We are a multi-cultural and multi-generational church committed to reaching our community. We exist to help you and your family grow closer to your God-given purpose. Everyone has a next step to take in their journey.
Joshua Payne serves as Lead Pastor of The River Church. Before serving as Lead Pastor, he invested several years of ministry into seeing the vision of The River Church expand, from serving in the roles as Student and Assistant Pastors. He attended Jackson College of Ministries for a brief period and currently holds his ordination with the UPCI. He and his wife, Tiffany, are blessed with two children, Londyn and Brantly, and they live in Albany, Louisiana.
Experience - Our desire at The River is for people to experience God in a personal and powerful way. God is not just a historical figure, but He is someone we can personally encounter and experience. It is our sincere belief that God wants to be made know and visible through His presence to all people.
Connect - Once you've experienced His presence, our goal is to connect you to the Kingdom of God. This core value is important because it focuses on belonging, discipleship and growth.
Empower - Once you experience and connect, we believe empowerment will be a rewarding time in your Christian life. At The River, we want you to have more than a form of godliness. We want you to possess the power that should follow every born again believer and get you activated to help grow the Kingdom of God.
Every Sunday - 9:00am & 11:00am
Every Wednesday - 7:00pm
We believe in One eternally existing God who created all things. God has revealed Himself to us as our Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and as the Holy Spirit, with distinct attributes but without division of nature, essence, or being. Jesus Christ is God displayed in flesh. He is both God and man. God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
God has revealed himself to us through his son, Jesus Christ, who is the visible image of the invisible God, through the holy scriptures, and through all of creation itself.
Jesus Christ came to reconcile us to God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. He was raised from the dead and now by grace offers eternal life as a free gift to all who follow Christ. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone.
We believe that our faith in Lord Jesus Christ is expressed by calling on His Name in the waters of baptism. Water baptism is an act of obedience identifying with Jesus in death to sin, burial of the old nature, and resurrection to new life. We are baptized for the remission of our sins.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is active in the world today. Being filled with the Holy Spirit and developing the life characteristics produced by His indwelling are the privileges of all New Testament believers.
The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are a Spirit-filled church and a bible-based church.
Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth.
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