River of Life Fellowship was founded by recently retired Pastor Ken Lawrence. God started laying a burden and a vision for Sandpoint on Ken's heart in the summer of 1997. He was living there by that fall and started meeting in his home with a few families. Soon the work had grown, and they were meeting in a conference room in a restaurant and then later in a hotel. As the body grew God started opening the doors for a church building to be purchased in a prime location in the city. Through much faith and prayer, miracles happened and in May of 1998 the building was purchased.After 21 years, the mantle of leadership has been passed to our current Senior Pastor, Justin Gardner.
The vision that God has laid on our hearts is for the city of Sandpoint, not just one church or denomination. In fact, it is for THE church, the bride of Christ. Our vision is REVIVAL! Our definition of revival is NOT the saving of souls or great music or great preaching of the Word, but it is an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit manifested in our lives. We believe that giving yourself over to the Holy Spirit doesn’t have to, but in a lot of cases does, result in spiritual and/or physical manifestations, and should cause a burning hunger for more of the Lord and growth in your personal walk. We believe that the harvest of souls is a RESULT of revival in the heart of the church!!! We believe that Sandpoint is on the brink of a mighty move of God through this revival, and that we as a city need the opportunity to be exposed to what God is doing throughout the world today. As people hear, see, and experience the testimony of God’s love and miracles, we believe their eyes and hearts will be opened to doing whatever is necessary for God to take hold of our churches and our city and make it into whatever He wants it to be. God has provided for us to have monthly conferences that bring to us revelation, healing, and spiritual growth. Please pray and intercede not only for our church, but also for our city as we continue forward, following the path that God has laid for us.
Our desire is for the ministry to move forward with no outstanding debt. We are only $6,900.00 away from paying the mortgage off. If anyone feels led to help us to meet that goal, it would be greatly appreciated. Please be in prayer with us as we go through this time of transition. Checks can be made payable to River of Life or you can donate via our PayPal link.