Meet Our Staff

Gayle Montgomery, Senior Pastor -

Pastor Gayle grew up in Knoxville, TN, the middle of 3 children in a fun and faithful Christian family. She met the love of her life, Joe, in high school, and they married while attending the University of Tennessee. They moved to Chattanooga with Joe's work following college, then later to Charlotte where they lived, excluding a 1-year stent in Winston-Salem, since 1980. Pastor Gayle and Joe have 2 grown children, Trey (married to Jen) and Megan (married to Billy) with 9 beautiful grandchildren! Pastor Gayle is ordained in the United Methodist Church and served 3 UMC churches in NC before being called to River Hills as Senior Pastor in August 2013.

Rev. Jason Bryant, Minister of Congregational Care -

Pastor Jason was born in Ohio to two native North Carolinians and has lived here in the area for a number of years. He graduated from Charlotte Country Day before taking a rather circuitous tour of colleges and then finally graduating from UNC-Charlotte. Along the way, Pastor Jason picked up a culinary education and worked as a chef in local fine dining establishments before getting an opportunity to teach culinary skills at the Community Culinary School of Charlotte. Feeling called to the ministry at 28, he attended Duke University Divinity School and is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Pastor Jason recently celebrated his 10th anniversary to Natalie Bryant, a small-animal veterinarian. The couple has two children, Benjamin (7) and Lillian (4.) When free time happens, Pastor Jason loves to cook, read books and spend time with his friends

Marcy Little, Director of Family Ministries -

Marcy was born in Gastonia, NC to Al and Paneen Froneberger. She grew up in Bessemer City, NC. When Marcy was in high school, her family moved to their Summer lake house on Lake Wylie. She graduated from South Point High in Belmont, NC in 1994. Marcy grew up in a musical environment, having a music teacher and church choir director for a mother. She found her passion for the arts and music at a very young age and began singing competitively at age nine. She was always found participating in community theater plays, church productions, high level dance classes, competitive choirs, and was ranked 1st in the state of NC for Soprano 1. She attended Mars Hill College where she received a vocal scholarship and studied Musical Theater. Marcy had the dream of being on Broadway, but God had other plans. She was called into ministry at the age of 19 where she continues to use her gifts and talents to glorify God and ignite a passion in others to do the same. She has had many different seasons of ministry in Worship and Arts, Youth Ministry and Children's Ministry. She is married to her amazing husband, Bobby, and is Mom to two wonderful young adults Kaity (19) and Xander (14). In her free time, she is a ZUMBA instructor, spends time with family and friends and, of course, plays music.

Monica Hussman, Children's Ministry Coordinator -

Monica was born in Akron, Ohio. She met and married her husband, Nathan, in Idaho before moving to Charlotte. They have three children, Cory, Sarah and Rianna. Monica has been involved in children's ministry for over 25 years. She has a passion for children and has homeschooled her children, taught martial arts and Sunday school as well as being a board member of Shanan Classical Co-op where she helped teach other homeschoolers with their families. Monica is also a cast member of NarroWay Productions in Fort Mill which is a Christian dinner theater. If you attend a production you might find her helping to coordinate the cast, working in concessions or acting on stage!

John Leon Lewis, Minister of Worship and Arts, Traditional Service -

It is easy to enumerate a person's gifts and the work he has performed. The list here is long because John Lewis' gifts are numerous. He is comfortable using many styles of music in ministry and introducing new things while retaining the old. He is able to combine the classics with the contemporary and bring an understanding to people that God is not limited in the way we express our worship to Him. Because of his training and his love for all kinds of music, he is not tied to any one style. John is a very skilled singer and pianist. Great at coaching choirs into producing a quality choir sound. Extensive experience in recording and studio work. Able to direct large and small choral groups. Strong ability to conduct orchestras and praise bands. Skilled at producing large musical productions. Currently John sings 50 concerts each month for assisted living, nursing homes, independent seniors and those who are suffering with Alzheimer. John's music will live on for years to come because he has recorded 11 CDs of various music styles.

Bobby Little, Minister of Worship and Arts, Experience Service -

Bobby was born in Biloxi, MS. He grew up in Fuquay-Varina, NC and graduated from Fuquay-Varina HS in 1993. Bobby loved music from a very young age. He sang in church growing up and played various instruments in high school such as bass clarinet and tenor saxophone. Bobby was called into ministry at the age of 21, playing bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, and leading worship vocally. His calling began training young men and women to use their God given gifts to bring glory to God! He realized the true passion he had for encouraging and training others to use their gifts and expanded his ministry in the church to adults and children as well! Bobby is a very talented musician, touring with national recording artist, Ryan Internicola and an up-and-coming recording artist, Carson Hill. You may see Bobby using his gifts at various events around the Charlotte area and beyond. He is married to his wife of 17 years, Marcy, and is Daddy to two wonderful young adults Kaity (19) and Xander (14).

Carol Forsythe, Organist

Carol moved to Lake Wylie from Minnesota in 2005. Her first experience with RHCC was as the accompanist for The Music Men beginning in the fall of 2005. Carol always had a significant part in the music and worship at her previous churches, so if RHCC was to be her church home, she needed to find out if she could contribute to the music and worship programs at RHCC. Her prayer on a certain Monday while heading to rehearsal with the Music Men was that Kevin Gray (former minister of music and worship at RHCC) would have some little role for her to have in the worship services. The first thing Kevin said to her that Monday was,our Organist is retiring; do you want to audition for the job? Though she had started organ in high school, Carol had not played organ regularly since then because piano had become her main instrument; but after saying that prayer on the way to rehearsal, she knew that this was God's doing, and she said yes to the audition, and her new adventure began. Carol has commented many times that being the RHCC organist/pianist is the best job ever! She and her wonderfully supportive husband, Jerry, have three adult children and four charming, adorable, rare, outstanding, loving grandchildren.

Sue Dobrzeniecki, Business Manager -

Sue has been with RHCC since July of 2012. She began as the church administrator and took over the position of business manager in April of 2014. She lived in Madeira Beach, Florida for 28 years where she worked at a CPA firm for 14 years and a church for 8 years. Her husband, Alan, works at Seimens in Charlotte and they have two daughters, Amanda and Tiffany, both living in New York City. Tiffany is a fashion designer with Alice + Olivia and Amanda is a dresser at Aladdin the Musical on Broadway. Sue works full- time, and her hours are Monday thru Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please feel free to stop in anytime to visit.

Wendy Burkett, Administrative Assistant -

Wendy has been working at RHCC since March 2014. She is originally from Long Island, New York, but when she met her husband Bill at Elon University, she ended up staying in the Carolinas. Who would have thought she would have married a Southern boy and stayed in the South!! Wendy and Bill moved to Lake Wylie in 1996 and have lived in River Hills for 14 years. They have two daughters, Samantha (16) and Natalie (14). Prior to working at RHCC, Bill and Wendy owned a automotive paint supply store, Dallas Auto Coatings, Inc., in Dallas, NC for 12 years. Wendy works part-time Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. and Fridays from home, preparing the worship screens.

Mike Moore, Maintenance Manager -

David Mitchel Moore (Mike) Maintenance Manager was born in Charlotte, NC on April 5 ,1956. He is middle child of five. Both of his brothers have passed away. Mike graduated from York High School in 1974. He has worked in the auto body business for most of his most life and started his own company building electric cars and trucks in 1995. He began coming to worship at River Hills Community Church in 2008 and started work at RHCC in 2009. He has lived in Lake Wylie since 1984. Mike has been married to Paula for 15 years and are raising three grandchildren, ages (8,11 and 15 ). Mike has three children and numerous grandchildren. Mike has been involved in Youth Sports in the Lake Wylie area for several years.

Katherine M. Hinson, The Day School at RHCC Director-

Katherine began at the Preschool when her children, Kate and Thomas Eric, enrolled. She started teaching toddlers in August 2000, then teaching the two to four year olds. She was selected to become the Director in April of 2006 and works full-time. Katherine did not begin her career as a preschool teacher and director, but God decided to call her to this wonderful ministry. She loves her job at the Preschool. Imagine that – God knew what he was doing when he placed her there. She loves greeting the families and teachers every morning, visiting with princesses and super heroes, wiping tears and noses, sharing laughs and offering comfort to her parents, teachers and children. She is responsible for sharing the love of Christ with her families and teachers. She gives many thanks to her own family, who have loved and supported her as she does Christ work, and to her husband, Eric, who encouraged her to take her first Preschool job in the toddler class.

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