what IS RUSH?
RUSH stands for Rising Up, Seeking Him. It's a boys and girls youth group for 3rd-5th graders that meets on the 1st & 3rd Friday of each month from 6pm-8pm at 8230 Ridge Avenue (Roxborough Church).
We want kids to RISE UP...to be able to realize who God has called them to be and to impact the world for Him.
We want kids to SEEK HIM... to seek God. He is the source and the sustainer of our lives, the originator of all good things. The crazy thing is He wants a relationship with us! We believe that the true source of joy, satisfaction and the ability to fulfill the plan he has for us is to pursue and develop a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus.
what happens at RUSH?
Ricky Gomez is a Philly native and currently serves as Roxborough Church's Children's Ministry Director and has overseen their RUSH program from 2017-2019. He has also assisted with Roxy After-school and Roxy Summer Camp (formerly FUEL After-school and ReFUEL) since 2016.
Ricky holds a B.S. in Christian Studies from Cairn University and has a strong passion to see children and youth know God in a deep and personal way. Outside of Kids Ministry, He loves hanging with his wife, Christina Gomez, coffee, thrifting and good food.
Girls Small Group Leader
Christina Gomez currently is the Director of Education at Roxborough Church (Roxy Education) and has previously served as Director of The Philadelphia Project Preschool (2017-2019) and as a preschool teacher since its beginning in 2014. Christina Gann has been a RUSH leader for 3rd-5th grade girls since 2017 and will help oversee our girls for the 2019-2010 school year!
Christina is passionate about sharing Christ’s love in our community through education! She received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Eastern University and is a certified teacher in the state of Pennsylvania. Christina loves coffee, traveling and is currently finishing her Masters in Education at Cairn University.
Rick Labastida currently serves as Roxborough Church's Youth Ministry Director (6th-12th graders) . He served as a RUSH leader since 2017, helping with activities and leading small groups for our 3rd-5th grade boys. We're excited to have him back with us for another year!
Rick has a heart to help young people know God and see their value in Him. He is also a hip-hop artist, sneaker collector and Pokemon GO fanatic.
All leaders who help out at RUSH have all their required clearances on file at Roxborough Church
For more information, contact Ricky Gomez at