The Staff

The Staff

Site Pastor

Pastor James Grayson

In 1998, a young reconnaissance Marine named James had no idea that his life was about to be turned upside down. He had a dramatic encounter with the love of God onboard the USS WASP off the coast of Malta.  That April night, he surrendered his life to Christ, and would never be the same! The change was undeniable! Pastor James says, “After giving my life to Jesus, I knew I wanted to serve Him with all of my heart!…
Associate Site Pastor

Crystal Grayson

Crystal had been attending church on and off her whole life, so when her sister invited her to River of Life Church, she accepted, not knowing God had a new beginning for her there. Crystal says, “From the moment I walked through the doors I could feel the love of God.” That is where her relationship with God really began. She immediately started serving on the Praise and Worship team and various other ministries in the church. In 1998, she…
Senior Pastor

Pastor Chris Phillips

Pastor Chris Phillips is the Senior Pastor of River of Life Church, a thriving multi-generational, multicultural church in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Pastor Chris and his wife, Miriam, have a passion for military families and sponsor a military support group through the church that reaches hundreds of deployed servicemen and women every month. Before coming to Jacksonville, Pastor Chris and Miriam spent four years as a missionaries in Brazil, South America, and continue to support several works in that country and…
Senior Associate Pastor

Pastor Miriam Phillips

Pastor Miriam Phillips is a dynamic speaker and teacher who delivers the Word of God in a practical way. She and her husband Chris pastor River of Life Church in Jacksonville, NC, a multi-cultural, non-denominational and charismatic church that is impacting that area mightily. Having grown up on the mission field, Pastor Miriam has a passion for the nations and has traveled all over the world teaching and preaching the Gospel. As head of the Fearless Warrior Princess Women’s Ministry at…