Who we are

Who we are

About Us

Riverside Church Budapest is a casual, modern, family-oriented, church located in the heart of the city. You are invited to check out our church service this weekend for practical teaching, great music, amazing kids program! If there is anyway that we can serve you better, please feel free to contact us and someone on our staff will contact you.

Our Goals:

Love Christ, Serve Others, Change the World. Riverside Church Budapest exists to reach the lost through relevant teaching, passionate worship, and amazing kids & youth programs! We long to see people transformed by the Gospel and become fully devoted disciples of Christ Jesus!

Our Staff:

Lead Pastors: David & Karmi Buckley

David and Karmi Buckley have two children: Weston (16) and Jillaine (14). They have been serving as Assemblies of God Missionaries to Hungary since 1999. David has earn his degree from Bethany Bible College in Santa Cruz, CA and a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Karmi is a graduate from North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, MN.

Together the Buckley’s felt a call to plant an english speaking church on the Buda side of the city. In Spring 2014, they started a Bible study group and in Fall of 2014 launched Riverside Church Budapest.

Youth Leaders: Chris & Lenee’ Oakley

Chris and Lenee' Oakley have been Assemblies of God missionaries living in Central Europe since 2004. The Oakley's have lived in Dresden, Prague, and now Budapest while hosting mission teams throughout the Central Europe region. They have been involved with church and Bible school construction, evangelism, and also youth and children's ministry. The Oakley's are excited to be a part of the Riverside Church team and will be assisting especially in the areas of preaching and youth ministry. Oakleys have 5 wonderful children: Nathan (19), Aaron (17), Matthew (15), Madelyn (13), and Abigail (9).


Young Adults & Administrative: Elyse Hill

Elyse is from Spokane, Washington, the west coast of the USA.   She will be helping the university students, young adults, and any other thing else we can throw her way.  Elyse is a graduate from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona in Christian Studies. Elyse arrived in Budapest in January 2018 and plans to be here for 2 years.


Children's Leader: Kay Farmer

Kay is the leader of our children's program: Riverside Kids.  She has severed in multiple European settings and will also be helping to establish children's ministries in other international churches. Kay is licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and joined our team in March 2018.


Riverside Church Budapest Associated Organizations:

  1. Assemblies of God World Missions, Springfield, Missouri USA --  www.ag.org
  2. Magyar Pünkösdi Egyház, Budapest, Hungary -- www.punkosdi.hu
  3. Fellowship of European International Churches, Brussels, Belgium -- www.feic.org