Our Youth Ministry Department is a training ground and we are committed to empowering our students to effectively own and exercise their faith. The great thing about empowering young people is that this is exactly what they desire!
…young people want to be taken seriously today—
not for some distant future leadership position. -Barna Group
We strive to connect students with mentors who challenge, encourage, and guide each student as they take on new leadership and service opportunities within our youth ministries and church as a whole. Beginning in 8th grade our students can complete our Servant Leadership Training course and begin serving within our youth ministry programs. These opportunities are a direct result of our vision statement: Empowering a community of students who passionately love Jesus Christ, selflessly serve one another, and intentionally reach out.
Take a minute to learn about our youth ministry staff and also our RCBC 2017/2018 interns. I am excited to be working with them and together we are excited about helping meet the needs of the youth of our church and our community.
Meet Our Rush Creek Youth Ministry Program Staff
Camron Befus—Associate Youth Director
Camron was born in Costa Rica to missionaries Charles and Joy Befus. Camron began volunteering at Rush Creek in 2011 when he moved to Michigan to begin hisfreshman year of college at Grace Bible College. He was hired as our Youth Ministry Associate Director in 2014. He graduated from GBC with a bachelor’s in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry in April, 2016. Camron is exceptional at building relationships and empowering students to become servant leaders.
I absolutely love serving at Rush Creek Bible Church because there are so many opportunities for students to serve and learn to own their faith. In my own journey to owning my faith was largely through my parent’s encouragement to be actively serve others in our church. When you begin to give of yourself and make sacrifice for others you start finding your purpose in life. It has been incredible to see so many connection points and relationships being formed through our students serving in so many areas of our church.
Kaylee Elder—Administrative Director of Drop Zone
Kaylee has attended Rush Creek since 2000 and began volunteering in Drop Zone in 2010. She was hired on as the Drop Zone intern in the fall of 2014 and has this year accepted the position of Drop Zone Administrative Director. She obtained her Associate’s degree at Grand Rapids Community College and will graduate with her Bachelor’s in Human Services January, 2019 from Grace Bible College. We are very grateful for Kaylee’s example of servant leadership and love for Christ. We truly value her selfless attitude, reliance on God and investment into others and are so excited to see the many ways God is drawing others closer to himself through Kaylee.
Rush Creek has been a place of growth, challenge, and joy in my life. Since the first day of volunteering, the desire of Rush Creek to meet the needs of others with Christ love has been apparent and contagious! Drop Zone has given me an opportunity to see God at work in our community through relationships with students, parents, and school faculty. The progression of watching kids start in Drop Zone as participants, to high school students who serve on the team, and now watching those first year students enter college has been amazing. It is humbling to see God work in the lives of so many as he continues to give opportunity to serve those in Byron Center!