New pastor to deliver first sermon Aug. 25 at River Hills Community Church

August 19, 2013 

— River Hills Community Church announces Gayle Montgomery is the new senior pastor. She will deliver her first sermon at the church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.

She was selected from a pool of more than 300 candidates.

“We worked through a thoughtful and methodical process to select our new senior pastor” said Karen Otteni, co-chair of the pastoral search committee. “Our congregation participated in developing the search criteria.”

Montgomery was most recently the senior pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. She also served as the lead associate pastor for 11 years at Harrison United Methodist Church in Charlotte. She holds a master of divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Pfeiffer University. She also has certificates in post-graduate leadership and counseling programs including the Stephen Ministry and Dynamic Marriage Ministry. She was a member of the Central Carolinas Emmaus Board of Directors from 2008-12.

“To be called as pastor to River Hills Community Church is an honor and blessing,” Montgomery said. “I am excited to join what God is already doing at River Hills and eager to see what new thing He has in store for us.”

Montgomery is fourth senior pastor in the church’s 38-year history, following Gene Jester, Russ Brown and Bruce Jones.

“I pray that all those in our community without a church home will come and find open doors and open arms at River Hills Community Church,” she said.

River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, is an interdenominational congregation founded in 1975. Service times and more information can be found at

Submitted by Rose Cummings

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