Pastor Joel Hitchcock was called to the ministry at a very young age. At age 8 he made the decision that he would become a preacher when he grew up and he began to preach at age 12. He completed his theological training at the Berea Theological College and at the University of South Africa, and was awarded a doctorate in divinity in 2009 in recognition of his efforts in world evangelism.
Joel traveled as an evangelist for more than 20 years in about 45 countries since he entered the full time, credentialed ministry in 1990. He has authored several blogs and books, including Christ in You.
Joel preaches strong Christ-centered messages, and operates extensively in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Many people have testified of divine healing through Joel's ministry.
Pastor Joel & Heidi started River City Church in 2013.
Joel Hitchcock emphasizes preaching the Word, intimacy with God; excellence in music, praise & worship; supernatural ministry; strong marriages & families; and international & local evangelism.
Pastor Heidi Hitchcock first studied at Bob Jones University in Greenville SC and then at Liberty University in Lynchburg VA, where she received her degree in television communications and broadcast journalism. She worked for a while at LeSea Broadcasting in Hawaii. She also received an Associate of Ministry degree at the Christian World College of Theology in Salisbury MD.
Joel and Heidi became pen pals in 1991. After more than three years they met each other for the first time, and were married in 1995. They have four children - Anthony, Rebekah, Timothy and Trey.
Heidi has supported her husband Joel as they held revival and evangelistic meetings all over the USA and the world. Heidi has ministered to just a few souls under a tree in Africa and up to 7,000 people in a crusade in South America.
After much thought and prayer, as well as seeking the counsel of many local pastors (see list below*), Joel and Heidi started River City Church.
Prior to starting the church, Joel had discussed his plans to start a church with many different local pastors, all of whom were overwhelmingly supportive. For this we are humbly grateful. Special thanks to:
Pastor John Betts - Abundant Life Church, Georgetown DE
Pastor Rick Betts - Crossroad Community Church, Bridgeville DE
Pastor Greg Boothman - Word of Hope, Milton DE
Pastor Jim Brown - Delmar Christian Center, Delmar DE
Pastor Carlton Cannon - Clarence Street Church of God, Seaford DE
Pastor Tim Dukes - Central Worship Center, Laurel DE
Pastor Donovan Jenkins - Divine Destiny Church of God, Bridgeville DE
Pastor Tim Jones - The Lighthouse, Laurel DE
Pastor Alton King - Eastern Shore Community Church, Georgetown DE
Pastor Dave Kiser - Seaford Wesleyan Church, Seaford DE
Pastor Livingston Marcelin - First Haitian Church of God, Blades DE
Pastor Darrel Morris - Lifeway Church of God, Bridgeville DE
Pastor Dale Mast - Destiny Christian Center, Dover DE
Pastor Allen Miller - Oak Orchard Community Church, Oak Orchard DE
Pastor Dennis Millner - Bethel Tabernacle, Clarksville DE
Pastor Bob Muncy - House of Praise for All People, Greenwood DE
Pastor David Reed - The Edge, Delmar DE
Pastor Mike Rittenhouse - The Tabernacle, Delmar DE
Pastor Richard Rogers - United Methodist Church, Cheswold DE
Pastor Alfredo Salinas - Abudante Vida, Georgetown DE
Pastor Dave Souder - Gumboro Wesleyan - Gumboro DE
Pastor Andy Stevens - Milford Church of God, Milford DE
Pastor Kim Tephabock - Dagsboro Church of God
Pastor Danny Tice - Bayshore Community Church, Rehoboth DE and Millsboro DE
Pastor Roland Tice - Christ Evangelistic Church, Laurel MD
Pastor Janet Trout - Truth and Life Center, Georgetown DE
Pastor Mike Vaughn - Fathers House, Frankford DE
Pastor Carl Vincent - Messiah's Vineyard, Laurel DE
Pastor Bob Weed - Eagles Nest Fellowship Church, Milton DE
Pastor Brian Whitelock - Open Arms Church of God, Delmar DE
Pastor Ennio Zaragosa - Maranatha Christian Church, Dover DE
(This list only includes pastors in Sussex County, or close by. There are several others outside the area that have also given River City their blessing).
"Spirit-filled, Bible-preaching and Family-friendly"