2020 Montreat Youth Conferences

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

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.

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

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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Conference 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.

Mich Phillips – Recreation Leader

Mich lives in the ever changing weather state of Kansas, smack dab in the mid-west. She is currently serving as the Director of Christian Education and Congregational Ministries at The Kirk on the other side of the Heartland in Missouri. Michelle or Mich as most call her, enjoys evening movies outside with her family and friends.

Conference Registration Info

We want you to be as informed as possible before you register! We've created a page with a lot of information pertaining to registration, conference participation, and cost. We highly encourage you to read it before filling out the registration form. It should answer a lot of your questions.


Limited scholarships are available for this conference.

Conference Fee

Dec. 1
Jan. 20
Feb. 20
Mar. 20
Apr. 20
April 20
Conference Registration

  • Housing & meals not included.
  • Includes $5 community services fee
($100 deposit)
($100 deposit)
($100 deposit)
($100 deposit)
($100 deposit)
($100 deposit)
Registration Fee
Individual Registration
(Only available Weeks 1 & 6)

  • Includes Conference Center housing & meals.
  • Includes $5 community services fee
$625 ($100 deposit)

Housing Fee

Weeks 1 & 6 Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy
Assembly Inn

  • Private Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$659 $419 $339
Assembly Inn

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$539 $359 ---

  • Shared Bathrooms
  • Modest Housing
$509 $344 ---
Glen Rock Inn & Apartment

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Modest Housing
$539 $359 $299
Weeks 2, 3, 4 & 5 Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy
Assembly Inn

  • Private Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$755 $467 $371
Assembly Inn

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$599 $389 ---

  • Shared Bathrooms
  • Modest Housing
$509 $344 ---
Glen Rock Inn & Apartment

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Modest Housing
$539 $359 $299
College Housing
Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy
Anderson Hall

  • Private Bathroom
$617.65 $485.35 $411.85
McGregor Hall

  • Shared Bathroom
$548.35 $422.35 $369.85
Howerton Hall

  • Private Bathrooms
  • Not available in June.
    Limited availability in July.
$491.65 $365.65 $332.05


Conference Participant

The Montreat Youth Conferences are designed for high school students, entering freshmen through graduated seniors, and their group leaders. Although you are required to have at least one fully registered adult (aka "back home leader") in your group, we recommend one registered adult chaperone for every six youth that attend the conference. Adults must be housed with their youth.

Special Opportunities for High School Juniors and Seniors

Young people who have an interest in worship leadership as well as a hunger to explore God’s call on their lives may participate in the Jeremiah Project. Rising juniors and seniors who have previously participated in a Montreat Youth Conference may apply to be part of a special small group that prepares for worship leadership, participates in keynote and discusses vocation. Back home leaders will receive more information about Jeremiah Project sixty days before their conference begins. Registration for the Jeremiah Project is not open at this time.

Opportunities for College Students

College students have an opportunity to participate in the Youth Conference as a member of the collegiate work crew. We are looking for college students who want to attend the conference with their church groups. They will have the chance to help the conference planning team during the week. They will work behind the scenes, learn the ropes, and get a close-up look at what is involved in running a Youth Conference. Look for more work crew information in your back home packet. No application is necessary; just make sure that they are registered as a part of your church group.

Opportunities for Younger Children

Children who are not eligible to participate in the youth conference may attend the Clubs & Child Care program. Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited.

Opportunities for Adults

If you are 21+, a member of a denomination in the Reformed tradition, and are interested in applying to be a small group leader for the youth conferences, call 828.419.9833. You may be both a small group leader and a back home leader ONLY if there is another adult with your home group attending the conference. Your registration fee is waived, and your room, board, and travel are covered! All small group leaders must be members of congregations that are members of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (for a listing of member churches, go to www.wcrc.ch).

Groups who bring extra adults to function as cooks, drivers, etc. may purchase one of three wristbands available:

  • Keynote Only – allows adults to attend keynote sessions only;
  • Recreation Only – allows adults to attend recreation events only;
  • Both Keynote & Recreation – allows adults to attend all keynote & conference recreation events, but not small group sessions.

Adults wearing wristbands will be expected to adhere to all youth conference guidelines. Evening worship services are the only youth conference events open to the public without a conference wristband.

Mission Experience

Considering a Mission Trip? Add a Montreat summer mission experience to your youth conference week instead! Build in a meaningful community helping project for a fraction of what a separate mission trip would cost. Your youth group can make a real difference in the world, while the youth conference is making a difference for them!

Each summer, Asheville Youth Mission (AYM) partners with Montreat Conference Center to provide mission programming options for groups attending the Montreat Youth Conferences. These options include a day-long program on Sunday or a Wednesday afternoon mission project.

Specific registration information about the Mission Experience with Asheville Youth Mission is available upon registering for the conference.


First Youth Conference?

Is this your first time bringing a group to Montreat? Contact Susie Burns to walk you through the process at 828.419.9814 or email her at susieb@montreat.org.

Back Home Packet

The youth conference back home packet will help you prepare for this summer’s youth conference. Sixty days prior to your conference, you will receive the packet via email with additional information specific to your conference week.

Covenant Form

MyMontreat.org (available at a later date) will allow group leaders to do the following:

  • The group leader will be able to send a link to their youth allowing them to complete and sign their covenant/participant information online.
  • Once completed, the group leader can print out the completed conference covenant signature page.

When you receive your back home packet sixty days before your conference, you will be given further instructions about this process. You can also find instructions at MyMontreat.org.

Small Group Leaders and Planning Team

Leaders of youth are a critical part of the equation. If you are 21 or older and can contribute some part of your summer, consider being a small group leader for a Montreat youth conference!

Want to be part of the planning for a future Montreat youth conference! High school youth and adults can apply to be on a planning team.

Conference Resources

Need some tools to promote your trip to a youth conference? Check out our youth conference resources for educational materials to print and place around your church, logos to incorporate into your own promo pieces, and an inventory of resources from past youth conferences.

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