About Us

Welcome!

SUNDAY MEETING TIME (4pm)

 LOCATION (UPPER ROOM/50 W. HERSEY ST, ASHLAND)

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Our hope is that you are able to sense the presence of God and the love of His people at our church. Rivergate is a community of worshipers that are on a journey of discovery. We are endeavoring to learn more about our Triune God and His ways. Our desire is to grow in passionate worship to the Lord and in compassionate service to people. We draw deeply from our ancient Messianic roots as well as the example of the early Celtic Christian church. Exploring our history has helped us to be able to move into the future with faith and hope. Whether you are a faithful follower of Y’shua or a seeker exploring other paths, we hope you will be encouraged during your time with us.

 

 

Vision

To bring God’s character and kingdom into our personal and corporate life, community and beyond.

Mission

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we worship with passion and creativity; pray compassionately and disciple diligently. We are raising up a prophetic culture of love and honor and are advocates of God’s promises and purposes for Israel.

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Recognize that true worship in Spirit & Truth (John 4:23) is a foundational to cultivate a love and passion for God (Matt. 22:37), we hold passionate worship as a core value in this house. We have extended times of worship in order to facilitate and make room for encounters with the Holy Spirit.

Invest in Israel by being advocates of God’s plans and purposes for the nation through our prayers, financial support and personal involvement.

Value small groups as an integral part of nurturing and caring for each other on a more personal level. We are committed to seeing a community of faith, agape love and honor developed.

Encourage every member to minister (Ephesians 4:12) in the Body of Christ as well as in their everyday life. We seek to equip each member through discipleship and teaching to impart vision and value. This will help them discover their passion and release their destiny.

Release the Holy Spirit in freedom to minister SOZO (healing, deliverance and salvation) and the “gifts of the Spirit” (1 Cor. 12) so we can live a life of freedom, purpose and fulfillment.

Guard our region and “gateway” of the I-5 corridor as “watchmen on the walls” (Isa. 62: 6-7). We are committed to prayer and intercession for our region and for our fellowship’s direction, decision-making, protection and blessing.

Actively seek to reclaim, activate and awaken the creative arts and expression in God’s people in order to represent God’s divine and creative character.

Train and be a resource for families within the church and community. We long to see “the hearts of the parents restored to the children and the hearts of the children restored to the parents and all grow in the affection and fear of the Lord.” (Mal. 4:6)

Evangelize and share the love of the Father to others as a natural outflow of our lives. When we are empowered by His Spirit we are to be “poured out” into our local community and beyond to bless and be a representative of His love and forgiveness. The Great Commission flows from the Great Commandment. (Acts 1:8)

History of Rivergate

Everyone and everything has a history- coming from great ideas, a great plan, a dream and sometimes from a great awakening… that is what we were born from. In the 1920s the local Baptist church had just elected on a new Pastor Rev. Buford C. Miller. He had heard of the move of God that was sweeping the nation and had a keen interest in the ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson. Because of this interest in the healings that were taking place in her meetings he extended an invitation for her to come to Ashland, Oregon. At that time, Mrs. McPherson could not come to Ashland (though she did come in 1928) but she suggested that Dr. Charles Price come. Dr. Price had just recently been saved and baptized at one of her meetings and he felt the call to go into evangelistic work. His first meeting under this new ministry was to be held in Ashland at the large Chautaugua Building (now the current site for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival).

On September 3, 1922 Dr. Price began a series of revival meetings. These meetings attracted thousands of people within a 300 mile radius of Ashland. Three to four thousand expectant and attentive persons packed the tabernacle each night, with hundreds attending the day meetings until October 2, 1922.

As history has shown us there are often those that do not understand nor agree with the way the Lord chooses to move among His people. This often leads to division and church splits. Our history has one such instance as many decided that they did not want to move forward in a movement of signs, wonders, miracles, divine healing, etc.

Rev. Miller continued to pastor those that wanted to continue in a full gospel movement. Thus from the powerful meetings of Dr. Charles Price a new church was birthed! We are that church!

To this day we hold a high honor for the moves of God and have made a place for the voices that God chooses to use. We have been so honored to have many great men and women of the faith come and impart their anointing to Ashland.

  • 1920s- Aimee Semple McPherson and Smith Wigglesworth
  • 1930s- Donald Fee, Pastor (Son, Gordon Fee born in Ashland)
  • 1947- Gordon and Freiday Linsay, Pastors (This was their pastorate before founding “Voice of Healing” magazine, later Christ for the Nations. Gordon also managed William Branham’s career. He brought Oral Roberts and Paul Cain to Ashland as well.)
  • 1960s- Robert Cornwall, Pastor
  • 1980s- Charismatic renewal
  • 1997- Pastor Ron and Jan come to Ashland Christiam Center (later to re-name the church to RIVERGATE)
  • late 1990s- “English Wave” comes: Jeff Lucas, Martin Scott, Malc & Kathi Garda
  • Early 2000s- “Bethel Wave” Kris Vallaton, Paul Manwaring, Jesus Culture Southern Oregon (Banning Liebscher, Lance Jacobs, Erica Grieve), Glenn White
  • 2000s- “Prophetic Wave” Bobby Conner, Bob Jones, Paul Keith Davis, Wesley Campbell, Larry Randolph, Bob Crane
  • 2000s- “IHOP Wave” Chris DuPre, Julie & Isaac Meyer, Jim & Elizabeth Maher
  • Many conferences with Messianic/Israeli connections, local pastors and friends.
  • 2010- Ashland House of Prayer is born
  • God made Himself known to Southern Oregon in 1922 with a great revival. We are praying and contending for our city that God would be welcome, present and that this city will once again see a great move of God. Our church has an amazing history and we are so thankful for that but what is exciting is that God is STILL moving today! God has given so many amazing prophetic words to this body, He has fulfilled many but there are still a few that we are knocking on the doors of heaven for.

    Our community is rich with spirituality and those that are seeking. We believe we are a house that will see many seekers, saved into the Kingdom of God and be the laborers for the Great Harvest!

FAQ

We hope that this section will help answer some questions you may have for the Church at large and/or our fellowship.

WHY “GO” TO CHURCH?

The concept of church as we know it today originate in Old Testament worship and New Testament fellowship. Basically, it was God’s idea. Although the first Christians met in homes rather than separate church buildings as we do today, the concept was the same…to encourage and help followers of Christ, in order that they might serve Him and bring others into a right relationship with God.
(Hebrews 10:25)

WORSHIP/GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT/MANIFESTATIONS… WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?

Our R.I.V.E.R.G.A.T.E. acronym explains a lot of the direct areas of worship. During our worship “time” you will often see: banners waving, dancing, painting/art, hands held up, people sitting/kneeling/standing, etc. We believe in the freedom of expression in worship- so however you feel free to worship, know you have freedom here. (Psalm 68:25, 63:4, 150:3-5, 135:2, 74:1, 132:9, 96:6, 149:3, 2 Chronicles 20:19; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18-19; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 14:1, 3, 26:40, 14:5, 13; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Revelation 12:11)

IS THERE A “TYPICAL” SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE?

We feel like every week should have its own ‘flavor.’ So we want to let the Holy Spirit direct us… however, you will most likely experience: praise and worship, testimonies, preaching/teaching, ministry time and a time of fellowship.

WHY SO MUCH TALK ABOUT ISRAEL AND JEWISH HOLIDAYS? ISN’T THIS A CHRISTIAN CHURCH?

Yes! We are a Christian church but we feel that it is important to remember our Jewish ‘roots’ and to keep our heritage before us. Israel and her people are important to Jesus- so it is important to us.

WHO IS RIVERGATE AFFILIATED WITH?

We are affiliated with the Assemblies of God. Which is an international fellowship of churches which has churches, missionaries and Bible schools in the United States and around the world.

WHO IS “IN CHARGE” HERE?

Our goal is to have the Lord in charge of all that we do. Under Him, we have a Pastor, Board of Deacons and a Council of Elders that function in a leadership capacity here. There are also various leaders of “departments” within the church.

ARE WE AWESOME?

Yes!

WHAT CLOTHING IS APPROPRIATE TO WEAR?

Clothing that you feel comfortable in, that is modest. You are welcome to worship with us wearing a three-piece suit, or just a pair of jeans. Be you!

CAN I WEAR FLIP-FLOPS?

But of course!

WHY DO YOU HAVE FLAGS ALL AROUND?

We have flags of other countries to remind us that we are called to pray for the needs of the entire world, not just those that are here in Ashland and Southern Oregon or just America.

WHY DO YOU COLLECT MONEY AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?

It helps to pay for: salaries, utilities, maintenance/upkeep of our grounds and building, benevolences, compassion ministries, missions/missionaries, guest speakers, and many other things necessary in order to maintain an organization, building, and personnel. The Bible also encourages us to give tithes/offerings. (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Luke 6:38)

WHAT IS THE AIRSPEED VELOCITY OF AN UNLADEN SWALLOW?

..... um African or European?