Connect with each other, connect with God

Here at Riverbend, the Student Ministry exists to teach students about God, equip them to make disciples and prepare them for a life of faith. From our weekly services, small group times, and our insane events like Inside Out and Summer Camp, we want to see our students become vibrant followers of Christ, and flourish in their relationship with each other and their leaders.


For more information


Pastor: Doug Congdon
Director: Samantha Cooper
Director: Doug Pittenger
Coordinator: Ryan Mears
Phone: 512 327-3540


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Weekly Programs

Sunday @ 9:45AM

Sundays from 9:45-11:00AM
Student Center | 
For all students

Join us every Sunday morning for a time of fellowship, worship, teaching and small groups! Show up early for donuts and coffee. Open to all middle school and high school students.


Sunday @ 11:15AM

Sundays from 11:15AM–12:15PM
Student Center | For middle school

For students grade 6–8, we are excited about combining an energetic activity with a biblical lesson in a smaller setting.


Sundays TBD
Student Center | For all students

At Sabbath we focus on building a community of students who are willing to go deeper in their relationship with God and take some risks. Each week we will have a short lesson, eat dinner, and hang out together.

Annual Events

Inside Out

FEB 2017 | For all students

This year, we are excited to join with other churches from all over Austin for our winter retreat weekend!  We will gather together with hundreds (or thousands) of other students for incredible times of worship and teaching and then return to houses for discussion and fun.  We are so excited to see what God is going to do with this new plan!

Summer Camp

Summer 2017 | All students

This year, we shook things up a bit for camp - we headed to Port Aransas for a week at the beach!  We rented houses near the beach and spent our time soaking up the sun, cooked dinner together, had small groups by the pool, and worshiped on the beach around a bonfire!

Stay tuned for next year's details!

Fall Retreat

NOV 11-13 | High School

Come join us for our annual HS Fall Retreat! We are headed out to Camp Champions for a couple day's worth of bonfires, night games, worship, small groups, and fun. Get away with us, be refreshed and encouraged in your faith.

Cost: $125

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Student Outreach

Mobile Loaves & Fishes (Truck Runs)

2nd Sundays from 11:00AM-2:00PM | Middle School
4th Sundays from 11:00AM–2:00PM | 
High School

As a church body, Riverbend has been incredibly blessed to be able to partner with Mobile Loaves and Fishes in the ministry they do for the homeless population of Austin. The Student Ministry has the unique opportunity to pack meals and deliver them via truck to homeless or food-insecure areas twice a month. We hope that you will come join us as we put the love of God into action in our backyard — it is always a moving experience.


Summer 2017 | High School

Every summer we take a trip to
El Salvador for a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve alongside the youth and adults of the Siloe church. This partnership has changed the lives of all who have been bold enough to go and every year we look forward to the incredible ways God will show up.


AUG 2017 | Middle School

Want a chance to experience what mission work is about without leaving the country? Our 3rd annual MSMA is designed to give middle schoolers the chance to foster a heart for missions and the needs of the less fortunate through serving with our existing Austin ministry partners. Students will serve during the day and come back to Riverbend at night to debrief, worship, and spend the night.