Our Leadership

Riza is made up of simple, ordinary people. Here’s a little bit about our current covenant members, who help lead our community:


Abigail Smith
Abby hails from the great state of New Hampshire, where she grew up as a preacher’s kid. She went to college at Lincoln Christian University, where she studied philosophy and spiritual formation. Abby now works at Dana-Farber Cancer institute as a New Patient Coordinator. She’s a fan of Jane Austen movies, coffee, and all things blankets.

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida and he still has a soft spot for Florida beaches and theme parks. Jeremy grew up in church (he’s also a preacher’s kid), and attended Johnson University Florida (B.A. in Humanities and Bible) and later attended the seminary at Lincoln Christian University where he earned his Master of Divinity. He now works at Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, a nonprofit that finds adoptive homes for children in foster care, as the Director of Communications. Jeremy loves thick books, writing, and board games.


Laura Hendrickson
Laura is originally from the farms of Iowa, where she grew up in a strong Christian family. Laura studied at the University of Northwestern and later worked as a teacher and missionary in Russia for eight years. She also earned a Masters of Religious Education from Lincoln Christian University. She now works at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as an Administrative Assistant, and is working on a certificate in gerontology so that she can better pursue a passion for helping the elderly. Laura loves good popcorn, quiet walks, and exploring different cultures.