Starting Point

We’re so glad you’re here.

Welcome to the River

No matter where you are on your journey, we’ve saved a seat for you. Our hope is that each time you walk through our doors, you will feel at home as you encounter God and connect with community. Our staff and volunteers are here to serve you and help you connect.

Whether it’s your first time or you’ve recently become a part of the family, we welcome you and look forward to making this journey with you.

Who We Are

Our Core Values

We’re not just a building; we’re a family made of people just like you. We are a community of believers who realize the importance of transparency and authenticity. We are followers of Jesus who want to love God, love people and change your world.

We invite you to join us on this incredible journey and discover God’s amazing plan for your life!

We Pursue Love

Love is the trademark of Christianity. Jesus told us in John 13:35 that people would know we belong to Him by our love. With this in mind, we strive to create an environment of unconditional, no-strings-attached love. A culture of honor. We believe that when we live this way, not only will the world recognize us as His followers, but they will also be magnetically drawn to Him.

We Desire Unity

Jesus asked the Father in John 17:21 to make us one. His desire is that we operate in unity and solidarity. Unity is not that we agree with each other, but that we are on the same page with God. Unity is seeing what God is seeing, saying what God is saying, doing what God is doing and moving as one with Him. And, as we synchronize our hearts with His, we become a living testimony of the transforming power of Jesus in our lives.

We Value Authenticity

We believe authenticity is crucial for spiritual growth and development. James 5:16 encourages authenticity because honest admission about our problems, struggles and circumstances is the first step to finding healing and freedom. We promote and support a culture that allows us to be real about where we’ve been, where we’re at and what we are feeling. This transparency not only gives room for Holy Spirit to work in our lives, but it also is an encouragement to those around us, enabling them to see they are not alone in their journey with Jesus.


In 2 Corinthians 3:17, we read that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Galatians 5:1 says that it is for freedom that Christ set us free. Because our freedom is important to God, it is important to us. We purpose to nurture an atmosphere of freedom: freedom to be who God created us to be, freedom to express worship to Him with openness, freedom from the yoke of slavery to sin, freedom from bondages, freedom from cookie-cutter expectations and freedom to be real.

Meet The Team


Bill Wahl

Lead Pastor


Kim Wahl

Co-Lead Pastor


Bill Forbes

Senior Adult Pastor


Lydia Bricker

Worship Pastor


Matt Wahl

Associate Pastor


Gabrielle Smith

Spiritual Care Pastor


Danielle Oakey

Kid’s Pastor


Ethan Bricker

Associate Pastor


Scott Smith

Community Pastor


Stefan Wahl

Student Pastor


Tammy Forbes

Adminstrative Assistant



What We Believe

The River is a member of the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee.

Why I Love The River


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Frequently Asked Questions

Get in Touch

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Office/Mailing Address 3675 North River Road, Fort Gratiot, MI 48059

Phone 810.987.3650


Fort Gratiot Campus

Office Hours Mon-Thurs 9:00am – 4:00pm 

River Ministry Center

Sunday Service 10:00a

Wednesday Night 6:30p