Riverstone Church was launched on Sept. 14, 2008 but it was in 2005 that God began the process of starting the church in the heart and mind of Pastor Joe. Through a series of encounters with God and others, it was confirmed that Pastor Joe would start a new Assemblies of God church in Claremont after being away for almost 14 years.
God gave him a scripture verse that would be the underlying reason for the existence of Riverstone Church. "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten...You will have plenty to eat until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you, never again will my people be shamed." (Joel 2:25-26)
We started preview services in the spring of 2008. Our very first service was Easter Sunday at the Senior Center. After that Riverstone Church moved over to the Claremont Cinemas where it launched on Sept.14, 2008 and stayed there for 6 years. That is when we recognized the need for a place of our own and we began to pray.
After leaving the Cinemas, Riverstone went back to the Senior Center for several months until the New Apostolic Church allowed us to rent their building. After a year of leasing, another church came up for sale. We purchased the former Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. So after 7 years and 5 locations God provided for us a permanent home for Riverstone Church. A beautiful location at the gate of the city overlooking the Sugar River.