When founders Todd and Denise Wendorff first began to pray about planting a new church, they dreamed of a warm and inviting place filled with families, friends, and neighbors here in the South Bay. The River Church began on February 7, 2007 with 8 courageous families joining together for community, worship, teaching, and a love for their community. From the beginning, Isaiah 43:19 was the fuel for their passion—to be a church that trusts God to do great and mighty things  and offers spiritual provision to all who are thirsty:

“Behold, I will do something new. Now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”

Through the power of relationship, The River desires to forge ahead in the ways of God, leading people into dynamic relationship with Jesus and bringing life and meaning to the community. Today we meet in two locations and hope to launch another one in the very near future.


We are a church passionate about experiencing life giving community; walking together in Christ; and caring about all people. We are hopelessly relational, joining together for weekly gatherings, welcoming friends and family into conversations about God and life. We desire that the love of Jesus celebrated and experienced in the River Church community will overflow into our families, neighborhoods, schools, work places, and clubs and activities—all the places where we are already doing life in the South Bay and beyond.

The River Church is a group of people giving priority toward flourishing in our development, friendships, marriages, raising children, growing in faith and vitality. We have been captured by the vision Jesus embodied—to love God with our whole selves, and our neighbors as ourselves. We are deeply committed to the needs in our community and world, and are raising up and training followers of Jesus to live into their call wherever God leads them.

what We Believe

The Inspiration of the Bible

We believe the Holy Scriptures, composed of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament are the verbally inspired Word and Revelation of God. The Bible is inerrantinfallible-God-breathed. The initial miracle of divine inspiration of the original autographs also extends to the divine preservation of a pure text to this day. We have, therefore, the very Word of God preserved through the Hebrew Masoretic Text and the Greek Textus Receptus. Psalm 19:7-112 Timothy 3:16-172 Peter 1:16-21Luke 24:13-28John 16:12-16Psalm 12:6-7Isaiah 40:8Psalm 138:2.


The Trinity

We believe in the Triune God—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—coequal and coeternal. Each has His individual identity and separate responsibilities for the purposes of redemption, yet perfectly united as three Persons in One. 1 John 5:1-8John 16:7-18Matthew 28:19Genesis 1:26.


The Deity of Jesus Christ

We believe in Deity of Jesus Christ. He is the only begotten, virgin born Son of God, the second Person in the Trinity, God the Son, God manifest in the flesh. 1 Timothy 3:16John 1:1-14John 14:9Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:18-25John 10:36.


The Work of Christ and Salvation

We believe in the substitutionary atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. He, by the grace of God, experienced death for every man, and all must be born again or be forever lost. Hebrews 2:9John 6:44-69John 3: 118Romans 3:25Revelation 1:5Hebrews 9:22;1 Peter 1:18-19. Even though the Lord’s atonement is limited to whom God’s salvation is offered, His shed blood is sufficient for all sin and, therefore, whomever believes may be saved. 1 John 2:2Hebrews 7:22-25Revelation 22:17.


The Resurrection

We believe in the physical resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He ascended bodily into the heavens and is now at the right hand of God as our Mediator, Priest, and Advocate. Acts 3:12-26; John 20Hebrews 9:241 Corinthians 15:12-281 John 2:1.


The Second Coming

We believe in the Rapture—the personal, imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ “in the air.” At that time He will receive to Himself the resurrected bodies of those who have “died in Christ” and also all those who are presently alive and “in Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-185:6-101 Corinthians 15:50-55Acts 1:11Titus 2:13. He will return “with His saints” after a seven year tribulation period to execute judgment upon the ungodly nations before the inauguration of His earthly millennial reign at His second coming to the earth. Jude 14,15Matthew 25:31-46.


The Evil forces of Darkness and Satan

We believe in the existence of Satan, “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world.” He is actively opposing the cause of Christ on every hand and is the arch enemy of every true believer. His warfare incorporates the deception of mixing error and truth. 2 Corinthians 11:1-152 Peter 5:8-9Revelation 12:9-10Matthew 4:2-11Isaiah 14:12-17John 8:24. He marshals a host of fallen angels that can also serve to deceive the unsuspecting.


Heaven and Hell

We believe that Heaven is a real place of eternal blessedness prepared by God for those whose garments have been “made white” through faith in the shed “blood of the Lamb.” Hell is a real place of eternal suffering for those whose names are not written in the “book of life.” There is no intermediate state in which the unsaved can atone for his own sins. John 14:1-6Revelation 7:13-1720:11-1521:22-272 Corinthians 5:1-10Luke 16:19-31.


Creation and Man’s Fall

We believe God created all things as he planned. Man was created by a direct act of God and subsequently fell into sin in the Garden of Eden. We believe in the universality and exceeding sinfulness of sin as a result of man’s disobedience. In Adam all have sinned and, therefore, are guilty before God by nature as well as by deed. Romans 5:12-21 Ezekiel 18:4Romans 3:10-266:23Psalm 51:5; Genesis 1-3.


Justification by Faith

We believe that man is justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood and bodily resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 Ephesians 2:8-9. The all-sufficient and completed work of Redemption accomplished through His death and resurrection is fully appropriated at the moment in time by those who receive by faith the free gift of salvation offered in the one true Gospel. Galatians 1:6-10Romans 1:16 1 Corinthians 15:1-4John 5:24Ephesians 5:8.


Eternal Security

We believe in the eternal security of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. Once a lost sinner has become a “new creature in Christ,” he can never lose that new relationship in the family of God which is based upon Christ’s imputed righteousness and not his own. 2 Corinthians 5:14-21John 10:25-29. Sin in the life of the believer affects his fellowship with the Father not sonship. 1 John 1:5-10Hebrews 12:6-13 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. All who are in Christ are sealed unto the day of redemption and will be glorified. We are to “work out” our salvation not “work for” our salvation; Philippians 2:121 Corinthians 3:8-15; 2 John 8Revelation 3:11Romans 8:29-301 Timothy 1:12Ephesians 1:13-14;4:30.


The Holy Spirit and Body of Christ

We believe all regenerated people are baptized into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit the moment they receive Christ as their Savior. 1 Corinthians 12:131 Corinthians 10:32;Ephesians 2:13-18. The Holy Spirit indwells all who have been born again from above. 1 Cor. 3:166:19. The Church which is Christ’s Body consists of all those who, truly believe and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Romans 8:14-27James 1:18John 1:121 Corinthians 1:2Matthew 16:16-16.


The Local Church and Its Mission

We believe God has ordained the ministry of local, independent, indigenous assemblies of believers to accomplish His work in this day extending from Pentecost until the Second Coming of Jesus  Christ. The church’s membership is to be composed of regenerated, baptized believers. The two ordinances of the local church are believer’s baptism by immersion, and the memorial of the Lord’s supper until He returns. The church is to be missionary and evangelistic in spreading the Gospel into all the world. Acts 2:41-4720:17-32Matthew 28:16-20Ephesians 4:11-161 Corinthians 11:23-34.


Sanctification and Spiritual Gifts

We believe that all followers of the Lord Jesus Christ should maintain good works, a “good work” being that which is done in obedience to the will of God as revealed in the Word of God. Works will determine the reward or loss of reward at the Judgment Seat of Christ before which every Christian will stand. Every believer must realize his responsibility before God to “maintain good works,” i.e., walk in the light of the Word of God. The Bible is the believer’s absolute Standard of faith and practice, his perfect Counsel. The Word provides him with “all things that pertain unto life and godliness.” Each believer is to find his or her gifts and exercise them for the edification of the body. Ephesians 2:8-10Titus 2:11-14;3:1-111 Thessalonians 5:231 Corinthians 1:18-293:8-152 Corinthians 5:9-11. We believe all spiritual gifts are for today and are to be used by believers to minister in the body and in the world. I Corinthians 12-14.