Robbie McAlister is a native South Carolinian. He was on the team that helped to start Riverbend while he worked as an engineer in the early 1980's. After coming on staff as an associate pastor in 1989, he enrolled at Columbia Biblical Seminary where he graduated in 1994. He was ordained at Riverbend in 1991. He and his family were sent out as Riverbend's first full-time missionaries to Ukraine in 1995. They served there in a church planting and leadership development capacity for the next ten years. Their family returned in the summer of 2005 and Robbie re-joined the Riverbend pastoral team. He and his wife, Criss, have been married over 30 years and have three adult sons--Rob, Rick & Rustin.
As of 2017, Robbie is devoting half of his time to regional, national and global initiatives geared toward reaching the least reached around the world.
Artie and his wife Deb have attended Riverbend Church since 1987, when they were married. Before marriage, Artie and Deb were involved with Great Commission churches in Clemson and Orangeburg. Artie accepted the good news of Christ’s salvation when he was 7 years old. While in high school, after floundering in his faith, he became friends with believers and grew in his walk with the Lord. At Clemson University, Artie was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ through which he served 11 months as student staff in the South Pacific. He was a student campus leader during his senior year. It was during college that Artie also met people from the Great Commission Church in Clemson, and it was that experience that led to his move to Columbia as part of Riverbend. The Brickles have three sons, who have grown up serving and fellowshipping in the church.
Mike grew up in a Christian home in the low country of South Carolina. Mike accepted Christ as a child but when he was twenty-five, his father became ill and subsequently died; he began to grasp the unfathomable peace and love of a sovereign God. This started him on the journey to a deeper and more intimate relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Mike and his wife, Lynda, (married in 1969) have enjoyed the journey together. They have a son who is married and has two daughters and a daughter who is married and has three daughters. (Yes, we are doting grandparents!) Being a part of the body of Christ has provided many opportunities for spiritual growth and developing lifelong relationships. God allowed them to be part of a church plant where they learned the spiritual value of small groups before coming to RCC. Mike and Lynda believe God systematically led them to Riverbend Community Church in 2004 and are so thankful to be part of what God is doing at Riverbend.
Mike came to the Lord in the Pocono Mountains while a freshman at Princeton University. He was discipled by Princeton Evangelical Fellowship and became the campus leader for Campus Crusade for Christ. That experience instilled a heart for discipleship and a commitment to spiritual growth. Married to his energetic musician soulmate Debbie, the two enjoy five children and two grandpuppies. Mike and Debbie have been enthusiastically involved in home groups since coming to Riverbend in 2000. Mike is an architect in the community.
Born and raised in Sumter, S.C., Jason came to know the Lord at the age of 19 during a youth crusade. He was discipled by his Youth Pastor who gave him a vision for discipleship and leading students to Christ. He went on to graduate from Columbia International University in 2001 with a degree in Pastoral Ministries/Bible. He met his wife Becky on a blind date while in college and they were married in May 2001. He and Becky led Student Ministries at Riverbend Community Church in Lexington from 2002 to 2009. He planted River’s Edge Church (a plant from Riverbend), and returned to Riverbend in 2013. Jason and Becky have three biological children and just recently finalized the adoption of their twin girls.
Trained as an architect, but a lifelong musician, he is blessed to be able to pursue his two professional passions: music and design. Randy received his architecture degree from Mississippi State University and post-graduate degree from the East China Institute of Technology in Nanjing, China. He attended seminary at Columbia International University. He met his wife during a quiet time in the chapel at MSU. He and his wife have three children: Anna, Caleb and Sarah Beth.