River Valley Church, Grants Pass, OR

Mark & Dana Goens


I was fortunate, by God’s grace, to be raised in a Christian home where I trusted Christ for my salvation as a child. I grew up in Southern California, graduated from California State University, Northridge and received a Masters of Divinity degree from The Master’s Seminary. I also have an earned Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Seminary.

In 1990, I moved to River Valley Church, Grants Pass to serve as Pastor of Student Ministries. I served in that position for seven years until becoming Lead Pastor, a position I’ve held since 1998. I am privileged to give leadership to our Pastoral Staff and Elders. I facilitate and champion all church vision alignment and strategic direction. I also lead our teaching team and partner with my wife to oversee our Life Groups ministry.

I have been married to Dana, the love of my life, since 1985. We have four grown children: Tyler, Nicole, Natalie, and Cody. It brings us great joy that they all love and serve the Lord. Tyler and Natalie serve on staff at River Valley, Tyler as Redwood Campus/Teaching Pastor and Natalie as Media/Video director.

We are a non-denominational, multi-campus church. We currently have seven worship services at three locations in the Grants Pass area (Downtown, Redwood, Murphy). We plan to launch a fourth campus, Lord willing, in September, 2019 in the City of Rogue River.

Our Mission is Connect with Jesus, Grow Together, and GO make disciples who make disciples

Our Strategy is “In the Community, for the Community” through Worship Services, Life Groups, and Outreach.