PULSE is a Christ centered group where teens can come to worship the Lord and have a great time together. The acronym PULSE stands for Purposefully United to Love, Serve, and Evangelize. This principle is taken from Philippians 2:2, “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”

Every Wednesday night at 7, PULSE meets for fellowship, snacks, exciting games, and messages from the Word of God, all focused on unifying teens and pushing them towards serving Jesus Christ.

PULSE Outreach starts at 5 on Wednesday nights, and is a great way for teens to evangelize throughout the community. Whether it be going door to door, helping shut-ins, or hanging signs around town for upcoming events, outreach gives the youth an opportunity to serve the Lord together.

For those who are in 7th-12th grade, PULSE is the perfect place to connect with fellow Christian teens. It offers the opportunity to unify in loving and serving both others and God.

Ministry Leaders

Josh and Emily Gerwitz

Josh and Emily Gerwitz

Youth Pastor

Pastor Josh and Emily came to Ripley Tabernacle Baptist in February of 2017. They moved here from South Point Ohio where they served as Youth Director.  Their heart is fully devoted to the teens of Ripley Tabernacle and what to teach and train our young people to love and serve God in all that they do.  They want to help the church in training the next generation of Pastors, deacons, teachers and all other types of ministry workers. They have a 1 year old, Titus, and are very excited to be here and look forward to seeing what God does through them for our youth.

James and Anna Messick

James and Anna Messick


James and Anna Messick have been serving together at RTBC since their marriage in June 2018.  James grew up in Alberta, Canada where he was saved at a young age.  Anna has been serving at RTBC along with her parents since 2002.  Anna was saved during a revival service at RTBC when she was 10 years old.  James and Anna graduated from Pensacola Christian College in May of 2018.  They both have a heart for young people as well as many of the other ministries of the church.  Even though they both have full-time careers in Accounting and Teaching respectively, they believe they have a responsibility to their Savior to serve Him and help others find Him.



Wednesday Nights




Throughout the evening your group will be on one of two teams. Your team will compete in various competitions to see which team is the best!


Teenagers from various parts of West Virginia and Ohio will be with us for this memorable evening. Sometimes we just need to be reminded that there are other teens standing for Christ as well. There is nothing quite like being with hundreds of other Christian teenagers who are singing praises to God and being challenged to stand for Jesus Christ.


We know that teenagers love to eat and if you are going to have food we believe it should be good. It is with that thought we once again plan to bring in Chick-fil-A sandwiches.


Music helps to prepare the hearts of people for the preaching. It is our desire to please the Lord with the music that is sung. We strive to have music that will stir the hearts of everyone that is there.

The purpose of having this rally is to challenge Christians to take a stand for Christ and to encourage those who are ‘lost’ to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

During our opening rally and throughout the night we will have several crazy games for the teens to enjoy.

Visit the Rally Website!


Teen Parent E-Mail List


Parents Medical Release Form