The River was founded on the first Sunday of April in the year 2012. Our first service was held at the Marriott with approximately 15 people in attendance. The church quickly grew and moved to a permanent location in downtown Safford in June of 2012. In 2013, the Lord so graciously provided land on Highway 191 and we started a building project. While still at the downtown Safford location, a second worship service on Sunday morning was added in June 2014 to accommodate the growth. In the fall of 2014, The River moved into their new sanctuary seating 400 people. In September 2015, we, once more, added a second service on Sunday morning to accommodate additional growth. All along, the church has continued to spiritually grow and experience a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit.