Welcome to The River

found by a Father... formed in a family.


Our Vision

Creating a culture where the heart of God is known and the will of God is manifested.

About Us

We are a non-denominational, full Gospel ministry that is rooted in Worship and His Word. Jesus Himself described it best in John’s Gospel…

John 4:23-24 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God isSpirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." NKJV

Worship is an intricate part of every service because we understand that apart from His Spirit we are doing nothing more than having a series of meetings and calling it church. It is from a heart of worship and love for our Father that we recklessly abandon ourselves to Him. Our heart is to be a living representation of Ezekiel 47:9b “…everything will live wherever the river goes.”

We believe that out of a heart of worship will flow a desire to please the Father in every aspect of life. Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34)…it is not just what is in your heart, but what is in there in abundance. The abundance of God inwardly will always have an effect outwardly…not just on us, but on those around us as well…that is Kingdom dynamics.

We Believe

There is only one true God who is the eternal King, Creator and Redeemer of all that is. He is perfectly holy, just, loving and truthful. He has revealed Himself to be eternally self- existent - one being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).

The Bible to be the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God. (2 Tim 3:16,17; I Thess.2:13)

Humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him, yet we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. Because of this, sickness, death and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin. (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:29; John 6:44; Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 2:14).

The Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, and is God's Anointed One, empowered by the Holy Spirit to inaugurate God's Kingdom on earth. He was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, resurrected and ascended into heaven, and is now alive today, in the presence of God the Father and in His people. He is "true God" and "true man." (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

We are saved by God's grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Anyone can be restored to fellowship with God through repenting, believing and receiving Jesus as their Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit, convicts, regenerates, justifies, and adopts us as we enter the Kingdom of God as His sons and daughters. (Eph 2: 8,9; Rom 10:8-10,13; John 16:8-11; Rom 8:16)

In the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:4-8 and 2:4 is poured out on believers that they might have power to be witnesses.

In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live holy and minister super-naturally. (Romans 8:5; Philippians 2:12, 13; 1 Thessalonians 4:3,4; Acts 1:8)

The victorious redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the devil, sin, lies, sickness and torment. (Col 2:13-15)

The Church consists of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. He gave His church the ordinances of Baptism and Communion. (Matt. 28:19; Romans 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)

The Church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the good news of God's love, disciple the nations, baptizing and teaching them to love and obey God. (Luke 16:16; Matt 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18)

In the ever increasing government of God and in the Blessed Hope, which is the glorious visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His overcoming bride His church. (Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16-17)

Heaven and hell are real places. There will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting death and judgment. (Acts 24:15; Hebrews 9:27; Hebrews 6:1-2)

Contact Us

925 Burlington Ave Gibsonville NC 27249


(336) 447-3745


Todd & Tina Martin


Todd and Tina Martin have been married for 27 years, and serving the body of Christ in ministry for 25 of those years. Their love for God, hunger for His presence, and desire to see others encounter Him led them to launch The River in April of 2009. Todd has crafted a vision of having a place where God will be worshipped passionately, and a place where His body will be trained and ministered to. Todd and Tina invite you to come and experience the Life that is found in The River.

Melanie Sykes

Worship Leader

Melanie has been a part of worship ministry for close to 20 years. She grew up in New Hampshire and moved to Dallas TX to attend Christ For The Nations, where she met her husband. She has been a part of The River worship team since 2010 and been our lead worshiper since January 2013. Melanie lives in Burlington with her husband, two daughters and one son. "My heart as the worship leader at The River is to make Jesus' name famous and to lead others into the presence of God and bring people into an encounter with the one true and living God. He is worthy of all of our praise and attention. My desire is that all His creation come to know Him intimately and experience His love and live an abundant life through Christ." -Melanie Sykes

Steven Sykes

Youth & Children's Leader

Steven leads the Overflow Youth ministry and Pipeline Kids ministry. "It is our mission to display God's love to our community and allow Holy Spirit to move through our children." Matthew 19:14​ But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children. "We teach the children the Word and allow the power of God to move through them. The children in Pipeline will encourage people, heal the sick, and restore the the lost back to the kingdom, always emphasizing the love of God and how His grace covers all things through the blood of Jesus!"


Sunday Worship

Sunday Morning Service 10am


Ignite - Night of Worship 1st Friday of the month 7pm


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