Riverchase United Methodist Church
Thursday, October 08, 2015
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

Executive 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 staff management come under his ministry, including the Russian orphanage, Jamaica, Hope Community Center in Kenya, the Hispanic ministry, and a myriad of other 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. 



Dr. Tyler Christiansen

Associate Pastor

Tyler is a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Seminary with a Doctorate of Ministry degree. Since 2009, Tyler has served as Senior Pastor of Lake Harriet UMC, in Minneapolis, where he preached both contemporary and traditional services. Tyler  has already been active in mission efforts, has grown the congregations he served, and has also instituted several new ministries in those churches. 


Rev. Wes Savage

Minister of Young Adults

Wesley joined Riverchase in June 2008 when his family arrived at RUMC.  Wesley attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and graduated in 2003.  While working in the defense contracting industry for 10 years, Wesley was licensed as a local pastor in the North Alabama Conference and served at Old Chapel UMC in Wilsonville, AL from 2008 to 2010.  Wesley entered full-time ministry in October 2014 as the new Minister of Young Adults at Riverchase and will be assisting with missions and stewardship efforts as well.