2020 Montreat Youth Conferences

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Montreat Youth Conference is a unique gathering of young people from all over the country for a week of study, worship, and recreation.

A Montreat Conference Center Program
June 7–August 8, 2020

Youth 1: June 7–13 | Youth 2: June 14–20 | Youth 3: July 12–18 | Youth 4: July 19–25 | Youth 5: July 26–August 1 | Youth 6: August 2–8

Montreat Youth Conference (MYC) is designed for high school students, entering freshmen through graduated seniors, and for their group leaders. We offer six conference weeks each summer. There are four main parts of every day at MYC:

  • Keynote – The keynote session gathers everyone together for movement and group building (fondly known as energizers), announcements, music, and keynote. Keynote is a 45 minute-ish presentation engaging conferees in that day’s scriptural theme. After keynote, conferees head to small group sessions.
  • Small Groups – Small groups allow youth to form relationships with others in order to have honest discussions with each other about questions raised during keynote and worship. Small group sessions are led by trained small group leaders, who guide conversation and lead group building activities.
  • Worship – After dinner, everyone gathers for worship. In worship, youth engage the Word of God as they seek to understand and respond to the challenges and triumphs of being a high schooler in the twenty-first century. Youth Conference worship is joyful, reflective, and seeks to glorify God using many creative gifts of the participants.
  • Recreation – Recreation events are featured throughout the day and include everything from dance, games, and group building activities to snow cone parties, international crafts, and service. Energizers are a much beloved Montreat tradition, pairing popular music and simple movements everyone can enjoy.

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Key Leadership

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Youth Conference Weeks I & II

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Gail Henderson-Belsito – Keynote Leader

Even though I love to teach, preach, and pray with people, I find my greatest joy in silence and solitude, with my journal and several pens in various colors close by.

Chris Henry – Preacher

Chris loves running long distances, grilling on the Big Green Egg, watching Duke basketball, reading novels, and traveling with friends and family (especially to the mountains of western Colorado and North Carolina).

Steve Lindsley – Music Leader

When Steve Lindsley is not being a pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, or sermonizing, or songwriting/gigging, or keynoting/leading music for various retreats and conferences, or working out, or enjoying a beach vacation with his wife and two teenage sons, or cheering on his beloved Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets, it probably means he’s sleeping.

Jerry Chapman – Music Leader

Jerry is a full-time musician, spending his days and nights (and Sunday mornings) playing restaurants, listening rooms, coffeehouses, and, of course, churches.

Carla Dos Santos-Webb – Music Leader

She seeks to point to God's presence and power through youth ministry, mentorship, and the daily grind of a Christ-centered life.

Kim McNeill – Recreation Leader

Kim has served youth and their families at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC for the past 12 years. She loves games that make you laugh and trips in the van.

Kyrie Blocker – Recreation Leader

Kyrie is a Nursing student at Florida State University. She works as a barista at her Ukirk coffee shop and on the nursery staff at her church.

Youth Conference Weeks III & IV

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Rodger Nishioka – Keynote Leader

The son of an honorably retired Presbyterian pastor, Rodger is evidence that you can be a pastor's kid and still love Jesus.

Clare Parry Lozano – Preacher

Clare loves her call as pastor at Heritage Presbyterian Church in Olathe, KS, where the Spirit is on the move and helping shape a community of radical welcome and love.

Marcus Hong – Music Leader

Marcus A. Hong is a cultivator of worship who has served in congregations, new worshiping communities, college chapels, and youth groups for over fifteen years.

Darci McKinnon – Music Leader

Darci is passionate about making a joyful noise in anyway that makes your inner heart sing and your outer voice resonate.

Kelly Fitzgerald – Recreation Leader

Fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit - she loves a good laugh, a fun game, and a solid high five between friends both old and new.

Cliff Haddox – Recreation Leader

Cliff is a husband and father of two kids who enjoy play as much as he does, and is happy to talk about how faith, geek culture, and the latest board & video games all fit together.

Youth Conference Weeks V & VI

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Mark Yaconelli – Keynote Leader

Mark is a veteran retreat leader, youth worker, speaker, and community activist.

Cecelia Armstrong – Preacher

Lovingly called Pastor CC, she loves children, enjoys dancing, and adores butterflies.

Tony McNeill – Music Leader

Dr. Tony McNeill affectionately known at "Dr. T.," is a sought-after workshop clinician, lecturer, consultant, mentor, and guest choral conductor throughout the country.

Laura Becker – Recreation Leader

Laura is a child of God, wife, mom, pastor, knitter, cross-word puzzler, and amateur crafter who loves TV political dramas and Broadway musicals.

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