Our Story

our story

The River was birthed for the purpose of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world in every way we can. The founders of the River are Brad & Julie LakeThey have dedicated their lives to spreading the truth of God’s Word, which has power to heal and transform lives.

The River was pioneered in September of 1999 by Pastor Julie Lake, Brad Lake and a group of visioned minded christians. The ministry began in prayer while meeting upstairs at the Lake’s home. The Lord opened a door for the beginning work of River Community Church. In April of 2000, Julie Lake received the polity course from Foursquares Life Bible College. In October 1st she received her District Ministerial License.We began having services at the conference room at Howard Johnson. We out grew the room so fast we had to move to a different building. In September of 2000 the property was purchased at 730 East Mechanic Street. From the building of 730 E. Mechanic we were growing rapidly & needed more space with the work that God was doing in the ministry. From there we went on to the Brazil High school auditorium while the Lord answered our prayers for purchasing the property where the church is now located 2766 West US hwy.40. 

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