MEET OUR LEADERSHIP
  • Tom Hauser
    Tom Hauser
    Senior Pastor
  • Willie and Nilsa Ureña
    Willie and Nilsa Ureña
    Spanish Pastors
  • Michael Thornton
    Michael Thornton
    Outreach Pastor
  • Terry Rickey
    Terry Rickey
    Discipleship Pastor
Tom Hauser
Senior Pastor

He and His wife Ginny are blessed with a full quiver…4 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.  The vision is to see the the kingdom of God advance and for Jesus to receive glory unfolding before us. The Lord has planted 161 GRC churches, 3 orphanages, 2 pig farms, 1 seminary, one school, 1 tailor shop in 5 nations.  (US/ Nepal/ India/ Mozambique/ and Costa Rica)  GRC is a network church of Global Legacy and Global Awakening under Pastor Bill Johnson and Pastor Randy Clark.  The network of 1000’s of churches and ministries world wide are seeking to see the kingdom of God come and His will be done.  We actively pursue the presence of God and the move of the Holy Spirit to transform cities, states, and nations.

Prior history: Master’s of Theology and  Nuclear engineering.  Executive for General Electric, U.S. Navy fast attack submarines, 18 years in full time ministry

Willie and Nilsa Ureña
Spanish Pastors

Many times we hear people say, “God has such a sense of humor”. Who would have thought? That’s what Willie would say. Moving to Wilmington, N.C. from New York was the last thing on Willie and Nilsa’s mind. Willie was born in the Dominican Republic and Nilsa in New York. Imagine that! How God makes the connections! Not knowing anyone here, not having a job, and not even having heard of Wilmington, N.C., the Lord moved Willie and Nilsa here. They always loved the Lord but here is where they came to know what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus and receive Him as their Lord and Savior. They have four children and at present three grandchildren. After many years of working in the restaurant business, the Lord called Willie to be a full time pastor in 2005. Willie and Nilsa both pastor the Spanish congregation at Global River Church where many nations are represented. Loving and serving is Willie and Nilsa’s heart.

Michael Thornton
Outreach Pastor

Before answering Gods call on Michael’s life, he was hopelessly addicted to life destroying drugs for nearly a decade.  After entering into a Christian Recovery Center, Michael encountered the powerful love of Jesus.  All of his chains of addiction were finally broken.  The Lord quickly opened the door for him to share his story all over the Carolinas.  Michael’s testimony was even featured on the 700 Club touching the hearts of millions around the world.  In May of 2012, both Amber and Michael graduated from Regent University with their master’s degrees. He is the author of Fire in the Carolinas and serves at Global River Church as the outreach pastor.  He and Amber are also the founders and directors of Ignite Ministries and have a passion to ignite the fire of Jesus’ love into the hearts of people, cities, and regions. They love to travel are the proud parents of five beautiful children.

Terry Rickey
Discipleship Pastor

Pastor Terry was a member of the US Navy where he served as Aviation Physiologist.  He retired as Lt Commander, when he became an employee of the local Hospital as a Safety Officer for 13 years.  In 2001, he was called into ministry to become a staff member at the Vineyard (now Global River Church). Ordained in 2008 he now serves as The Discipleship Pastor.  He has been on 17+ mission trips, prayed for people and many were healed.  He has led many to Christ and enjoy God and His presence in his life. Terry’s wife Jan is a public school teacher and they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

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