Dr André Roebert has been in ministry since 1991 - André married Jenny in March 1992 and together they served first as Youth Pastors, and later on became District Pastors to assist the Senior Pastors.
In 1996 God started to birth a deep desire for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in both André and Jenny and they started Revival South Africa, an itinerant ministry that travelled from town to town throughout South Africa, out of which The River Church and Ministry was birthed in 1998 in East London.
Just two years later God led them into the first of many business ventures and a 55 000 square metre (670 000 square foot) building was purchased that would become the Headquarters of the River Group today.
Dr André and Jenny are the Founders and Presidents of the River Group, comprising of over 47 different companies and ministries, touching the entire African continent with the gospel of Jesus Christ. With a multi-million Rand turnover annually, they have been able to stay focused on the call of God as the primary purpose of all they do. Today the group has over 400 staff members and is operational in many business centres around the nation of South Africa.
A national network of churches has been established and daily television broadcasts reach millions of homes every day. Through these broadcasts, a partnership following of hundreds of thousands around the world, as well as several web broadcasts are now literally taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. Sunday Mornings Live Worship service reaches more than 350 000 people weekly.
With the group's own three satellite channels, terrestrial broadcasts, Churches, River Air Charter Service, print company, bookshop, media centre, multiple building investments, a satellite radio channel, The River Hotels Group, multiple associated ministries and a humanitarian aid division in full operation, they are able to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ both effectively and efficiently across the nations of the world.
After more than 20 years of traveling and preaching in the USA, André and Jenny felt that it was time to open a USA office overseeing many of the international operations. After searching far and wide and not finding a place to call home, they were led to the city of Marco Island and upon entering the city, they knew that they found their home. For the past 3 years, the USA office has grown and it was only in December of 2014, that the Lord spoke to them about planting a church: a place where people can find love, peace, healing and acceptance... a place to encounter the Holy Spirit. Thus, the vision of The River Marco Island was conceived.