Arloa Sutter

Associate Pastor

Arloa is the founder and Executive Director of Breakthrough Urban Ministries, and serves as Associate Pastor at River City. She started Breakthrough when she simply responded to a need and began serving hot coffee and lunch to the homeless. Breakthrough has grown to provide a wide range of programs for youth and their families in East Garfield Park, on Chicago’s west side, and offers overnight accommodations and wrap around services to assist people experiencing homelessness to move toward healthy and productive lives. 

Arloa holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Bakke Graduate University and an M.A. in Urban Mission from Lincoln Christian Seminary. She also authored The Invisible: How the Church Can Find and Serve the Least of These.

Arloa loves River City because of the people and the opportunity to learn from people from different cultural backgrounds. She appreciates the emphasis of the church on racial reconciliation and social justice as well as the inspiration to grow spiritually through worship and Christ-centered teaching. Arloa enjoys spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. She also likes hiking and camping in the woods. She is a farmer at heart and enjoys gardening and woodworking.