Riverstone Church was launched on Sept. 14, 2008. God began to lead Pastor Joe in 2005 in the process of starting the church. 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 from his hometown 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)
Our very first service was Easter Sunday 2008 at the Senior Center. After that Riverstone Church moved over to the Claremont Cinemas where we started monthly services until we launched on Sept.14, 2008. We met at the Cinemas for 6 1/2 years until God began to lead us to find a permanent home for the church.
After leaving the Cinemas, we moved to the Senior Center for several months until the New Apostolic Church allowed us to rent their building. After a year of leasing, the former Prince of Peace Lutheran Church became available. We purchased it in the summer of 2015 and after 7 years and 5 locations God provided a permanent home for us. It is a beautiful location at the gate of the city overlooking the Sugar River. We continue our mission of spreading hope to the people of NH and VT.