OUR Leadership

Pastors & Staff

BRIAN Tillman

Senior Pastor

Riverbend Church has been my home for the last 13 years!  In January of 2007 I came on staff of Longview Point as their church planter intern and began the journey of planting Riverbend.  It has truly been a journey, and one that I am so thankful I have not taken alone.  Paige Tillman, my bride and best friend, along with our kids Nathan(19), Mari-Morgan (16) have been along for the ride.  At present we are “starting over” with our family as we have welcomed in a foster baby into our home.   

This journey of church planting has taken me to a number of places, but mainly it has allowed me to see God move in scores of peoples lives, marriages, and be apart of His work.  God has also allowed me to use this journey to help other planters in the work they are beginning through the 242 Church Planting Network.  I work with planters to see healthy churches planted through out Mississippi. 

If I am not helping church planters, I am probably checking scores of college football, basketball or baseball, or I am trying to find a couple of guys to go to the course and get in a few holes of golf before the darkness hits.

Alex Phelan

Worship Pastor

I’ve loved music my whole life, but when God got a hold of my heart he gave me a clear direction on how to use that passion for His glory. Jeremiah 20:9 “If I say, I will not mention Him, or speak any more in His name, there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.” This verse has stayed with me over the years and it is my desire to show others how great our God is and the things He has done as we worship together.

Nikki McNatt

Children's Director

My name is Nikki McNatt.  I am married to Chase, and we have three children- Branson, Everette and Carly.  Hernando has been our home for over 30 years, and I am very thankful to get to raise my family here. I joined Riverbend in 2017 as the Director of the Kids Ministry.  I have been involved with the Kids Ministry most of my life and as staff for 8 years.