River News

Nov 8th, 2013 by admin

Leading people into the presence of God

“We have no desire to just do a concert and move on,” says Paul.  “God ordained the local church to be the central place where spiritual needs are met.  When we come in, our job is to encourage, uplift and soften the hearts of the people of that church so they will be emboldened to reach out to other people around them.    Ultimately, evangelism is a one person show.  We affect our neighbors, our family and our co-workers in how we live and what we say and don’t say.”

“Our goal is always to lead people into the presence of God,” says Phil.  “It’s powerful to see the audience change from the start of the concert to the end.  We try to make our concerts very relational.  We have mountain tops and valleys just like everyone else. But at the end of the night, we, ourselves, want to draw closer to Jesus and take the audience there with us.”

After 20 years of recording, touring, and ministering outside the box, the mission statement of River has remained steady and constant. “We have tried our best to serve every church that we enter,” Kurt concludes. “We share our own personal stories, ignite ‘shared experiences’ that resonate with all people, offer heartfelt worship, and present a clear gospel message. And our goal at the end of every event is that folks are walking away saying, ‘This was excellent; this was genuine; lives were touched, and Christ was evident.’”

While their national radio successes have been impressive, it has been River’s desire to be an extension of the ministries of local churches that has contributed to their longevity.  It also helps that each of these guys are, individually, passionate about evangelism.  Kurt is an assistant pastor in Minnesota, Phil is a worship leader in his home church in Minnesota, and Paul is a full-time songwriter for Lifeway’s Worship division as well as a sought-after producer.  Accountable to an exclusive board of directors for all these years, River has always maintained a servant’s attitude toward their role in concert ministry.  And after 20 years, their desire to leave a mark on the places they visit has become priority one.



What others are saying about River

“The music has been well received by our audience. I am confident this music ministry will be a blessing to all who hear. Musically and lyrically, they are among the best.”
Dan Wynia – Network Music Director, Skylight Radio Network, Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN

“I pray that you will be afforded the opportunity to experience what I have so richly been blessed by….River.”
Greg Nelson – Producer, Nashville, TN

“What a great group of guys! The audience responded so well to their ministry, and that‘s exactly what it was…ministry. There were humorous moments, and serious moments, but all serving the purpose of exalting Christ. If you ever have the opportunity to go hear River, or have them at your event, DO IT!”
Anita Lustrea – Friday Sing Coordinator, Moody Broadcasting Network/Chicago, IL

“River has a wonderful three-part harmony blend reminiscent of Phillips, Craig & Dean with a little more oomph. The only problem with Road To Redemption is that it is over too soon.”
Christian Retailing Magazine

“From the first single we played, “My Love”, River has become a favorite among many who listen to Radio91. It’s been very exciting, as Music Director, to watch River evolve into the group they’ve become! These guys are professional; and with hearts that beat for Christ, River has established themselves as “core” artists! If you haven’t taken the opportunity to “get wet” don’t wait another day to find out what you’re missing!”
WGSL/Rockford, IL

“As a programmer I was first drawn to the quality of River’s music. The integrity of the group has gained my respect. I know that the music and integrity are also reasons why listeners are constantly asking about the music from ‘that River group.'”
Eric Johnson, Asst. Manager/Music Director, CDR Radio Network/Cedarville, OH

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