Art is an extension of our faith
If art is good art, if it is true art, if it is beautiful art, then it is bearing witness to the Author of the good, the true, and the beautiful.
At Riverbend, we are deeply passionate about the arts – identifying art as a reflection of our Creator. Just as we are created in God's image, we believe that He is reflected in our creativity. Austin is a city that fully embraces art — and more importantly all of the crazy, quirky, weird, and wonderful artists that come with it — and Riverbend is no different. Art, much like faith, is seldom a one-size-fits-all experience, and we love it.
Riverbend is blessed to showcase, be involved in, and encourage the works and development of multiple disciplines and variety of Austin artists. Featuring world-class musicians, visual artists of every medium, and a state of the art performance venue, Riverbend strives to honor and glorify our Creator by drawing His people, and then directing their attention back towards Him.
Meet the Creative Arts team
CREATIVE ARTS PASTOR
Kevin, his wife Mindy, and daughter Grace, are transplants from the San Francisco Bay Area by way of the foothills of Denver. Experiencing and embracing Austin with the love of Jesus, they hope to live out the blessing that everyday we are all waking up to what God is already doing.
If you’re interested in serving on the Creative Arts Team, or if you’d like more information about the arts at Riverbend, Kevin is the guy you’re looking for >
PASTOR OF MUSIC & WORSHIP
Carlton joined the Riverbend Church staff in 1989. He spent many years in music ministry serving churches in Texas and New Mexico. He is known for his contagious enthusiasm and creative use of various styles of music in the contemporary church. Besides being a gifted vocalist and worship leader, Carlton is a conductor, arranger, and record producer. He and his wife, Sharon, have four children and four grandchildren. Sharon also serves on staff as Manager of Riverbend Centre for the Arts. Carlton's other passions include home theater design and installation, and their two dogs, Maggie and Zoe.
RESONATE WORSHIP DIRECTOR
Casey McPherson is a songwriter and worship leader for Riverbend Church. In addition, he performs solo, and fronts the bands Alpha Rev and Flying Colors which tour nationally and internationally. Casey is not only a songwriter but enjoys scoring films as well. His most recent score was for the comedy called "Divine Access." One of his passions is teaching young musicians and songwriters how sustain themselves on creative content driven income. Casey also runs and produces music at a recording studio in Austin, Tx called "The Ice Cream Factory" where he records most of his music and where he produces other artists. Look for his music on Itunes, and his shows and whereabouts on the links below!
To meet the rest of the Creative Arts Team, visit our staff directory >
Creative Arts @ Riverbend
Under the direction of our Music and Worship leaders Carlton and Casey, Riverbend is flooded with incredible Austin-based talent each and every Sunday for our three Worship services. Few churches in the world can boast of such gifted and refined musicians as what God has blessed Riverbend, and Austin at-large, with.
We are not only thankful for their dedication to Riverbend, we are also excited to share them with our congregation each and every week.
We encourage our congregation to support Riverbend’s local musicians and artists by attending shows and concerts, as well as purchasing original recordings and other offerings.
Wayne Salzmann II
Drummer - Educator, University of Texas at Austin
Riverbend is proud to have Wayne Salzmann as part of our Celebration worship services. Wayne's discography and touring bio is a who's who of Austin and national greats - playing on Eric Johnson’s last 4 records, and touring full-time with Bob Schneider! He's also the author of "Developing Melodic Language on the Drums" - his new book about to be published and he's just finishing his 8th year on the Jazz Faculty at UT.
On Playing at Riverbend, Wayne says:
I’m honored to be a part of the worship team at Riverbend Church. The musicians are world-class, and the facilities and staff are second to none. We play a wide variety of music, which keeps it fresh and challenging, but also gives us the opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life.
Located in the Home for Hope, the Inspiration Gallery was created as a showcase for local artists that need a place to display their works. The Inspiration Gallery has hosted a bevy of artists — from the well-established and including the emerging art of some of the most talented graduates of the University of Texas' art programs.
Stop by the Inspiration Gallery to check out the bold and contemporary art pieces we have on display from local artist Fatmir Gjevukaj and Albert Gonzales.
You are invited to visit the gallery on Sunday’s from 9:30AM–12:30PM.
The following artists will be displaying in this show:
Fatmir Gjevukaj is a contemporary painter who lives and works in Austin, Texas. A native of Kosovo, his colorful paintings and his distinctive personal style emanates joy and peace.
Fatmir’s artwork has been shown in many personal and group exhibits in Kosovo, Germany and the U.S. In 2003 Fatmir collaborated with well-known Photographer Fadil Berisha to paint from his photos and held a personal exhibit at his studio in New York.
Albert Gonzales is a post-contemporary artist based in San Antonio, TX. He is heavily influenced by post- WWII artists like Jackson Pollock, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, but also draws inspiration from the masters like Henri Matisse and Van Gogh. With this broad range of inspirations, Gonzales’s fine art approaches are visual experiments within composition, style, and technique. From abstraction to still life to portraits, his art can span multiple genres.
For more information on the Inspiration Gallery, contact
This group meets regularly and is dedicated to all things written – including blogging, vlogging, fiction/non-fiction (in flash, short and long forms), poetry, spiritual messaging, social media, screenplays and emerging platforms. We are comprised of professionals, and semi-professionals, advocates, editors, wordsmiths, voracious literary consumers, and just plain creative junkies.
For more information about our efforts, works and gatherings, contact: Krista Ross >
Are you ready to get messy with Creative Arts at Riverbend?
We encourage any artist to consider contributing their artistic voice as an extension of their faith.
If you are interested in learning more about any of our opportunities in the creative arts, please click on the button below and send a message to our Creative Arts Pastor, Kevin Hedges.
A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God … as things of beauty to the praise of God. An art work can be a doxology in itself.
While it may seem intimidating at first, we trust God to take care of all of that worrying stuff and allow us to partner in a way that brings about things we never could have imagined ourselves. That is the beauty and power of collaboration and partnership!
Choir — Come join 100 other volunteer choir members who sing on Sunday mornings for the 9:45 Celebration service, and for special events. Rehearsals are usually on Wednesday nights at 7:00.
Sunday Morning Tech — From running the graphics/media systems to running cameras during services, we are always looking for people to help with Sunday morning tech.
Photography & Video — Whether you are a professional or a hobbyist, help us capture many of the different events that go on at Riverbend each week.
Graphic Design — Gain "hands on” design experience as a part of our Communications department.
TV Broadcast & Production — Gain "hands on" experience in TV Production, IMAG and Broadcast ministry.
Audio & Music — Gain "hands on" experience in church creative arts/music ministry.
Creative Arts — If you’re a painter, writer, or any type of creative that we haven’t listed here, we’d love the opportunity to find a place for you to serve at Riverbend!