What Should i expect?

SERVICE

Our service at 10:00 a.m. includes singing and Bible teaching. Our singing is an act of worship to God; feel free to sit, stand, or dance. This is followed by a practical 30 minute message that is life-giving.


ATTIRE

You'll see everything from jeans to suits. River Church is for everyone!


KIDS

If you have children (from birth to 6th grade), they can participate in our fun and safe Children's Ministry during the service.


COFFEE

Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in our family room. Come early or stay late to enjoy fellowship with others.




mission

Love God. Love People. Make Followers of Jesus.

process

Our three-step process is designed to help people navigate the stages of spiritual growth.

At River Church, people are transformed as they experience and contribute to three dynamic steps of discipleship. 

  • GATHER

    IN WORSHIP

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  • Grow

    in Relationship

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  • Go

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Staff

  • Ken Elsner, Interim Lead Pastor

    Family: Kristen (wife), Alexa, Ethan, Avery and Erik.

    Background: When I was almost 19, I met Jesus. My life was changed. Immediately. Since that time, I have been around the church in various capacities. I have a Bachelors Degree in Religion and a Masters of Divinity Degree. I have been a Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor and Lead Pastor. I have had the opportunity to plant 2 churches and help plant churches in Africa, having been traveling there 19 and counting times. 


    Our family loves to be outside playing around our home in the mountains southwest of Denver. We have 2 goats, 7 chickens, 2 quail, 2 dogs and 1 cat (with kittens). When I'm not wrangling the herd, I love to mountain bike, hike and fly fish.

  • Kyle Greenwood, family ministries director

    kgreenwood@riverchurchmovement.org

    Family: Karen (wife), Stephen, Jessica, and Michael

    Background: I have been working with teens and young adults for the better part of three decades, whether in vocational ministry, as a lay leader, or most recently in Christian higher education. I earned a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, the M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and the Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Hebrew Union College. Part of my calling to the body of Christ has been to contribute to the intellectual life of the church, having written three books, teaching in several colleges and seminaries, and am currently working on a commentary on the book of Job. My family moved from Indiana to Colorado ten years ago and we thoroughly enjoy its massive playground, especially downhill skiing and hiking with our black lab Ace.

  • Michael Bennett, worship Director

    worship@RIVERCHURCHMOVEMENT.ORG

    Family: Jamie (Wife), Harry, Ollie, and Finn

    Background: I have been involved in pastoral ministry for the better part of the last decade in churches throughout Northern and Central Colorado. A native to Colorado, I started leading worship in my hometown of Loveland as a worship intern. From there, God has placed me in some amazing church communities to grow, learn, and shepherd those around me. When I’m not leading or playing a gig somewhere, you’ll most likely find me cruising around on my motorcycle, fishing, or out and about with the fam!
     

  • Gennette brink, administrator

    admin@RIVERCHURCHMOVEMENT.ORG

    Family:  Michael (husband),  mother of 2 sons Daniel and Andrew, step mother of 2 sons Joshua and Matthew.  Grandmother of 6 beautiful children. 

    Background: I put my trust in Jesus at 15yrs old and fully surrendered my life at age 25.  I attended Colorado Christian University,   became a member of our church (1987), taught special needs children, and love serving my wonderful family!  I have attended and lead many bible studies. I am passionate about serving the poor and leading others to the Jesus.   My hobbies are cooking,  babysitting my grandchildren,  and spending quality time with the Lord and my family.

core values

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, these core values bring clarity to the things that matter most at River Church. They guide how we achieve our vision, influencing major leadership decisions, as well as everyday ministry plans. They even help us navigate staffing and budget issues. In short, they keep us focused on the unique call God has given us as a local church.


WORSHIP

Worship is a lifestyle, not just a church service!


SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Discipleship is to become more like Jesus.


APPLICATION OF SCRIPTURE

Teaching is for encouragement, challenge and life change.


LIFE GROUPS

We need to grow larger and smaller at the same time.


SERVICE

There is a place for everyone to volunteer on a ministry team.


RELEVANCE

We change methods, but never the message.


FAMILIES

While all families are different, all families can be spiritually strengthened. 


POOR

the poor matter to God, so they matter to us.


HOSPITALITY

We are a family expecting guests. 


INVEST AND INVITE

Every person matters to God. 

Our beliefs

THE BIBLE

The Bible is God's word to all people. It was written by human authors under supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.

 

GOD

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has externally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God, called the "Trinity". 

 

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. Christians seek to live under his control daily. 

 

HUMANS

Man and Woman are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man and woman have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates humans from God. 

 

SALVATION

Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ, as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. 

 

ETERNITY

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God places a person in Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in a place called Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence forever.

 

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