About Us

About Us

River of Life FAMILY Church is a fresh, dynamic and contemporary Christian Ministry which has served the Lord Jesus Christ in the greater Syracuse, New York area for 26 years as a church and 33 years as an inner-city outreach. Transformed from Solid Rock Family Church to River of Life FAMILY Church, we have been changed by the power of God. At River of Life FAMILY Church the emphasis is on God and the life changing power of his word. It is His vision to assemble an inner city church that is multi-functional, multi-cultural and multi-generational. It is our hope to do just that.

We Exist to Empower Our City…

Our sincerest desire is that God would bless you as you plant yourself in the River of Life.

Pastors Danny & Jean Thornton

Pastors Danny & Jean Thornton are the founders and senior pastors of River of Life FAMILY Church, a ministry of Solid Rock Outreach Ministries, and have been ministering in the Syracuse area for over 30 years. Their ministry began humbly as they served their pastor and eventually started an outreach for those in need. With hands laid on them, they were soon released to start an inner-city church in the heart of Syracuse. Against all odds, Solid Rock Family Church flourished into one of the most respected ministries in the Syracuse area. Today, as the Senior Pastor of River of Life FAMILY Church, Pastor Danny has imparted his dynamic charisma in evangelizing a lost world while demonstrating a lifestyle of humble servant hood. Responsible for establishing Solid Rock Outreach Ministries, Pastors Danny and Jean have given more than a million meals through the Food pantry, thousands of turkeys through the Thanksgiving Turkey Outreach and have led thousands to know Jesus Christ in a real and personal way. It is their sincere hope and desire to raise up a church that is wonderfully blended by culture, background and age—living and daily abiding in the River of Life.

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