About Us

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Our Philosophy…

The River City Centre for Leadership Training is devoted to the belief that all Christians have a personal calling to ministry.  We believe the Bible teaches that all believers have unique gifts and share a common anointing that teaches us all things (See I Corinthians 12:7 and I John 2:20, 27).  The Bible further teaches that the church needs to release ministry to these saints (Ephesians 4:12).  Our guiding philosophy compels us to provide all the training and opportunities that we can to make this possible.

Our Government…

The River City Centre for Leadership Training operates as a part of the educational extension of the Soma Family of Ministries and is also a Wagner Leadership Institute.

Our Goals…

Students are taught that nothing supersedes their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Intimacy, integrity, submission, obedience and character are emphasized at every level.

Students are taught the principles of servant leadership; that they are expected to be a blessing to their local church and pastor.

Students are taught that the ultimate goal of their lives and ministries is to be obedient to the Lord, not appear to be “popular” as a Christian superstar.

Our Purpose…

The River City Centre for Leadership Training is committed to the “equipping of the saints for the work of ministry”(Ephesians 4:12). We focus on the practical side of ministry and city transformation training.  The instruction is not born out of dry academia, but is the sum total of years of practical ministry experience in a broad range.  We want to help produce true servants of God that are beneficial to their local church.

Our Instructor…

John O’Brien was born and raised in Gallipolis, Ohio.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in education from the University of Rio Grande and taught school for 6 years.  During this time, God began to stir His heart for the river cities area.  He went on to receive his Bachelor’s Diploma in Practical Ministry from the Southern Ohio School of Ministry, in Chillicothe, Ohio.  In the Spring of 2006, John and His wife Sarah planted River City Fellowship, a thriving church who’s vision is to see transformation in the area.  John and Sarah live in Gallipolis with their two sons, Micah and Kael.





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