Pastor Darrel and Deana Thompson
Senior Pastor

Before planting The River Church, Pastor Darrel and Deana graduated from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas. After graduating, they worked alongside each other in ministry, serving at churches all over the country.

Now, Pastor Darrel and Deana have been in ministry over 25 years, and have a great passion for Mount Carmel and the surrounding areas and providing apostolic leadership to The River Church. Pastor Darrel’s desire is to teach people of their purpose regardless of their past. His passion is to teach people how to have a burning love for God, and to receive His love.

Deana’s ministry has always been marked by a passion to see women made whole and renewed by the power of Jesus Christ, to empower them to fulfill God’s purpose and destiny for their lives.

Pastor Darrel and Deana have three grown children, Drew, Dathan, and Delaney, two daughters-in-law, Skye and Becca, and two grandchildren, Jude and Remington.

Leadership Team

Top Row (Elders):

Damon and Ashley Larkin
Joey and Mariah Eblin
Rodney and Marisha Fisk

Bottom Row (Deacons):

Josh and Jessie Eblin
Drew and Skye Thompson
Johnny and Jeana Trimble