Riverside's History

Riverside Church resides in central Minnesota, just west of the metro areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

The Big Lake campus is strategically located on the boundaries of Big Lake and Monticello, and also regularly serves the surrounding communities of Becker, Buffalo, Clear Lake, St. Michael, Albertville, and Elk River.   The Sauk Rapids campus serves members of the communities of Sauk Rapids, Sartell, and St. Cloud.

Riverside had its humble beginnings in 1931 when believers began home prayer meetings in the Monticello area. In subsequent months, the group decided to clean and restore an abandoned church building in Monticello, holding their first services in January of 1932. On June 24, 1941, Rev. J.A. Peterson, District Superintendent presided over a meeting officially incorporating the church into the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) denomination.  Our governance includes a Board of Elders you can meet
here.  The current building in Big Lake was erected in 1973, with additions and remodeling to add more space being completed in 1998, 2003, and most recently as part of the Our Time campaign stretching from November of  2005-2008.  A significant remodeling project and upgrade to the lower level connections space and bathrooms was completed in 2013.  A second campus in Sauk Rapids was purchased in December of 2017 and March 18th, 2018.

We place a high value on reaching people and helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ, and our mission is unapologetically outward focused both in our community and around the world.  Our primary local outreach is to the 80,000 or more people who live within a 10 mile radius of each of our campuses.  We are praying in His time God would provide an opportunity for us to extend our local reach even further through the addition of a multisite venue. Our global outreach includes our partnerships in Burkina Faso with Envision (C&MA), and Taiwan, as well as other mission fields within the C&MA.
Jesus once again addressed them: "I am the world's Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in." John 8:12