Welcome to The River Family Church
Amy and I are so glad to connect with you here. We hope this site is a place you can discover The River and find resources that will help you know God and grow in your relationship with Him. Be sure of this, you are so loved by God!  He wants you to know Him through His Word. He wants you connected in His family, in a great church with people who love and celebrate you. He wants you to become an expert in humility, prayer and serving this world. He wants His joy, peace and victory to be your daily experience. He wants to strengthen you in this life’s journey and direct you in the  adventure of following Him every day of your life until you’re with him for eternity. His desire is for you to live a magnificent life of purpose that impacts people with His love and leaves a legacy forever. We are committed to doing everything we can to see these become a reality in people’s lives, in YOUR life.

We are excited about what God is doing in our county and world as we link arms with the Church! We understand we are one part of the whole and desire unity and relationship with the Body of Christ. We are all better together!

We are here for you! Our Church is here for you! We are thrilled to encourage you in God’s Word and pray for His plan for your life. God is gathering all kinds of people, from everywhere, who desire relationship with Him, want to obey Him and bring His love to this Earth.  It has been an honor and privilege to serve as pastors, employed by the Great Shepherd, for the past twenty five years in North San Diego County and we believe that the best days are ahead.

Before the foundation of the world, God planned you to be someone special! Amy and I are committed to helping you know Him and to equipping you to successfully run your race and finish well. Whatever your age, whatever your beautiful cultural background, whatever kind of personality you have, wherever you’re from, you are amazing and we’d love to hear from you. You are important to Amy and I and our family and to the incredible family of God at The River in Vista.

We’d love to hear your story and we’d love to pray for you.  If you do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ or do not know where you will spend eternity, be sure to click the “Finding Peace with God” button on the Home Page. You will love it.


In His Strength,

Pastor Matt and Amy Stoehr