The River Church Community

authentic, contemporary, justice, healing, mission

The River Church Community in San Jose,CA 95126

Who We Are

The River is a church that is on a dynamic journey. We started in 1997 (under the leadership of Pastor Keith Zafren) in suburban Sunnyvale, CA with an initial goal to become a church that was deliberately accessible for a postmodern generation of seekers. Under the leading of the Holy Spirit, we moved our church to urban San Jose in the Spring of 2002, a socio-economically and culturally more diverse neighborhood.

Today, we are a community that is discovering what it means to pursue justice, mercy, and faithfulness in how we relate to what Jesus called “the least of these.” (See Matthew 23:23, Micah 6:8, Amos 5:24). Our church family seeks to bridge the great divide between those who enjoy an abundance of resources and those who are most needy.

We gather as an entire church family on Sunday mornings to receive rich teaching and deep worship that is sensitive to the needs of people coming from various places on the spiritual journey spectrum. Through the week, then, those who form the core of our community meet in smaller groups to share life together. Sharing life happens as we study Scripture, pray, pursue wholeness, build healthy relationships and families, extend God’s Kingdom through practical service… really as we do anything that helps our lives be shaped by Jesus.

Ultimately, though, we'd love to just have you come and check us out in person on a Sunday morning, through one of our social events, and/or in one of our small groups. We hope you'd find a welcoming environment and a place of your own among us.

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Sunday: 10:00am

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670 Lincoln Ave
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 252-5500

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About Us

Denomination:
Nondenominational

Language:
English

Size: Medium

Music:
Passionate Reverent, Traditional Hymns, Contemporary, Hillsong-style, Praise and Worship

Vibe:
Casual, Creative, Down to Earth, Friendly, Neighborhood-focused, Multigenerational, Young, Young families, Lots of kids

Programs:
Community Service, Social Justice, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Missions, Nursery

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Founded:
1997


Church Leader

Brad Wong

Brad Wong

Brad Wong is appreciated by many for his insight, his listening ear, and his warm humor. Given his many similiarities to Master-Jedi Yoda (in wisdom, not in height), its no wonder Brad is our Lead Pastor. Prior to coming to The River, he served and led college students for fourteen years through the ministries of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UC Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, and the University of Hawaii. After his years of ministry on college campuses, God began to grow in him a love for the local church, and that led him out of Hawaii and to The River in January 2001. At The River, Brad's role has included Transformation Ministries Pastor, Pastor of Spiritual Formation, and Shepherding Pastor. His wisdom and leadership have shaped who we are as a church. In September 2006, Brad assumed the responsibility of main Teaching Pastor and Lead Pastor. Brad and his wife Vickie are the proud parents of Lauren and Ryan.