RIVERBEND leadership

The staff and elders here at Riverbend are comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at info@riverbendchurch.org

  • Jason Williams

    Jason Williams was born and raised in Sumter, SC.  He has resided in Lexington for 18 years with his wife, Becky. They have been married for 18 years and have 5 amazing kids; Anna Grace, Thomas, Andrew, Abigail and Eleanor.

    Jason is the Lead Pastor at RCC and loves the people at Riverbend. “The greatest part about working here is seeing what God is doing in the lives of His people and what he is doing in Riverbend Community Church,” he says.  One of Jason’s favorite passages comes from John 14:1-3, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

    When Jason isn’t at work, you can find him hanging out with his family, working on his old Jeep, and crushing pickleballs on the pickleball court.


  • David Waganer

    David was born in Fort Worth, TX and came to know Jesus as his personal savior as a child.  He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served for more than 30 years in the ministry in Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Missouri.  He and his wife Karen have two adult children and six grandchildren, of who he says he has the "great pleasure of seeing grow in their relationship with Jesus to become the individuals God created them to be."  

    In his free time, David enjoys gardening, traveling, and golfing which, he admits, also gives him access to meeting new people.  For the last five years, David has served as a volunteer associate chaplain at Lexington Medical Center which has allowed him to see the power of building fast relationships with folks in difficult circumstances. 


  • wc hoecke

    WC Hoecke is a converted Yankee from Connecticut but moved to South Carolina as fast as he could. He has lived in Columbia for 34 years.  WC is the co-owner of Furniture Medic and Executive Director of Harmony Christian Community. He and his wife, Catherine, have been married for 29 years and have 3 children: Karl (25), Franklin (23), and Anna (19).

    WC's favorite passage comes from Philippians 3:14, " I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

    When WC isn't working on furniture or hanging out with his family, he enjoys going on a long hike, sitting in the hunting stand, or taking nice, long naps in his hammock.