Our Leadership Team

Pastor and Elders

                                      Nathan Scholl, Interim Pastor 

Nathan holds over twenty years of experience working with various religious and non-profit institutions.  He completed a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Theology from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Business/Managerial Economics from Wheaton College.  He has served as a Youth Minister, Assistant Minister and was Founder and leader of Christ Central Church, a multi-ethnic and multi-generational congregation in Charlottesville, VA.  Most recently, as a Strategist and Consultant, he facilitated workshops, conducted research, and developed solutions for complex challenges in the areas of education, health, and community development to help organizations achieve their goals and create positive social impact.  Nathan is joyfully married to his best friend, Christi, and they have three active teens, Hunter, Andrew and Linden.  He is passionate about using ones gifts and talents to serve others and make a difference in the world.

Mark Nelson, Elder 

Mark is a divinity school graduate, an alumnus of the University of Virginia School of Law and returned to Charlottesville in 1994 to practice law.  Prior to law school, Mark worked in the business world as an accountant and spent one year living and working in Jerusalem.  Mark and his wife Cindy (who you will also find working at his law firm), have raised four children in Charlottesville and enjoy spending time with four generations of family living in the local area.    Mark has also served the local community through the Chamber of Commerce, the United Way and the Albemarle County Rotary Club.

Steve Hood, Elder 

Steve is a Virginia native, a George Mason University graduate and traveled the world serving as a U.S. Army officer for over 26 years.  He commanded the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville for two years and during that time, he and his family found a permanent home in Charlottesville.  His wife Katy and three boys remained in Charlottesville while he deployed to Iraq before returning home to retire from the Army and plant his roots at Rivanna and our local community.  Steve is a lover of all things healthy, avid exerciser and master of smoked meats.

John Dimeo, Elder in Training 

John grew up in the local area and completed his degree in Computer Science at UVa. After working for 15 years at Elder Research in Charlottesville, he left to fight poverty with data in Jesus' name at Compassion International. Our resident expert of all things technical, John also serves as the drummer on the worship team with his wife.   Jennifer and John have three young children.

Gregory Wuestenhagen,
Church Administrator

Gregory has a long career of owning and managing several small businesses in the technology, communication, and construction industries in northern Virginia and currently resides on his farm in Madison County with his wife, Carol.  After trying out retirement for a few years, Gregory felt God's call to serve and use his skills in a meaningful way and joined Rivanna as our Church Administrator.  He has been involved in leadership at several churches in the northern Virginia area and currently attends historic Graves Chapel in Madison County.