The Gathering - Youth Wednesday Nights
The Gathering will resume on August 25, 2021.
The Gathering has finished for the 2020-2021 school year, but will return on August 25, 2021! Live and in person! Please join us on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Youth Room! Masks will be required for entry and food will be provided as well!
“And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
Wednesday Nights – 6:30-8:00 PM
Sunday Mornings – 11:15 AM
Christian Johns, Minister to Youth/Students
Share a bit about yourself.
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!
What do you enjoy most about youth ministry?
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.
Youth Mission: Shoe Box Project
Sunday, November 17 - December 8
ROBC is partnering with Valley Baptist Mission Education Center and Cone Oasis Baptist Encampment to share small gifts consisting of a plastic shoe box filled with a Bible, books, toys and other small items, such as toiletries, socks, treats, etc. ROBC members can support the youth mission project by filling and donating completed shoe boxes, which must be returned to the ROBC foyer by December 1st.
Holy Presents Mission Trip
What a trip! After a long and wet drive down to The Valley we were able to go out and share the gospel and deliver presents to the children of the Colonias. I just want to say thank you to our church for being generous and bringing shoeboxes filled with love and presents. We partnered with First Baptist Church of Texas City and together delivered over 350 gifts to the children in the surrounding areas of Harlingen. I think the students that went on the trip learned a few things. First, we must always be thankful for everything God has given us and be sure to find ways to give to others. And second, ministry is not always glamorous. The weather conditions were less than ideal, and some shoes may have gotten muddy, but God moved in our students and in the children that we were serving. Thank you again church! I hope this is something that our church can be a part of on an annual basis, both in serving through giving and serving through going!