Our Story and Dream
In 2003, River Church was launched as a Baptist effort to minister to the unique needs of the 20-35 year-old population in Norman. Our vision was to develop a church community that loves and obeys Jesus Christ as fully as possible, grows into the image of Christ as fully as possible, and joins Him in discipling our members, our community and the nations of the earth as fully as possible.
In short, our heart is to develop healthy people in healthy community on intentional mission.
We recognize that the only way to see this dream realized is to rely on Christ as fully as possible.
This adventure has been met with obstacles and set-backs. At the same time, we have grown in our knowledge and enjoyment of Christ beyond our initial imaginations. He is our joy—our refuge—our life!
One unique development in our church story has been our relationship with Berry Road Baptist Church of Norman. This wonderful congregation approached River Church several years ago and offered the use of their building on Sunday evenings. What a blessing!
In 2015, River Church transitioned to Sunday mornings, expecting the need to find another facility. To our surprise, Berry Road Baptist offered us the south wing of their building. As an expression of appreciation, we remodeled that area and gave it a fresh look, which has been a blessing both for River Church and Berry Road Baptist.