Five years ago, the last pastor of Riverside Restoration Center asked SVTC to take over the church and the property. After a year of transition, Rev. Joan Smith and her husband, Alan, took over pastoring the church for the last four years. By God’s grace and the help of a few dear friends, all debt has now been retired from the property. The church is also now debt free. The congregation has grown so much they have run out of room. The outreaches to the lost, homeless, and oppressed in this W. Linda neighborhood has been blessed greatly by the Lord.
But Joan and Alan felt their time at the church was up and have resigned effective March 1st of this year. Joan will continue to minister with SVTC as the Women’s Ministry Director. SVTC will help Riverside Restoration Center in this transition until they find a new pastor, but we have turned the church over to the denomination’s district leaders for their oversight.