Southeast Christian Church’s River Valley Campus will officially launch Sunday, June 2, with services at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon.
The campus, located at 12650 West U.S. Highway 42 in Prospect, Kentucky, was formerly known as River Valley Christian Church. On Nov. 25, 2018, the church’s congregation voted in favor of becoming Southeast’s seventh campus.
“This is going to be a place for the Prospect community, the north Oldham community, to call church home—to worship with their neighbors,” said Campus Pastor Mark Berggren. “This is going to be a neighborhood church, a community church … for a lot of people who know each other in a community sense to now know each other in a spiritual sense.”
As with Southeast’s other campuses, River Valley will have live worship and a sermon broadcast from the Blankenbaker Campus.
“We’re going to be about the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Berggren added. “We’re going to be about reaching out into this community one person at a time. We want people to find connection and find a home at River Valley.”
Berggren, who was connections pastor at Southeast’s Crestwood Campus for four-and-a-half years, became River Valley campus pastor in January.
He said the transition has gone smoothly.
“God has put a remarkable team together, and he has done it very fast,” Berggren said.
The team includes: Cindy Scheer, administrative assistant; Kendall Rutledge, First Impressions; John Mackey, campus support pastor; Ben Sullivan, worship leader; Zach Price, technical director; Jennifer Baumer, Children’s Ministry leader; and Ricky Bates, facilities.
The process of transforming the 20-year-old River Valley building into a Southeast Campus included adding new sound, video and lighting systems, remodeling the atrium to include a Children’s Ministry check-in, replacing the existing chairs in the sanctuary and adding about 200 additional chairs for a total 450.
The sanctuary now has projection screens on each side of the platform and a center screen that will be raised and lowered to show the sermon.
River Valley had its first video sermon March 17, and more than 1,000 people attended Easter services at the campus. Eight people were baptized on Easter.
“With most campuses, we launch and then the ministry begins, then the life change begins,” Berggren said. “The blessing for me as a campus pastor is that while we have been doing the preparation for the launch, ministry has been happening.”
Parking capacity has been increased, but is limited, and Berggren encouraged people to park at the North Oldham High School parking lot off Highway 42 across from the Goshen post office and use River Valley’s shuttle service.
Berggren said the campus also has increased its Children’s Ministry capacity.
River Valley plans to launch its High School and Middle School ministries in the fall. Man Challenge and Women’s Ministry groups also will begin in the fall.
“I see this as another fulfillment of Dave Stone’s vision,” he said. “Like Dave said, ‘If people can’t come to us, we will go to them.’ We see this campus as a fulfillment of the Great Commission to take the Gospel into any area we can find.”