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Pastor William J. "Jeff" Bass - Lead Pastor
Pastor William Jeffery Bass was born in Troy, Alabama. He is married to his wife Pastor Demetria Bass, they have one son Christopher James Bass, and they reside in Manassas, Virginia. Pastor Jeff graduated high school with honors and received a B.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism from Troy State University.
On August 17, 1987, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and continues to have a hunger and thirst for the Word of God. Pastor Jeff has served in many areas of the ministry from usher, greeter, teacher, youth ministry, men’s ministry and many other ministries. Pastor Jeff is the charismatic Senior Pastor of the River Christian Center and the River United Network (R.U.N.) an apostolic covering to ministers and ministries. His favorite passage in the Bible is Second Chronicles chapter 20 because it illuminates the fact that through prayer, petition, and praise, God will prepare, protect, and provide for his people.
Through Pastor Jeff’s down to earth, sometimes humorous, but always relevant and scripturally applicable life-changing messages, people are encouraged, exhorted, and energized to serve the Lord. The greatest testimony of Pastor Jeff is that he truly loves the Lord and life is all about serving Christ and others.
Demetria Bass - Executive Pastor
Demetria Bass is a native of Jacksonville, Florida but for many years she has lived throughout the United States of America and abroad. Her travels have taken her to places such as Keflivik, Iceland and Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. She served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force National Guard and 20 years in the U.S. Navy. It was during this time that she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and considers herself to be a child of the Most High King. While serving her Country in Diego Garcia it was then that she accepted the call of Jesus Christ to be a deliverer of the Gospel.
She currently serves as the Executive Pastor of the River Christian Center and her goal is to teach, preach and break down the Word of God in such a way that everyone can enjoy, understand, and apply it to their everyday life. She is happily married to her beloved and supportive husband Jeff and she is the mother of one birth son, Christopher James Bass. Also, God has truly blessed Pastor Demetria to be the spiritual mother of many other sons and daughters.
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"Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching." (2 Timothy 4:2)
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Our Mission & Vision
Our purpose is to make disciples who make disciples that win the lost and expand God’s kingdom with the love of Jesus Christ.
Go to neighborhoods and nations to win souls, transform lives and make disciples for Christ.
To be the loving, caring church that’s demonstrating the love, compassion and hope of Jesus Christ to the hurting, broken and lost in the world. Thus, here at The River Christian Center:
• We envision our church as the place where especially the hurting, broken hearted and lonely will come and find the love of Jesus Christ and be taught the Word of God with clarity and simplicity.
• We envision leading over 3,000 people (over the next 3 years) to make a decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
• We envision welcoming over 5,000 members (over the next five years) offline and online into the RCC church family where they can gather (to discover Christ), grow (and develop in Christ) and go (to deploy for Christ) to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
• We envision purchasing land and building a beautiful campus which shall facilitate a worship center, K-12 school and other businesses. All of this is part of our Operation L.I.T.E. (Lifting Individuals Through Empowerment) strategy which is designed to address spiritual, educational, entrepreneurial, nutritional needs and more in the body of Christ, the community and the world.
• We envision planting churches, providing apostolic covering for churches and taking the gospel to the ends of the earth based on Acts 1:8.
Our Core Values
Love God (Matthew 22:37)
Love Others (Matthew 22:39)
Make Disciples (Matthew 28:19
Win Souls (Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 4:19)
Transform Lives (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:22-24)
““Everything lives where the river flows””
Statement of Beliefs... Our Eternal Values
THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25)
THE ONE TRUE GOD-HEAD (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) (Genesis 1:1-27; John 1:3)
THE FALL AND REDEMPTION OF MAN (Genesis 1:26-31; Romans 5:12-31)
THE SALVATION OF MAN
His redemption (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8)
The evidences (Romans 8:16; 1 John 3:23)
Faith and works (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7)
BAPTISM IN WATER (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4)
THE LORD’S SUPPER (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26)
THE BLESSED HOPE OF JESUS’ RETURN (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
THE LAKE OF FIRE (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15)
THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS (Romans 11:25-27; Revelation 19:11-16)
THE INCLUSION OF WOMEN IN THE MINISTRY (Galatians 3:26-29)
THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER / BAPTISM IN THE
(Acts 2:4;10:44-46, 19:2)
Spiritual (Romans 10:9-10)
Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; 1 Peter 2:24)
Social (Proverbs 3:4)
Financial (3 John 2; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10)