I grew up just south of Houston in Texas City.  My father was (and still is) the youth minister at First Baptist Church there in Texas City.  Some would say that my ministry started way back then with the hours I put in constantly at the church.  Officially, River Oaks Baptist is my first staff position, I started in September of 2018.  I received my undergraduate degree in Finance & Accounting at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and followed that up with recently graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX with my Master of Divinity, or MDiv.   A few things I enjoy doing are going to concerts, musicals, and sporting events!   I am a huge Houston Astros fan, so it is great to be back in the area where there are others like me!

Youth ministry is great because I get to hang around with students all day and pour into their lives.   I mentioned above how I enjoy going to concerts, musicals, and sporting events, and I didn’t just mean professional ones!  I enjoy seeing students who are passionate about what they do. My hope is to ignite that same passion for Christ in these students.   The youth ministry of today is soon to be the adult ministry of tomorrow.   Eventually, these students will be the ones to lead our churches in both ministerial and layperson roles.  My desire is for these students to build a solid foundation of faith and community that will carry them through their whole lives.



Dr. Craig Evans, Professor at Houston Baptist University's School of Christian Thought will be here to discuss the subject of apologetics.

When:    July 14, 21, and 28
Where:   Commons Dining Room 11:00 AM

Professor Craig Evans is a New Testament scholar, apologist, professor and sought-after speaker at universities, churches, and conferences around the world.  Professor Evans received his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Claremont Graduate University and the D.Habil. in New Testament from Károli Gáspár Református University in Budapest.  He taught for more than a combined 30 years first at Trinity Western University and then at Acadia Divinity College.  Since January 2016 Professor Evans has served as the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins and Director of the Houston Theological Seminary.  Professor Evans has published more than 80 books and has authored more than 650 academic and popular publications.  Professor Evans has also lectured at Cambridge, Durham, Oxford, and Yale, and frequently speaks at conferences around the world.  He and his wife, Ginny, have two grown daughters and one grandson.

Among other accomplishments, Professor Evans --

  • has worked as a volunteer at archaeological excavations in Jerusalem and Cyprus and has written two books reflecting his work in archaeology.
  • founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute of Trinity Western University and is recognized as a leading interpreter of the significance of the Scrolls for understanding Jesus, the New Testament, and the early Church.
  • is part of the Apologetics Program of Houston Baptist University, a program within the School of Christian Thought, over which he served as Dean during 2016.



It's almost time for Back To School!

Since 1986, Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) has helped under-resourced students through its Back To School program.  This year, 6,500 children (Pre K-12th grade) will receive school supplies and vouchers for uniforms or shoes.

There are two ways to assist with Back To School:

  1. SPONSOR A STUDENT:  $45 provides a new school uniform or shoes and school supplies for 1 student.   Donations can be made online at or by check made out to CCSC (note “Back to School”) and brought to ROBC or sent to CCSC at PO Box 27924, Houston 77227.
  2. VOLUNTEER AT THE EVENT:  the 2019 Back to School event will take place from Saturday, July 27 to Saturday, August 3 at Faith Lutheran Church.  Details to follow!


One of many thank you notes written by students from Gallegos Elementary School after they received school supplies and clothing vouchers through CCSC's Back To School program.

Mark your calendars for this fun and important event!  More details are on the printed flyer in the Welcome Center.


Monthly Mission Opportunity

CCSC's Southwest Emergency Services
(food pantry services)

St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Gethsemane Campus
6856 Bellaire Boulevard  Houston, TX 77074 


Saturdays in 2019 from 8:45AM - 12:00PM
January 26,  February 23,  March 23,  April 27, June 1 & 29,
July 27, August 24

River Oaks Baptist and St. Paul Presbyterian Churches are teaming up to serve in the food pantry.  Southwest Emergency Services serves clients in crisis who live in zip codes 77031, 77036, 77072 and 77074 by providing a five day supply of food for people experiencing hunger or food insecurity.  Clients can also be referred to other agencies for long-term assistance.  The food pantry managers and dedicated volunteers come from local Christian churches in the area.  

If you are interested in helping, please contact Czarena Siebert at  She can give you the necessary training materials for the varous volunteer positions, or you may show up and shadow an ROBC volunteer.  All are welcome, so bring a friend!  This is also a fun and rewarding way for young people to earn community service hours.


ROBC Prayer Ministry meets Wednesday & Sunday Mornings





If you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to broaden your prayer life, we hope you will become a part of the ROBC Prayer Ministry.  The Living God is calling His people, called by His name, to intercede for the needs of His world.  The group will be praying for our church, its members, and our contemporary "Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and even to the remotest part of the Earth." Acts 1:8

We will meet weekly in the chapel Wednesday mornings at 8:30 AM.  This is super casual.  Come in workout clothes or on your way to work.  And if you can only be there for a bit, no problem.  Just come and go as you can.  We are incredibly excited about strengthening the prayer ministry in the life of our church.  

We will also meet weekly in the Men's Bible Study (FH-C) at 9:30 AM, prior to Sunday 10:00 AM Worship.  We hope you will join us during one or both of these dates!


The ROBC Church App


Why a church APP?

Adults Spen on average 2 hours a day looking at their phones 

Staying connected to ROBC during the week

  • Encouragement 
  • Reminders of special events
  • Weather (Harvey, Ice, Storms)
  • Important info needing to be shared ASAP

Quick access to the church calendar

How do I get the APP?

Go to the APP stores and search River Oaks Baptist Church

The App is free

What is in the APP?

Calendar of church activities 

Push notifications or Text Messages

  • General 
  • Targeted groups

Audio files of sermons

Prayer request form

Opportunity for online giving

Many other features we may add in the future

Text Notifications


  • When you download the APP, you are automatically added the GENERAL text group.  (You can go into setting and turn it off should you desire.)