The Mission of the Riverside Advent Christian Church is to bring glory to God by building a community of worshipers which accepts all people, nurtures them, and equips them to live victoriously as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Established in 1946 and in the same location ever since, serving the Carter-Riverside neighborhood and surrounding areas.
What We Believe
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19)
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Philippians 2:6-11; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 5:9; Matthew 26:64)
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (Titus 3:4-7)
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (John 14:15-18; John 16:13; John 16:7-11)
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (1 Corinthians 15:10-23; John 5:28-29)
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:41-47)
A little about our church leaders...
John grew up attending Riverside Advent Christian Church and lived in the Carter-Riverside neighborhood until leaving for college in 1968. He received a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Berkshire Christian College in Lenox, Massachusetts in 1972. After college, John returned to Southlake to serve as pastor of Pleasant Hill Advent Christian Church.
Later, he moved to Rochester, New Hampshire, where he served as Youth Pastor, Christian Education Director and Elder of Emmanuel Advent Christian Church for over twenty years. John has been serving as a Trustee of Berkshire Christian since 2014.
John enjoys spending time with family and watching sports. In his earlier years, he enjoyed playing sports and coaching soccer.
In September 2010 John was called to serve as Pastor of Riverside Advent Christian Church. John is married to Nancy. They have four children and six grandchildren. He is dedicated to the leadership and ministries of Riverside ACC.
Rev. Tracy Ainsworth is the Minister of Music at Riverside. Tracy completed her BA in Theology at Berkshire Christian College, her MA in Communications at Wheaton College and her Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS) at the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies. Tracy is interested in the ways that worship binds the Church together through the ages, forms us into the Image of Christ and foreshadows the future return of Christ. She has been a Special Education teacher in FWISD since 1987 and lives in Haltom City.
Elder of Missions
The Mission Ministry encourages all members to stay involved in the "Task Life" of the Church by helping individuals feel welcome in the Church family, helping them grow and develop in their spiritual life, helping them discover their spiritual gifts and find ministry opportunities that match their Holy Spirit given burdens. The Mission Ministry will monitor this balance of accepting, nurturing, and equipping programs providing the Church a healthy, responsible purpose.
Elder of Operations
The Operations Ministry maintains the "Professional Life" of the Church by supervising all business activities, keeping accurate financial records and meeting minutes, fixing and improving the physical property of the Church, and scheduling activities as needed to keep the property in order.
Elder of Care
The Care Ministry is focused on the "Body Life" of the Church by collecting and administering a Benevolent Fund, keeping an active Prayer Chain throughout the Church, working with the Pastor in a Visitation Ministry, and ensuring every member is connected with a Care Group that reaches out to support one another in prayer and fellowship.
Director of Accepting
Carolyn chairs the Committee of Accepting, committed to schedule and plan at least one outreach program every month, giving the Church opportunities to minister to others in our community.
Director of Nurturing
Paige chairs the Committee of Nurturing, committed to administering the Sunday School Program, Vacation Bible School, and other training programs, giving everyone in the Church the opportunity to grow spiritually and in the knowledge of Scripture.
Director of Equipping
Sarah chairs the Committee of Equipping, committed to identifying the needs for specific ministry training and development of individuals within the Church. This committee provides ways for members to discover and utilize their spiritual gifts to their fullest potential for Christ's Kingdom.
Mike Bennett | Jamie Henry |Sam Young
The Trustees are responsible for all real and other property of the Church. They will carefully schedule and supervise all necessary repairs and improvements of the buildings. They schedule work days as needed to maintain property and accomplish any projects as directed by the Official Board.
Deacons & Deaconesses
Michael Bennett | Wayne Clowers
Bob Whisenant | Janice Ainsworth
Tina Bennett| Paula Bolinger
Julia Lisle | Michelle Lopez
Paige Watts |LaNelle Whisenant
Deacons & Deaconesses assist the Pastor in the administration of the ordinances of Communion and Baptism as well as in matters of Church Discipline.
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