In April of 2016, our Senior Pastor, Dr. Ed Carney, announced his retirement effective July 1, 2017. While we will miss Ed and Susan dearly, our Pastoral Search Committee has been prayerfully searching for the right candidate to become the new Senior Pastor at Riverland Hills. After receiving many applications, observing and interviewing applicants, and praying over the process, our search committee announced Dr. Ryan Pack as the prospective candidate. Following a church member vote on Sunday, June 18, 2017, we are excited to announce that Dr. Pack has accepted the call to become the Senior Pastor of Riverland Hills Baptist Church.
Our new Senior Pastor Dr. Ryan Pack, with wife, Heather, and children, Bailey, Ginny, Victoria, and Micah.
I come to you today with a combination of humility and excitement. I am humbled by the opportunity to pastor this great church. I am excited about God's plan! There is no doubt in my heart that God wants to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine through Riverland Hills! You can see God's hand throughout the history of this church. You can sense God's leadership for what He is preparing for the future! What a great time to be a part of RHBC! My entire family looks forward to meeting you. To God be the glory!
-Dr. Ryan Pack, Senior Pastor of Riverland Hills
Ryan Pack was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC. He graduated from Clemson University in 1994 with an undergraduate degree in Business Management. After graduation, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas where he graduated with his Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages. He earned his Doctor of Ministry in Leadership at Columbia International University in 2007.
He was licensed and ordained to the ministry by First Baptist Church, Spartanburg. Ryan has significant experience leading and growing many churches along his journey in serving our Lord. Ryan is currently serving as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of North Augusta. Prior to this, he served as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville.
Ryan is married to the former Heather Dillard of Spartanburg. She graduated from Converse College with a degree in Special Education. They were married after graduation in 1994 and moved to Texas for Ryan to attend seminary. Ryan and Heather have four children: Bailey, Ginny, Victoria and Micah.
Over the past 12 months, our Pastoral Search Committee has spent many hours praying for this transition, researching and interviewing potential candidates, and visiting churches around the country.
After all of this, we truly believe that Dr. Ryan Pack is the person that God has chosen to be our next Senior Pastor at Riverland Hills.
Each of the committee members, including myself, is amazed at how God has worked during this process. Every step of this journey has brought me closer to God and I feel confident that He has great plans for Riverland Hills under the leadership of Dr. Pack. Join me in believing in the future of our church.
Pastoral Search Committee Chair
Please note the following key dates, as we hope our church family will be present to give their full support both as we say goodbye to our Ed & Susan Carney and as we welcome our new pastor and his family:
Dr. Pack will preach at all 4 services this morning, and we will have a church member vote to call him as Senior Pastor of Riverland Hills Baptist Church. Results will be posted here on the afternoon of the 18th as well as emailed to all members.
This will be the Carneys' last Sunday at Riverland Hills. There will be a retirement celebration at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.
During the month of July, Associate Pastor, Dr. Tim Phillips, will be preaching during Sunday services.
Dr. Ryan Pack will begin as Senior Pastor of Riverland Hills Baptist Church.