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Phone: 336.516.3760

Senior Pastor Mike Mitchener, is a native son of Giles County. He founded Westside Fellowship in Elon, North Carolina in September of 2000, and faithfully led that ministry for 20 years - stepping down in answer to God's call to return home to Virginia as the new senior pastor of Riverview Baptist Church. Prior to entering full-time ministry, Mike had a very successful business career. He and his wife, Stephanie, have been married since 1984. 


Phone: 540.599.1243

Pastor Emeritus Shahn Wilburn and his wife Juanita came to Riverview October 26, 1980 when the small congregation which occupied the little white church overlooking the New River called him to be their Pastor. A native of Giles County, he was attending Piedmont Baptist College in Winston Salem, NC at the time, and living in Franklin County, VA. Upon his arrival, the church began to have a full slate of services on Sunday, with Sunday school, morning worship and evening Bible study. God blessed, and the church began to experience steady growth. Through the years land was purchased and the current facilities were built almost totally by the church family, and all without debt. Multiple services and additional staff have been added as well, to meet the needs of a growing church family. Believing strongly in the great commission, Missions and Missionaries have been an emphasis at Riverview as well as local evangelization. Through the years God has blessed the congregation at Riverview and certainly all the praise belongs to Him.


  • Ferrum Jr. College, A.S. (Ferrum, VA)
  • East Tennessee State University, B.S. (Johnson City, TN)
  • Piedmont Baptist College, (undergrad Bible training) (Winston-Salem, NCLiberty Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A.R. (Lynchburg, VA)
  • Golden State School of Theology D.D. (Honorary) (Stockton, CA)


  • The Board of Trustees of Piedmont International University
  • The Board of Faith Overseas Mission
  • The Board of Bible Open Air Mission
  • The Board of Old Dominion Association of Church Schools
  • Riverview Baptist School of the Bible




Phone: 540.599.0639

Pastor Ward Harris has lived in Giles County his entire life. He came to Riverview Baptist Church at the age of fifteen. Ward graduated from Narrows High School in 1989. From there he attended both New River Community College and Radford University. His plans were to become a chemistry professor, but God had different plans.

In 1991 Ward met and fell in love with Demetria “Mimi” Kendall. Shortly thereafter the two were engaged to be married. During that time Pastor Shahn was preaching a series of messages on being a godly husband and father. Through the example of his own parents and the anticipation of his upcoming wedding, the Lord began working in Ward’s heart. He wanted to be the kind of husband and father that he had witnessed growing up and that Pastor Shahn was preaching about. Ward knew that he had to be right with God in order for that to happen. God continued to work on his heart through that series of messages and on the second Sunday of November, 1992, Ward received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. After a long engagement Ward and Mimi were married on August 12, 1995.

It was during that year that God burdened Ward’s heart for ministry. During one of the evening services Pastor Shahn asked Ward to help with the communion service. From that night forward God increasingly worked in his heart. Ward had a desire to serve God, but did not know in what capacity. He realized that he had to learn more of the Bible in order to serve God effectively. In January of 1996 Ward enrolled in Piedmont Bible College as a Biblical Studies major.

While studying at Piedmont Ward was called by the congregation of Riverview to be the Youth Director. On May 5, 2001 Ward graduated from Piedmont Baptist College with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies.

On April 14, 2002 Ward was ordained into the Gospel ministry by Riverview Baptist Church. In August of that year the congregation voted to have Ward’s ministry title changed from Youth Director to Youth Pastor. In 2006 his ministry title was changed to Associate Pastor.

Ward has served in various capacities here at Riverview: Awana leader, director, and commander; Sunday School Superintendent; finance committee, Sunday School teacher, and V.B.S. director.

Ward earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Piedmont Baptist College in 2001. He also earned his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School in 2010. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at Piedmont International University.

Ward continues to serve as Associate Pastor of Church Administration and Christian Education here at Riverview. His life verse is Philippians 3:10, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”




Phone: 304.921.0468

Pastor Terry Easter serves as Associate Pastor-Minister of Music. In this job capacity, he oversees and participates in the various music functions of the church. He directs and oversees music events which include the annual Easter Drama performed by the Easter choir and drama team, Christmas Cantata, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, two weekly adult choirs, three children’s choirs, and music for other special events and services. Terry and his wife are keyboard instrumentalists and provide music for the weekly services.

Terry teaches the Fellowship Sunday School Class and ministers the Word of God when called upon. He also ministers several weeks a month at the Riverview Nursing Home in Rich Creek, Virginia and the Giles Adult Day Services in Pearisburg, Virginia.

Terry and his family came to Riverview in December 2000. He and his wife Gayle reside in Princeton, West Virginia with their three children, Leslee, Lauren, and Jonathan.


  • Tennessee Temple (undergrad music training) (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  • Concord College, BS (Athens, West Virginia)
  • Bethany Theological Seminary, MM (Dothan, Alabama)