adventure Awaits

Meet the Leaders

Sunday mornings | Wednesday | missions


Brian and Julie Benton met on June 1, 1986. They were married on July 25, 1987. Anyone who is quick

with a math problem can tell you that the elapsed time from meeting to marriage was not long. But, as

both of them will tell you, when it’s right, it’s right. They both truly believe that God put them together

at the right time and place for the purpose of building a life together. And that’s exactly what they have


The Benton’s are parents to three adult children, who are all happily married, and three grand dogs.

They were very involved with their children in many various activities as they grew up which included

sports, music, school and yes, church. While living in Hickory, NC, Brian and Julie served as Sunday

School teachers in the youth department of their church. Then, when their kids were grown and off at

school, the opportunity presented itself for them to lead the young married couple’s class. They

gratefully accepted and began a ministry that quickly became a passion for both of them. In short, that

passion can be described as an intense desire to help disciple younger generations into more spiritually

mature believers, equipped to meet the challenges and scrutiny that their faith will most definitely

endure. That is a mission that they continue to this day.

Brian and Julie moved to Sunset Beach in May of 2020. Finding a church home in the middle of a

pandemic was a challenge to say the least. However, after visiting a few churches, they found a home at

River of Life Baptist. When asked why here at ROLBC, their answer is simple. You can feel the warmth

of the love Christ when you walk in the door. In short, Christ is here.


The Youth

 Welcome to River of Life Youth Group! We are made up of a tight knit group of students ranging from 7th grade through college. We enjoy meeting weekly, serving our community, and going on mission trips together! We would love to have you join us!


The Yellow Couch

It's Waiting!

This is the central hub of the youth group's home base. We spend our Sunday morning, Wednesday afternoons, and any in-betweens gathered around this couch.

We are located directly beside the kitchen to the left.

The youth room features: a chalk board wall, our yellow couch, flat screen TV, coffee maker, and lots of fun! We have everything you need for a great time, now all that's missing is you!

Yearly Events

Latest Mission trip

Trees and Mountains
2020 Mission Trip

Watch it Here

Past Mission Trips

Image by Brian Erickson
2019 Mission Trip

Watch it Here

Christmas Programs


Written by our very own youth member, Kyleigh Abernethy, "A Christmas Visit" tells the story of a grumpy old man who finds the real meaning of Christmas through some unexpected visitors. 


This year our annual Christmas program had to look different, instead of putting on a live performance for the congregation we deiced to create a movie. This was the youth group's first movie production but we enjoyed pulling together to create something new for our church while still enjoying the spirit of Christmas. We felt that the Grinch is a perfect example of how we can always look to the true meaning of Christmas for hope even when our circumstances are less than merry. We hope you enjoy, "How the Grinch Found Christ" !

We Can't Wait to Meet you!