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In the beginning...

     The Neighborhood Bible Study Ministries (NBSM) was organized April 20, 1984, in the home of Pastor "Bob" and Sis. Rosie Drake.


     Realizing the needs created by the breakdown of the family structure, God pointed out the only way to reconstruct what the devil had left in shambles.  Home Bible Study, the Word of God, His will, and principles needed to be reestablished in homes where parents and children had fallen victims of an environment which would ultimately lure them away from God. God is the stabilizing factor (His person, presence, and power) in life and must be reinserted into family life.


     The NBSM began holding prayer and Bible study meetings on Friday nights in the homes of residents throughout the Houston area; serving God's people with His Word of hope and inspiration.

Historical Milestones

  • October 1986 - Founded centralized location, 5004 Austin at Wichita in the Third Ward section of Houston, TX

    • The "Rivers of Water" ministry's name taken from the Holy Bible (Psalm 1:3); "And he shall be like a tree planted by the Rivers of water..."

  • December 12, 1986 - Dedication of the centralized location

  • December 1998 - Name change:   Became known as the Rivers of Water Church; Pastor Robert "Bob" Drake ordained to lead

  • September 14, 2003 - Moved from this location

    • Temporarily held fellowships in Cuney Home public housing recreation center also in Houston’s Third Ward as God prepared our current location

  • November 29, 2004 - Relocated to 607 E. Rogers Houston, TX

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