We are Men and Women who want to live a life of knowing our purpose in this world. Being thankful for all God has done for us. walking in the confidence of who we are in Christ, forgetting the things of the past that have held us captive, and stepping into a life giving relationship with God.
Our Mission is to minister, in covenant fellowship, to the communities in and around the Back Mt. of Northeastern Pennsylvania, strengthening the faith of both new and established Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Mission is also to minister with compassion, charity and understanding to those in our communities, young and old alike, who are yet seeking a solution to the sin, the suffering and the lack of peace that has destroyed or threatens to destroy our lives.
Please take advantage of your visit to our website by finding out more about River of Life Fellowship Ministries (ROLFM) including:
How we might serve your spiritual needs toward a more blessed life that can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
How you might join us as a member of ROLFM in strengthening the body of Believers that already exists in the Back Mt. as well as in bringing new believers to the fold.
How you might contribute to the present and continued fulfillment of our mission through your financial support and/or participation in the various opportunities for ministry that are available at ROLFM.
“As God’s grace brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:14
What we Believe
ROLFM is an Independent Bible Church. We are a non-denominational fellowship of Believers who seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, working together to establish and administer places of worship under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
(See Titus 1:5; Ps. 107:3; Acts 2:42, 46. 47; Heb. 10:25; John 5:24; Phil. 2:10-11).
IT IS THE PURPOSE OF ROLFM TO:
Establish & oversee places of worship under the guidance of the Holy Spirit
(Titus 1:5; Ps. 107:3; Acts 2:42,46,47; Heb. 10:25).
Conduct the work of evangelizing both home & foreign missions in obedience to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(See Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46,47; John 20:21)
Create departments as may be necessary in order to establish places of worship, to spread the Gospel, including but not limited to educational, recreational, community, and social services as well as to support missionary activity. (See Acts 6:1-7).
To have the right to own, hold in trust, use, possess, sell, convey, mortgage, lease or dispose of such property, real or chattel, as may be needed for the prosecution of its work.
License ministers of the Gospel and be their covering
(See 1 Thess. 5:12; 2 Thess. 2:15; 3:4; Heb. 13:17).
ROLFM abides by specific tenets of faith that serve as the foundation of its mission and its activities.
The human phraseology employed in this statement is neither inspired nor contended, but the truth set forth in it is held to be essential to this ministry. No claim is made that it contains all the truth of the Bible; only that it covers the orthodox and fundamental matters that concern us.
THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED:
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason.
(See 2 Tim. 3:15,17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).
THE ONE TRUE GOD:
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed "I AM," and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association, by simultaneously existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(See Deut. 6:4; Mk. 12:29; Isa. 43:10,11; Matt. 28:19).
MAN: HIS FALL & REDEMPTION:
Man was created good and upright, for God said, "Let us make man in our image, and after our likeness." But man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
(See Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Rom. 5:12-21).
THE SALVATION OF MAN:
Conditions of Salvation
The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace, has become heir of God according to the hope of eternal life.
(See Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Rom. 10:13-15; Luke 24:47).
Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit
The outward evidence to all men is a life of holiness.
(See 1 Thess. 4:7; 2 Tim. 1:9).
BAPTISM IN WATER:
The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in newness of life.
(See Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47,48; Rom. 6:4).
THE LORD'S SUPPER (COMMUNION):
The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, and prophecy of His second coming, as is enjoined to all believers "until He comes."
(See John 6:48,51; 55-57; Luke 22:1,20; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:25).
By the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to obey the command, "Be ye holy, for I am holy." Sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God's Word.
(See Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:15,16; 1 Thess. 5:23,24; 1 John 2:6).
The church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer is an integral part of the church, and their names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
Divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose (1) The evangelizing of the world, and (2) The edification of the Body of Christ.
(See Mark 16:15,20; Eph. 4:11-13).
THE BLESSED HOPE:
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the church.
(See 1 Thess. 4:16; Rom. 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51,52).
THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS:
The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, the salvation of national Israel, and the millennial reign of Christ on the earth are scriptural promises and our hope.
(See 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; Rom. 11:25; Rev. 20:1-7).
THE LAKE OF FIRE:
The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb's Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake, which burns fire, and brimstone, which is the second death.
(See Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15).
THE NEW HEAVENS & NEW EARTH:
We, as promised in Scriptures, look for a new heaven and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells.
(See 2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1).
The ordinance of water baptism (Matt. 28:19) shall be administered by all established places of worship to all those who have repented of their sins and who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ to the saving of their souls.
(See Rom. 6:3-5: Col. 2:12).
THE LORD'S SUPPER:
The ordinance of the Lord's Supper shall be observed regularly by all established places of worship, as enjoined in the Scriptures.
(See Luke 22:19,20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
After more than 25 years as a professional business owner, Pastor Ken was increasingly burdened with the urgency for bringing souls to Christ, a burden that prompted the decision to devote his life to full time ministry in advancing the Lord's work in the Back Mountain.
Supported by a loving and talented wife who is also committed to the Lord's work, Pastor Ken has accepted God's call to make ROLFM the vanguard in a movement toward spiritual revival in the region.
Pastor Bo has served at River of Life since the church began. First, as Youth Pastor and currently as an Associate Pastor and also serves as Administrator and Principal at the church’s school, River of Life Christian Academy. He is self-employed as owner of Northeast Courier Service, providing 24/7 medical and professional delivery service all along the United States. He has coached football, basketball and baseball at various high schools throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Pastor Bo loves and plays sports of all kinds. He is an avid hunter, runner and golfer, and enjoys spending time laughing and loving with family and friends. Having served in youth ministries his entire adult life, Pastor Bo has over 25 years of experience working with young people of all ages. He has attended Luzerne County Community College, Penn State University, Lycoming College and Crossroads Bible College, earning degrees in Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Biblical Studies and Theology. He lives in Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania with his wife Tracy, married 25 years. They have four children, Shane 23, Wade 17, Luke 17 and Karlee 14.
Pastor Shane Kreller has served as River of Life’s youth minister since his ordination February 5th 2017 and as an educator at ROLCA while serving as a Chaplain Candidate (2LT) in the United States Army Reserves at the 340th MP BN. He is an M.Div. candidate at Liberty University, and past education includes a BA in History/English Secondary Education from Misericordia University, an AA in Biblical Studies from Grace School of Theology, and an AS in Biology, Psychology, and Business Administration from Luzerne County Community College. He holds a PA Instructional I certificate in the areas of Biology (7-12), Citizenship (7-12), English (7-12), Business-Computer-Information Technology (PK-12), & Social Studies (7-12).
Chris Coombs is happily married to his wife Jessica. Together they have two children: a son named Hayden and a daughter named Adelyn. Currently, Chris heads up our advertising and outreach programs and our Men's Growth group. Chris currently serves in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard full-time. He has served with the 109th Field Artillery Battalion for over 13 years, 6 of those years being on full-time active service. Chris is a very passionate outdoors-man. He loves to hunt and fish in God's beautiful creation. He and his family loved to go camping and going on vacations to the beach.
Chris came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior while attending River of Life Fellowship Church as someone who believed there was a God but did not understand that God wanted a loving relationship with him through His son Jesus Christ. Chris grew up in a home that did not attend Church. At the age of 26, Chris and his family started attending River of Life Fellowship. It was here that Chris got to know God more on a personal level and after a year, Chris confessed that he was a sinner and accepted Jesus Christ as his risen Lord and Savior.