• Founded November 27, 2013 •

Pastors Michael and Jennifer Derrick

Founding Pastors

On August 17, 2013 at 3am in the morning the Lord woke Pastor Michael up and told him to start His church. Within a month God had led the ministry team to a beautiful church in Lackawanna, NY that was for sale.  After several weeks of the former church entertaining an offer from the ministry of the River, they authorized the sale.  The church at 39 Pulaski officially became the River of WNY on December 27, 2013.  Our first official service was held on 1/29/14.  So with a heart for the lost and those touched by revival, we are daily implementing that vision with the theme preparing people for eternity. The focus of every service is dynamic praise and worship, anointed preaching and teaching of the Word, and powerful demonstrations of the Holy Spirit and power.

To become a model book of Acts church where people from all over can come and be touched by God. Once they have been touched, and changed, our goal is to launch them out into the harvest field with the anointing of God.

We desire to have a church that is multi-racial, representing a cross section of society from rich to poor from all nations, bringing people to a place of maturity in their Christian walk.

To have these three main ingredients always predominant in every service:
Dynamic praise and worship.
Anointed preaching and teaching.
Powerful demonstrations of the Holy Spirit.

To see the lost, the backslidden and the unsure come to a full assurance of their salvation.

Our hope is to see America shaken with the fires of revival, then to take that fire to the far-flung corners of the globe.

To break the mold of religious tradition and thinking.

To be totally dependent upon the Holy Spirit for His leading and guidance as we lead others deeper into the River of God.

Our motto: Preparing people for eternity.