We Believe Jesus Gives Hope

River City Christian is a Sacramento Christian church seeking to know Jesus better and serve the needs of the Greater Sacramento Region and beyond. We believe that the Good News of Jesus is meant for everybody, regardless of race, background, social status, religious training, experiences, failures or triumphs. We believe the Bible is God’s Word, revealing His great love for the world and His plan for how we are to live in that world.

We often describe ourselves as a Christian church with a high standard of holiness but with a huge hand of grace. What that means is that while we sincerely aim to live good lives, we trust God to forgive us when we inevitably mess up along the way. We don’t pretend that we’ve got it all together or that we’ve got all the answers, but we do believe that Jesus gives us hope.

Our Purpose Statement: The purpose of River City Christian is to be a Mission Station: to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with every person everywhere and to grow and equip believers into fully devoted followers of Christ.



River City Christian believes that Jesus is the Son of God, sent by the Creator to provide a way for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus accomplished this mission by suffering and dying on a cross and then coming back to life again. Jesus is both Savior and Lord and will someday come again.

The Bible

We believe the Bible, Old and New Testaments, is God’s Word. As a church, we hold the Bible to be our authority for what we believe and for the direction of how we are to live our lives. We continually seek to better understand what God is saying to us through the Scriptures.


Salvation is found in Jesus Christ and in Him alone. Because we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s perfection, a price had to be paid for our rejection of God. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for our sins and we receive salvation when we accept His act of grace toward us.


Baptism doesn’t save anyone, but the Bible teaches that when we become a follower of Jesus Christ we should be baptized. More important than the type of baptism is our heart’s desire to be obedient to the example of Jesus in being baptized.


The night before Jesus was crucified He shared a meal with his followers. He broke bread, gave it to them to eat, saying that it was His body broken for us. He also blessed a cup of wine, saying that it was His blood offered to cover our sins. Communion is the way we remember this meal. As a church family, we generally participate in communion once a month.


We believe in an after-life. For those who have confessed their faith in Christ, the Bible teaches that we will live forever with God, enjoying His presence and worshiping Him forever. Those who refuse to accept Christ are, sadly, eternally separated from God.


Admittedly, the concept of the Trinity is difficult for the human mind to comprehend, but we believe that God is three-in-one: God the Father (Creator), God the Son (Savior) and God the Spirit (Counselor). The Bible teaches that there is only one true God but He reveals Himself to us in these three persons.


In our culture we do not often talk about sin, but we believe that all human beings are disobedient to God and the rules He has set for how we are to live to please Him. Sin separates all of us from God, but Jesus offers us grace that can cover our sin and restore our relationship with God. At River City Christian, we often talk about the fact that God has a high standard of holiness but a huge hand of grace.

Worship Service Styles + Times


Sundays at 10:00 + 11:30 a.m.


Sundays at 8:30 a.m.

We Love Meeting New People

River City Christian is excited for you to experience worship and a Biblical based sermon and we hope to surpass all of your expectations for the morning! We want your first visit to feel obligation and expectation-free. Please do not feel that you are required to participate in offerings, to sign up for any groups or commit to returning (although we would love to have you come back!). And don’t worry about dressing in a particular way to fit in. There is no dress code or specific style of clothing required to attend any service at River City Christian; wear what makes you feel comfortable!

Below is some information about questions you may have. Curious about something else? Contact the church office; we’d love to answer your questions!

“I’m New” Tent

The I’m New tent is our way of welcoming first time visitors as they arrive. Here you can meet a member of our staff,  get info about our church ministries, and find out which way to go once you enter the church doors. We even have a gift exclusively for our new people so be sure to stop by and say “hi!”


If you are new to River City Christian, we’d like to welcome you with a great parking space. First-time guest parking is available near the entrance of the lobby and Worship Center. Just look for the “Guest Parking” sign. There is also plenty of handicapped parking for those who need it. Directions to River City Christian.

Service Styles

We have three services on Sunday mornings. Each service lasts about an hour and includes live worship and biblical teaching. The music at our Modern services (10:00 and 11:30 a.m.) is reflective of today’s popular genres while communicating the timeless truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The music at our Classic service (8:30 a.m.) is a mix of hymns and contemporary praise music. This service regularly features our choir, orchestral instruments, band and a vocal ensemble.

Programs for Kids

Our children’s ministry is designed for children nursery through third grade and offers programs during all worship services. Look for the welcome team in the lobby with the green River City Kids T-shirts and they will be glad to show you and your child around. A special needs program is available during the 10:00 a.m. service only. Find out more.

Programs for Students

Students in grades 5-12 have programming designed specifically for their age group upstairs. Fourth and fifth grade students meet in Room 212 during the 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. service. Middle school students meet in Room 213 during the 11:30 a.m. service. High school students meet at 10:45 a.m. in Room 214 for doughnuts and pancakes before attending the 11:30 a.m. Modern worship service together. Find out more.


River City Christian is a diverse church. You’ll find people of various backgrounds, ethnicities, ages and professions. People come with all kinds of church experiences (Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, etc.) while others come with no church experience at all. If you’ve been a Christian all your life,  if you’re new to the faith, or if you’re still trying to figure out what you believe, you are welcome to join us!

Leadership + Staff

Jesse Smith

Senior Pastor

Mark Shetler

Executive Pastor

John Hunt

Executive Director of Church Administration

Josh Cagle

Executive Pastor of Next Gen Ministries

Aaron Brackney

High School Pastor

Danny Langan

Club 45 Associate

Brittany Capriulo

Director of Children’s Ministries

Peggy Mathews

Director of Women’s Ministries

Jeff Koons

Pastor of Men’s Ministries

Chris Alaways

Director of Worship

Dan Wade

Pastor of Congregational Care

Matt Newton

Pastor of Growth Groups

Ted Smith

Pastor Emeritus