2023 Annual REPORT

lead pastor letter

“I urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1–3 (CSB)

This year, our theme is Walk Worthy. We walk worthy when who we are and how we live reflect the words, will, and way of Jesus. Our lives are to be characterized by humility, gentleness, patience, merciful love, and harmony (or unity). We have defined, discovered, developed, and deployed the call of God on our lives as we seek to honor Jesus as individuals, families, and as a church. When we live out His call, our daily living corresponds to our high position as children of God and fellow heirs with Jesus. With the help of the Holy Spirit, our practical living matches our spiritual position. With all my heart, I believe Riverside will be unified, and Jesus will be glorified when we Walk Worthy.

In the ministry reports below, you will be encouraged to hear how the Lord has been working through you to help kids, students, young adults, and adults Walk Worthy. Throughout 2023, we have had the joy of welcoming many newcomers into the Riverside family and celebrated life change through 38 baptisms (click on the images below for the baptism highlight videos)! Two highlights for me this year were seeing the fruit of our Serve The Burgh outreaches and watching our students, young adults, and adults Impact Philly and Cambodia.

This year, Tara Conroy, Sam Costanza, Melissa Terebessy, and Mike Wolf joined our team, and each serves with a passionate

zeal as they honor the Lord with their callings, gifts, talents, and treasures. I’m blessed to serve alongside our staff and Board of Deacons – Tyler Nichols, Mark Schubert, Taylor Schubert, Heidi Serventi, and Mike Wolf. Their prayers, encouragement, support, and guidance are life-giving gifts to me.


As you watch the videos from each of our team leaders, I hope you’ll take time to offer thanksgiving for all that has been accomplished this past year in Jesus’ name. Take time to celebrate the moments we share with you of just some of those loved and cared for by our church family. Remember that when you gave spontaneouslystrategically, and sacrificially, you invested in our purpose to help people find and follow Jesus. Amie and I love you and consider it the honor of our lives to be a part of the RCC Family. What we’ve done together has provided discipleship and spiritual growth opportunities as we live out our core values to revereconnect, and contribute. Let’s continue to be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what Jesus did!  


With my gratitude,


David Kennard // Lead Pastor

campus pastors


To watch the Annual MySideOf Riverside Rally thank you video, click on the image below!

KIDS ministry


To watch highlights from Kids Club and Bible Adventure week, click on the images below!

Student Ministry


To watch highlights of the annual Winter Retreat (Hunger & Thirst) and Beach Escape (Until the End), click on the images below!

Young Adult Ministry


Worship and Creative Arts


Listen to Riverside Worship originals, No One Else, Made Room, and King Forevermore, by clicking the images below!


In 2023 you went above and beyond to give to those around us both near and far! We financially supported 11 missionaries in 11 countries as well as 10 local ministry organizations on a regular monthly basis. We raised over $50,332 to feed children through Convoy of Hope’s One Day to Feed the World offering. We raised $5,570 through our SEAPC Care for Kids campaign to make practical improvements to the Kampong Speu Children's Home in Cambodia! We raised $6,405 and collected 361 bags of groceries, 36 large bags of clothing, and 84 winter blanket for local food banks in February and October, and we were able to provide gifts for 57 kids and teens during our Christmas Giving initiatives. You also graciously helped to raise $11,747 for the efforts of our local Salvation Army!

You served the needs of our surrounding communities by providing free community dinners, participating in four Serve the Burgh initiatives, ringing bells for the Salvation Army’s kettle campaign, and donating food, toiletries, and clothing to our annual food/clothing drives. Riversiders went on their first regional Impact Trip to the Philadelphia Dream Center in June and globally travelled to serve in Cambodia. Bless you for seeing the many needs and responding with selfless, sacrificial generosity. We do more as a church when everyone gives and participates, even in small ways; it adds up to make a very big difference in our world! And there is no better return on investment than the return we will one day see when God’s Kingdom is fully and finally established. Thank you for contributing to the needs around us both near and far!

The Riverside Dollar