Riverside Community Church (RCC) is a Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) Church. Prior to the establishment of RCC another C&MA church, Trinity Chapel, built and occupied the building. After five decades of serving God and the community of Nutley, it became evident that God was looking to do something different through the Trinity Chapel. At the same time Cornerstone Chapel of Pompton Plains, NJ, a church with a vision to plant daughter churches, began to pray for God to show them where to plant its first “daughter” church. After much prayer the target became Nutley, NJ. God brought Trinity Chapel and Cornerstone Chapel together and Riverside Community Church was established in November 1994. Rev. Don Flynn, a Cornerstone Chapel intern who grew up in Belleville, NJ, was designated as the church planter and pastor. Trinity Chapel provided the chapel and parsonage.
After serving for seventeen years as senior pastor, Pastor Flynn resigned, and once again Cornerstone Chapel took a lead in the change, sending Rev. Hector Ramirez to see that the work remained intact to the glory of God.
In 2013, after having served as interim pastor for a year, RCC called Hector Ramirez to serve as its Senior Pastor. Pastor Ramirez and his wife, Vivian Ramirez ministered to the RCC congregation and community for 5 years. Being faithful to his calling and to the voice of God, Hector watched RCC flourish in his time there. Pastor Hector retired in 2017, leaving the church pastorship to his assistant Pastor and mentee, Josh Edward.
Josh Edward was born in 1988, moving from Yonkers, NY to upstate NY. Josh came to accept Christ as his Lord and Savior at a very young age after hearing the Gospel presented to him at a youth retreat. Josh has taken on various roles in his churches since his early teens from ushering to teaching. As Josh entered into high school he began to pray and ask God what He wanted him to do with his life. As the years came and went Josh struggled with his calling, but through support, and confirmation after confirmation Josh accepted his calling to the pastorship immediately after graduating from Ramapo Senior High School.
Josh attained his B.S. in Pastoral Ministry in 2010 from Nyack College, and later attained his Master of Divinity in 2013 from Alliance Theological Seminary.
Josh came to Riverside Community Church as an intern in 2012 with the mission to launch a youth program. After one year of successfully accomplishing that task, Josh filled the pulpit for his home church, The Rock in Nyack, NY, as well as filling in for his mentor, Rev. Hector Ramirez, at RCC when needed. In 2016, Josh was brought on as Assistant Pastor, at RCC with the intent of stepping into the senior position within a year and a half. Joshua was mentored, coached and managed by Rev. Hector Ramirez and upon his retirement in 2017, Joshua was called to be the Senior Pastor over Riverside Community Church.