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James C. Norton
Pastor


Carol Duvall,
Choir Director


Tim Jones,
Organist


Gary Woody,
Youth Director


Michelle Leonard

Church Secretary

313 6th Avenue, P.O. Box 392, Columbia, TN 38402-0392
(931) 388-6082 phone | riversideun77246@gmail.com
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Pastor's Message


I am Jim Norton, pastor of the merry band of saints at Riverside. I moved here in June of 2015. I was licensed to preach and ordained as deacon in 1976, and elder in 1979.  I have had appointments that have lasted from 2 to 11 years. My preaching is Biblically based and prayer fueled.  We have a wonderful message of God's grace to share in word and deed.  I am aided in my preaching and teaching by the Bible.  I read it through each year, reading the Psalms 5 times, the New Testament twice, and the Gospels 4 times.  The Bible is important to us and I encourage the church to read it through each year.


I am married to Linda and we have 3 grown children and a bunch of grandchildren.  We love our family time and see them as often as possible. I am a Vanderbilt graduate and fan; I have loved the Cincinnati Reds since I first started going to games in the days of Bench, Rofe, Concepcion, et al. 


My main hobby is reading.  And I believe that humor is part of God's grace. It is my aim to be available in ministry, not only to the needs of the church , but to the needs of the community as well.


Standing in grace,

Growing in God's love,


Rev. James C. Norton, Senior Pastor