Thomas Gardner

Thomas has been on staff at Riverwood since the summer of 2012. He served as the Associate Pastor, sharing the preaching and teaching responsibilities as well as helping to coordinate the youth ministry. In January of 2015 Thomas became the Teaching Pastor and continues to serve the church in that role. Thomas and his wife Mollie live in Jackson with their three sons and their corgi, Auggie. Thomas is currently pursuing an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary and an MDiv. from Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute.


Thomas began attending Riverwood as a Senior in high school. He served as a youth intern and was active in the College and Career ministry during his college years as a student at Belhaven University. After graduating from Belhaven in 2003 with a B.A. in History, Thomas married his wife Mollie and worked as a teacher at Madison Central High School. He also served as the deacon in charge of ordinances here at Riverwood from 2005-2006.

It was in 2006, however, that Thomas and his family moved to Vienna, Austria where they served as missionaries at the International Christian School of Vienna. Thomas taught history and Bible and also held the position of high school chaplain for three years. During those years he served as an elder at the International Chapel of Vienna where he was given frequent opportunities to preach and teach. During their final year in Vienna, he and Mollie also helped to plant another church, Crossway International Vienna.