Our Team

The staff and leadership here at Riverside is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at office@riversidecma.com.

  • Jim Souza

    Senior Pastor

    Jim is the Senior Pastor at Riverside, serving in that role since March of 2016. Jim and his family have been serving at Riverside since 2012, and he was the Associate Pastor before serving in his current role. Before coming to Akron, Jim served in various roles in churches in New York State for 9 years. In addition to serving in ministry, Jim and his family love hiking, playing games together, and music. Jim roots for two New York teams: the Yankees in baseball and the Giants in pro football. He has come around on basketball, where he roots for the Cavs and college football, where he cheers on the Buckeyes.

  • Dawn Souza

    Worship Leader

    Dawn and her husband, Jim, moved to Akron 3 1/2 years ago with their three boys: Jayden (9), Tyler (7), and Nathan (5). Dawn has been leading worship for 17 years and is excited about joining the staff at Riverside in 2016. Dawn also serves Riverside as the Great Commission Women's Director. She loves to be outdoors, hiking, and running. She is looking forward to participating in the New York City Marathon this Fall!

  • Ann Bisheimer

    Administrative Assistant

    Ann has been married almost 40 years to her husband Jerry. They have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. Ann's favorite things to do are spending time with family, quilting and traveling