Our History

As a congregation we are committed to a balanced, family-friendly experience for a mix of all age groups. Riverside’s worship services without apology place the preaching and teaching of the Bible as the centre focus and we will gladly provide a Bible for any who would like one. We intentionally blend the best sacred music of yesterday and today to draw near to God. We also seek to encourage strong connections through fellowship opportunities. To the glory of God, Riverside is a vehicle of ministry in the Huntsville community. Over the years and throughout our history, as the leadership and the community changes, God has showed Himself strong at Riverside.

In the 1930′s a
Baptist missions outreach south of Huntsville by Rev. Alf Bell launched both the Muskoka Baptist Camp on Mary Lake and the Brunel Baptist Church on Britannia Rd. Pastor Jack Adams came in 1945 and the church grew rapidly with many conversions. Under his leadership the church relocated and was constituted on August 2, 1951 as Locks Baptist Church. It was Rev. Bill Piper’s vision that led the Locks Baptist to purchase the present 5 acres property at the corner of Brunel Road and Riverside Drive.

Our current building was constructed and dedicated in 1970 under the leadership of the energetic Dr. C. B. Hayden. Pastor Don Brubacher arrived in 2002 and the church enjoyed much growth in the church family and outreach ministries. He led the church through a building project in January 2009 with a new foyer/offices addition. This made more room for church fellowship and ministry expansion. Riverside called it’s first Associate Pastor, Shannon McConnell, in June, 2008. His vision was key in building up a vibrant ministry for Young Adults and Young Families.


Pastor Charlie Lyons is our current senior pastor. He came to Riverside in 2013 after 10 years as a missionary with Word of Life Fellowship Canada.  In 2015 he was officially ordained as a Reverend with FEB Central Ministries. Pastor Charlie is passionate about seeing the church family of Riverside Baptist being the heart and hands of Jesus in Huntsville. Under his leadership the church has experienced a greater involvement in both local and global mission initiatives.

In 2015 a congregation-led building committee provided oversight of renovations to the main sanctuary. This project created a beautiful update to our much loved space and place of ministry.