Our Pastoral Resident

Adam McMahan

Hi, my name is Adam McMahan and I am the Pastoral Resident at RiverTree Jackson. My wife, Dr. Lindsey McMahan, and I have two children; Mackenzie (9) and Grady (6). In February 2020, I left a 15-year career in banking to pursue a deeper purpose for my life, beginning with a Master's Degree in Practical Theology from Ohio Christian University. In October of 2021, after receiving my Master's Degree, God led me into a relationship with Pastor Alex Poindexter of Polaris Christian Church in my hometown of Brunswick, Ohio. Since then, the Lord has orchestrated a new partnership between Polaris and RiverTree allowing me to learn from and contribute to His Kingdom!

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing golf, rooting for the Cavs, Guardians, and Browns, or sometimes I’ll even watch good teams... I am a published author, GodKward: Finding Purpose in My Journey from Addiction into Recovery (2018). I enjoy spending time in God's word, writing/journaling, listening to worship music and even learning to play the piano. In May of 2018, I remember vividly God saying to me, "Go be!" I am excited and expectant as I continue to chase after the calling God has placed on my life.

I feel remarkably blessed to be able to learn from the leadership staff at RiverTree and Polaris and do not take lightly the amazing opportunity that I've been given. Whether God leads me to plant a RiverTree campus up north or has other plans in store, I am trusting in Him. If you feel led to give, know that I welcome and appreciate your generosity. If you feel led to pray, know that I cherish your prayers. If you feel led to be an encouragement, know that I cannot wait to meet you! I am honored to serve alongside you.


want to be a church plant

Is God calling you to start a church?

RiverTree’s family of churches wants to plant churches that plant churches that plant churches because we believe this is an integral piece of accomplishing our vision to see Northeast Ohio wake up to the Lordship of Jesus. Potential planters go through a one-to-two year church planting residency where we invest the best of our DNA, philosophy, learnings, experience, practices, influence, funds, and people as we send out church planting launch teams.

Why a Church Plant Residency?

A Church Planting Residency within RiverTree gives you a head start in the church planting process and ensures you have a long runway to prepare for the unique challenges and joys of planting a new church.

Ideal Candidate

We want to locate visionary, humble, kingdom-minded leaders who get excited about gathering, building teams, and multiplying themselves and churches. This person should have experience in ministry settings, an entrepreneurial spirit, and drive.


This position is a 12-to-24 month program. The first six-to-twelve months will be focused on investing in the resident, fundraising a portion of one’s salary, and providing experience in our culture while planning a timeline and launch strategy behind the scenes. The second six-to-twelve months will be the execution of the launch strategy including fundraising for the church, deciding the location of the church plant and recruiting. Church Planting Residents are full-time staff members at RiverTree.


• Training in general church leadership and philosophy of ministry
• Theological instruction
• Guidance in casting vision and strategic planning
• Training in discipleship – one-on-one and corporately, including planning of multiplication
• Access to relational & theological networks (Exponential Conference, New Thing, Forge, etc.)
• Guidance in financial planning/budgeting and fundraising
• Experience in administration, project management and workflow

• Training in recruitment, team building and delegation
• Experience in communication (large group/platform/small group/training meetings)
• Coaching with Network Leader and other local experienced church planters
• Access to ongoing relationships and resources
• Training in leading a staff/team with access to each member of our team.
• Exposure to ministry and life in the northeast Ohio
• Opportunity for capable young leaders

Interested in more info?

Click the link below and send us your resume to start the process of becoming a RiverTree Network planter. We can’t wait to talk with you!