Meet our team

River Bluff is highly team oriented. Meet our staff below. They assist in organizing the discipleship & ministry programs. (Click their name to contact them)

  • Scott watson

    head pastor

    Scott grew up in St. Louis. On his drive to Southwest Missouri State University (MSU) to begin his freshman year, Scott was asking himself huge questions about life and purpose. The first day in the dorm a friend invited him to a Bible study on the hall. There he heard about a God that loved him, that offered forgiveness and could give purpose and meaning to life. He gave his heart to Christ and began to follow Him. He received his degree in Human Resources from MSU. After college he sensed a calling to graduate school and graduated from Southwestern Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. Scott served as Associate Pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Waynesville, Mo. He served as Minister of Youth and College at First Baptist Church of Springfield, MO before becoming Pastor of River Bluff Fellowship. Scott loves sharing the greatest story ever told, that of God’s love and the sending Jesus so we could know Him. Scott is married to Susan. They have six children and six grandchildren. 

  • James shuler

    Associate pastor/youth interim

    James graduated from Willard High School in 1996 and met his wife Leslie at Southwest Baptist University while earning a BA in Psychology in 2000. He has been involved in several church plants with his wife and three children born in 2002, 04 & 06 while earning a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. James coordinates small group ministries, assists the administrative teams, oversees the West Africa and Navajo Mission Projects and assists RBF in other miscellaneous ministries.


  • Liz Wright

    children's director

    Liz graduated from the University of Missouri in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction the following year. Liz enjoys traveling and trying new restaurants with her husband of 11 years, Sean, and their two children, Braden and Bella. They are also huge Mizzou fans and enjoy attending sporting events together or cozying up to watch them on tv. Liz has served as Children’s Director at RBF since summer of 2011. She is “all things kids” and coordinates the family ministry outreach events such as Operation Christmas Child and serving the homeless at Cook’s Kettle. Liz also teaches Love and Logic classes during the community groups sessions. One of her favorite parts of the week is sharing the Bible story with kids on Sunday mornings. She loves seeing their eyes light up and "wheels turn" as they absorb and engage in God’s truth.  

  • Megan Cardwell

    associate children's director

    Megan graduated from Missouri Western State University in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Shortly after graduating, she married her college sweetheart, Eric, and began working in a Life Skills classroom with children who had special needs. As God grew their family, Megan became a stay-at-home momma to their two daughters, Gracelyn & Faith. During that season of life, Megan developed a passion for serving & loving others in a way her schedule had never before allowed. Eric & Megan moved to Ozark from the Kansas City area in 2007. They have been part of the River Bluff family since the Fall of 2009, and have had many opportunities to serve in different ministries within the church. Megan began serving on Staff as a support person for Children's Ministry in July of 2015. She has loved the opportunity to serve RBF kiddos & families, as well as work closely with Liz & help execute the plans & daily operations of RBF Kids' Ministry.  

    Megan also enjoys living an active lifestyle with her family, exercising, traveling, and hosting company for dinner. 

  • Cynthia Bradley

    Administration Assistant

    Cynthia became our administrative assistant in 2015 after deciding to take a break from her career as a Software Engineer. She graduated from MSU with degrees in Computer Information Systems, Accounting, and Technical Writing. Her mornings are spent at the church keeping Scott and the rest of the staff in line. When Cynthia isn’t in the office, she enjoys the outdoors spending a great deal of time on her bike, running, and swimming. She is married to John and they have one child that is furry in nature, a golden retriever name Zeke.

  • Karen goodin

    Financial secretary

    Karen was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. She graduated from Drury University and taught elementary school in Republic, Missouri for 29 years. Recently retired, Karen currently serves as the financial secretary at River Bluff Fellowship. 

    In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, crafting and loving on the babies and children at River Bluff.