Our Dream

We are excited to share with you the dream that God has laid on our hearts – Launching Riverside Kirche in Bamberg, Germany.

The name Riverside is so fitting for a city like Bamberg with a river flowing through city. The Riverside is a place of newness, life, and hope.

We are dreaming of a church that gives life and hope while being relevant to our society. A church where people like you and me can get to KNOW GOD, FIND FREEDOM, DISCOVER PURPOSE, and CHANGE THE WORLD.

Meet the Bramans

We are Joshua and Nicole Braman. We are in our mid 30s and happily married since 2013. We have four amazing kids: Lionel (2015), Evangeline (2017), Benaiah (2019), and Ezra (2021).

Josh was born and raised in Minnesota, USA. He met his wife Niki in 2010 in Herrnut, Germany where they attended a discipleship training school with Youth with a Mission (YWAM). In 2011 his heart for Germany and Niki grew and after he finished his Bachelors degree at North Central University in Minnesota, he moved to Niki’s hometown in Wiesbaden, Germany. He spent the last 5 years as the youth pastor of the FCGWI and is an ordained pastor in the Bund freikirchlicher Pfingstgemeinden (BfP KdöR)

Niki is a middle school teacher, passionate preacher and wonderful mom.

Together we are part of ARC Churches (Association of related Churches in Birmingham, Alabama).

The City Bamberg

Bamberg is the largest city in the Upper Franconia region of Bavaria. Bamberg and the surrounding cities have a population of 117,000 people that we as Riverside Kirche are trying to reach.

We believe that when people get to know the one true God that their lives will be changed forever.  Their past stays a thing of the past because Jesus gives us the chance to start new.

It doesn’t matter what your background looks like, God knows you, He loves you, and He accepts you just as you are.  But he loves you too much to leave you how he found you. A new life in the fullness of God is available for you.

Good to know

This needs to change

“I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect — life in its fullness until you overflow!”

John 10:10 TPT

Our Mission

Our Values

You Can Be a Part

Join the Prayer Team

We believe that prayer sets God free to do what he wants to do.  Everything we are planning is dependent on God.  That’s why our first priority is to surround ourselves with people that will commit to praying for us and the church on a regular basis.

Join the Launch Team

We believe that God is calling a team of people that will join us in our calling.  Is God asking you to take a step of faith and join us? Would you prayerfully consider moving to Bamberg and joining the Riverside Kirche Launch team?

Our Plan

PHASE 01 Connect 

We are connecting with local churches, organizations, people, and businesses. Our focus is on building relationship, fasting, praying, and learning as much as we can about our new city.

PHASE 02 Startup parties

Startup parties are designed to help our team meet as many people in the community as possible. We’ll share vision, answer questions, and invite people to join the team.

PHASE 03 Team Services

We started our weekly team services in September 2021. If you want to meet us or are thinking about joining the Riverside Team, you are more than welcome to join us. Our services are in the Kulturboden in Hallstadt.

PHASE 04 Church Launch

The Launch service is on September 25th at 10:30 in the Kulturboden Hallstadt.

Become an Investor

Riverside is financed though the generosity of the people that call Riverside their home or friends of ours that support are vision and desire to see us succeed in Bamberg. Our financial Goal for the Prelaunch phase and the first Business year through 2023 is 200,000€. If you want to support us as a church, you can use our PayPal account or a simple bank transfer (we are a registered club in Germany and can distribute a tax-deductible form for you.)

Your Questions

Do you have a question about the Startup of Riverside Church or for the Bramans? Let us know, we are excited to hear from you.

If you are interested in a detailed budget we are more than happy to send it to you.


Bank details:
Riverside Kirche e.V.
Sparkasse Bamberg
IBAN: DE 25 7705 0000 0303 4014 59