Riverside Ministry and Leadership Staff

The staff and leadership here at Riverside is comprised of men and women who love and care for the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Chris Wilson

    Senior pastor

    Chris was born on August 18, 1973 in Pensacola, FL. He grew up in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Troy University in 1996. He went on to receive a Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School in 2000. While in graduate school, he met and married Meredith Sherrill. They now have four children (Asher, Mason, Judah and Piper).

    Chris has served in ministry here in Alabama, in Seattle as a church planter, and in Nashville. The Lord called him to serve as pastor here at Riverside in February of 2016.

    Chris and Meredith have come to Riverside with a joy and delight for God and his church that is evident to all. They are resolutely committed to the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and making disciples. We rejoice in having them as part of our fellowship.



  • Bill Golden

    discipleship and missions pastor

    Bill was born June 11, 1960 in Wiltshire, England to parents serving in the U.S. Air Force. He grew up in Cullman, AL where he met and married his High School sweetheart Pam Buckelew in 1978.  He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1985 and received his MBA from the University of Nebraska in 1995.  


    Bill and Pam retired from the USAF and moved to Helena in 2000.  They joined Riverside in April 2001.  In May 2012, the Lord called him to serve as the Discipleship and Missions Pastor.  He and Pam have four boys, Rodney (Becca), Scott, Chris (Kerri) and Ryan (Bethany).  They have seven grandchildren, Gregory, Jolee,  Lynleigh, Jonah, Benjamin, Thomas and Corey.

    Bill and Pam have a deep love and commit to the Body of Christ at Riverside and the community of Helena, AL.  They have a passion for seeing individuals and families grow in their faith and in the Word of God, with the goal of becoming mature followers of Christ.

  • Seth sandlin

    Student Pastor

    Seth has been serving at Riverside since April 2017.  Seth and his wife Hope have one child, Piper.  Seth is currently attending Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary.


    Seth has a passion for discipleship of students and their families. 

  • Pam Golden

    Children's ministry leader

    Pam was born in Cullman, Alabama, July 21, 1960.  At the age of 16, she trusted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior.  She married her high school sweetheart, Bill Golden, September 1, 1978 soon after graduation. 


    It was through Bill’s career in the military and moving from state to state every three to four years with their four boys, that Pam learned to really trust God. She found that God was faithful and provided in ways that she never would have experienced if she had not been part of a military family. 

     

    Together, they have always served in ministry with their family, friends, schools and the local church.  Pam has served in various churches over the years as a volunteer to preschool and children’s ministry.  She currently serves as the children’s ministry leader at Riverside and loves serving the Lord in this way.

    Pam and her husband enjoy time with their four sons and their seven grandchildren.  Their hobbies include camping in the great outdoors.  

  • Kyle Ziglar

    Worship pastor

    Kyle grew up in Baker Florida.  His wife, Sonia Ziglar grew up in Laurel Hill, FL. Kyle and Sonia have been married for 23 years.  They have two children, Isabella (18) and Hannah (16). 


    Kyle obtained his Bachelor's Degree from Troy University in 1996 and completed his MA from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008. 


    Kyle has served in the music ministry since 2004 and has been at Riverside since February 2018.