Our Story

How it all started...

WE HAVE ROOTS HERE

In 1992, Pastors Chris and Miriam Phillips came to Jacksonville, NC to provide pastoral leadership to Living Water Fellowship. At that time, there remained a small group of 60-80 people who had been without pastoral leadership for months and were meeting in a small storefront on Henderson Drive. Shortly after their arrival, the Lord began to bring clear vision and new purpose. Thus, River of Life Church was born.

In May of 1999, the church moved into a new worship facility at 1940 Gum Branch Road, where we continue to meet today.

In the beginning of September 2007 we added a third service to the Sunday morning lineup to meet the needs of the growing church. Currently, over 1200 worshippers attend services each Sunday.

In the beginning of April 2008 we took steps forward and closed on nearly 60 acres of land on the corner of Western Extension and Gum Branch Road.

In January of 2011 we began the “Heart for the House” campaign and in April of 2017, we broke ground on a new worship facility.

We currently have three adult services and one youth service each weekend in Jacksonville:  Sunday at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. (Youth Church available) and 12 noon. We also have a Wednesday service at 7:00 p.m/ each week in Jacksonville.

Expanding the vision...

On Easter weekend 2015, we launched our Dumfries, VA campus.   Our Dumfries, VA location meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at Potomac Middle School with on-site Pastors, James + Crystal Grayson.

ROL Virginia is about changing people’s lives and eternal destinies through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  That’s our passion, and that’s our purpose.

Where we are headed...

On December 4, 2016, we broke ground on our new church building in Jacksonville, which will be located at 2460 Gum Branch Road.  We are so excited to expand the work that God has called us to in this community!

This new building will seat approximately 1,500 people in the sanctuary, and will have plenty of room for our awesome Kids Zone and Advance Youth.  We are expecting the building to be completed at the end of 2019.

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, or 12 pm. and each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.