Revival on the River was started in the Spring of 2016 by Ethan Oltremari after feeling a call from God to address the issue of dis-unity in the Body of Christ. Ethan, a high school senior at the time, led the community to start an annual worship festival between the central bridges to promote unity in the Body of Christ both racially and denominationally. This event featured multiple local bands from different churches with over 600 people in attendance its inaugural year.
The event, started in 2016, continued to grow exponentially throughout the next few years.
“God laid this on my heart, that we need a to have a combined worship service where all the churches, denominations, can come together.”
This event sparked the community to begin praying and crying out to God for revival. Parent prayer groups were formed, FCA programs thrived, and the prayers started to come alive as the Spirit of Revival began hovering around Greenwood.
Revival on the River, starting as a local annual event, began to grow into an organization. They filed for non-profit status in the Fall of 2017 and began planning for more programming.
It was quickly seen, that God began connecting all of the Delta to this organization - with board members ranging from Oxford to Leland, this organization continued to grow.
The next year’s event held on April 23, 2017, doubled in size, production. 2017 was considered a huge growth year for the organization which comes with growing pains! The 2017 event was held at the same location between the bridges with multiple local bands and musicians making up the musical lineup. The worship band - Encounter Worship headlined the event.
The community continued to support the event through its second year. During 2017, the event began to shift to more of an organization and began praying and planning new programming that the organization could host. 2017 marked the beginning of Worship in the Round, College Worship nights, and many more activities.
The organization today still holds the annual worship festival which will be held next on Saturday, May 11, 2019. They also host an annual night of worship coined Worship in the Round each November. Some other programming the organization plans includes: Community Worship Nights, College Worship Nights, Community Service Projects and Missions, and Foreign Mission support. They hope to continue to grow throughout 2019 into a state wide organization while proclaiming the story of the Gospel every step of the way. The story of Revival on the River is continuing to be written. We are expectant for how God is going to move in the years to come.
From humble beginnings, with God using a youth to spark revival in a town, the story of God’s love and His Gospel is continuing to be spread through Revival on the River.
As Revival on the River shifted from 2017 to 2018, many things began to happen. The Lord started growing the organization rapidly. Ethan began seeing the need for this organization to be more involved in the community. The spirit of revival was hovering and manifestations of revival started to be seen.
2018 marked the beginning of what the organization has grown to be today.
On April 7, 2018- Over 1200+ people gathered at the Leflore County Civic Center to worship and celebrate at the Revival on the River Music Festival. This event was moved to the Civic Center due to rain. The event featured over 10 bands with Grammy Nominee Natalie Grant, headlining the event.