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River of Life

We’re located on Hwy 22 about 1/2 mile past Buck’s Restaurant on left headed toward Newsite.

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Our Purpose

OUR MISSION: Partnering together to reach, teach, and equip people to become fully devoted followers of Christ.OUR PURPOSE: To help people as they are:

  • Moving toward God
  • Moving toward People
  • Moving toward Maturity


Statement of Faith

1.The Scriptures Inspired – The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
2. The One True God – The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22)

3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ – The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31; Luke 1:35) His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22) His miracles (Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38) His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21) His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4) His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9; Acts 1:11; Acts 2:33; Philippians
2:9- 11; Hebrews 1:3)

4. The Fall of Man – Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26,27; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:12-19)

5. The Salvation of Man – Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. The Evidence of Salvation The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12)

6. The Ordinances of the Church – Baptism in Water The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4) Holy Communion The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements –bread and the fruit of the vine– is the symbol
expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!”

7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit – All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31) This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 15:7-9) With the baptism in the Holy Ghost come such experiences as: • An overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39, Acts 4:8) • A deepened reverence for God, Acts 2:43, Hebrews 12:28) • An intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42) • And a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20)

8. The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost – The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4) The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but is different in purpose and use (1 Corinthians 12:4-10; 1 Corinthians 12:28)

9. Sanctification – Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12) The Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.”(Hebrews 12:14) By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the
command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15, 16) Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:1-11; Romans 6:13; Romans 8:1, 2; Romans 8:13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12, 13; 1 Peter 1:5)

10. The Church and its Mission – The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven. (Ephesians 1:22, 23; Ephesians 2:22; Hebrews 12:23) Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason for being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is: 1. To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world. (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16) 2. To be a corporate body in which man may worship God. (1 Corinthians 12:13) 3. To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 1 Corinthians 14:12)

11. The Ministry – A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in: (1) Evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20); (2) Worship of God (John 4:23, 24); (3) Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16)

12. Divine Healing – Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is
provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16)

13. The Second Coming – The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52)

14. The Millennial Reign of Christ – The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years. (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27; Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 19:11-14; Revelation 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the establishment of universal peace. (Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalms 72:3-8; Micah 4:3,4)

15. The Final Judgment – There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8)

16. The New Heavens and the New Earth – “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21; Revelation 22)


Core Values

River of Life Worship Center in Alexander City is built on a biblical foundation that determines how we think about God and people. The expression of those thoughts reflects our values –the ideas and attitudes we believe are important.

Real worship >> we value being authentic in our personal and corporate worship welcoming the presence and power of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon the singing, preaching and teaching of God’s Word which brings transformation into our lives.

Intentional growth >> we value a simple structure that promotes spiritual growth moving a person from
being lost to being sent and then leading others in the process.

Vital relationships >> we value small groups as places of vital personal spiritual growth,
fellowship and outreach.

Everyone equipped >> we value equipping all believers in our assembly so they can be participators and not spectators as they use their spiritual gifts, talents, and abilities in ministry and service.

Relevant ministry >> we value remaining culturally relevant to all age groups to which we minister while remaining doctrinally pure.

Outreach oriented >> we value sharing the gospel with those who have never received Christ as well as those who are out of church. We further value world missions and church planting and will devote time, energy, and money towards their development.

Fervent prayer >> we value prayer, both individually and corporately, as vital, effective, and real communication with God who has the power to change anyone or anything.

Loving acceptance >> we value all people because all people matter to God.

Integrity driven >> we value integrity from all who call themselves Christians in our assembly.

Family focused >> we value the importance of strong Christian homes.

Endued with Power >> we value the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the lives of born again believers for greater spiritual power from God to minister in Jesus’ name and greater spiritual intimacy with God.


Common Questions

1.  WHAT ARE YOUR WEEKEND SERVICES LIKE?
Each weekend at River of Life you’ll find a  friendly atmosphere with exciting, contemporary worship music and a life giving, relevant message.  Children are well-cared for in a loving nursery and fun-filled Kids for L.I.F.E. service.

2. WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I VISIT FOR THE FIRST TIME?
If you are visiting for the first time, we will not embarrass you, having you stand up and tell about yourself. We know that many people want to check out a church and that’s fine with us! Come in, make yourself at home, and see if this is the church for you.

3. WHAT DO I WEAR TO ATTEND YOUR SERVICES?
Casual clothing is fine but if you want to wear a suit, that’s fine too. Come in what is comfortable for you, because River of Life is not about what you look like or what you wear.

4. WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? Location

5. DO YOU HAVE A MIDWEEK SERVICE?
We have Wednesday mid-week service for all age groups – 6:30-7:45 p.m.

6. WHAT ABOUT MY CHILDREN?
At River of Life your children are very important. We offer a nursery on Sunday mornings staffed with loving workers. We also offer a dynamic Kids for L.I.F.E. ministry on Sunday mornings for ages 3-11 during the adult worship service. We offer Sunday classes for children and teens at 9:00 AM. We also have Wednesday night ministries for children which includes Royal Rangers for boys ages 3-11, National Girl’s Ministry for girls ages 3-11, Junior and Senior High ministry for teenagers, and young adult ministry.

7. HOW CAN I  GROW SPIRITUALLY?
Our desire is to see you become a fully-devoted follower of Christ. Our Disciple-making Process offers the tools necessary to make this happen in your life. From the initial decision to accept Jesus as your Lord to your involvement in life-changing ministry, we want to help you grow spiritually and make a difference.

Our Pastors & Leaders

Michael Waldrop

Michael Waldrop

Senior Pastor

I would like to personally welcome you to come join us here at River of life, Sadly I have found that people do not put much emphasis on their spiritual life yet I have found that this is where real life begins -- in your heart....Read More

Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson

Men's Ministry Leader

The vision the Lord put on my heart for the Men’s Ministry is to grow to be an integral part of the church and community. For the men to grow closer to God, family, and each other, to become better men, better husbands, and better fathers.

Theresa Waldrop

Theresa Waldrop

Children's Pastor

At River of Life, we believe children are important. We also believe in offering a children's ministry that permits the parent to enjoy church without worrying about the care your child is receiving.

Ernest Champion

Ernest Champion

Royal Rangers Commander & Deacon

The Royal Ranger mission is to reach, teach and keep boys for Christ. I enjoyed participating in this ministry for many years as a child and into my teen years.

Aubrey Champion

Aubrey Champion

National Girls Ministry Leader

Girls Ministry is a program within the Assembly of God, designed especially to reach girls for Jesus Christ. It is a place where the Girls can grow in the knowledge of the Lord and become the young women He has created them to be.

Kim Robinson

Kim Robinson

Food Pantry Leader

The vision I have for the food bank is to be a blessing to those in need. Currently, we are able to bless 20 families a month with up to three emergency boxes each. It only takes $20 to $25 a month to bless one family. I would like to be able to serve more people as it is a blessing to help those in need through this ministry.

Jenny Connell

Jenny Connell

Women's Ministry Leader

As women united in love, faith and worship by the word of God, the Amazing Grace Women Ministry's purpose is to live a life in front of others that displays the hope and grace we have found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.