Behind the Scenes at RUSH
who are we and who leads us?
At RUSH, our mission is the Great Commission. We’re here to help develop disciples and truly desire to see lives changed. We pour all we can into our students and families, praying they’ll be impacted and transformed by this ministry through a personal, saving relationship with Jesus Christ. We know one person can be the light someone else needs, and our hope is that the light will continue to ignite and reignite in others.
We know raising teens can be challenging, that’s why we’re committed to helping parents during these trying years. We walk alongside them to train their children in the way they should go, teaching them how to live as disciples of Christ. It’s our #1 goal to see teens transform into Christ-centered, Spirit-filled, people-loving, world changers.
What’s RUSH Like?
Where’s a place you can go to hang out with your friends while feeling encouraged and loved? It’s right here.
On Wednesday nights during the school year, 6-12th grade students get together to enjoy an impactful and relatable message, while catching up with others their age. We kick off each evening with student-led worship and break out into large group lessons or small group discussions.
Join us from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Southside Church
RUSH helps students shape a Biblical worldview, consistently reinforcing the fact that they are loved by the one true God and have value, meaning and purpose.
ASSOCIATE PASTOR - YOUTH MINISTRY
J.R. was born in Racine, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse, double majoring in Finance and IT, and received an MBA from Marquette University. J.R. lives with his wife Amber, son Reggie, and daughter Rya. J.R. is a passionate Chicago Bears & Cub fan and Chick-Fil-A fanatic.
DIRECTOR - YOUTH MINISTRY
Christina grew up in Sussex, WI. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UW-LaCrosse and her graduate degree in Speech Pathology from UW-Whitewater. Christina lives in Oostburg with her husband, Aaron, and her three children, Sullivan, Sawyer, and Claire. She enjoys reading, listening to music, running, and the ocean.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - YOUTH MINISTRY
Mary was born in Minneapolis, MN, and attended the University of Minnesota. She currently lives with her "Chicago Bears loving" husband Mark of 20+ years, as well as her own in-house youth group, teenage sons Christian and Charlie and daughter TJ. Her oldest son Sam is currently working and residing in St. Paul, MN.