Pastor | Rev. Becky Rokitowski and her husband, Ted, have been with us since July, 2015. They have 2 sons, Kaden and Adam. Pastor Becky previously served as the Assistant Pastor at Skycrest UMC in Clearwater; and before that was a civil engineer in Lakeland, FL. Becky and Ted met while serving as camp counselors at Warren Willis United Methodist Youth Camp, and they both have a passion for serving Christ.


Director of Worship | Will Newton
Will joined our team in December of 2018. He previously served as the Director of Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity (S.U.R.E.), and before that as the Director of Contemporary Worship at First UMC Coral Springs, and before that as the Director at FSU Wesley in Tallahassee. Will is married to Ginny and has just begun seminary at Fuller, and he plans to become a pastor in the United Methodist Church.


Director of Family Ministries

We are currently in the process of hiring either two part-time people to oversee youth and children’s ministries, or one full-time person to oversee both. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a resume and statement of faith to


Church Administrative Assistant | Bonnie Culotta has been our Administrative Assistant for over 29 years and has a great gift for caring and welcoming people to Riviera. Bonnie and her husband Jim are long time residents of St. Petersburg and have an adult son.  She is an avid baseball fan and enjoys following the Rays.


Nursery Coordinator | Ronda Ard


Custodian | Marc Perez has been our custodian since 2005. Marc is truly a local. He was born at Bayfront Medical Center, grew up 3 blocks from the church, and participated in Cub Scouts here at Riviera when he was in elementary school. Marc and his wife Kristina have been married for 29 years. They have two boys who were homeschooled by mom.  Both participated in the youth programs here at the church, and have helped dad with keeping the church looking its best.