In the summer of 1999, God began speaking to a young associate Pastor named Brett Hollis about planting a new Church in the Kent, Washington area. At the time, Brett was part of the pastoral team at Church By The Side of The Road in Tukwila, Washington. The Senior Pastor and Board at Church by the Side of the Road agreed to support this new calling by giving a 10 acre property they owned to the new church plant.
On Easter morning of 2001, 85 adults and children gathered in a rented gymnasium of Kent Elementary School. Along with them were over 100 curious visitors who had heard about the opening of “Riverview Community Church." The new church continued to grow and mature as they met each week in the rented space at the school.
In the five years that followed, the small congregation began to save up enough funds to launch a building program for their new home on the 10 acre property. Around Christmas time of 2005 the new sanctuary of Riverview Community Church was declared ready for occupancy, and the inaugural service was held that month.
As seven more years passed, the Riverview congregation began to build a reputation in the community of being a serving and helping church with its many outreach programs and events.
In 2012, God spoke again to Pastor Brett. Through several spoken messages and many confirmations, Brett was clearly being told that the time had come to move Riverview up to “the next level”; a new situation, which did not include Pastor Brett. In September of 2012, after much prayer and seeking God, Pastor Brett announced to the congregation that God was moving him on. Of course the announcement brought tears, but also anticipation. What “next level” did God have in store for this church?
It’s interesting how God works. Even while Pastor Brett was hearing from God about moving on, there was another pastor, unknown to the local congregation at Riverview, to whom God was also speaking. Pastor Andy Rosas, Executive Pastor at a large church in the region, had felt the calling that God was moving him on to a new adventure. Pastor Andy had no idea at the time where that calling would lead, but he obediently stepped out of the position of Executive Pastor and waited for the next instruction.
We soon found each other; Pastor Andy and the Riverview Congregation; and on June 1, 2013, Pastor Andy Rosas took the helm of Riverview Community Church. Shortly thereafter the congregation began to learn what “the next level” was all about. It’s exciting; it’s big; and it’s a little scary. But it is definitely God’s plan for Riverview Community Church, and it has been all along.