John and Kendra have been doing ministry together since they were 14 years old in Central Illinois and fell in love waaaay too young!  They've been in the South their whole adults lives---Thanks to John's first career, serving 11 years in the United States Army, including the 82nd Airborne Division.  Everyone thought they were crazy to go into ministry full time when John was more than halfway to retirement, but they did it anyway and have never looked back!  
 The Lefler Family served their guts out in their home churches in North Carolina, where John held various positions as Registrar, Director, Administrator and Executive Pastor, and accumulated several degrees along the way (Master of Arts in Religion, a B.Div. from Grace College of Divinity, and also an A.A. and a B.S. in Psychology from Campbell University).
 They were often asked when they would plant their own church-- always dismissing the idea as "for the rock stars," and concentrating on building the church right where they were.
But God was relentless.
For a full year, John and Kendra drove to Richmond, VA from North Carolina at least once a week to pray over the city and get to know RVA.  It was during that time that God broke their hearts for Richmond, and they KNEW beyond all doubt: RiverCity Church was God's Plan for them all along!  Since launching the first public service in 2012, the Leflers have been dedicated to building a fantastic community of believers and reaching Richmond with the transforming message of the Gospel.