This Sunday, February 5th, marks 25 years since Pastor Bledsoe was selected as our pastor. This is a significant milestone in the life of both pastor and church. Join us for worship as the choir and soloists sing, the pastor speaks to the occasion and following the service his new collection of sermons, Safe Harbor, will be available for ten dollars.
Riverside has had long pastorates as a rule, though the minister prior to Pastor Bledsoe was here for about three years. Prior to that, however, Robert Troutman was pastor for fourteen years. The institutional memory, the continuity and care through generations and over the life span of an individual member are all qualities of a “novel pastorate.” Churches sometimes go through a revolving door of staff and when this happens, it can be a test to keep folks together. We are a church obviously that prefers longevity to a revolving door. This does not mean we are not forward-thinking though. After all, we are in the process of building a new church on our corner and steering the congregation to meet the future of new opportunities that await our community as The Wharf comes online. We are a Christ-Centered, Multi-Cultural, Inclusive, and Ecumenical church, rooted in historic Baptist principles of soul freedom and the priesthood of each believer. Join us this Sunday as we celebrate this significant moment in the life of our church.
~See you Sunday (at Jefferson Middle School)