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.

Nicki

Regional Gardener of Australasia

Nicki

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

Matt

Regional Gardener of Asia and Event Gardener

Main Responsibilities:

Communicate to communities in Asia after each meeting; summarising what was discussed, how it impacts the communities, and asking for feedback.
Connecting new communities in Asia and perhaps training them (starting new ministry) (updating)
Connecting theRIVER to other ministries, networks, organisations in Asia when necessary
Branding for theRIVER (logo, posters, pamphlets, flyer, etc)
Planning and thinking ahead about RIVER Gatherings and RIVER Events

Some more details on what he/she will be doing:
‘ll be checking in regularily with the existing communities in Asia. I’ll be communicating information to, gathering feedback from, connecting with, visiting and looking to love, support, help, hear give voice to, dream with and learn from the communities in Asia however I can.
‘ll be planning, thinking, praying about, gathering feedback on, brainstorming, looking for wisdom about RIVER events and Gatherings as well as related branding. Plus unrelated projects.

Matt

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

Cassie

Story Teller / Social Media Gardener

Main Responsibilities:

Collecting stories from the communities
Running the blog on the website, Instagram and other social medias for stories
Doing the newsletter with highlight stories

How are you connected to the traveller scene?
I am connected to the traveler scene in many different ways. I have been the manager Warm Heart Guesthouse, one of our communities located in Mexico City, for about six months now. We welcome Work Away travelers and help them to connect with local culture, and non-profits while also engaging with them about faith and religion – if it is real/relevant and how it impacts our lives and society. Through my role with News Release Basketball I get to lead tours of Women’s basketball teams through Europe every summer to conduct kids camps, scrimmage professional teams (in hopes of placing Christian players on teams locally), and sharing our stories and discussing faith/religion with our lovely hosts! While travelling I enjoy connecting with different anti-trafficking organizations and efforts in order to learn how this issue differs from country to country. It is also an interesting cross over, in that many travelers have witnessed and/or experienced sexual trauma or exploitation in their wanderings. It is an incredible opportunity to discuss, raise awareness and edjucate others on the injustices that are around us and how we can be a very small, yet affective, tool in the fight against the consumption and trade of others.

Cassie

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

Chinua

Advisor

Experience in the traveller scene:
I’ve been sharing life and Jesus with travelers for the last 25 years, It’s been clear to me that this
is my lives call for a long time now. After Bible college, I started off on Haight Street in the 90s,
where we helped start an amazing house called the Christian House in a ministry called Prodigal
Project. We saw many nomadic travelling youth come to Jesus, and were inspired to start several
other houses in other cities in other states. We went on tour many months at a time with our
traveling bus and often worked with amazing people like “Jesus Loves You” (shout out to Shallyn)
and others. I was married to Rachel, and over a decade or so we went to many rainbow
gatherings and music festivals to share Jesus, managed a discipleship community and oversaw
the organization. I was the Ministry Director at Prodigal Project and worked on everything from
media production, initiating programs, overseeing building communities, and much more. I helped
pioneer an international traveling ministry in the early 2000s that travelled to India and other
traveler hotspots like Israel and Turkey with many small teams. I was one the three original
Gardeners for theRiver and helped develop and grow theRiver into what it is today, including
planning, executing and sharing at gatherings. I was part of a team that pioneered the first
Shekina Community in Goa India in 2008 and went on to start Shekina Garden in Pai Thailand
where we continue to serve. I am an elder in Shekina and sit on the board of directors for Prodigal
Project.

Passions and Gifts:
I am a musician, music plays a huge part of my life. I am passionate about sharing Jesus through
deeply integrated life and incarnation within the traveler scene. My giftings are in creativity,
oversight, project management, and critical analysis and improvement of existing programs. I am
a dreamer and love to help new things come into the world.

Chinua