Our Story

How it all started...

River City Fellowship began in the Spring of 2006 as a Bible study in the home of John and Sarah O’Brien. The O’Brien’s began to hear the call of God to start a church and in the Fall of 2006 launched out. The first service took place at the Holiday Inn, Gallipolis, OH. During their time at the Holiday Inn, God began to confirm His plan by showing fruit to their obedience through new salvations and an increase in attendance. In the beginning of 2007 the church moved to its location in Spring Valley.
In the Summer of 2008 we felt God stirring us to find a new location due to growth, so in the Spring of 2009 we moved into the Silver Bridge plaza where we were able to double in space and attendance, since 2009 we have seen God do great things. He continued to bless our ministry as we have seen people grow, new salvations, numerous people baptized, and passionate disciples being raised up. In the winter of 2011, we kicked off The River City Centre for Leadership Training, a leadership/ministry school, the first of its kind in the River Cities area (www.rivercitycentre.org) Since then we have recently felt the need to look for even more space. In 2012 We moved into a newly renovated commercial building in the heart of our City. Since then we have been blessed to double in attendance again and see God great things in the community.
John O’Brien, the founding pastor of River City Fellowship, was born and raised in Gallipolis, OH. He and his wife Sarah met in high school, dated in college and were married in 2000. They have two sons, Micah and Kael.
John attended the Southern Ohio School of Ministry in Chillicothe, OH and his education there allowed him to hear God in a much clearer way, preparing him greatly for his current ministry. In addition, John and Sarah previously served in the college ministry at the University of Rio Grande and at Vinton Baptist Church, where they received mentoring and training.
Through patience, great mentors, and a lot of zeal the O’Brien’s have heard the call of God, and seen more of his plan for their family. God connected them with some wonderful people from the area, as well as some great folks in West Virginia. These relationships have helped build the foundation of RCF.
Pastor John and Sarah, and the body of believers at River City Fellowship are excited to see what The Lord has in store for this area.