The history of Riverside has always centered around three things. Faith, Family, and a solid Foundation. Beginning in 1955 when 14 people stepped out on faith, trusting God's blessing in the planting of a new Evangelical Methodist Church. After meeting in a home for several weeks the small group stepped out on faith and purchased their first church building. For nearly 30 years the congregation steadily grew on the foundation of God's word, loving one another, and being a place where the whole family would be at home.
In 1984, the ever expanding congregation purchased the current property and the current sanctuary building was built. Out of a desire to further meet the needs of families within the church, and in the community, a Family Life Center was built in 2000. Our Family Life Center contains a large gym, large conference/fellowship area, kitchen, and other meeting rooms.
Over the years we have been known as Salem EMC and First EMC. In the spring of 2015 the congregation voted to adopt the name Riverside EMC.
Recognizing our continuing need to look ahead we completed Phase 1 of a three phase expansion program in early 2017. We completely remodeled our Sanctuary building, which includes new worship space, updated classroom and children's areas, and gathering space to meet and fellowship.
Our desire today, as it has always been, is to be a community of faith built upon the never changing foundation of God's Word. Our desire is to be a place where the whole family can gather and grow. As a result we seek to minister to all ages and walks of life. We are a solidly blended church, with something for everyone! Whether you are in a cradle, just coming out of college, or walking with a cane, you'll find a loving home here.