse Biarritz, we sensed God opening and closing doors. In 2013, we
came home, readjusted our family home and began SurfHouse Narrawallee. Our heart was for the
traveller and we were stoked to start seeing the world travel through us. We also have a
connection with Christian Surfers and belong to an Asian team with responsibility for Hospitality.

Passions and Gifts:
My passion is to see people living Kingdom lives, and to be sharing with them in that. The
contexts that I love doing that are in hospitality; surfing; conversations; teaching and volleyball!

Steve