Senor Pastor

New River is so excited to announce that we have called Michael Marchant as our Interim Bi-vocational Pastor. Michael is married to Amy Oliver Marchant and they have three beautiful girls. When it comes to preaching the word of God, Michael’s desire is to make sure he is as accurate and true to God’s word as he can be. After teaching Sunday School for many years and serving as the Youth Leader, Michael presents the Gospel in ways for all ages to understand.

Worship Leader


Les Gilbert has been serving as our Worship Leader at New River for over 10 years.  He has degrees in music from Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has been involved in music ministry for over 35 years.  He and his wife, Edna Ruth, have 3 children, Theresa Lee James, Dawayne, and Mary Ruth.  They enjoy spending time with their 2 grandchildren, and reading.  Les also sings with the Sons of Jubal choir with the Georgia Baptist Convention, and participated in the only Christian group to enter the DPRK in over 40 years!

Administrative Assistant


Codie Davis has been serving as our Administrative Assistant at New River for over 5 years.  She is married to John Davis and they live here in Tifton. She is an active member at Tift Ave Church of God.   She enjoys the beach, her nephew, and singing.