River City Christian’s High School Ministry hopes to engage students wherever they are in their faith journey, whether they have been raised in the church or just stepping into a church building for the first time. We believe high school students have the potential to make a significant impact on their friends, families, schools, or any other part of their life. To help them discover more about Jesus we gather Sunday evenings to hang out, get to know each other, worship, and dive into scripture. With thousands of students in the greater Sacramento area, it is our hope to reach, develop, and support students in a way that will impact their relationship with Jesus for the rest of their lives.

Youth Group 

Sundays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at River City Christian

High school students are invited to join for our weekly gathering at River City Christian for games, worship and a message from God’s word. We will begin the night on the patio (weather permitting) before moving inside. If weather is bad, youth group will start in the Gym. The best way to stay up to date with location information is by joining the high school texting service. Text HSM to 916-915-0905 to opt in.

Stay Connected

We encourage students to follow and interact with us on the High School Ministries Instagram account. We also recommend joining our texting service for updates on events. Text HSM to 916-915-0905 to opt-in.

CIY MOVE (Summer Conference)

High school students, don’t miss our 5-day summer conference happening July 15-20 at Biola University! Live like a college student for a week while you connect with others and have your faith stretched. High school students will attend worship sessions throughout the week where they will build connections with others as well as be challenged to be kingdom workers and grow closer to Jesus.


  • Location: Biola University
  • Cost: $510
  • Date: July 15-20
  • Departure Time: 6:00 a.m. on July 15
  • Return Time: 5:30 p.m on July 20
  • Meals: Meals on Biola University’s campus are included with each ticket. However, students will be responsible for 4 meals during the drive down and the drive back.
  • Additional Costs: We recommend students bring money for additional costs like the CIY store that will be on campus, coffee shop, etc.
  • Travel: We will be taking our River City Christian buses for our drive down as well as vehicles driven by our leaders.
  • Dorm Room: Students will be assigned dorm rooms on Biola’s campus with 2 students per room.
  • CIY Info: CIY is a summer conference for high school students to learn how to live on mission. This year’s theme is “Rest”. While CIY is great for building your relationship with Jesus, it is also a great way to build connections with others! There will be plenty of fun activities and free time for students to get to know each other and grow friendships!

Weekly Small Groups

Several small groups of high school students meet throughout the week to provide community and spiritual growth. Small groups meet outdoors in a variety of locations, including River City Christian. Please contact us for more information on small group meeting days/times. We’d love to have you join us!

Email highschool@rivercitychristian.org or text “HSM” to (916) 915-0905  if you have any questions or would like to join one of our High School small groups.


Are leaders and volunteers background checked?

Yes, the safety of your student is extremely important to River City Christian. One of the steps we take to ensure safety is requiring background checks on all volunteers working with students 18 and under.

Does my student have to be Christian to attend?

No. Jesus told us to go out and make disciples. It is our hope that we will be able to help your student’s faith develop no matter where they are in their own personal spiritual journey. We seek to create environments in which students will feel comfortable bringing their friends whether they consider themselves Christians yet or not.

What are you teaching my student?

We believe the Word of God is to be held with high regard. So, each leadership team within River City Student Ministries spends time carefully planning out series that will communicate the truths of scripture in a relevant way. You are always welcome to ask about the current series that is being taught.

What happens during small groups?

We believe participation in small groups is the most effective way for students to connect with each other and with adult leaders who sincerely care about them. Small groups discuss the lessons that were presented in the big group, develop relationships with one another through sharing life experiences, play games that build trust and community, and pray for one another.

Does my student need to check-in when they arrive?

When students arrive for youth group, we ask that they stop by our Check-In Station. Checking in helps us minister to each family in a number of ways. It allows us to follow up with your student, know who is on campus, and have the most up to date contact information for communication purposes.

What if my student has food or other allergies?

If your student has food allergies please let the pastor of that area know right away. At all events as well as trips off campus, we do our best to make sure each student’s dietary needs are safely met.


Rob Phillips is River City Christian’s Pastor of Student Ministries. He originally joined the River City staff as the Middle School Pastor in July of 2020. His love for sharing the Gospel and ministering to high school students and their families continues to grow. He believes that high school is a vital time in life and wants to do everything he can to help students grow in their relationship with Jesus. He also believes that High School Ministries should be fun! Rob graduated from William Jessup University in 2012 with a B.A. in Youth Ministry and a Minor in Bible and Theology. When he is not at church you can find Rob spending time with his wife Sarah, coaching high school football, or eating delicious food!