Joe Payton

Joe Payton

lead pastor

Joe and his wife, Courtney, have served at Riverbend since July of 2018. They have 2 sons and one beautiful daughter-in-law (Andrew & Hannah, and Judson, above). Joe has served in the church all his life, but he spent the first 11 years of married life working in flooring, carpentry and residential construction. He and Courtney entered full-time ministry in 2008, where he continued to serve as a student pastor and worship leader for the next 10 years. In July of 2018, Riverbend called him to the role of lead pastor.

Joe is passionate about leading people to discover new life in Jesus Christ, going all in for the next generation and building a better community in the process.

In his free time, Joe enjoys hanging out with his family and friends, hiking, learning some funky jazz licks on piano, and watching reruns of "White Collar." And...he still gets himself into the occasional weekend "fixer upper" project now and then.

Meet the staff…

Ben Wallis

Ben Wallis

Associate Pastor of Ministries
Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Worship Pastor
Ali White

Ali White

Ministry Assistant
Kathy Head

Kathy Head

Children’s Director
Natalie Brown

Natalie Brown

Preschool Director
Robin Guthrie

Robin Guthrie

Finance Secretary
Sheri Yopp

Sheri Yopp

Office Assistant