Rev. Jerry Akin
Reverend Jerry Akin is a native of Columbus, GA. He completed his undergraduate work at The University of Alabama, and earned his Master of Divinity degree at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Jerry was drawn to Methodism after being introduced to Wesleyan theology, which stresses the life of Christian holiness: to love God with all one’s heart, mind, soul and strength and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. He answered the call to full time pastoral ministry in 2012. He comes to Riverside after serving as Pastor at Buena Vista UMC. Jerry has worked with the Kairos Prison ministry, served as a Chartered Representative for the local Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout pack, and is currently the Chair of the Young Clergy Family Retreat Board in the South Georgia Conference. In his free time, he enjoys writing, running, and playing the guitar. Jerry and his wife, Clare, also a native of Columbus, GA, have two children: Liam and Hannah Clare.
Church Business Administrator
Chuck Huber (aka “Senior Chief”) is the Director of Administration. He relocated to Macon in January 2008 from the Washington, DC area where he served as a church business administrator in several area churches. He retired from the U.S. Navy Band, Washington, DC in 1995 where he was a member of the Sea Chanters Chorus and later became the Comptroller and Supply Officer for 14 years. He was also the baritone soloist and cantor at the National United Methodist Church, Washington, DC for 30 years. Chuck regularly performs with the Choral Society of Middle Georgia. He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University. Chuck and his wife Pam have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 ½ great-grandchildren.
Director of Young Adult & Youth Ministries
David Compere is the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. His parents were Southern Baptist missionaries stationed in Nigeria, West Africa, where David was born. He studied social work and theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and became a licensed clinical social worker. David has worked with adolescents and their parents for over 20 years in mental health, addiction, and ministry. An avid motorcycle rider, he recently participated in the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. He and his wife Meg have 3 wonderful teenage girls.
Director of Children’s Center
Julie Chambers is the Director of the Children’s Center here at Riverside. A born and bred Maconite, she has been in the childcare industry for the past 35 years. Julie worked at Ingleside Baptist Church’s Children’s Center from 1995-2003. She started at Riverside as the Asst. Director in 2003. In 2008, Julie was selected as the new Director. As Director, Julie has insured the center has maintained its status of being one of the top childcare centers in middle Georgia. She has spearheaded various renovation projects at the center, the latest being the updating of the front of the center with new fencing and landscaping. She is married to Mark Chambers and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Dr. Rich Kosowski
Director of Music Ministries
Rich Kosowski is a child of the Midwest who was born in Chicago and grew up around Green Bay, WI. He attended high school in the southern suburbs of St. Louis, MO and attended Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, from which he earned a Bachelor of Music Education. He holds a Master of Music in Performance degree from University of Miami (FL) and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Voice Science from the University of Houston (TX). He has held different cantor, chorister, and conductor positions in churches and synagogues throughout his adult life in Atlanta, Miami, New York City, and Houston. While in Atlanta, he served as a children’s choir director in a number of local churches, and he also served as the interim director of music at Grace United Methodist Church, Atlanta, and most recently at Mulberry United Methodist Church, Macon. Rich currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies at Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music. At TSM he serves as music director of Mercer University Opera. He is also the music director of Mercer University Youth Choirs. He and his wife, Mary Beth, have been married for 30 years. They have two children, Alex and Katie.
Administrative Assistant to Sr. Pastor