God has placed a desire in the hearts of Eric and Leah Baldwin to reach cities with the gospel. The Baldwins chose to plant River City Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for two reasons: 1. with few evangelical churches, there was a huge need for new churches, and 2. they thought they would fit in well with the blue-collar culture of sports and food.
In response to the grace of God shown in the gospel, River City Evangelical Church of Pittsburgh exists to bring glory to God by making reproducing followers of Christ Jesus who love God in worship, love others in community, and serve the world in love. “Our relationship with God was changed because of the grace that was shown in the person and work of Jesus Christ.” Eric explains, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). As a church, we want to be people who have experienced God’s grace and desire to show grace to one another.”
According to Eric, accomplishing this vision begins at the end of the mission statement. As Christians we are intentionally a part of the community in which we live. Fueled by the grace of God, Eric Baldwin and his family want to serve their neighborhood and city in love. As they do so, they will share the good news that Jesus Christ came to save sinners by his death and resurrection.
God has blessed the Baldwin family more than they could ever have asked or imagined. He has brought in money and pulled resources together that they hadn’t expected. This has been a truly challenging and faith-building time for Eric and Leah. River City Church is 80% funded and has passed the go/no-go phase. The final 20% still needed are the funds to help cover the church launch. It’s amazing to see how God has been at work already, both by providing the financial resources and by pulling people together for the launch team. They are excited and encouraged about this new work that God has called them to.
For more information about the River City Church plant, email Eric at RiverCityPGH@gmail.com.