Youth Evangelism Conference 2014

Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC2014)

The Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) exists to evangelize youth, to strengthen the faith of those youth who already follow Jesus Christ and to provide an opportunity for churches across the state to deepen their fellowship with one another.  It will be at the West Virginia Nazarene Camp in Summersville, West Virginia. The theme is Desperate!  The Psalmist wrote, “May all those who seek you be happy and rejoice in you! May those who love to experience your deliverance say continually, “May God be praised!” I am oppressed and needy! O God, hurry to me! You are my helper and my deliverer! O Lord, do not delay!”  (Psalm 70:4-5).  It is my desire that young people develop a hunger for the LORD and the YEC be key in seeing that happen.


Speaker: Dr. Richard Ross - Richard Ross has served as professor of youth ministry in the Jack D. Terry School of Church and Family Ministries since 2000. His entire life has focused on seeing Christ glorified in the lives of teenagers and their parents and leaders. He served as a local-church youth minister for 30 years. Overlapping part of that time was 16 years of service as the youth ministry consultant at LifeWay Christian Resources.

Ross prepared for investment in the lives of teenagers through bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees. He has written over 20 books related to teenagers, youth leaders, and parents of teenagers. Each year he speaks and preaches in over 40 churches, conferences, and conventions.

God whispered the idea for the True Love Waits movement to Jimmy Hester and Richard Ross. The first promises of purity were made by members of Ross’ youth group in 1993. Today the movement has been embraced by 100 denominations and national student organizations in the U.S. and by over 100 countries. Interest in the movement has led Ross to appear on such programs as The Today Show, Nightline, and CNN Headline News—and to be interviewed by The Washington Post, The Washington Times, the New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, Life, Seventeen, and several hundred other newspapers and magazines.  Much more can be found about Dr. Ross at his website.


Leading Worship - Luminate is leading worship for YEC for the second year.  They are a group that has a passion for spreading the love of Jesus.  More information can be found at their website.

Headline Group – Hawk Nelson.  After their sixth studio album and Now with a new label, Hawk Nelson the band has found a new home with Fair Trade Services, longtime guitarist for Hawk Nelson, Jonathan Steingard, has transitioned into the role of frontman after Jason Dunn departed to begin his solo career, and the band of four is now a trio of him, Daniel Biro (bass), and Justin Benner (drums). Many changes. Even more unknowns. But one thing is for certain: Something has clicked, and this album is the proof.

Biro, who founded the band ten years ago, has grown with Hawk Nelson this last decade and believes all of the change has resulted in an honest and God-breathed product. “This time around,” says Biro, “we’re going through all of this emotional change, physical change, and God breathed some new songs that channeled all those feelings and doubts and emotions into these lyrics.”

As much change as Hawk Nelson has undergone in the last year, new lead singer Jonathan Steingard explains the DNA of the band is still the same. “We’re still that high energy band that a church or youth group would book if they want to have a fun youth night,” says Steingard. We want to take what we’ve been and not leave it behind, but grow it a little bit and hopefully be a lot more intentional about what we’re saying.”  More information can be found about Hawk Nelson at their website.

Mission Offering:  Each year we take up a special offering at YEC to fund Mission Scholarships.  The Scholarships are made at the request of students in order to help them go on international mission trips.  This mission fund has enabled many students to make a gospel impact around the world.  Please place ahead to give to this fund.  The fund exists on a first come first serve basis; the larger the fund the more students who can be helped.

Youth Evangelism Conference 2014

  • Director: Matt Shamblin
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