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Born out of Prayer

Born out of a prayer meeting held by various members of Glen Hope Baptist Church during the middle of World War 2 Riverside began in 1943. From this humble beginning land was acquired from Mrs. Leddie McPherson located beside the Haw River. When Sherman Young, the founding pastor, asked Mrs. McPherson for some land she told him to go out into the cow pasture, tell the cow to move over and move the fence after he staked out the land.

The initial structure was a building having belonged to Rev. Young’s brother and used for Prayer Meetings at his home. This building was moved to the new location next to the Haw River and still functions today as part of the Fellowship Building of the church.

Riverside has through the years been committed to the faithful preaching and teaching of God’s Word. From the very beginning those who served this church have been careful to maintain the integrity of the Bible and a conservative approach to its teaching.

Missions and ministry have been a integral part of the life of this church and continues to be its driving force today. Whether it is local mission within our community or reaching to Brazil through the work of Missionary Kenneth Cates or around the world though joint cooperation with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Riverside believes strongly in missions.

Ministry opportunities abound also through the church with strong emphasis on our Vietnamese Church, puppets and children’s choir. We continually seek to evaluate where the needs are and how we might best address those needs.

RiverSide Church


Riverside is affiliated with the Mount Zion Baptist Association, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and the Southern Baptist Convention

You are welcome at Riverside. Our focus is on worshiping God in every aspect of our service.

We Believe...

  • That the Bible is the Word of God and our authority for life
  • That there is one God who is revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • That Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for our sins, rose from the dead, and will return one day for His church
  • In a literal heaven and hell
  • Salvation is available to all people who will put their faith in Jesus Christ
  • In eternal security of the believer
  • There are two ordnances for the church-baptism by immersion, and the Lord’s Supper

Connecting Point:

Our mission is to reach up to God in heartfelt corporate worship, reach out to a lost and dying world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, reach in to our fellowship through disciple training and ministry opportunities and reach around the world through a variety of mission activities.

What to expect when you arrive:

  • Guest parking on the south side of the church at the paved parking area
  • Handicapped parking on the north side of the church at covered walkway
  • People dressed in coats & ties as well as casual attire. We believe that the attitude of your heart is more important to God than your physical appearance.
  • A friendly welcome, clean facilities and worship directed to God
  • Extended care for children from birth through 6th grade during the worship service
  • Kid’s Time Worship for children in grades 1-6 during the service. They meet with the adults for the first part of our worship experience and during the preaching, move to their own Bible Study time.
  • No steps to climb if you come in the front entrance for worship. (there are steps to most of our Sunday School rooms).
  • Traditional hymns and music
  • Preaching that comes directly from God’s Word


Riverside is located 1.3 miles below Interstate 85/40 on Highway 54 East (also known as Harden Street) in Graham, North Carolina. (Get Directions).

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