Instructors

Brian Onken

With over three decades of experience in church and para-church ministry, Brian serves as the Academic Director and an instructor for The River. Brian has a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Talbot Seminary and pursued additional doctoral-level course work in theology, obtaining a second Master’s Degree in Theology from Regent University. He has pastored in both large and small churches, served in leadership roles in two church plants, and served as a lead researcher/teacher for the Christian Research Institute and for Walk Thru the Bible. He has taught in Bible schools and discipleship programs in Romania, the Caribbean, as well as here in the States. He was a contributing author to the award-winning Discover God Study Bible, having written the introductions to all the New Testament books as well as content and study notes for a significant portion of the New Testament. Married for over thirty years, Brian has two grown kids. After having lived in the Midwest, the West Coast, and Mexico, he loves calling the Upstate home.

Paul Clark

Focusing on bringing truth into relationships, Paul joins the teaching team of The River in the areas of Church Ministry and Discipleship. After graduating with a Pastoral Studies/Pulpit Speech degree from Bob Jones University, Paul joined the Pastoral staff of a vibrant church in Northern Virginia. After gaining valuable experience in leadership development, pastoral care and Bible teaching, he began working towards a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Over the last 17 years, he has served multiple roles in his local church, leading the singles ministry, small groups, Peacemaker Teams, and men’s groups. He has served as an Elder for over 12 years, and has participated in mission projects in Colombia, South America and Eleuthera, Bahamas. He and Lisa, his wife of 25 years, have a daughter and a son who follow their Savior passionately.