Meet The Team

Pastor Troy Shelton

​Troy has been our pastor since the church's first service. He loves to teach from the Word of God and see people surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. He'd tell you he has the best job and the best staff in the world. Troy has a beautiful wife named Sherri and four wonderful boys - Paul, Justin, Michael, and Seth. He is a graduate of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.




Mac Marye - Associate Pastor

Mac and his amazing family have been apart of the River of Life since November 2009 when Mac came on staff as our Student Pastor. His family includes his beautiful wife, Jeni, and their four kids: Robbie, Sydney, Savannah, and Luke. Mac experienced his full-time call to ministry in 1999 after serving as an intern at a church in Danville, KY and going on his first foreign mission trip to Russia that summer. He has served as a full-time Student Pastor since 2004 and here at the River since 2009. He has a Master of Arts in Missiology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His passion is in leading followers of Jesus to pursue him in a more passionate and deep way. That spark occurs often on the mission field, which is one of the most enjoyable parts of his job. One of his favorite quotes is by a missionary from England named C.T. Studd. Mr. Studd said, "Some people want to live within the sound of the chapel bell. I want to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell." Mac loves pouring into students AND doing missions and the two seem to go pretty well together. Mac and his wife's love for the church has changed so much since coming to the River. He regularly links arms with fellow followers of Jesus to serve him faithfully in our community and around the world and to tell others of the love that Jesus offers. Mac has recently become the Associate Pastor.



Donna Spalding - Children's Pastor

Donna grew up in Hardinsburg, Kentucky where she graduated from Breckinridge County High School.  She married her college sweetheart, Joey and they have 4 beautiful children, Andrea, Aaron, Chase, and Emma.  Donna has been our Children’s Minister at the River of Life since '06 and has loved every second of it.  


She is passionate about helping children truly understand who God is and she believes very much in the importance of teaching children to become active participants in the Kingdom of God.  She enjoys golf, UK basketball, and shopping, but mostly loves just spending time with her family




Josh Smith - Student Pastor

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Josh moved to Athens, Georgia in 2004. Upon recieving a Tennis scholarship to Western Kentucky University, Josh relocated to Bowling Green, Kentucky. He graduated with a B.S in 2015. During his Junior year he began volunteering at Hillvue Hieghts Church with the University Ministry. After this he began an internship with the Jr High Ministry. Currently Josh is a student at the Southern Baptsist Seminary where he is seeking his Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry.




Curt Vernon - Worship Leader

Curt began singing at his dad's church in Jacksonville, FL, at the age of 4 and he has been using music as an avenue for worship ever since. During the week, he gets to serve kids all over the country while working for a non-profit out of Lexington, KY, called Remix Education.  He also serves as an Elder at Thoroughbred Community Church alongside his father.  People will always tell you that if you do something you love that you will never work a day in your life.  Curt has certainly learned the truth of this sentiment and feels like a retired 30 year old man. Curt has been the worship leader at the River since 2010.




Johnny Coyle


Johnny has a passion for God and a servants hearts, which is clearly demonstrated by his full time volunteer role in the church.  He understands and appreciates the many people accepting God’s calling to give of their time to serve in so many ministries.  He is an avid University of Louisville fan and is passionate in conversations ABOUT Louisville football and basketball.


He's been happily married for almost 53 years to the love of his life, Elaine! 


Johnny manages the daily business needs at the River. He is such a blessing to our church family. Plus, he is pretty funny.