Our Student Ministries Staff bring decades of experience to the children and youth department of the River of Life. As passionate servants of Christ, they desire to kindle the flame of God’s love in the hearts of every child that passes through the door.
Trisha Lightfoot Youth Staff
Trisha Lightfoot, Student Ministries Oversight Director
Trisha Lightfoot has a passion for children of all ages to experience, understand, and know the love of Jesus Christ, and she believes that a child is never too young to begin to know the Lord.
She began her service in the River of Life Children’s Department when her youngest child was in the nursery. She became Children’s Assistant Director in 2011 and is now the Student Ministries Oversight Director. She oversees all classes from infancy through first-year college-age students with the help of dedicated volunteers to teach weekly classes.
Trisha is an Accredited Primary Care Triple P Provider levels 2 and 3, issued by The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. She offers Triple P family coaching for expectant parents and families with children through age 12. 
She attends continuing education courses on a regular basis, including special needs of children in order to teach and minister to families, teens, and young adults.
She believes that it is important for parents to take advantage of the small teaching moments in daily life to actively teach and train their children in the Word of God and everyday life skills.
Safety Protocols
We care about the health and well-being of each student entrusted to our care and make every effort to provide a safe and healthy environment for the children.
Our staff have attended training sessions and studied in detail all Indiana state guidelines and protocol related to childcare. We offer periodic training sessions and seminars so that our staff and volunteers stay current on issues related to children’s ministry.
When an adult approaches the director expressing interest in serving in the Student Ministries Department, they are required to pass a background check done by the Indiana State Police prior to having any contact with the students. In addition, they must be church members for six months and meet standards of integrity set by church leadership.
We assign at least two staff members or parent volunteers to every class, and we utilize a strict check-in/check-out procedure that ensures that children are only allowed to leave with the adult family member who checked them in.
Children showing signs of sickness or contagion are asked not to come to class. If a child begins to exhibit symptoms during class, an usher is sent to notify the parents to come and assess the condition of the child. If it is determined that the child is indeed sick, he or she is sent to sit with parents in the main auditorium so as not to expose other children in the classroom.