Robbie McAlister is a native South Carolinian. He was on a team that helped to start Riverbend Community Church in Lexington, S.C., while he worked as an engineer in the early 1980's.
After coming on staff as an associate pastor in 1989, Robbie enrolled at Columbia Biblical Seminary, where he graduated in 1994. He was ordained at Riverbend in 1991.
Robbie and his family were sent out as Riverbend's first full-time missionaries to Ukraine in 1995. They served there in a church planting and leadership development capacity for the next ten years. Their family returned in the summer of 2005, and Robbie re-joined the Riverbend pastoral team.
He and his wife, Criss, live in Lexington; they have three sons -- Rob, Rick and Rustin.