Our Story


Formerly Jackson Christian Church, RiverTree Jackson was the first location in the RiverTree movement. It opened on Easter Sunday 1964 as a church plant of Canton First Christian Church to serve the area of Jackson Township.

RiverTree has now grown to several Stark County locations and has helped plant dozens of churches locally, regionally and globally.

That’s why you’ll see that’s one of the reasons church planting is so important to us!


RiverTree has multiple locations on mission throughout Northeast Ohio, but we operate as one entity with core values and leadership teams.

While every location is unique to its community through mission and vision, all locations contain these core values:

LIVE supernaturally
INVEST in the next generation
INSPIRE through weekend gatherings
DISCIPLE through missional communities
DEVELOP and send leaders to plant churches


RiverTree is non-denominational with Local Elders installed by the congregation to independently govern us. RiverTree does not belong to denominational boards, hierarchies, or voting associations. We do develop relationships with other churches of similar faith and heritage for support and encouragement.

The current Elder Team is made up of 5 men and women with Head Elder as Dave Hout.


The physical act that is commanded by God to accompany your internal faith decision.

Whether you want to be baptized during a weekend service or one of our special baptism celebration services or you want to be baptized privately or with a few friends, contact our team and we will be in touch to set it up.

We believe children should be old enough to make a conscious decision about taking this step of faith in baptism and have an understanding of it’s meaning. For families with young infants, we believe Child Dedication is a perfect public step of faith the family can choose to participate in together.

Still deciding and want to chat through it all first? Contact Pastor Brian below:

Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Do I have to be baptized to be saved?

Read Mark 16:16. The short answer is no. Faith in Christ saves you. However, baptism is commanded and modeled by Christ and shown to be the normal practice by every Christian in the early church. If you are a follower of Christ, why would you not do it?

What if I was baptized as an infant?

First of all, be thankful for your parents who cared about your spiritual life. Baptism in the Bible is the companion to a person’s faith decision to follow Christ. Apart from faith in Christ by that person, baptism has no power. It needs to be the companion to your faith decision to trust Christ.

Why be baptized by immersion?

The word used for baptism in the New Testament means to dip or plunge under water. Also, if you read the meaning of baptism (e.g., Romans 6) it seems to make the most sense if you assume the writer is referring to immersion.


What we believe and why

Communion is open to all believers – that is anyone who has accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Matthew 26:26-29

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood by the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

If you're a follower of Jesus,

It’s our practice at RiverTree to participate in communion during our services every week.

We invite you to take part in communion with us. At RiverTree, we celebrate the Lord’s supper by either:

  1. Passing the Trays – Please take the bread and juice as it is passed.
  2. Intinction – Dipping bread into juice at stations around the room.