• Sundays, 10:00 a.m.
    Children's Church available

    Intercessory Prayer
    Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    Located at:
    2639 S. Oneida St. Suite #4
    Appleton, WI

    (Southwest corner of Mojito's Mexican Restaurant building)

    Mailing address:
    The River Church
    P.O. Box 1271
    Appleton, WI 54912

    (920) 213-2062


Welcome to The River Church


The River Church is

  • A nondenominational church called to serve people in the Fox Valley through worship, healing, and the progressive sharing of God’s Word.

  • A church whose primary goal is to create an atmosphere of God’s Presence where you can experience God on a whole new level.

  • A church where you can discover your utmost potential and God-given purpose.

  • A church that is committed to seeing the Glory of the Lord made known in the Fox Valley.

 For more detailed info on The River Church,
please see our “About” section. 

For updates and encouraging words to help you grow in Christ, please see the posts below this one.

Upcoming Guest Speaker Joan Driessen

Joan pic

Sunday, May 18, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Special speaker Joan Driessen

Joan and her husband Steve are the founders of The River Church. They currently reside in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where they are involved in establishing regional prayer in the greater Nashville area, as well as healing ministry.



Calling all intercessors / prayer warriors!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
6:30 p.m.

Fox Valley Prayer Gathering is pleased to have Joan with us to share from her experiences as an intercessor. Personal ministry time will be available at the end of the service.

The River Church
2639 S. Oneida St. — Suite #4
Appleton, Wisconsin

Join Us Easter Sunday!

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New Fresh Start

Coming Next Sunday

Join us! 

Pastors Steve and Joan  
Steve and Joan Driessen, founding pastors of
The River Church, will be with us
Sunday, June 2, at our 10:00 a.m. service.
Pastor Steve will be preaching.


The River Church
2639 S. Oneida St. Suite #4
, WI

(Southwest corner of Sergio’s Mexican Restaurant building)

Upcoming Event: Growing in the Prophetic

Did you miss it? CD Sets will be available by May 10, 2013. See contact info at the end of this post to get details!

GROWING IN THE PROPHETIC -- Saturday, April 13, 2013 -- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

with Lee Ann Rubsam

The prophetic gifts are not meant to be reserved for a small, elite group of believers, for we live in the days when God is pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 2:17, 18). God wants YOU to be prophetic!

There need not be anything ooky-spooky about operating in prophetic gifts. Lee Ann will present practical information and no-pressure, hands-on practice that will help get you moving in receiving and releasing revelation from the Lord, so that you can bless others.

Whether you are entirely new to the prophetic gifts or have been familiar with them for some time, there is something here for you!

Topics include:

  • Yes, You Can Be Prophetic!
  • Literal or Symbolic? (Interpreting Your Revelation)
  • Personal Prophecy Practice Session
  • Misuse / Abuse of Prophecy
  • Receiving Revelation through Dreams
  • Pastors & Prophetic People / Intercessors – Getting Along

Free Registration / Free Will Offering Taken
Lunch Provided – Please call ahead

The River Church
2639 S. Oneida St. Suite #4
, WI

(Southwest corner of Sergio’s Mexican Restaurant building)

More Info: (920) 734-6693

They’ll Know by Our Love

– by Marcia Hoehne

My college roommate, many evenings after dinner, would pick up her guitar and sing this song:

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love
      — Peter Scholtes

At the time, I thought the song simplistic. Hadn’t the Beatles recently sung “All You Need is Love”? Hadn’t events like Woodstock shown us what most meant by “love”? Weren’t most people who talked about love high on something other than Jesus?

Lately, I can’t get the song out of my head.

One of my writing students, a well-meaning Christian, wrote a story in which a teenager speaks a line similar to the following: “I used to have fun with my friends, but now that I’m a Christian I make sure I criticize their bad behavior.”

We may laugh or shake our heads, but how often have we heard, said, taught, or done basically the same? In this, did we do as we’d seen our Lord doing?  No, Jesus came to save, not judge: “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it” (John 12: 47).

Did we carry the aroma of Christ? No, Jesus loved the sinner and saved his criticism for the religious folk (Matthew 23). Did we accomplish anything? No, other than to make noise. “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13: 1). Did we reap what we sowed? Yes! Sow contempt, reap contempt.

When it comes to spreading the Kingdom, if we don’t have love, we’re better off keeping quiet until we do. But when we do have love — when we’re faithful to the Name we bear — that’s when we open the door to the Kingdom to others.

But We See Jesus

– by Paul Rubsam

“Open our eyes, Lord / We want to see Jesus / To reach out and touch Him” and “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord / I want to see You.” We sing of our desire to see Jesus in our contemporary worship music.

In Bible times, people longed to see Jesus. John 12:20, 21 tells us, “There were certain Greeks among them that … came therefore to Philip … and desired of him, ‘Sir, we would see Jesus.’”  A tax collector named Zaccheus had such a desire to see Jesus that he climbed a tree to get a good view as He passed by (Luke 19:2-4).

The ability to see Jesus has always held an attraction for people. But in our present day, many people think that Jesus isn’t available to be seen, or that He is somehow hidden from view. Is wanting to see Jesus just wishful thinking? No! Since we have this heart cry, let’s not shrink back and think that Jesus isn’t seeable. We can see Him.

One way we can see Jesus is in visions. Once, when we were having a home prayer meeting, I saw Jesus coming down a ladder into our living room. He proceeded to lay His hands on each one of us to anoint us to pray. Another time, I saw Him appear very tall in the room where we were praying. It was like He was revealing that He was bigger than any problem we were facing. I did not see these visions with my natural eyes; they appeared in my spirit. But they were just as real as if I had seen them with my eyes. At times people do not realize they are having a vision, because what they see may be just like a photo snapshot in their mind’s eye. It is still a message from heaven.

We see Jesus working behind the scenes in ways other than visions. Suppose you are looking for a job. You pray and then receive a job. Jesus can be “seen” in that answer to prayer. Or, maybe you are praying to be healed.  Once again, the answer is in “seeing” Jesus, by faith, as your healer.

John 3:3 says, “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” If you are born again, you can see Jesus, the King of the Kingdom. Let’s leave our doubts behind and believe that Jesus is visible to Christians today. Usually when we see Him, it is a surprise to us. He breaks into our space and manifests Himself at unexpected moments.

It isn’t a strange thing after all to see Jesus. He wants to make Himself known to you. Be ready to see Him.


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