Welcome to The River!
The River functions as a church / ministry hybrid. In additional to hosting meetings that are open to people of all ages and denominations, The River also operates as a retreat and ministry training center for Pastors, Missionaries, and Young Adults.
We are passionate about providing an atmosphere where people who are thirsty for more of God can spend additional time each week in His presence, word, prayer, and fellowship with other like-minded believers. We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the youth sanctuary of Commonwealth Chapel - 3505 Old Hundred Road S., Midlothian, VA 23112. People from various denominations and churches throughout the Richmond area come each week to find inspiration and refreshing at The River. If you're thirsty for more of God or you work / go out of town on the weekends, we invite you to come visit and worship with us soon.
At The River, we pray you will encounter God and leave encouraged, refreshed, and better than when you came! We are passionate about providing a place where people can find:
Phase 2 of The River is to acquire and operate a retreat and ministry training center for Pastors, Missionaries, and Young Adults. We envision a piece of property between Richmond, VA and Williamsburg, VA where Pastors, Missionaries, and Young Adults can come for refreshing, healing, vision casting, and Biblical teaching and training for life and ministry. We are currently believing for a miracle where God will provide the funds or the property to make this dream a reality. Either way, we will need a team of individuals from around the world who prayerfully and financially partner with us to keep The River operating and flourishing so we can carry out the vision of blessing Pastors, Missionaries, and Young Adults from all denominations and all parts of the world.
For Teens and Young Adults - Teens and young adults from all denominations and walks of life can come for a few days, weeks, or even months to have fun, experience God, discover their spiritual identity and destiny as God's child, and receive thorough Biblical instruction and training that will give them a solid foundation to stand upon once they return home.
For Pastors and other Ministry Leaders - We understand that many Pastors, Missionaries, and other Ministry Leaders are constantly leading, teaching, serving, and counseling others and so they have very little time to receive, refresh, and even have fun. The River is a place where these leaders can relax, take a deep breath, smile, laugh, and just have some good old fun. We also hope that while they are here they will allow themselves to be refreshed and refilled in the presence of the Lord. God wants His leaders serving from a place of overflow and so while these leaders are with us, they can also take advantage of receiving additional personal development and ministry training to sharpen their skills and return home equipped and inspired to be better than ever before.
To get involved and help The River, please contact us with any comments / questions and you can make a tax deductible contribution or become a monthly financial partner by visiting the donate page.
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What People are Saying about The River
“One thing will be certain at The River, you will be loved! Russ and Shari are passionate about people and they are even more passionate about people finding, understanding, and obeying the big plans God has for them. This is a place to check out, connect, and grow.” - Jeff H.
“God definitely has His hand on this ministry. Russ and Shari are wonderful people, leaders, and followers of Jesus Christ. You will be blessed to be a part of this group.” - Bonnie W.
“I have had the pleasure of watching countless young adults come to a greater understanding and walk with Christ and each other! This ministry inspires, encourages, and refreshes our community - empowering them to serve others.” – Jenny C.
“Pastor Russ has such a great heart for people! He has the ability to make following Christ look like a really fun adventure. Even as the church is being started, many people are drawn into the events that Russ puts together; and, through the great Christian fellowship, they're drawn to Christ. It's an organization where EVERYONE is welcomed with open arms!!!” - Becky Q.
“I have known this couple for many years. If I lived in VA it would DEFINITELY be my church but I am all the way in MA. The main reason...authenticity. One thing Pastor Russ asked God for in the midst of a prayer meeting five years back was for us to pursue our passions that God has placed in each of us. His passion for this alone would draw me to be a member because I believe that it is in the midst of us pursuing what God has placed in us that we become more joyful and closer to God. Both he and Shari have a passion for people. She actually led me to Christ in 1997. She loved me through all of my struggles without judgment and showed me God's mercy. Not the judgmental God I believed, but a loving and empowering God who has walked with me ever since. I highly recommend checking out if this church is a good fit for you.” - Katie M.
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