Pathways is a three-week class with the sole purpose of helping newcomers to get to know The River a little better. Connect, Grow, Produce. These are the three elements that we believe are vital to becoming a growing and thriving member of the Body of Christ. Our Pathways class offers the information and experiences necessary to help you discover and develop your redemptive purpose.

CONNECT: This class is the basic introduction to our church family. Since we have members from many different church backgrounds, this class was designed to clearly explain who we are and what we believe. In this week, you will learn our heart, our Structure and our hope for you.

GROW: Life-giving habits result from the simple disciplines of establishing a plan of action, making those actions a priority, and involving other people in the process. The goal of this class is to outline the building blocks of spiritual growth necessary to develop spiritual maturity and stay passionately in love with Jesus.

PRODUCE: We believe that EVERY member has been uniquely gifted and called and that each member can become fitly joined to the body of Christ by serving in the areas of their gifting and calling. This segment of study is focused on helping new members define that gift and call and to introduce the ministry opportunities available at The River. Serving is often where we find ourselves the most fulfilled and it is also when we are the most like Christ.

Pathways Classes for all NEW MEMBERS start Sunday, March 11, 2018.  Classes will be held during service.


Our small groups meet at various times and places all around the county and provide a place for you to Connect, Grow, and Produce! Small groups are also where we pray, care for one another, and discuss the issues and challenges of life. If you would like to join a small group, feel free to contact one of our small group leaders.

Dick & Jeannette Evans
6155 Zion Rd. NW -Rushville
Jeannette Ph: 614-271-7070 Email:
Dick Ph: 614-271-5050

Terry & Vickie Gordon
4500 Avalon Rd. -Rushville
Vickie Ph: 740-503-7615 Email:

Kenny & Olivia Hurst
562 Stump Hollow Rd -Lancaster
Kenny Ph: 740-438-4667

Larry & Patty Matheny
742 Pennsylvania Ave -Lancaster
Larry Ph: 740-974-9823 Patty Ph: 740-407-9198

Tim & Betty Shugert
1022 Charles St. -Logan
Tim Ph: 740-385-4513

Bryan & Sharon Letner
9767 Lithopolis Rd. NW Canal Winchester, OH 43110
(614) 554-4833

Jim & Tina Gang
1629 Beacon St. Lancaster, Oh 43130
Tina Ph: 740-808-0116
(Home Group Leader & Discipleship Training)


Our groups are as varied as we are. Group leaders use their gifts and passions to create a group that allows others to join with them in serving God. Whatever the age, interest, or location, there is a group that is just right for you.

Impact Fellowship – (Young Adults)
Mark & Stephanie Howes
(740) 215-2126
Location announced prior to each meeting on FACEBOOK at Impact Fellowship

Additional leaders:
Rod & Debbie Williams (740) 974-0881
Dave and Jeri Kiner (614) 266-1251

Youth Group
Jack & Betsy Schumacher
Betsy Ph: 740-215-1181
Wednesdays @ 7pm at The River!

13 Going on 31 - (Young ladies)
Lindsay Williams
2493 Long Bow Ave. Lancaster, OH (location subject to change)
Ph: 740-974-2036
Thursdays @ 7pm
1370 Lanc-Kirk Rd. Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Young Men
Ben Williams
2493 Long Bow Ave. Lancaster, OH (location subject to change)
Ph: 740-974-5568
Thursdays @ 6pm

Jeri Kiner
Ph: 614-214-1879

Men’s Prayer
Kenny Hurst
Ph: 740-438-4667
1st & 3rd Saturday of the month at 8am at The River

Intercessory Prayer
Paula Bishop
Ph: 740-654-3210
Wednesdays at 10am at The River

Scrapbooking Group
Amy Freeman