The Gathering - Youth Wednesday Nights

The Gathering will NOT meet on
Wednesday, May 19th

The Gathering is back!  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.”
Hebrews 10:24-25


Wednesday Nights – 6:30-8:00 PM

Sunday Mornings – 11:15 AM

Upcoming Events:

PowerPlus Youth Camp - July 19-23, REGISTER NOW!


PowerPlus Youth Camp - July 19-23


Youth Camp registration is OPEN! 

REGISTER HERE: PowerPlus Youth Camp Registration

Please click on the link above and make an account in order to register your student.  You have to make an account for yourself first and then register the “participant” who is your student.  Once you have completed the process please put my email in the CC email box.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email me!  Looking forward to a great camp this summer! 

Youth Camp is happening this summer! 

We were unable to go to camp last summer, but as of right now, camp is on the schedule and we are ready to go July 19th - 23rd

This is a Monday-Friday overnight camp for students from 7th-12th grade.  That means students who have completed the 6th grade and will be 7th graders this fall all the way to seniors who have graduated and are post high school!  We also need some adults to go to camp as sponsors.

The theme this year is Restored and is based on Matthew 5:1-12.  Who doesn’t need some restoration after this crazy year we’ve had?  During this action-packed fun week, students will become immersed in scripture and be allowed to disconnect from the outside world, fully allowing themselves to be restored spiritually, physically, and mentally.

I can't wait for this awesome week to happen!  If you or someone you know is interested in going to camp with us, please contact the church office or myself. If you want to take a peek at some of the things we might be doing, be sure to check out the PowerPlus Website!  Please contact me with any questions you have! 



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.

Click here for Holy Presents ideas for Christmas shoeboxes.


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!

Click here to see a slideshow of the trip!