Chris Kawa

Senior Pastor

I am daily astonished at the grace of God freely offered to us in Jesus Christ. What good news! Seeing lives transformed by the beauty and power of the gospel is the passion of my heart. It is a privilege beyond measure to pour out my life in service to our Lord by co-laboring alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus at River Oaks. Christi and I were married in 1995 and together enjoy the thrill and challenge of pointing our children (Savannah, Max, Jack, Sam, Luke, and Ben) to Jesus.

Chris has a B.A. in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management. Prior to joining the staff at River Oaks, he worked for 9 years in the bottled water industry and served as an elder at Lakeland Church in Gurnee, Ill.