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CORE RiverOaks Youth

Youth Ministry

What is CORE? What grades?

CORE speaks to the idea of getting to the heart of what we desire our students to remember about themselves. We serve 6th-12th grade students.

Where do we meet?

CORE meets in the Youth and Activities Building (YAB) located at the far end of the RiverOaks campus.

Large Group meets Sunday nights 5:30pm-8:00pm
What’s Up Wednesday meets every other Wednesday night 6:30pm-8:00pm

CORE Values 

There are 3 CORE values: Identity, Discipleship, & Engaging.

There are multiple voices our students are hearing every day. Some of those voices are from outside and some of them are from within. Our hope is that they know what God says about them. If they are in Him and He is in them, they will know they are loved, accepted, cared for, liked, beautiful, and smiled upon.
While there are all these voices speaking into their lives, the best way for students to know what is truth and what is trash is to focus on the truth. It is through Scripture, prayer, and community with other believers that we are reminded of who we are.
We believe that if our students know who they are and grow in who they are then they will engage with friends, teammates, and others in truth and grace. As they know what is true, they will not approve of everything in the world, but they will also be able to engage with others in a loving way.

Meet The Team

Josh Holestine
Youth Pastor

Josh brings an energy and passion for ministering to young adults as our Youth Pastor. He is responsible for building relationships and investing in our students 6th-12th grade. Josh has a Bachelor’s of Integrated Ministry from Moody Bible Institute and is currently taking classes for a Master’s of Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. Josh loves playing basketball, watching sports of any kind, and spending time with his Wife Bethany and five sons, Ian, Jude, Griffin, Eli, Dax.

Jackson Stewart
Youth Ministry Assistant

As Youth Ministry Assistant, Jackson serves alongside Josh Holestine in helping to plan and facilitate all events and gatherings pertaining to the youth. Jackson graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Literature. Jackson has a passion for ministry, leadership, and global/local missions.

Danielle Lewis
Youth Ministry Assistant

Danielle has been attending RiverOaks since 2014, and became a member in 2016. She was in the youth group from 2014-2020. Danielle loves building relationships and getting to know the girls in the youth group. In addition, she enjoys planning events, and finding ways to include everyone.

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