CALLING AND PREPARATION
In 1987, Pastors Doug & Mary received the undeniable call from God to full-time ministry. At a service in
In 1991, shortly after their marriage, Pastors Doug & Mary were led by the hand of God to receive training for ministry at Elim Bible Institute in Upstate New York. Upon graduation, they formally affiliated with Elim Fellowship (a support organization for about 800 pastors and missionaries, worldwide), and received their credentials for ministry.
In May 1994, the worldwide move of the Holy Spirit, known as the ‘Toronto Blessing’ was poured out on the Elim Campus resulting in unprecedented revival. It was during this time that Pastors Doug & Mary received the call to pastor in
RIVERS OF LIFE FELLOWSHIP BIRTHED
During the following year, the Lord birthed the vision of the Rivers of Life Fellowship. The hunger for revival and desire to effect and relate to the whole Church and the whole world are deeply ingrained in the fabric of ‘Elim’. Rivers of Life Fellowship was birthed out of this vision and remains committed to seeing revival come to our generation.
In September 1995, Rivers of Life Fellowship held its first worship service at the facilities of the Little People Day Care on
In 2003, Pastors Doug & Mary felt led to take a sabbatical. God opened the door for them to use a family cottage in
At one of their first services at CCI
By the end of the 20th Century, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers were already widely accepted and operating in the local church. However, the ministry of the apostle had yet to be restored. A God inspired move began to take place. Christians started recognizing that God had chosen certain men and women to be apostles, functioning in a unique capacity as spiritual parents and mentors. Pastors and leaders world wide were divinely motivated to connect apostolically, bringing themselves under the support and accountability of those whom God had gifted and called as apostles. Apostolic networks were formed to connect local churches and ministries to cooperate together for greater results. This move has become known as the New Apostolic Reformation.
LORD, OPEN THE HEAVENSIt was also at CCI that Pastors Doug & Mary met apostles Toni & Lynne Barletta. (Toni is a marketplace apostle and Lynne is an apostle/prophetess overseeing Open Heavens Centers.) While Lynn was sharing a prophetic vision at one of the CCI services,
During her time in
Formal apostolic networks, such as Open Heavens Centers are one of a new wineskin that God is using in Christianity today to expedite and accelerate His will on the earth! We are excited and privileged to be a part of this new thing God is doing.
For more information on Open Heavens Centers check out their website http://www.openheavens.info/
OUR UNIQUE DESTINY
We believe that the work the Lord has for the Rivers of Life Fellowship will be a very significant one, which will impact the entire state of
Pastors Doug & Mary have received strong impartation from leaders in the revival movement, including Tommy Tenney, Rodney Howard Browne, Todd Bentley, Maurice Cerillo, Benny Hinn, Peter McDonald. They have participated in the Toronto Blessing, Pensacola Revival, Lakeland Florida Outpouring, and the Move of God at Bethel Church in Reading, CA.
They have also received several prophetic words ... Here’s just a few that have been given for the pastors and the Rivers of Life Fellowship…
“The day cometh and soon shall be that the weapons in your hands shall be new threshing instruments and you shall not see handfuls but you shall begin to see combines going through the harvest field and you’ll be driving them. For the Lord shall give you much, much more than even you could imagine or think…you have the capacity to believe (what everybody else says is impossible) and the miraculous is going to come. The miraculous is going to come.” David Shock - internationally known prophet (mentored Tommy Tenney)
“The Lord has placed this church strategically in this area…The Lord would say to you as He said to Esther, that for this day and for this hour, He has placed you here. And as He said unto Abraham, to look up and spy out the land - to look to the north and to the east and to the south and to the west and as far as you can see, He would say to you, that it is yours. And the promise He gave to Joshua, I speak to you, that if you will go in My Name and you will go by faith, wherever you place the sole of your foot, it shall be yours, says the Lord…I shall make you a well of living water. I shall make you a place where all will be welcomed, where there will be water enough for all.” Dave Roach – Pastor, Elim Fellowship
It is this history and calling that convinces us that our church has a unique destiny. It is our prayer that God will prepare and equip each one of us to do our part in keeping the revival fires going and helping to gather in the end time harvest.
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