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James Walden, Elder, Teaching PastorJames Walden graduated from the University of Florida in 1997 with a Bachelor degree in liberal arts and science, majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics. From the summer of 1997 until the Spring of ’98, he participated in a volunteer study program at Schloss Mittersill in Austria. Upon returning to the States, James began studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. There he met his wife, Stacy McGee. Both graduated in 2001 – James with a Master of Divinity, and Stacy with Masters in Theology and in Counseling. James and Stacy then moved to Gainesville, FL to begin an internship program at Creekside Community Church. James was asked to stay on as an interim assistant pastor from 2002-2004, and then came on ‘permanently’ as an assistant pastor in the summer of 2004. There the Lord blessed them with three boys (Luke, Wil, and Timothy), and a wonderful time in ministry with wonderful people. However, God had placed church-planting on James’ heart since before seminary, and in February of 2007, the Lord opened the door, and in partnership with EFCA churches (including Creekside Community Church and Coquina Fellowship), the Walden family moved to Columbia, SC to plant a new church. In October, 2009, Riverside Community Church launched its first public worship service. As of June 15, 2010, James became a member of Acts 29 Network.
Landon Jones, Elder, Executive PastorA native South Carolinian, Landon graduated from The University of South Carolina in 2004 with a B.A. In Journalism and Mass Communications. He is married to Laura, whom he first remembers meeting in middle school. (Yes, high school sweethearts do exist!) They have been married since June 2003 and have three children; their oldest son, Liam, born in 2008 and adopted into their family from Russia in 2009, and twins, Lincoln and Livia, born in July 2014. He and his wife both served on staff with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for eight years in Russia, Memphis, TN; Johnson City, TN; Central Asia and the University of South Carolina.
Christian Crouch, Elder, Community Life PastorChristian came to know God as a teenager through the community of a local church in the small town in Tennessee where he grew up. Through the faithful and patient love of the church, he came to see that the good news of Jesus Christ wasn't just believable—it was beautiful. The relationships with those Christians were the seedbed of his own faith and later provided a context for him to explore his calling to pastoral ministry.