Story Behind REF

In the summer of 2005, nine families began praying about how God would direct them to move forward in ministry to the Lord. From those meetings and prayers, God moved upon their hearts to start a church. 

The first worship service was held on January 1st, 2006 which began our weekly services that continue to this day. We met in a loft apartment in downtown Kansas City, MO. During that first month, the name of the church was established and incorporated with the State of Missouri as River’s Edge Christian Fellowship. During the next few years River’s Edge had some location changes as it continued to press forward to do the work of the Lord. 

In the early summer of 2013, Pastor Travis met with a friend and Pastor, Steve Dighton to ask a few questions about associating River’s Edge as a Southern Baptist Church. During the meeting Pastor Steve introduced the idea of our church becoming a part of their Campus Church model. After lots of prayer and meetings we agreed to become a Campus of Lenexa Baptist Church. We renamed our church to River’s Edge Fellowship and became a part of the Lenexa Baptist family. 

After two years, through prayer and discussion, the leaders of both LBC and River’s Edge determined that the best way for us to serve God and Kansas City was to transition the relationship of our churches. On January 17, 2016, we were officially commissioned as a church plant of Lenexa Baptist Church. 

We moved forward in the commission of Jesus Christ to make disciples. In June 2016 we purchased a building at 5010 Blue Ridge Blvd. It has been a tremendous blessing to have a permanent location to worship God and serve our community. 

We are continually praying for the next steps for River’s Edge Fellowship. We invite you to come join us on the mission of Jesus Christ in Kansas City and beyond.