In January of 1998, The River Church's lead pastor and his wife, Sean & Laura Richmond, moved to Boston and began 'scouting out the land' for a specific location for a Boston church plant in association with the Antioch Ministries International. By May, the Richmonds had decided on the neighborhood of Brighton. The rest of their team moved to Boston in September, and together they began to strategically pray.
In January of 1999, their Brighton church, Community of Faith Christian Fellowship (CFCF) was incorporated in Massachusetts. The church began its first faithgroup in February and celebrated their first public worship service. Since then, CFCF has grown to offer multiple faithgroups to college students, singles, children and families, and more than 300 people now attend the celebration service on Sunday mornings. They now also have a training school to train future cell church planters.
A little more than 10 years after the start of their Brighton church, Sean and Laura felt the Lord leading them to plant anther church in New England, this time in Waltham. Thus, in February of 2010, they and an advisory board began to meet and pray weekly. As the team continued to pray, the church started to form. In July 2010, thirty-five members began meeting in the home of Sean and Laura Richmond to pray about where in Waltham God wanted to position the church. In September of 2010, the church emerged with a vision, a location, a staff, and weekly celebration services held in the Embassy Cinemas directly off of Moody Street. After one year and having grown to one hundred attendees, The River Church held its first baptism in the Charles River. Through a continued investment in prayer, discipleship and small group outreach, The River Church continues to grow. In April of 2012, the church went from renting out space in the Embassy Cinemas to moving to its very own building located at 17 Spruce Street in Waltham.
God has been moving tremendously through our community of believers as well as those we have been reaching out to, and we hope you're able to join us for our Sunday celebration service or at one of our weekly Faithgroups (small groups) to experience the joy and life that we have found in Jesus!