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Pastors & Staff

Keith Tomlinson

Lead Pastor

Keith Tomlinson has been lead pastor at The River since it launched December 28, 1997. He leads The River with fresh vision and passion to see our city won for Jesus and experiencing His resurrection life. He believes God is working through The River to bring restoration to the Church in preparation for the return of Christ. Keith also has one daughter: Cara who is currently studying law at Bowen School of Law.

Carl Medley

Ministries Pastor

Carl and Linda Medley have been serving at The River since 1999. Formerly, Carl served as Arkansas state manager for Promise Keepers. His heart's desire is for people to receive and embrace their true identity in Christ as they grow in knowledge and relationship with him. Carl and Linda have been married 31 years and have three wonderful children: Kayla, Halle, and Simon.

Jarred Moss

Student Ministries

Jarred Moss is a true son of The River. He came as a teenager and was radically saved on a student trip to Bethany Church's youth conference. Directly after high school, he went to the 220i Internship at Bethany Church. After returning, he began working with The River as a ministry intern in the summer of 2012. In 2013 he and his wife Evelyn were married and in 2014, they officially began overseeing the student ministry at The River and seek to lead students into a vibrant, real, and fruitful relationship with Christ. Together, they have a one-year0old daughter named Addi.

Patrick Hawkins

Communications & Media

Patrick Hawkins moved to Searcy in 2009 from Colorado Springs, CO to attend Bible school at Harding University. After learning about and encountering the Holy Spirit, he bagan attending The River in 2011. He interned with the student ministry in the summer of 2012. After finishing his degree in Youth & Family Ministry, Patrick began working with The River doing communications, social media, and graphic design. He is also involved in the worship ministry.

Mary Myers


Mary Myers was one of the original 120 members of the River of Life church. She moved away but we are glad she found her way back! She started her role as the Financial Assistant in late 2014 and has transitioned into her current role as secretary.

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