The River Christian Church

refreshingly authentic Fort Wayne, IN
The River Christian Church
The River Christian Church
The River Christian Church
The River Christian Church

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1515 Magnavox Way
Fort Wayne, IN 46804



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Who We Are

When you're starting a new church, there really are no rules about giving it a name. After a lot of prayer, we dediced to call our new community of faith "The River."

In the Old Testament, Ezekiel 47; we read about a river flowing from the throne of God. For awhile, the prophet Ezekiel was walking in water only ankle deep. Still walking, the water rose to his knees. Soon the current was waist deep. Eventually the waters rose over his head and he was forced to swim.

In verse 8 we learn that this "river of God" flows into a stagnant sea, and the fresh water of God brings life to the dead places. That wherever the water flowed, life flourished.

We want "The River" to be a community of faith that brings life to dead places - in hearts, families, neighborhoods and around the world.

"Wherever THE RIVER flows, life will flourish...
Where THE RIVER flows, life abounds."
Ezekiel 47:9 [MSG]

About Us

Casual, Down to Earth, Friendly, Young families

Community Service, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Missions

Passionate Reverent, Contemporary, Hillsong-style, Rock-n-roll

Church of Christ




Our Services

What if I'm not a Christian?
This place is for you!

Leadership View all

Mark Cleaveland

Mark Cleaveland

Mark serves as the Founding and Lead Pastor of The River. Mark and his wife, Carmen, began The River with a few close friends in the spring of 2006 believing that “wherever The River flows, it brings life to dead places.” Mark earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Cincinnati Christian University in Church Leadership and has been leading churches for over 20 years. He loves to teach people Biblical truth in a fresh and practical way. He believes that the local church is the hope of the world and he has a heart for helping the church be all that God intended it to be. He loves the refreshingly radical, simple and authentic culture at The River.

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