Local Outreach

ESL Meetup

We provide ESL Bible studies for International students on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm. Click here more information or contact Pastor Josh at josh@rugglesbaptistchurch.org.

Local Missionaries We Support

Jeff Bass

Jeff Bass is the Executive Director of the Emmanuel Gospel Center, which equips the urban church in Greater Boston for effective community ministry.  EGC seeks to understand how God is at work in the city, using applied research to discern the places where the Church can make the most difference, then teaching, training, networking and equipping Christian leaders in these places through its various programs.  At EGC, Jeff is responsible primarily for the strategic direction of the ministry, including leadership development, program development and fundraising.  Jeff and his wife Ellen moved to Boston in 1981 and became members of Ruggles during Pastor Showalter’s first year, and Jeff was on the Ruggles staff from 1987 to 1991.  Jeff and Ellen are members of River of Life Church in Jamaica Plain (a dual Ruggles church plant), live on Mission Hill land purchased from Ruggles in 1986, and have two grown children, David and Peter.

Dale Karasek

Dale is a volunteer football coach at Brookline High School. He is also involved with the Brookline Coalition Against Substance Abuse (B-CASA) and assists the faculty advisor of the Christian club at the high school. You may email him at dale@rugglesbaptistchurch.org.

Linda Smith

Linda serves as the Ministry Director of the Boston-Southwest chapter of Young Life Capernaum, a ministry of Young Life. Young Life Capernaum Ministries is a program of Young Life Capernaum, especially for kids and young adults with disabilities. Capernaum gives them the chance to have fun, make friends, develop self-esteem and begin a relationship with Jesus Christ. Read more about this ministry at younglife.org. You may contact Linda directly at capernaumbsw@gmail.com.