staff

Rick Nicely - Lead pastor

For 25 years Rick has served in the area of student ministry in churches across the state of Virginia. After serving the last 12 years as the high school Pastor at Spotswood, the Lord is now leading the Nicely’s to the Ladysmith area to plant a new church. Pray for the Nicely family as they boldly follow God’s leading in fulfilling his command of making disciples and planting churches. Rick and his beautiful wife Michelle have been married for over 20 years and love being the parents of their two daughters, Hope and Emmi .

Jim Stone - associate pastor

Jim Stone currently serves as our Associate Pastor. He and his wife Elaine have served for 42 years in multiple full-time pastoral positions in Maryland and Virginia. They've committed their lives to serving people to the glory of God: spreading His love and hope. Being married for 39 years, they have three married children: Aaron & Missy, Jesse & Brooke, and Olivia & Daniel. They also share six grandchildren earth-side and one residing in heaven. They are thrilled to begin their partnership at River Rock; thanking God for this new ministry adventure.

Will Hoagland - Worship Leader

As a son of missionaries, Will heard the gospel many times early on in his life. By the age of 5 he made a profession of faith. When he was 7, he expressed through baptism what the Lord had done inwardly. Raised by godly parents and grandparents and benefiting from many Sunday school teachers and AWANA, by the age of 14 he was well trained in the scriptures. These, he bagan teaching in small groups and church plants by the age of 15, as well as leading congregational worship. At 19 years of age he began leading efforts in church planting. In 2006 he married a God-loving woman from Ecuador. They have 3 children all of which were born in Mexico. He has done ministry in 5 different countries. Currently he leads a church plant called Iglesia Hispana en Fredericksburg which was planted in 2015 that, since then, has reached 14 out of the 21 Spanish speaking nations that live in the northern Virginia area. Worship, discipling and church plating are his passions. 

ashley weakley - Ministry assistant

Ashley has served in Kids’ Ministry for 8 years in various roles including teaching preschoolers, shepherding elementary schoolers during VBS, and serving as a Team-Leader at Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia.  As the Kids’ Director at River Rock Church, Ashley oversees programs for kids from birth through 5th grade.  Ashley has a heart for family worship and discipleship and aims to support parents in their role as the primary disciplers of their children.  Ashley and her husband, Jason, have lived in Caroline County for 18 years and together have three children: Skylar, Virginia, and Jase.

Casey English - Kids Ministry Assistant

Casey is originally from Mechanicsville, VA and moved to Fredericksburg in 2014 when she started attending the University of Mary Washington. While at Mary Washington, she got connected with the college ministry at Spotswood Baptist Church. Upon graduating, she was invited one Sunday to River Rock Church Caroline (then Spotswood at Ladysmith) and has been attending ever since. Casey has always had a passion for working with kids, and works to oversee setup and break down of kids ministry on Sunday mornings. Casey has been living in Fredericksburg for the past six years and currently teaches 4th grade in Stafford County.