The Riverside Church

The Riverside Church has an interdenominational and international congregation and is committed to welcoming all persons. This commitment extends to the church’s global involvement in social and economic justice to ensure equity for God’s people locally, nationally and internationally.

The Riverside Church commits itself to welcoming all persons, celebrating the diversity found in a Congregation broadly inclusive of persons from different backgrounds of characteristics, including race, economic class, religion, culture, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, family status and physical and mental abilities. Members are called to an individual and collective quality of life that leads to personal, spiritual and social transformation, witnessing to God’s saving purposes for all creation. Therefore, the Church pledges itself to education, reflection, and action for peace and justice and the realization of the vision of the heavenly banquet where all are loved and blessed.

The Three “I”s…
We are an interdenominational, interracial, & international congregation.

The Riverside Church has 1,650 members and affiliates. Its members come from more than 40 different denominational, national, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

The church is modeled after the 13th Century gothic cathedral in Chartres, France. Construction began in 1927 with the first service held on October 5, 1930. The Nave seats over 2,100 worshipers. The 20-floor tower contains meeting rooms and the 74-bell Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon. The Carillon’s 20-ton Bourdon bell is the largest turned bell in the world. The smallest bell in our Carillon weighs 10 pounds.

490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027
Phone Number: 212-870-6700