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Furman F. Fordham II

Senior Pastor

Furman F. Fordham II is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, the middle child of three children. He graduated from Pine Forge Academy, Oakwood University and Andrews University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology, and a Master of Divinity degree...

Furman F. Fordham II

Senior Pastor

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Furman F. Fordham II is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, the middle child of three children. He graduated from Pine Forge Academy, Oakwood University and Andrews University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology, and a Master of Divinity degree.

He as served as a Youth Pastor in Melbourne, Australia, as an Assistant Pastor in Chicago, Illinois, and as lead Pastor of churches in the states of Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska prior to becoming the Senior Pastor of Riverside in Nashville. Since that time, God has used him to add to the congregation’s rich heritage, a progressive, Spirit-filled, mission-oriented ministry.

Professionally, He has carved out a niche as a church organizational leadership trainer, adept at transitioning churches from maintenance mode to a mission mindset. In 2009 he co-authored, with Eddie Polite, his first book, Mission-Driven Ministry, which focuses on the organizational structure of the local church and its reorganization for maximum mission effectiveness.

Furman is married to the former Jennifer Gill, an elementary school teacher turned home-schooling mom, and they have three sons—Furman III (PACE), Irvin Gill (PAX), and Jennings Walter (PRICE). In addition to family, his interests include Kansas City Chief’s Football, bowties, and playing any card or board game imaginable.

Furman’s personal purpose statement is to be a growing Christian, an adoring husband, an exceptional father, and an excellent pastor—simultaneously.

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Alicia Jones

Assistant Pastor | Outreach

Pastor Alicia Jones was born in Cleveland, OH to David and Juanita Trusty. Being raised in a Christian home, she gave her heart to Jesus at a young age, and purposed early to serve him. By the age of four, she’d already earned the nickname Preacher Girl from her grandfather...

Alicia Jones

Assistant Pastor | Outreach

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Pastor Alicia Jones was born in Cleveland, OH to David and Juanita Trusty. Being raised in a Christian home, she gave her heart to Jesus at a young age, and purposed early to serve him. By the age of four, she’d already earned the nickname Preacher Girl from her grandfather. At eleven, Pastor Jones accepted her call to the ministry.

Christian education helped to mold her. She matriculated through Ramah Jr Academy and Griswold Academy. In 2003, she graduated magna cum laude from Oakwood University with a double major in communications and ministerial theology. She holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.

Ministry is at the heart of all Pastor Jones does. She has preached all over the United States from California to New York and overseas. Currently, she serves as the pastor of outreach for the Riverside SDA Church. Before receiving this ministry position she was ordained an elder at Riverside and served in various capacities. Pastor Jones worked at the Christian Broadcasting Network as an assistant coach in their prayer counseling center for seven years. For three years, she worked with the Nashville Dream Center as the director of Sidewalk Sunday School in the J. C. Napier Housing Projects.

She is married to Dennis Edward Jones of Nashville, TN and they have two children, Isaiah Jeremiah Jones and Deja Janae Jones.

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Christopher Marshall

Associate Pastor | Discipleship & Counseling

Pastor Christopher Marshall was born on the Island of Barbados. At a very tender age he felt the call of God and as a result attended Caribbean Union College where he received his BA in theology in 1985...

Christopher Marshall

Associate Pastor | Discipleship & Counseling

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Pastor Christopher Marshall was born on the Island of Barbados. At a very tender age he felt the call of God and as a result attended Caribbean Union College where he received his BA in theology in 1985. He subsequently served in the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventist where he led a district consisting of five churches and through his ministry was able to raise a sixth church. He was ordained into the ministry in 1991.

Pastor Marshall experienced a further call to ministry through counseling and attended Andrews University where he received his Masters degree in the area of Community Counseling in 1994. He further developed this ministry as a Therapist in Michigan, New York and Tennessee. His experience includes working with children, adolescents, marriage and families. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Provider in the state of Tennessee and is a member of Nashville Psychotherapy Institute.

Currently he is the Associate Pastor at Riverside Chapel in charge of membership support and is completing his Doctorate in Psychology.

Pastor Marshall is married to Stephanie Bolah-Marshall and is the father of two children Andrew and Simone. Pastor Marshall is very passionate about The Grace of God and is a firm believer in righteousness by faith. It is Pastor Marshall’s dream to complete God’s work in his generation so that he can see his beloved Jesus return in person.

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Michael Polite

Associate Pastor | Youth & Young Adults

Pastor Michael Polite is a man who is striving to see God face to face. This pursuit has brought him into the service of young people all around the world. From Europe to Central America, Michael Polite has shared his genuinely simplistic interpretation of Christ’s story...

Michael Polite

Associate Pastor | Youth & Young Adults

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Pastor Michael Polite is a man who is striving to see God face to face. This pursuit has brought him into the service of young people all around the world. From Europe to Central America, Michael Polite has shared his genuinely simplistic interpretation of Christ’s story.

He is currently serving at Riverside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nashville, TN as the Pastor of Youth and Young Adults. He is the founder and director of ENERGY Ministries and has been instrumental in developing programs for students throughout the South-Central Conference.

During his time in Nashville, Pastor Polite has been blessed to make an international impact as well. His work with Tennessee youth has been chronicled by media outlets such as: The Associated Press, USA Today, The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, The Sydney Morning Herald, and the China Times. He has also partnered with community activist like Nikki Giovanni and Tavis Smiley to inspire social change within the Nashville metropolitan area.

Pastor Michael Polite is happily married, passionately driven, and desperately chasing after the heart of God. His daily wish is that all youth would discover the abundant life that is only found through following Jesus Christ wherever He goes.