HISTORY OF RIVERGATE HOP

Everyone and everything has a history – coming from great ideas, a great plan, a dream and sometimes from a great awakening. Rivergate HOP was birthed out of each of these. In the 1920s the local Baptist church had just elected a new Pastor Rev. Buford C. Miller. He had heard of the move of God that was sweeping the nation and had a keen interest in the ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson. Because of this interest in the healings that were taking place in her meetings he extended an invitation for her to come to Ashland, Oregon. At that time Mrs. McPherson could not come to Ashland (though she did come in 1928) and suggested inviting Dr. Charles Price. Dr. Price had just recently been saved and baptized at one of her meetings and he felt the call to go into evangelistic work. His first meeting under this new ministry was to be held in Ashland at the large Chautauqua Building (the current site of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival).
On September 3, 1922, Dr. Price began a series of revival meetings. These meetings attracted thousands of people within a 300 mile radius of Ashland. Three to four thousand expectant and attentive persons packed the tabernacle each night, with hundreds attending the day meetings until October 2, 1922. History has shown there are often those that do not understand nor agree with the way the Lord chooses to move among His people. This unfortunately can lead to division and church splits. Our history has one such instance as many decided that they did not want to move forward in a movement involving signs, wonders, miracles, divine healing, etc.
Rev. Miller continued to pastor those that wanted to continue in a full gospel movement. Thus from the powerful meetings of Dr. Charles Price a new church was birthed. We are that church! To this day we hold a high honor for the moves of God and have made a place for the voices that God chooses to use. We have been honored to have many great men and women of the faith come and impart their anointing to Ashland.
 
  • 1920s- Aimee Semple McPherson and Smith Wigglesworth
  • 1930s- Donald Fee, Pastor (Son, Gordon Fee born in Ashland)
  • 1947- Gordon and Freida Linsay, Pastors (This was their pastorate before founding the “Voice of Healing” magazine and Christ for the Nations. Gordon also managed William Branham’s career. He brought Oral Roberts and Paul Cain to Ashland as well.)
  • 1960s- Robert Cornwall, Pastor
  • 1980s- Charismatic renewal
  • 1997- Pastor Ron and Jan come to Ashland Christian Center (later to re-name the church RIVERGATE)
  • late 1990s- “English Wave” comes: Jeff Lucas, Martin Scott, Malc & Kathi Garda
  • Early 2000s- “Bethel Wave” Kris Vallaton, Paul Manwaring, Jesus Culture Southern Oregon (Banning Liebscher, Lance Jacobs, Erica Grieve), Glenn White
  • 2000s- “Prophetic Wave” Bobby Conner, Bob Jones, Paul Keith Davis, Wesley Campbell, Larry Randolph, Bob Crane
  • 2000s- “IHOP Wave” Chris DuPre, Julie & Isaac Meyer, Jim & Elizabeth Maher and Many conferences with Messianic/Israeli connections, local pastors and friends.
  • 2010- Rivergate House of Prayer is born.
 
The congregation decided to make some changes related to our building in Ashland after years of trying to remedy a leaky roof issue that plagued the church for decades. An attempt to demolish and rebuild a smaller facility on our property in Ashland was unsuccessful. Through a providential series of events, property became available in Talent, Oregon and RHOP begins a new chapter of life in its brand new building at its new location on S. Pacific Highway!
 
God made Himself known to Southern Oregon in 1922 with a great revival. We are praying and contending for our region that we will once again see a great move of the Spirit of Life. Our church has had an amazing history. We are grateful for our past and are excited that God is STILL moving today! The Lord has given many amazing prophetic words to this body. He has fulfilled some but there are more for which we are knocking on the doors of heaven.
Our community is rich in spirituality and spiritual-seekers. We believe we are a safe place that will see many seekers enter the Kingdom of God and become laborers for the Great Harvest!