Here at Ridgedale our desire is that students would treasure Christ, love one another, and embrace the lost. We seek to accomplish this by equipping students for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12-13), through the Word, worship, missions, and discipleship. It is our prayer and passion that through these core convictions we may present each student who comes through Ridgedale Student Ministry as mature in Christ (Col. 1:28) to the glory of His name.

Our hope is that RSM can play a part in reaching students in the city of Chattanooga for the Kingdom of God and bringing them into the family of believers. Our goal is for RSM to be just that, a family of students and leaders from all walks of life growing and maturing together in Christ.

We hope that both students and parents can be connected to everything that’s happening here at RSM. Listed below are some of the ways we’d love to connect with you through our weekly programming.

Student Worship: Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm

Student Worship is our time for the RSM family to come together as a whole! Our Wednesday night gathering is open for students from 6th-12th grade to attend and is located in the gym (CLC). Students can enter through the Encounter entrance on the west side of the church. At Student Worship there will be time for hanging out, shooting hoops, playing 9 square as well as, worship through song and through the Word and 25 minute breakout groups to discuss our time in the Word. Student Worship is always fun, engaging, and high energy and is an awesome time to get plugged in to the RSM family!

Student Worship is taking off for the summer but will pick back up on Wednesday August 21!

Sunday Small Groups: Sundays 9:15-10:15 am

Sunday Small Groups is another great way to get plugged in to what’s going on in RSM! We gather in the student area next to the gym in the mornings for some time of fellowship, video games in The Hall, waking up with a cup of coffee or playing some ping-pong before splitting off into small groups. Our groups are separated into middle school boys, middle school girls, high school boys, and high school girls to allow students to feel comfortable interacting with students their own age. Our small group leaders are absolute rockstars and facilitate in-depth Bible study and discussion as well as fostering a great community atmosphere. Once small groups are out, meet up with your parents or head in with your friends to either our traditional or Encounter services as we worship corporately as the Church!

What we’re studying this summer: 1 Thessalonians

Our Sunday Small Groups are beginning a study that will last throughout the summer based in the book of 1 Thessalonians. 1 Thessalonians is a unique book where we see Paul writing to a church that he has very little exposure to but displays a deep sense of care for. It’s our hope that through this study we will lay some foundations for RSM being a community where students love one another, not because of common interests, but because of a common connection in the Gospel. We’d love for you to join us as we look into the Word each Sunday!

Parent Partnership

Click the link above to see how we at Ridgedale Baptist church seek to partner with parents for the sake of the Gospel.  On this page you will find help on leading and discipling your family.  We have an email based Parenting Class, helpful articles, and videos.

Coming Soon:

Movie Night: Nachos & Nacho // June 12

Join us this Wednesday from 5:45-7:30p in the gym for our first Movie Night! We’ll be watching Nacho Libre and enjoying some DELICIOUS nachos. Have questions? Contact Chris Frakes at

Hike Day: Signal Point // June 22

Rain, rain, go AWAY! On June 22 we will be heading out to Signal Point for our first official Hike Day. We will meet at 9:30a on Saturday morning at Ridgedale and load up the bus to drive up to Signal Mountain and hit the trailhead. Make sure to bring comfortable clothes to hike in, good shoes, hammocks if you have them, snacks for sure, and a backpack to carry anything you need on the trail. Once we get off the trail students will call for pick up back at Ridgedale, but parents can plan on us being done around 3:30p. Come get some fresh air and see some beautiful sights with us!


Our summer calendar is up and we are already one event in! Cookout was INCREDIBLE but there is so much more to come! Join us as we spend some great time in community this summer with hikes, movie nights, and the occasional afternoon in Coolidge Park. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Chris Frakes for more information.

A Word from Chris

It’s my hope and desire that we can see RSM grow into a ministry of students that is not just numerically large, but spiritually deep. Everyone that walks through the doors of RSM immediately is part of what we’re doing here in making RSM a family, not merely a student ministry. I have always believed that great student ministries are not built within the walls of an office or in the programming of the ministry, they’re built by leaders investing their time, energy, and influence into the lives of students. If your student is involved in any activities please let us know, we would love to be active in supporting your student in those activities to further build relationships. If you have schedules for school activities or any questions about events, serving in RSM, or just general inquiries please feel free to email me at We can’t wait to connect with your students as we continue reaching the next generation for the Kingdom of God.

Chris Frakes//Student Pastor

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