Board of Elders

  • Mike Carle - Elder
  • Troy Decker - Elder
  • Kyle Goerz -
  • David Hyttsten -
  • Brett Krohn -
  • Brad Long - Elder
Mike Carle - Elder

Mike Carle


Occupation: Mental Health Professional (therapist)

Family members: Janet, Melissa, Justin, Michaela and Anna

Hobbies: Yard work & garden, feeding & watching birds, photography & golfing.

Years attended Riverside: 20

Other interesting info.: I am originally from Duluth and I love that area. I have traveled throughout Europe when I was in the Navy. I would love to go back to a small Greek Island called Rhodes and vacation. I also have a secret hope someday to go to Australia and New Zealand. I also enjoy motorcycling and hope to soon start cycling again. Finally, I enjoy flying. I used to work on an aircraft in the Navy. I built 747's for Boeing. Aviation has always been an interest of mine.
Troy Decker - Elder

Troy Decker


Occupation: Physician Assistant (Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine)

Family Members: Jaci, Andrew, Emma, Grant and Amelia

Hobbies: fly fishing, hunting, skiing, singing

Years attending Riverside: 10

Other interesting info: I love teaching the students at Riverside about who Jesus Christ is and how to follow Him. I am blessed to have a family and a church that desires to glorify God.
Kyle Goerz -

Kyle Goerz

Occupation: Sales Engineer

Family Members: Wife Leanne, sons Brandon and Jordan

Hobbies: Music (listening, singing, playing), Woodworking, Tinkering with Cars, Small Group Leading

Years attending Riverside: 15

Other interesting info: My wife and I are originally from Canada and moved ‘down south’ to Minnesota in 2001. We love attending and serving at Riverside and are blessed to call it our church home. I have traveled extensively as part of my job and enjoy meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. Favorite place visited so far: Hobart, Tasmania (Australia.)
David Hyttsten -

David Hyttsten

Occupation: Portrait Photographer

Family Members: Dianne (married 42 years);3 adult children: Dan Hyttsten, married to Mamie and their children, Sam and Hannah; Naomi Lieser, married to Darren and their children, Josiah and Trizah; John Hyttsten, married to Jaynee and their children Ezra and Eliza.

Hobbies: Snowmobiling, drag racing, going out to eat and traveling.

Years attending Riverside: 40

Other interesting info: “There is a simplicity to the gospel, so even (and especially) a child can comprehend it. There is also a depth and infinite richness to the gospel, which means that we can all spend the rest of our lives learning, discussing, and applying its truths.” Bruxy Cavey. That is certainly true. I have been a follower of Christ since high school. Understanding of the depth of Gods love for us and the implications and application of this truth through the chapters and challenges of my life are endless. Most days I feel like I am just starting to get a clue.
I am excited about what God is doing at Riverside. Dianne and I have joined the Sauk Rapids campus. We love our small group and the new community we are making friends with. We also miss our friends at the Big Lake campus. Every couple of months we stop by just to catch up.
Brett Krohn -

Brett Krohn

Occupation: Director of Bands, Monticello High School

Family Members: Melissa, Garrett & Fiancee Hannah, Elise

Hobbies: Sports, especially golf, but also running, tennis, raquetball. Love hiking and exploring God’s beautiful creation. Enjoy reading. Love making music. Enjoy listening to great music. Enjoy caring for my yard. Love spending time with my family.

Years Attending Riverside: 21

Other interesting info.: I have taught in public schools for 28 years. I love teaching and am honored to be a part of my students’ lives. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and fantastic kids. It is a joy to watch them grow in grace and truth with love for our savior. Daily I am in awe of God’s grace and mercy, his endless and unconditional love.
Brad Long - Elder

Brad Long


Occupation: Information Systems Director, General Mills

Family members: Joel (pronounced Jo elle) , Jacob and Aaron

Hobbies: Sports, coaching, hunting, tennis, kid's activities

Years attended Riverside: 20

Other interesting info.: I love being a part of a church that is focused on spreading the Good News of Christ. I also enjoy teaching bible studies that focus on "the fundamentals" to those new in faith. I am truly blessed to be a part of our Riverside family!