Mission Statement

Building a bridge for people to Discover who they are in Christ, Be Equipped to do the work of ministry, and Be Released for the Advancement of God’s Kingdom here on Earth.

Statement of Beliefs:

  1. We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and came to Earth as a man, died for the sins of the world, and is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven. (John 1:1-14, John 3:16)
  2. We believe that all have sinned and that all people are in need of Jesus as their savior and Lord.  (Rom. 3:23)
  3. We believe in the trinity.  The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three persons are the full expression of God. (Matt. 28:19-20, John 1:1, 14)
  4. We believe the Bible is the inerrant, inspired word of god and is the basis for all government and activity in the church and the lifestyle of every believer.  (II Peter 1:20-21, Isaiah 40:8)
  5. We believe the church is the body of believers meeting together for fellowship, equipping, worship, and making disciples. (Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:24-25)
  6. We believe in the mandate of every believer to go and make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20)
  7. We believe in the Ministry offices of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers as illustrated in (Ephesians 4:11-13).
  8. We believe in the indwelling operation of the Holy Spirit upon salvation. (Titus 3:5, Ephesians 1:13-14, Romans 8:9-17)
  9. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as illustrated in the New Testament Church.  We believe in the need of the Holy Spirit to come upon us as illustrated in Acts 1:8 for the work of ministry.  (Matthew 3:11, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 5:18, Acts 4:31)
  10. We believe in the operation of every spiritual gift illustrated in scripture and thus affirming that there is no biblical evidence to believe otherwise. (Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4)
  11. We believe that salvation is by faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world. (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 10:9-10)
  12. We believe that salvation cannot be achieved or gained by works such as baptism, church attendance, giving, and other such works.  (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5)
  13. We believe that every believer was created to maintain a lifestyle of good works thus following Jesus’ example. (Ephesians 2:10, Colossians 1:9-11)
  14. We believe in church membership as the expression of a believer’s commitment to be connected to and use their gifts within the directed vision of the church. (I Corinthians 12:12)

Church History

River City Fellowship began in the Spring of 2006 as a Bible study in the home of John and Sarah O’Brien. The O’Brien’s began to hear the call of God to start a church and in the Fall of 2006 launched out. The first service took place at the Holiday Inn, Gallipolis, OH. During their time at the Holiday Inn, God began to confirm His plan by showing fruit to their obedience through new salvations and an increase in attendance. In the beginning of 2007 the church moved to its location in Spring Valley.

In the Summer of 2008 we felt God stirring us to find a new location do to growth, so in the Spring of 2009 we moved into the Silver Bridge plaza where we were able to double in space and attendance, since 2009 we have seen God do great things. He continued to bless our ministry as we have seen people grow, new salvations, numerous people baptized, and passionate disciples being raised up. In the winter of 2011 we kicked off The River City Centre for Leadership Training, a leadership/ministry school, the first of its kind in the River Cities area ( Since then we have recently felt the need to look for even more space. In 2012 We moved into a newly renovated commercial building in the heart of our City. Since then we have been blessed to double in attendance again and see God great things in the community.

John O’Brien, the founding pastor of River City Fellowship, was born and raised in Gallipolis, OH. He and his wife Sarah met in high school, dated in college and were married in 2000. They have two sons, Micah and Kael.

John attended the Southern Ohio School of Ministry in Chillicothe, OH and his education there allowed him to hear God in a much clearer way, preparing him greatly for his current ministry. In addition, John and Sarah previously served in the college ministry at the University of Rio Grande and at Vinton Baptist Church, where they received mentoring and training.

Through patience, great mentors, and a lot of zeal the O’Brien’s have heard the call of God, and seen more of his plan for their family. God connected them with some wonderful people from the area, as well as some great folks in West Virginia. These relationships have helped build the foundation of RCF.

Pastor John and Sarah, and the body of believers at River City Fellowship are excited to see what The Lord has in store for this area.