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River is a community committed to loving, knowing, and following God, and we believe the only way to do this is to pursue a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe that God calls us to experience His reality in every aspect of our lives, which brings purpose to our lives and life to our relationships.  We desire to be salt and light in our city, and to be a bridge to the culture in order to share the new life that Christ brings.

Our Staff

Terry Williams


Jim Lewis

Men's Ministry & Small Groups

Brenda White

Women's Ministry & Small Groups

Sherri Brummer

Youth Ministry

Rodney Bartlett

Music Ministry

Trace Kendrick

College Ministry

Erin Bergeron

Children's Ministry

Our Elders

Lay Elders
Doug Ledbetter
Brad Boulware
Scott Ochs
Neil Satrom
Eric Eakins
Matt Statler
Mark Hankes
Doug Karber

Staff Elders
Terry Williams
Rodney Bartlett
Jim Lewis
Trace Kendrick

Elder Commitments
Moral purity
Healthy relationship with wife and children
Faithfully Walk with Jesus
Involved in small group leadership at River
Tithe at River
Demonstrate a commitment to the Heart Attitudes

Key Verses on Eldership
1 Timothy 5:17, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 5:1-4, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Timothy 2:11-14

Our Beliefs

Our church holds to the Baptist Faith and Message as a concise and accurate description of what we believe. Within our church there is diversity on theological positions not outlined in the Baptist Faith and Message. Below you will find highlights of some of our beliefs. You can read the entire Baptist Faith and Message online

The Bible

The Bible was written by men divinely inspired by God. It is God’s revelation of Himself to man.  All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.


There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. The  triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.


Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin but given freedom of choice by God. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the world.


Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus.

Our Values

River Ministry Partners

Qualification of Ministry Partners

  1. Philosophy – Alignment with River’s philosophy of ministry
  2. Theology – Alignment on River’s theology
  3. Personal Involvement – Several committed members of River personally involved with the ministry
  4. Duration of Time – River members involvement with the ministry over a long period of time. 

If you have questions about one of these partners or need help getting connected, talk with Rodney

River M Care Team

Provide care and connection for families from River who are serving overseas.
Contact: Brad & Marci

Onelink International

Recruit, Train, and Send college students to unreached people groups overseas.

CORE 520

Support for refugees and outreach to unreached people in Wichita.
Contact: Rodney

Heart of Kansas So. Baptist Association

Local association of churches that we cooperate with in Wichita for church planting and church health.
Contact: Glenn Davis


Support, Counseling, and care for women considering abortion.
Contact: Patty Lewis

Youth Horizons

Mentoring for at-risk boys and girls. Residential home for boys and opening soon a residential home for girls
Contact: Robert Garner

CAYM (Christian Association of Youth Mentors)

Training and establishing mentoring programs around the country.
Contact: Donnovan Karber

Hope’s Gate

Outreach to women working in strip clubs in Wichita.
Contact: Jamie Proffer

FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)

Outreach and encouragement to College athletes and coaches. Keith works primarily with Friends University and WSU
Keith Townsend

Great Commission Baptist

Great Commission Baptists are a collection of like-minded churches working in cooperation with one another to impact the whole world with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

International Mission Board

The international mission agency of the Great Commission Baptists.

North American Mission Board

Support missions, church planting, and disaster relief in North America.