#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 30s and happily married since 2013.  We have three amazing kids: Lionel (5), Evangeline (3), and Benaiah (1). 

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.

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“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 Startup team Meetings

These gatherings are designed to prepare our launch team both practically and spiritually for the launch of our weekend services. We will also focus on building the chemistry and culture of our team.

PHASE 04 Church Launch

The launch of our weekly weekend services.

#Become an Investor

The vision that God gave us for Bamberg and Riverside Kirche is only made possible by the generous  giving of our financial partners. We can’t do it without you!  Our budget from today until our Launch service in September 2021 is €125,000 and first year operating budget goal from September 2021 until September 2022 is €150,000.


We are partnering with an incredible church planting organization in ARC Churches that have experience in church planting across the globe with a 94% success rate for the churches they support. On top of that they match all donations given toward the Launch budget.

#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