James River Church

Over 17,000 in Weekly Attendance Across Four Campuses

We are blown away by how God continues to strengthen and build the church and use us as a body of believers to bring the good news of the Gospel to people who need Jesus! As one of the churches in Springfield, MO, we unite around the calling to be Christ’s hands extended by loving with extravagance, serving with genuineness, and welcoming people home.

Pastor’s John & Debbie Lindell

John and Debbie Lindell live life full-on with a passionate love for God and a desire to see His purpose unleashed in the lives of people. For the past 26 years they have served together as Lead Pastors of James River Church. John and Debbie love to see the church flourish and lives transformed by the power of God. They have 2 married sons, David and Brandon, a daughter, Savannah, and 8 grandchildren.

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Life Groups

Church Plants

Behold, I am dong a new thing!

Isaiah 43:19

Conferences & Events


Designed For Life

Over 10,000 women gather for an encounter with God over two weekends at two venues; John Q Hammons arena and James River Church South Campus for one of the premier women’s conferences in the country.

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Stronger Men’s Conference

A company of thousands of men passionate about Jesus and making an impact for His name pack out the John Q. Hammons arena for a life changing weekend with globally recognized speakers.

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Outreaches & Events

Tens of thousands of guests visit the James River Church campuses for events like; Easter Egg Hunt, A James River Christmas, October 31st Party, and Camps. James River Church also sends thousands of volunteers into the community for maximum Gospel impact!

Core Values

Reach the Lost

Expository Preaching

Prayer & Worship


Children & Youth

Involve People in Ministry

Encourage People

What We Believe

God's Word

We believe the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.

God's Person

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy. The Lord Jesus Christ is both God and man and is the only one who can reconcile us to God. Each time we partake of communion we remember Jesus lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

God's Plan for Man

We believe sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. In order to receive forgiveness we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus Christ and submit to His will for our lives. God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and powerful lives in order to help others more effectively. In order to live the holy, fruitful, and power-filled lives God intends for us, we need to be baptized in water, set our mind on Him and His purpose, and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

God's Plan for the Church

We believe God has individually equipped us and corporately gathered us as His living body so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives, which is to worship God, strengthen the Church, and share the Gospel with the community in which we live.

God's Plan for the End Times

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised and will rule and reign on this earth. History will conclude as the wicked are judged and the righteous enter a new heaven and a new earth.

Experience James River Church

Weekly Services


Video Messages

James River Podcast

Located near Springfield, Missouri

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