Senior Pastors - Ken & Mavis Lawrence
Together, Ken & Mavis Lawrence planted the River of Life and have pastored here for since 1997.
Prior to this, they served on the pastoral staff of Bethel Christian Church (A/G), Bristol, CT, and traveled widely in a ministry of encouragement and renewal. They have also served in Connecticut, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida during their many years of public ministry.
Ken’s international travel has involved him in short term mission trips to nearly 20 countries. Much of this ministry, both internationally and nationally, has included ministering to pastors and leaders. His public ministry often challenges people to a greater vision of what the Spirit is doing throughout the earth. Righteousness, peace, and joy, found in reality only through the grace and mercy of the Lord, is central to his message.
Ken is a native of Prophetstown, IL and was trained at Aurora University and Berkshire Christian College. He and his wife, Mavis, who is an integral part of the ministry, have raised four children and have 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Associate Pastors - David & Tami Gardner
David & Tami Gardner moved to Sandpoint in 1998 to help establish the church. David is an ordained minister with International Apostolic Ministries. He & Tami have served faithfully as Associate Ministers of this ministry from its early days.
After serving in a small church in Jacksonville, Florida for a year, they felt God calling them to move to Sandpoint and help Pastor Ken in the work God started here. The word God gave them was Exodus 17:11-12:
"And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun."
This has been their vision as they have served in whatever capacity was needed, from David running the sound, helping paint the church, and preaching, to Tami organizing the kitchen, singing on the worship team, and designing the web site. The vision stays the same: help bring revival to Sandpoint and above all, help hold up those hands.