Planting New Churches
At Riverside, we believe that a significant way of impacting our world with the message of hope found in Jesus Christ is by starting new churches. We accomplish this in two ways. One is by supporting the Baptist Resource Network, which funds and supports new church plants around the world. The second is by investing directly in the training and support of specific new churches. On this page we feature some of the church plants with whom we have a direct supporting or mentoring relationship.
After five years of faithful service as an Associate Pastor at Riverside, David Pearson was called to West Chester in 2007 to begin a new church called The Journey. Riverside supports the ministries of The Journey and works cooperatively with them on several different projects & ministries that affect both of our communities and the region as a whole.
Trinity Church: Fort Washington, PA
Mark Chripczuk spent many years serving on the Riverside staff when he recognized that God was calling him to plant a new church. With the blessing and support of Riverside, Mark went to Southern Seminary full time to complete his Masters in Divinity and receive the training that would prepare him to fulfill this call. He returned to the Philly area in the Fall of 2010 to begin planting a new church. Trinity Church began meeting publicly in the summer of 2011. They currently meet on the campus of Germantown Academy in Fort Washington.
Riverbend is an exciting new church led by Joseph Velarde. Joe has a heart to reach the third largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania. It has been our honor to partner with Joe in a mentoring relationship to see them grow and multiply.
Ridgeline Community Church: Souderton, PA
Ridgeline is our newest church plant led by Gibson Largent.
Gibson served on Riverside's staff for several years before God called him and his family to plant. They have an incredible beginning with their core group. You will not want to miss the development of this church as they gear up for their launch in the Fall of 2012!
Here is a Map to give us perspective of where God is working: