Our Staff

Our Staff

Senior Pastor

Pastor Chris Phillips

Pastor Chris Phillips is the Senior Pastor of River of Life Church, a thriving multi-generational, multicultural church in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Pastor Chris and his wife, Miriam, have a passion for military families and sponsor a military support group through the church that reaches hundreds of deployed servicemen and women every month. Before coming to Jacksonville, Pastor Chris and Miriam spent four years as a missionaries in Brazil, South America, and continue to support several works in that country and…
Senior Associate Pastor

Pastor Miriam Phillips

Pastor Miriam Phillips is a dynamic speaker and teacher who delivers the Word of God in a practical way. She and her husband Chris pastor River of Life Church in Jacksonville, NC, a multi-cultural, non-denominational and charismatic church that is impacting that area mightily. Having grown up on the mission field, Pastor Miriam has a passion for the nations and has traveled all over the world teaching and preaching the Gospel. As head of the Fearless Warrior Princess Women’s Ministry and…
Discipleship Pastor

Pastor Mason Phillips

Pastor Mason Phillips and his family came to Jacksonville because of the Marine Corps, where he served our country for four years before getting his Bachelor’s degree in IT.  He attended River of Life in its beginnings in the storefront, and has been on full-time staff at the church since 2006. Pastor Mason wears several hats at River of Life.  Pastor Mason heads up all of the church IT, including podcasts and video, live streaming and Web site maintenance.  He is…
Children’s Pastor

Pastor Jackie Hornage

Pastor Jackie Hornage is the Children’s Minister here at River of Life.  Her father’s last duty station brought her to Jacksonville in the 1970s.  She graduated from Jacksonville High School and then attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she graduated with a Bachelors in Education.  Pastor Jackie came to River of Life in the storefront church in 1993 and began serving.  In 2000, she transitioned from an elementary school teacher to full-time staff. Pastor Jackie’s passion is…
Virginia Campus Site Pastor

Pastor James Grayson

In 1998, a young reconnaissance Marine named James had no idea that his life was about to be turned upside down. He had a dramatic encounter with the love of God onboard the USS WASP off the coast of Malta.  That April night, he surrendered his life to Christ, and would never be the same! The change was undeniable! Pastor James says, “After giving my life to Jesus, I knew I wanted to serve Him with all of my heart!…
Executive Administrative Assistant

Topeka Benton

Topeka Benton is the Administrative Assistant for Pastors Chris and Miriam Phillips at River of Life Church, and juggles several aspects of the ministry that are vital in keeping things running smoothly.  Topeka also heads up the Worship Ministry at River of Life and is a leader in the Fearless Warrior Princess Women’s Ministry. Originally from Georgia, Topeka came to Jacksonville because of the United States Marine Corps and has been on full-time staff since 2012.  She is the calm in…
Director of Finance

Justin McMahon

Justin is one of the newest members on staff and is loved by everyone!  He manages all of the financial components at the church and is very good at it!  His organizational skills and positive attitude is inspiring to us all!
Worship Director

Harold Greene

Harold Greene, a father and husband, is a career musician with a lifetime of experience in the church and over 30 years of playing/writing and directing music professionally.  With a Masters of Music from Bowling Green State University, Bachelors degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Education from North Carolina Central University, and a certificate from Berklee College of music, Harold brings a wealth of knowledge to the table.  His professional career as a teacher includes teaching college full time and…
Media & Publications Director

Elise Cummings

After graduating from East Carolina University in 2009, Elise was hired at River of Life Church as the Media and Publications Director.  Elise grew up at River of Life and loves the people, the church and being able to use what she’s learned to reach those who may not know Jesus, or who have walked away from Him for a time. In 2013, Elise received her Master’s degree in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University where she was able to expand her…
Youth Leader

Maurice Scott

Maurice was born in Norfolk, VA but has lived in Jacksonville, NC most of his life. He grew up at River of Life Church and came to know the Lord at 16 years old through the ministry. Before he left for college, Maurice was active in the Youth Group and various other areas of the church. He recently graduated from Victory Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is excited about working for the church in a diverse capacity. While in…
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