Ordinary People Seeking Extraordinary Lives.
Our vision is to become a community of ordinary people seeking extraordinary lives.
No spiritual superstars. No one who’s arrived.
We’re just ordinary, common people being transformed as we learn what it means to follow Jesus.
Rivers Crossing is a community of ordinary people seeking extraordinary lives.
On September 23rd, 2007, in Kings High School, Pastor Paul launched Rivers Crossing with a handful of passionate families committed to creating a community of ordinary people seeking extraordinary lives.
Our purpose? To reach the people of Cincinnati with the story of Jesus and give them an opportunity to become fully engaged followers of Jesus Christ. Since day one, we’ve seen over 6,000 adults and children start a relationship with Jesus.
We believe that church is more than a Sunday morning, which is why we launched Joshua’s Place to help our neighbors break free from negative cycles of generational poverty.
In 2008, we founded Joshua’s Place in the basement of a small house in South Lebanon. It started as a simple, free food pantry with a critical distinction: We wanted to be in relationship with every family we served. This relational approach allows us to hear directly from those we serve so we can help address real problems and make a lasting impact on families across the city.
Today, Joshua’s Place is a community of 200 volunteers and involves several outreach programs.
In 2009, we launched Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program for people suffering from addiction and any hurts, habits, and hang-ups present in their lives. Our recovery program doesn’t just focus on substance abuse… We also offer specialized groups for people struggling with anger, codependency, grief, disordered eating, and more.
Since launching Celebrate Recovery, we’ve seen hundreds of people become free from chains of addiction and brokenness… and walk into the freedom that Christ has for them.
After meeting in Kings High School for five years, we were running out of space. We started the search for a permanent home, and in 2012 we were blessed to purchase a movie theater across the street from Kings Island.
Through several renovations, we made the space our own and transformed it into our Mason campus.
Fun fact: For years we kept the soda machines installed as a nod to the original building!
From day one, our vision has been to partner with new churches in Cincinnati and across the world. We started the 10-in-10 Initiative in 2014, committing to start 10 churches in 10 years.
Since then, we’ve seen more than 3,000 people meet Jesus through these churches.
In 2019, we were gifted the historic Trinity Church building in the heart of Deer Park. Built in 1954, it now serves as our Deer Park campus, and we’re honored to continue the legacy of this space.
Through community events, groups, live-streamed sermons, and live worship, the Deer Park campus has given us a greater opportunity to help people around Cincinnati experience an extraordinary life.
Since 2007, our mission has stayed the same: to give people an opportunity to be fully engaged followers of Christ.
With nearly a quarter of our church community made up of kids and students, we’re determined to raise up the next generation of Jesus followers.
As God leads, we’ll also continue planting churches and helping ordinary people encounter Jesus’ life-changing power.
Throughout the years, we’ve had front-row seats to God’s work of restoring hearts, uniting families, and changing lives. It’s better than anything we could’ve imagined, and we can’t stop telling people about it!
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