Riverchase United Methodist Church
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Sharing the Joy of Christ

Pastoral Staff



Dr. Jim H. Savage

Senior Pastor

Jim, Sherri, Wes, and Cassi moved to Riverchase in June of 1998, and have been in the ministry since June of 1976. Jim received his Masters of Divinity from Emory University and Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller University with an emphasis in Church Growth. After receiving her Ph. D., Sherri left her position at Livingston University, and is now Director of Guidance and Assessment for Jefferson County Schools. Jim has served on many Conference boards, and has received several awards in the area of church growth since entering the ministry.


Rev. John M. Ray

Associate Pastor

John has served at Riverchase with his wife, Karen, since June of 2000. In addition to worship leadership, John also enjoys pastoral care and hospital visitation. John is responsible for Adult Education, Missions, and Outreach. He is a popular Disciple and Sunday school teacher, and also leads adult teacher training. All mission teams, disaster response teams, and outreach programs come under his ministry, including the Russian orphanage, Jamaica, Hope Community Center in Kenya, the Hispanic ministry, and a myriad of other local mission projects. 




Mark Wadley

Associate Pastor


Mark joined RUMC in 2013. He has three master degrees from Birmingham Theological Seminary and over 40 years experience in teaching and counseling.  He is the founder of the nonprofit called Live 4 Love dedicated to teaching and discipleship. Mark does pre-marital and relational coaching as well as counseling. 



Terry Hill

Associate Pastor

Terry joined RUMC in 2013. He is from Gadsden, AL. He entered pastoral ministry in 1981. He graduated from University of Alabama in 1984 with a BA in Social Science and has a M. Div from Emory University, Candler School of Theology. He served six years in the Air National Guard. He and his wife Carolyn have two daughters, Leslie and Stephanie. 


Rev. Buzz Barrett

Stewardship Pastor