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2022 Montreat Youth Conferences

June 5–August 6, 2022SummerYouth
A Montreat Conference Center program

2022 Dates

Week 1 June 5–11
Week 2 June 12–18
Week 3 July 10–16
Week 4 July 17–23
Week 5 July 24–30
Week 6 July 31–August 6

A Montreat Youth Conference affirms youth in their calling to be and to shape the church of Jesus Christ.
Our desire is to help youth come to know and believe that they are the beloved of God and to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. We seek to be an inclusive space where each voice can be heard and where each heart can be molded; where change is invited, challenge is expected, and where all are embraced.

We have spent the last year, and more, in a season of disconnect through our challenges and circumstances. God calls us to be connected in all aspects of life. Through the stories of Mary and Martha, Jacob and Esau, Jeremiah, and many others, we are reminded that we are all inter-connected in God’s intentional actions. Join us as we explore the many ways that we can reconnect to live out God’s call.

Youth leave Montreat knowing that:

Their faith matters.
They are loved as they are.
They are part of a community of faith.

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Leaders

Youth Conference Weeks 1 & 2

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.

Omayra González-Méndez – Recreation Leader

Omayra is a news video editor, a movie lover, and super passionate about the church. From media reports, pictures, and videos, she takes every free minute to work in different organizations of the Presbyterian Church, both locally and internationally. As an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Hato Rey, she works with youth society and finance ministries. All matters of the church, processes and creation, fascinated her.

Maggie DeMaria – Recreation Leader

Maggie is a native of Athens, GA and is currently studying exercise and sports science and public policy at the University of Georgia. She is an avid fan of hot Krispy Kreme donuts, tap dancing, the Georgia Bulldawgs, and going on roadtrips with friends. After attending the youth conferences, serving on Planning Team, and working on Summer Staff, Maggie is excited to grow and play in her new role this summer!

Youth Conference Weeks III & IV

Chris Lee – Keynote Leader

Chris is the Pastor of Discipleship and Play at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church in Richardson, Texas. Chris enjoys thinking and creating outside the box. He is married and is the proud dad of two absolutely amazing girls. Chris believes in working hard and playing hard!

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

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.

Anne Russ – Recreation Leader

What Is MYC?

Worship & Keynote

Worship and keynote engage youth in the theme and challenge all in attendance to faith exploration and growth. Using scripture, Reformed theology, and song, youth are affirmed and united as children of God. During keynote, everyone gathers for group building, announcements, and song. During worship, youth hear the Word of God proclaimed in word, song, and action.

Small Group

Small group is a place where youth can share their journey of faith with peers through respectful conversations. Small group sessions are led by trained adult leaders who facilitate honest discussions about the themes presented in keynote and worship. It is an important time where youth can dive deeper into the conference theme, while forming bonds and making dear friends with youth outside of their congregation.

Recreation

We engage youth physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in events that build up the Christian community while having fun! We believe that people who can play together can pray together; people who can sing together can talk together; and people who can dance together can walk together.

Back Home Time

Back Home Groups are the people you come with to Montreat. Each evening groups gather together to connect through prayer and conversation. Our hope is that experiences in keynote, worship, small groups, and recreation will provide all the content youth need to have some meaningful conversations with their back home group. Materials are provided to help adult leaders debrief the amazing events and emotions of each day with their youth.

Conference & Housing Rates

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. Below is information about scholarships, the cost of conference only registration per participant, and the cost of Conference Center and College housing.

Scholarships

We think Youth Conference is an important and formative part of a young person's faith journey and understand that it's not something affordable to everyone. As such, we have a limited number of scholarships available for this conference.

Conference Cost

Registrations made before December 1 require a $100 per person deposit paid to the conference registrar no more than 10 days after registering.

Rates increase on April 2.

On or Before April 1
($100 deposit)
After April 1
(paid in full)
Conference Registration

  • Housing & meals not included.
  • Includes $5 community services fee
$295 $345

Conference Center & College Housing Options

Montreat Conference Center Housing Info

Rates are PER PERSON and include room for six nights and meals in Assembly Inn’s Galax Dining Room (Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast). A $50 per person non-refundable housing deposit is required (this is included in your $100 registration deposit).

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

  • Private Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$679 $439 $359*
Assembly Inn

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$559 $379 ---
Winsborough

  • Shared Bathrooms
  • Modest Housing
$529 $364 ---
Glen Rock Inn & Apartment

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Modest Housing
$559 $379 $319
Weeks 2, 3, 4 & 5
Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy
Assembly Inn

  • Private Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$775 $487 $391*
Assembly Inn

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$619 $409 ---
Winsborough

  • Shared Bathrooms
  • Modest Housing
$529 $364 ---
Glen Rock Inn & Apartment

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Modest Housing
$559 $379 $319

* A limited number of triple occupancy Assembly Inn with private bath rooms are available.

Montreat College Dorm Housing Info

Rates are PER PERSON and include room for six nights and meals in Montreat College's Howerton Hall (Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast). A $50 per person non-refundable housing deposit is required (this is included in your $100 registration deposit).

Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy
Anderson Hall

  • Private Bathroom
$658.35 $519.44 $442.24**
McGregor Hall

  • Shared Bathroom
$585.59 $453.29 $398.18**
Howerton Hall<

  • July Only
  • Shared Bathroom
$526.05 $393.75 $358.49**

** All rooms have two twin beds. Third person in a room must bring their own sleeping bag, air mattress, or cot.

Private Housing

Make your own arrangements directly with a private cottage owner or rental agency. A small list of local houses and cottages can be found on our Other Housing page. A private cottager list can be acquired by contacting Hope Barker at hopeb@montreat.org.

Refunds & Cancellations

Please view the Youth Conference Registration FAQ for information regarding refunds and cancellations.

Ways to Participate

Montreat Youth Conference is for graduated 8th grade to graduated 12th grade young people and their leaders. Participation in MYC includes access to Keynote and Worship, Conference Recreation,—like late-evening energizer parties, scavenger hunts, and other activities—and Small Groups where you’ll unpack the message of the day and build bonds with other Youth and with God.

Opportunities for Youth

Jeremiah Project (JP) is a special small group for graduated 10th to graduated 12th graders who have an interest in worship leadership and a hunger to explore God’s call on their lives. There is an application to participate. More information will be provided to Back Home Leaders at a later date.

Opportunities for Group Leaders

Back Home Leaders (BHL) are the people that bring youth to Montreat. They often help plan the trip, serve as chaperones while the group is onsite, and guide evening discussions and debriefs in the Back Home Groups.

Chaperones are important to the MYC experience. Chaperones act as drivers, cooks, and covenant protectors. We recommend 1 registered adult per every six (6) youth that attend.

Work Crew is for college-aged students to word behind the scenes and get a close-up look at how a Youth Conference is run. These registered participants are able to attend the conference with their church groups.

Other Opportunities

MYC wouldn’t be able to exist without the important work done by our wonderful volunteers. As such, there are always opportunities to participate in MYC in support and planning roles! You can register to be a part of a Planning Team or become a Small Group Leader to lead our young people in discussion. For all opportunities, visit montreat.org/get-involved.

Resources

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.

Registration FAQ

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.

Back Home Leader Information

Back Home Leaders are super important to the Montreat Experience! The link at the button below will provide you with resources and the necessary information to help your youth conference experience be a success.

Marketing Resources

Past MYC Theme Resources

Phone Number

800.572.2257

Physical Address

401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757

Mailing Address

Montreat Conference Center
PO 969
Montreat, NC 28757

Business Office

Montreat Conference Center
318 Georgia Terrace
Montreat, NC 28757

The Montreat Store

828.669.5298
Moore Center, Second Floor
303 Lookout Road
Montreat, NC 28757

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