We stand with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Contact us to know how you can support the effort.


We seek to be a church that is for our city, for our people, and for  the lost. We are a church that is for  you and not against you. We exist to benefit our neighbors and our community. We desire to focus our efforts on promoting a close relationship with God, the well-being of people and the health of our community.

We are for you. We are for Iowa City.



We strive to be real, honest, and live by our convictions.


The Word of God is the foundation for what we believe and how we act.


We aspire to pursue both justice and equality.


We all have a lot to learn, so we seek to grow in knowledge and wisdom.


Gather IN Community 

We GATHER in community to praise Jesus and encourage one another in order to GROW. 

Grow THROUGH God's Word

We GROW in faith and maturity as we study the Bible (God’s Word) and embrace our God-given gifts in order to GO.

Go OUT and make Disciples.

We GO to help our community and invite people to GATHER with us so they can experience God’s love.


The River is a member of the Converge Conference. Converge North Central is a movement of churches working to help people meet, know and follow Jesus. This is done by starting and strengthening churches together worldwide. For over 165 years Converge has helped churches bring life change to communities in the U.S. and around the world through church planting and multiplication, leadership training and global missions.




We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (II Timothy 3:16-17; Psalms 19:7;II Peter 1:21).


We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption (Isaiah 45:21-22; Jeremiah 10:10; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-14; John 14:16; Matthew 3:17).


We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 4:24; I John 1:5; 4:8; Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 6:3; John 17:3, Genesis 17:1; Romans 8:32; I John 4:10; Isaiah 55:6; Hebrews 7:25).


We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth (John 1:14-18; Matthew 1:18; Galatians 4:4;I Corinthians 15; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Acts 1:10-11).


We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers for the building up of the body of Christ. (John 16:8-11; John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26-27; 16:7; 13-15, I Corinthians 12:7).


We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice, and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit (Romans 3:23, 6:23; John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; Ephesians 1:13-14).


We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 2:41-42; 14:27).


We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ (Romans 5, 6, 7 & 8; Galatians 5:16-25).


We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for the commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 3:13-17; John 3:26; 4:1-2; Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26).


We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked (I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Acts 1:10-11; Revelation 20; I Corinthians 15).