We are a Bible-based community of believers committed to exalting Jesus and advancing His Kingdom throughout the earth. We get that purpose from the word of God in Philippians 2:9-11 where it’s written “God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. . ." We desire that everyone would come to live in the power of God's grace as their life is transformed through a relationship with Christ. We are all about God and people.
Keith has been lead pastor at The River since it launched December 28, 1997. He leads The River with fresh vision and passion to see our city won for Jesus and experiencing His resurrection life. He believes God is working through The River to bring restoration to the Church in preparation for the return of Christ. Keith is married to Amy and they have three wonderful children: Cara, Tyler and Christen.
Carl serves as our Discipleship Pastor. He and his wife, Linda Medley have been serving at The River since 1999. Formerly, Carl served as Arkansas state manager for Promise Keepers. His heart's desire is for people to receive and embrace their true identity in Christ as they grow in knowledge and relationship with him. Carl and Linda have been married 27 years and have three wonderful children: Kayla, Halle, and Simon.
Jarred calls The River home. He came as a teenager and was radically saved during high school. Directly after graduation, he went to the 220i Internship at Bethany Church. After returning, he began working with The River. Jarred and his wife Evelyn oversee the student ministry at The River and seek to lead students into a vibrant, real, and fruitful relationship with Christ. They are parents to one beautiful toddler named Addi-Drew.
Mary Myers was one of the original 120 members of The River. Her passion is to disciple women who have walked through tragedy. She serves as the church's administrative assistant and is happy to serve however she can.
WORSHIP - We worship passionately because Christ is passionate for us. His passion was demonstrated upon the Cross and in His glorious resurrection.
INSTRUCTION - We teach the Bible front to back, valuing all aspects of Scripture. We employ various methods of teaching to grow deeper as a church, in the Word of God.
FELLOWSHIP - We gather in Lifegroups and ministries of all kinds and sizes to grow together in friendship, carry one another's burdens, and encourage one another as we grow deeper together in our knowledge of Jesus Christ.
EVANGELISM - We passionately reach out to the lost, and desire to show the world the same extravagant love that God demonstrated towards us.
We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
We believe in God. He is the Creator. He is our Father. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present. God is love, and He is faithful to all His promises (Genesis 1:1; John 3:16).
We believe in Jesus. He is the Son of Man and the Son of God. He died on the cross for our sins and He rose again on the third day. He will come again. He is our Lord and Savior. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (John 1:14; Hebrews 13:8).
We believe in the Holy Spirit. He fills and empowers believers to do the work of Christ. We believe the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit are still present in the Church today (John 14:12; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23; I Corinthians 12-14).
We believe man was created in the image of God. Man’s purpose was to have fellowship with God and to have dominion over His creation. Adam’s sin brought death to all mankind, but life is available through Christ (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 5:12-21).
We believe salvation is by grace through faith in Christ. Those who believe with their heart, and confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord, will be saved. We believe Scripture instructs every person to repent and be baptized into Christ (Ephesian 2:8-10; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:38).
We believe the Church is the Body of Christ. The Church is a Spirit-birthed, Spirit-filled, and Spirit-empowered people. Our passion is the Great Commandment and our mission is the Great Commission (Acts 2; Matthew 22:37-40; Matthew 28:18-20).