Who we are

River City Church cares about one thing more than anything else, and that is awakening people to the transforming presence and power of God's love. We are a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.

Where we come from

River City Church was started in 2005 when Jacksonville resident and former Young Life staff member Antley Fowler received an invitation to visit St. Mary's Church in London. They were having a powerful impact in their community, and by the end of his visit Antley was confident that he wanted to be a part of this church someday. The pastor of the church began to tell him the story of a group of people that had been praying for two years that someone would lead a church like this in Jacksonville. It soon became clear to Antley and his family that God was calling him to lead this new church. After six months of training, they returned to Jacksonville to launch River City Church. Today, twenty churches around the world are part of a network called Friends of St. Mary’s, including two churches that were planted by former River City Church staff members: Ocean City Church in Jacksonville Beach and Kingdom Asheville in North Carolina.

In the fall of 2018, Antley announced his decision to step down from his role as leader of River City Church, which was effective March 31, 2019. Find out more about our current season of transition here.

Where we're headed

What's the bottom line? River City Church is on mission to see the city of Jacksonville transformed. We believe that encountering the love of the Father, living in the power of the Holy Spirit, participating in the Kingdom mission of Jesus, and building the family of faith for continued growth is essential to becoming the people God has created us to be.

What this means for you

Most importantly, you’re always welcome at River City Church. We’re saving a seat for you. Wherever you’re at in your faith journey, you’ll always be accepted as part of the River City Church family. Beyond that, if you’re ready to plan your first visit, click here. If you want to learn more about our beliefs as a church, click here. Or if you’d simply like to get in touch with a person on our team directly, submit the form below.

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