Our Pastor - Don Hood


Don came to Christ at an early age and has participated for over 40 years in the various activities of the local Church. He has been a Minister of Music, Director of Education and has twice served as a Pastor. In December 2007 he, his wife Sandra and a small group of believers, launched The River Church of Asheville and in December of 2017 he accepted the call to Pastor Edgewood Baptist and lead The River into an adoption process by Edgewood.  He is considered a passionate, dedicated, and seasoned Bible teacher and leader with more than 35 years of extensive experience in biblical teaching, leading Bible based ministries and groups. His goal is  to provide solid Bible based shepherding  to ensure that men, women and children are provided with the best quality scriptural education to help them grow intellectually and spiritually so as to achieve their maximum potential in Christ. He continues to be committed to developing fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ by spending time with people, both young and old, modeling a Christ-honoring lifestyle before them and hands on help to equip them for areas of service.


Don and Sandra enjoy a marriage of more than 40 years that includes 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 2 Dogs that think they’re family and 2 Cats that think the same thing. He enjoys hanging out with Sandra, sports of almost any kind, goofing around with friends, good movies, music of all different kinds, a good laugh and reading – spiritual stuff of course!