Pastor & Staff

Jimmy Britt

Lead Pastor

Hi, I’m Jimmy Britt and I am the Lead Pastor of Rocky River Church. That means that I am responsible for the overall leadership and teaching ministry of the church. I have a great passion for people and seeing them become all that God has created them to be.

Diego Malaspina

Operations/Technical Director

My name is Diego Malaspina and I have had the pleasure of being the Operations & Technical Director here at Rocky River Church since October 2018. Prior to coming on staff, I served on the Hospitality ministry, then transferred to the Video Ministry where I served for about 2 years. I have an Associates Degree in Computer Science from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. I have lived in the Charlotte Metro Area for the past 9 years. If you see me around church, feel free to say hello.

Karen McGuirk


I'm Karen, the church's Bookeeper. I'm from PA but have called Harrisburg home for 18 years.  My husband, David, is a pastor so working at a church is a perfect fit for me. We have two married daughters, Colleen and Kelly and 7 grandchildren. I love coffee, spending time with my grandchildren and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Karen Britt

Assistant to the Lead Pastor and Director of CreekKidz

My name is Karen Britt.  I was born in North Carolina and I'm married to Jimmy Britt. We were married on May 29,1993 and have 2 children, Annie and James. We currently reside in Harrisburg, NC. I serve as assistant to the lead pastor and Director of CreekKidz Ministry.

Liz Ellison

Director of RiverKidz

Hi, I'm Liz Ellison, the Director of River Kidz here at Rocky River Church. I'm a Graduate from Liberty University with degrees in both Youth Ministry and Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry. I was born and raised here at Rocky River Church. Sharing God’s love is a huge mission for me.