About Us

About Us

River Church is a fresh, dynamic, and contemporary Christian Ministry that 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 Church, we have been changed by the power of God. At River Church, we strongly emphasize God and the life-changing power of his Word. It is God’s 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 and Jean Thornton are the founders and senior pastors of River Church, a ministry of Solid Rock Outreach Ministries. They have been ministering in the Syracuse area for over 30 years.

Their ministry began humbly as they served their pastor, eventually starting 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 Church, Pastor Danny has imparted his dynamic charisma into evangelizing a lost world, while demonstrating a lifestyle of humble servanthood. Responsible for establishing Solid Rock Outreach Ministries, Pastors Danny and Jean have given more than a million meals through the church 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.