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, along with their three sons, Rob, Rick and Rustin live in Lexington and are excited to be a part of what God is doing through Riverbend Community Church.
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.
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.
In addition to leading the worship ministry of the church, Randy and his wife, Lynn, also head up the College & Career Ministry at Riverbend. 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.