We come by this explanation honestly. This is not the typical church, it is a Mom-and-Pop owned and run experience. We are not interested in selling anything or pitching a slogan on a better life.
The River Church is a community of people, not a corporation. We are a family, not a business and we are all about people, not programs. All we are interested in is introducing any one who is willing to this man who we were honored to meet, who has saved us and continues to with every day.
"The most important commodity is people. We are invested in the lives of people and we find great satisfaction when our investments find their way to Christ."
Oz and Jane are the heartbeat of the River. They have celebrated over 25 years in ministry and have 3 grown children. Oz and Jane graduated from Kenneth E. Hagin’s Rhema Bible Training College in 1987 and have been pastoring ever since. Together, they began their call to ministry at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, in Golden, CO.
He served as Associate Pastor, and Jane as Youth Pastor. In 1991, Pastor Oz and his bride answered God’s call to begin a church in Michigan. He and Pastor Jane started Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in suburban Detroit. In 2008, God gave Pastor Oz a vision to for the city of Auburn Hills.
With the purchase of the property and church on Squirrel Road, God unfolded His vision to Pastor Oz, and Lighthouse Christian Fellowship became known as The River. Both Pastor Oz and Jane are trained in crisis counseling as well as spiritual counseling. On November 27, 2000, Pastor Oz was sworn in as the first official volunteer Chaplin for the Birmingham Police Department. Since then, Pastor Oz has also accepted an invitation to become the Chaplain for the Birmingham Fire Department.
They love people, love being involved with people and growing with people. The River is an expression of their heart. It is home, they take it personally when you show up and they will be involved in your life as soon as you walk through the doors. They are pastors, not businessmen and they will treat you like family.
"There is not a mistake or mess we can make that is too big for God to fix."
Mark and Marge Cousins have been at the River since 1992. Mark graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Church Ministry.
They received training through both Willie George Ministries and Jim Wideman Ministries. For over 20 years they have faithfully served as part of The River Leadership Team. They are full of compassion for kids. They have raised 4 children and have diligently watched over The River Kids, developing them, teaching them and supporting them.
They carry Oz and Jane’s vision to see people encounter God – no matter what age – and they are driven to help kids know God and learn about Him. A big part of the ministry they bring to The River Kids is an annual summer camp. The summer camp is a time to get away from all the distractions of life and spend some quality time with their Daddy-God.
They are also the mechanics behind the scenes. They administrate and organize much of The River. Their hearts’ desire is to see families operating in freedom in all areas of their lives: spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially and relationally.
"God’s greatest desire is to hang out with YOU!"
Ty Ozmun is Oz and Jane’s oldest son. He also graduated from Rhema Bible Training College in 2011. While attending Rhema he specialized in the teaching of teens. He was also raised at The River and knows what it is like to be a church kid who still needs to find God for themselves. Family is very important to him and he believes that The River Family is FAMILY.
He has a love for helping students relate to God. Ty came home to serve in the student and young adult ministries. As the Student Minister, he desires to teach and inspire the youth and young adults into developing that intimate connection with their Father-God. Ty is passionate about worship and has invested time and effort into learning how to be able to lead people into the presence of God through worship.
He is essential in connecting people and groups with The River. At any given time you will probably find him in a coffeehouse meeting with someone to encourage them and spending time getting to know them.