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Jeff Pate


The pastor of Riverwood Presbyterian Church is Jeff Pate. Jeff grew up in Ozark, AL where his parents still live today. He and his wife, Lorrie, have been married since 1993 and have six children. Jeff’s undergraduate degree is in Choral Music Education and he spent several years teaching music and directing choirs in public and private schools in Colorado and Alabama. He went on to serve as Music Director at First Presbyterian in Enterprise, AL before moving back to Colorado to attend Sangre de Cristo Seminary where he earned a Masters of Divinity degree in 2008. Jeff spent five years as pastor of Brent Presbyterian Church in Brent, AL before coming to Riverwood. Jeff enjoys playing whatever sports his body will allow and family game nights.

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Zac Martin

Director of Student Ministries

Zac is our Director of Student Ministries. He was raised in Clanton, AL and came to know the Lord through his parents and the ministry of their church. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of South Alabama. After graduation he married his wife, Kaley, in December of 2016. The following month he began serving as the Pastoral Intern and Youth Director at Grace Fellowship (PCA) in Clanton, AL. He joined the staff at Riverwood in January of 2022 to minister primarily to our middle school, high school, and college students. He is working on his master’s degree at Birmingham Theological Seminary and will seek ordination in the PCA upon completion.

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Sarah Vander Wal


Sarah serves as Riverwood's bookkeeper. She attended the University of Alabama, where she earned a bachelor's degree in music and a master's degree in human development and family studies. Sarah is an accomplished cellist and performs with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. Sarah is married to Greg, and they have four children. Sarah enjoys spending time with family, reading, and traveling.