WHO WE ARE
"Moving everyone, everyday, closer to Jesus".
At Riverland Church, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. What people usually notice first about us is the life-giving nature of our ministry. Our goal is to infuse life and God’s love into people and families through engaging, powerful worship services that offer biblical truth in relevant and practical ways.
It won’t take you long to discover that we’re more than just a Sunday church. In fact, we’re actually a network of small groups that we call Connect Groups. If you’d like to develop authentic and enduring relationships with others, you’ll be glad to know there are opportunities to join most groups at any time.
Together, we’re striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible, where there’s relevant teaching, heartfelt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care for those in need. In short, we’d like to have the kind of contagious Christianity that can influence and encourage the entire community, one life at a time.
So whether you’re a someone who’s just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed Christian who wants to grow your faith even deeper, you can find a home here at Riverland.
Pastor Jeff Centers is the founding and Lead Pastor of Riverland Church. He has always been passionate about creating a culture of hope, acceptance, and generosity in a diverse community of faith.
While still leading a successful corporate career, he served faithfully in the local church for fifteen years as a worship leader and assistant pastor in Kentucky. Realizing God's call to full-time ministry was growing in his heart, in 2012, God spoke to him, "I am giving you a Father's heart; you must move to Charleston!" Immediately he knew what that meant: Move to the Charleston area to plant a life-giving church to reach people of every walk of life.
With a vision to reach and pastor people to their fullest potential in Christ, Jeff, his wife, Lexie, and their two children moved to Summerville for the adventure of a lifetime. Their prayer is that you would allow them to serve you as they invite you to become a part of the Riverland Family!
Pastor Jeff dreamed of planting a life-giving church that would reach people and help connect them to their purpose so that they might experience all God has for them. With the help of the Dream Team - a group of people committed to seeing his dream become a reality - Riverland Church began in the Regal Cinemas in January of 2014.
Since then, Riverland Church has focused on four goals: to help people know God, find freedom through meaningful relationships, discover their purpose, and make a lasting impact. Through this simple approach, the life-giving message of the Gospel, and the joy of weekend worship experiences, Riverland Church continues to grow.
Riverland Church offers contemporary, biblically-driven worship services that are alive with energy, as well as safe and secure childcare, exciting student ministries, and dynamic Connect Groups.
God is at work at Riverland Church. If you haven't visited, we invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to go after God with passion!
MOVING EVERYONE, EVERYDAY, CLOSER TO JESUS!
"That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me."
-Colossians 1:28-29 (MSG)
We believe we are all on a spiritual journey, and we always have a next step! God desires for people to know Him, settle their yesterdays, discover purpose and make a lasting impact. Therefore, Riverland Church exists:
To share the message of Jesus Christ.
To connect people in life-giving relationships.
To help people to discover their purpose.
To empower leaders to serve with their gifts and make a lasting impact.
You can learn more about our purpose as a church and how your gifts can fit into it by attending Next Steps.
For more information on what we believe, click to read our full statement of faith.