Wayner Dickert is the pastor for the River of Life and the Bryson City United Methodist Church. He has lived near the Nantahala River for over 25 years and considers this area home. He has spent time on the water as a raft guide, canoe and kayak instructor and trainer and has been connected in the paddling world for many years including competing in the 1996 Olympic competition on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. He feels blessed that the River of Life gives him an opportunity to combine two passions through service for others.
Terry Cotton has been a regular at the River of Life for many years though she often goes unnoticed. She can be found behind the camera (and not often in photographs). Terry is the person that is usually the first to arrive at the river to set-up signs to help visitors find their way to the service and set-up the worship area. However, you won’t find her behind the scenes is when it’s time to give out hugs and love for all that come to our service. Her bubbly personality shines through in her words and actions making everyone feel at home and loved.