Gospel Community Rivermont (GCR) exists because God moves, and through Christ alone, two groups of young men began the stories of Gospel Community Church (GCC) and Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church (RABC), over 100 years apart.
Gospel Community Church (GCC) began as a prison ministry called “Hope A Glow Fellowship” in 2010. Prior to moving to the corner of Rivermont and Bedford Avenues, GCC worshiped in a conference center, an elementary school, and a nightclub. After years in the nightclub and seeing the need for a permanent building, Gospel Community leadership began praying.
Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church (RABC) was originally “Cabell Street Baptist Church” erected as the third Baptist church in Lynchburg in 1896. In 1911, they moved locations to 1301 Rivermont Avenue and became central in Lynchburg’s largest historical district. But as the years passed, the church leaders knew that God was stirring in their hearts for something more. RABC leaders began praying.
In early 2017, Scot Podosek, an RABC lay leader, and Brian Friberg, GCC’s worship pastor, were two strangers sitting next to each other on a plane. They began a conversation that would quickly become transformational for both churches. By God’s grace and provision, this conversation sparked a movement that would result in two congregations becoming one. The young, non-denominational church plant (GCC) would later adopt the historic baptist church (RABC). Today, we gather together as Gospel Community Rivermont, on the corner of Bedford and Rivermont Avenue.
In every chapter of GCC and RABC’s origin stories, God’s presence was undeniable. As GCC adopted RABC, God guided the discussion. Now, as GCR, we aim to do what both congregations have always done – to bring all the glory to God so that He may be praised in our hearts, in our homes, and around the world.