We are a church in re-development. That means we are re-assessing every aspect of the church from the ground up! It also means that we have pushed "pause" on the normal leadership structure and are training and equipping future leaders. The advisory team works with the Senior Pastor and the CMA District leadership.
Pastor Grant Goins
Grant has been the Senior Pastor of Richland Alliance since June, 2021. He is a native of Spokane, Washington and has also lived in Montana, Oregon, and California. He and Kimberly have been married since 1997 and have four girls: Audrey - 17, Ava - 15, Lydia - 12, and Laurel - 8. Grant enjoys connecting people to God and to one another. He also loves hiking, camping, and playing music and listening to classic rock records. Spiritual influences include Roger Morhlang, Dale Bruner, Gary Thomas, Eugene Peterson, Skye Jethani, and Marva Dawn, and Peter Scazzero.
Corey Smith, Worship Director
A native of the Tri Cities, Corey has been following Jesus since his college years. A gifted artist, both musically and graphically, Corey has used his talents in church ministry for over 20 years. He and Leah have two sons, Matthew and Cameron. Pro tip: look for Corey at the Spudnut Shop! (His favorite spudnut is the cinnamon roll.)
Myron Baird, Advisory Team
Myron has attended RAC since 1985. He has served in various positions including Sunday School Teacher, Christian Education Chairman, Elder and Governing Board Chairman. He has been married to Lisa since 1981. They have 2 children: Caitlyn & Grace. He received Jesus as his Savior as a young boy in summer camp. He was further nurtured in his walk with the Lord as he grew up attending a small church in Southern Oregon. Though he had some ups and downs, he continued to grow in his understanding of and relationship with the Savior through 6 years in the Navy and a career in Nuclear Power. Though retired from work, he continues to learn and grow in Christ. Myron enjoys old movies where the hero exhibits integrity and courage. He was born on the island of Ponape, in Micronesia. His Grandfather was a pastor in various Free Methodist churches throughout Oregon. When he was 4 years old, he and Grandma came to live with them after they retired. Each of these two had a profound effect on Myron and his Spiritual walk.
Gwen is currently a member of the Richland Alliance Advisory Team, the co-Treasurer, and the acting lead of the Deaconess ministry, which includes Hospitality, women’s ministries, and other support functions. Gwen and her family have attended Richland Alliance since 2006. Gwen has been married to her husband Kerry since 1987 where they were married on a riverboat cruising the Ohio river. They have two daughters, Kara who lives in Scottsdale, AZ, and Kayley along with her husband, Matthew, who live locally and are both actively involved at Richland Alliance. Gwen loves to read and usually has her Kindle close by. She also loves her pets (2 large dogs and 2 black cats) and enjoys camping with friends and family. Since her retirement last year, she has focused on learning more about the health benefits of essential oils and herbal remedies and enjoys making various products for others with her new knowledge. She received Jesus as her Savior when she was 30 years old after developing a personal relationship with a strong Christian family. They invited her to a revival at their Independent Baptist church and Jesus came into her life. Ever since, no matter where she has lived, she has been a committed church attendee striving to grow and learn in her personal walk with the Lord. The influence of the Jones family who led her to the Lord has been the most significant spiritual influence in her life. Without them she may not have ever come to know Christ as her Savior. In the many years since that turning point, she has been helped to grow spiritually by many individuals, too numerous to name.
Matthew RisenHuber, Advisory Team
Matthew is a member of the Advisory team member. His wife, Kayley, has been church treasurer since 2019. Matthew and Kayley have been married since March of 2018. They enjoy kayaking, making wine, biking, camping, finding new music, and traveling around. Matthew also enjoys cooking. Both Matthew and Kayley were raised in church. They both grew in their faith during college, and both finished their degrees knowing that they still loved the Lord. Matthew’s influences include: Will Weedon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Matt Whittman, Martin Luther, Gary Thomas, Randy Christie, Johann Gerhard, Brian Wolfmueller. Kayley’s are: Jesus, Paul, Soren Kierkegaard, Karl Barth, Adam Neder, Gerald Sittser, Martin Luther, Gary Thomas, Desert fathers, Theresa of Avila, Stephanie Davis, NT Wright
Danae Thompson, Office Manager
Danae and her husband Chris grew up and met on the East Coast, but have lived in Washington for over 25 years. They have 4 adult children: Luke, Will, Sean, and Leah. Danae has a passion for teaching children and for finding creative ways to communicate God’s Word. Chris had held many positions at the church including elder, Sunday school teacher and board member. He is as analytical chemist for Battelle.