Welcome to The River: Online

I want to personally welcome you to The River.

We believe The River is God's appointment for The Woodlands/Shenandoah/Oak Ridge area of South Texas.

The world as we know it is fully represented within The Greater Woodlands Area.  People from all over the world can be seen everyday walking, driving and interacting within our community.

Jesus said "Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations".  We believe this can and will be accomplished right here from The Woodlands, Texas.

Our goal is to touch this community with the presence and power of Christ through loving and serving people.

Pastor Chris Cornelius

Meet the Founding Pastor

The journey that the Lord has paved for me has been nothing short of one miracle after another.

I committed my life to Christ while spending a night in the Houston City Jail in 1979.

I received a call to the ministry while attending Sam Houston State University in 1981 while pursuing and receiving a degree in Accounting.

I credit the staff of Chi Alpha Ministry (SHSU) as the lifeline that pulled me through the early infancy of my salvation.

I married the most incredible woman I've ever known, Gayla Bryan in December 1980.  Together, we've had the privilege of raising two wonderful children; Lindsay, married to BJ Munson of Willis, and Sean, married to Alexis Chrisoulis of Los Banos, California.  Lindsay & BJ have blessed us with three amazing granddaughters which includes a set of twins.

I count it a huge privilege to be called and set apart for the work of the ministry.

After pioneering a church in Houston, Texas in 1988, the Lord moved my family to Conroe, Texas in 1991 where I served under Pastor Lloyd Maddoux of First Assembly of God.

In 1994 we moved to Shenandoah, Texas just north of Houston where the Lord placed a desire in my heart to start an Assembly of God Church in The Greater Woodlands Area.

The River is the fulfillment of that desire and was started in our home in September 2003 with eight leaders meeting in homes training and preparing to launch the church to the public, which occured July 4, 2004 from Tinseltown Theatre in The Woodlands.

I am indebted to my former Pastor's and mentors:

  • James McKeehan, Lindale Assembly of God
  • Joe Barnes, First Assembly of God Huntsville
  • Lloyd Maddoux, First Assembly of God Conroe

These men have made a lasting impression on my life that God is using for His glory and the building of The River.

David Summerlin, Founding Pastor