With vibrant hope we come to church to be immersed in His presence where Face to Face meetings with God are expected. Our joy is to empower you to live freely in your God given identity and to walk with you as you carry that out.​

 The River church is a community of people, not a corporation. we are a family, not a business . We are all about people, not programs—and are interested in introducing you to a relationship with Jesus Christ that goes beyond a religion and becomes a way of life. We are a bible-based church where we believe that salvation comes through grace and not of works.

We believe  when Jesus went to the cross, He had a plan to bring us back to the Father but also to provide for us life on earth as it is in heaven. This life includes peace, joy, health, provision, acceptance, identity and so much more.

We believe that as you come to know the Lord, you will grow in the understanding of your purpose; and our hope, is to help you accomplish that purpose.​

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Come CASUAL...BE COMFORTABLE, our sanctuary is our FAMILY ROOM. We come to encounter God. Our worship is real, not contrived and there is no time limit. We love God and our goal is to introduce you to Him and His presence.

RIVER KIDS...​is our heart in living color. We LOVE your kids. Interactive worship, bible stories that come to life and friendships with other kids as they learn about Jesus and who He has made them to be is what River Kids is all about. Kids are not an afterthought, they are the main event!

RELATIONSHIPS... you will be welcomed, invited to join in. You will make friends for yourself and for your family. You will find yourself laughing out loud during the message, moved during worship and peaceful with the people around you. Relationship with God is our passion and with each other is our purpose.

OUR MESSAGE.. whether you are new to church or  a seasoned church leader, our message will inspire you to experience God in your everyday life. Our faith is not just for church time, we have a relevant gospel which will empower you to live like God is alive and involved in everything you do.

Oz and Jane: Graduates of Rhema Bible Training Center, Oz and Jane have a mandate to bridge the gap between the Word of Faith movement and empowering the body of Christ to do the work of the ministry. They believe ministry is about people, not programs. Oz and Jane work as a team, they co-teach, counsel and plan together. While they have been in ministry for over 30 years pastoring, they feel like they are just getting started. Their joy and enthusiasm while in the pulpit creates an atmosphere of expectation for the congregation. Their experience has allowed them to get out of God’s way and surrender the service to Him so that everyone leaves having encountered Jesus! 

Mark and Marge: This amazing couple has been at The River for over 20 years ministering in children’s church and as administrators. Mark has a business and pastoral degree from Oral Roberts University. They have raised a generation of young people to know the Lord and they love kids. While they have been faithful ministers they also have big dreams to open a transformation center at the River where they will see people receive emotional healing and education to truly walk in glorious mindsets so  generations can turn the page  with  new beginnings.​

Ty  and Sarah: Ty is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center as well as Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Sarah is a graduate of Art Institute. Together they have a huge heart to see the community come together, work together to further God’s kingdom. They are skilled in connecting people and building relationship in a current way using all the current technology to link people. They believe very strongly in the power of worship, love of all age groups and valuing people.​

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This week has been one of encounters with God which has set me on a course of reflections. Several weeks ago now the Lord woke me up with the image from Exodus 12, when Moses put a bronze snake on a pole to stop the snakes from killing the Israelites in the desert. The thing the Lord was highlighting to me was not the snake or how to stop the snakes but the fact that they were told to fix their eyes on the snake on the pole, not the snakes biting all around them and if they would do that, they would be saved.So my personal journey began as He led me back to Himself, back to the beginning. Over the last several years I lost my focus, we have had lots of major life events happen during the last 10 years that seemed to pile on. Interestingly, none of them happened directly to me but they were happening to people I love and they were happening all around me. Not all of these events were negative but they were major and they were distracting. We have had weddings, babies being born, funerals, travel, shifting of positions and people who I have known for decades move out of my life and in looking back over these events, very slowly, without my consent, pieces of me were falling away. I began a new normal which was not normal for me at all.My husband trains people in Critical Incident Stress Management. I have sat in on his classes and heard him discuss how stress has an effect on people but I did not realize how it was affecting me, until that morning when God began to peel back the layers and reveal what was going on in me. With each major life event I began to retreat. I realized that my focus was shifting. We talk often about what is in our tool boxes, what tools we grab that are familiar to us, knee jerk reactions to circumstances, whether they are the best tool for the situation, we grab what is familiar. I did the same when life was throwing me curve balls. Some of my tools were not working. Jesus was my first love. I met Him when I was 9 years old when 2 women came to my neighborhood and held a 5 day vacation bible school for the kids on my street. Meeting Him truly changed my life. I began talking to Jesus every day, I believed He was with me all the time and I told Him everything. He walked me through new schools, adolescence, first crushes and high school graduation; He came with me to MSU and spring break and led me to ministry school when I was only 18 years old. He introduced me to Oz and attended our wedding; He walked with me in ministry giving me courage to face my first pulpit, my first mission trip, my first time leading worship and every counseling session along the way. He was in the delivery room when each of our children were born and walked me through their adolescence, their marriages and now the blessings of grandchildren. He was there when we began this church, bought this property and the day we laid my mom to rest. He is my closest friend and for a while I lost my focus. I allowed my disappointments to cloud my truth. There is only one Truth and His name is Jesus. I have tremendous grace and empathy for people of all races, backgrounds, beliefs and genders. I love people and I understand better today, the human condition. What is happening in our world leaves us full of questions that have yet to be answered but I have a renewed focus, a reset, reconciliation with my first love. My eyes are on Him not on the snakes, He is my answer, He always has been and He always will be. I invite you to shift your focus back to your first love with me and if you don’t know Him yet, allow me to introduce you to the only answer, Jesus. ​



Our ministry team wants to equip YOU so you can carry out God's purpose for your life

River Kids

The River Kids is all about your Kids! Come casual and ready for play, our program is interactive and they will want to be dressed for games and fun! The River welcomes kid’s from 0-12 in our River Town play area during our Sunday and Wednesday services. Our one desire is that your kids experience God on their level. We do not believe there is a Jr. Holy Spirit so we encourage your kids to build that personal relationship with Jesus from day one. The lesson plans help the kids learn how to hear God and that He loves and accepts them. This relationship is reinforced throughout their development which creates very secure and confident kids with a strong sense of hope for their future.

Men and Women

While we minister to your children, it is our desire to provide a place for you to build relationships with one another and with the Lord. Regardless of your age, we believe in interaction. We can all learn from each other and at The River we do not separate you by age, we draw from each other like a family. We have an online women’s life group that provides interaction each week as well as a get together once a month to connect and fellowship. The men meet each week to pray and grow together in their relationship with the God and each other. Support in relationship is so vital and living in community builds strong families.


The River Youth Group meets every Wednesday Night at 7pm. Our teens get a lot of one on one attention from Pastor Ty. They are an eclectic group with all kinds of interests. Ty’s goal is that your teen experience God for real while they spend time developing a personal relationship with Jesus and with each other. Worship is a large part of this experience, during this time they have the opportunity to encounter a God who gives them acceptance and friendship. Students aged 13-18 are welcome to hang out, play some games, worship God and discuss how to have healthy relationships at home, with the Lord and in every area of their lives.


Our pastor is a worshipper. This means that worship is a big priority at The River. We do not shut it down at a certain time, we allow for people to experience God for themselves in a real way on Sunday mornings. We believe it when the bible says that in his presence is fullness of joy. We need to encounter God and allow Him to inhabit our praises. Our answers happen often when we hear from God for ourselves and during worship we are literally set up to hear Him and leave different having been there.


The River was founded on prayer. We believe that when we come together in Spirit led prayer we are praying the will of God for His agenda not our own. Our pastor often walks through the congregation during worship and prays for members of the congregation. We have altar ministers available after Sunday services to pray for anyone in need. We also have corporate prayer for the nation, leaders, and various needs that arise. Prayer is communication with God. It is something we do without ceasing; we endeavor to be in constant communication with the Lord so  we are hearing from Him in order to fulfill His plan for our lives.


Get Connected: It is so important to us that you feel connected when you come to the River. We have a desk available in the church foyer that will provide information about the entire goings on. There are events happening every month for all ages and stages in life. While we are a small church, we think big and provide big church opportunities for you to find relationships, teaching, training and outlets

 The work of ministry belongs to each member of the church. We encourage you to find your place in our church which will propel you into your place in the body of Christ.

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 315 S. Squirrel Rd, 

Auburn Hills, MI, 48326



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Isaiah & Liza: Isaiah is a graduate of Davis Bible College and Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. He has a heart for doing relationships well and a mind for teaching and studying the Word. While growing up in ministry and participating in many different organizations throughout the years Isaiah has developed ministry and communication skills, and a desire to invest in a life-long community of believers. He and his wife Liza have a passion for covenant and emotional health. Together they are counseling and coaching people up into fullness of health and life with Jesus. They see the River Church as home and family and desire their family to be connected and equipped to do relationships well.