Our History

To the glory of God, Riverside has been a vehicle of gospel ministry in the Huntsville community since the early 1930’s. Over the years and throughout our history, as the leadership and the community changes, God has shown 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 Road. 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.

Reverend 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 its first Associate Pastor, Shannon McConnell, in June, 2008. His vision was key in building up a vibrant ministry for Young Adults and Young Families.

Reverend 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.  Pastor Charlie is passionate about seeing the church family be the heart and hands of Jesus in Huntsville. Under his leadership the church has experienced a greater involvement in both local and global missions 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.