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2023 Montreat Youth Conferences

In•Joy

June 4–August 5, 2023SummerYouth
A Montreat Conference Center program

2023 Dates

Week 1 June 4–10
Week 2 June 11–17
Week 3 July 9–15
Week 4 July 16–22
Week 5 July 23–29
Week 6 July 30–August 5

What does it mean to experience deep, authentic joy? It can often feel inaccessible or artificial, yet opening ourselves up to it provides new possibilities and stretches our boundaries. Join us as we explore the sources and meaning of authentic joy grounded in the light of God’s love and healing power through worship, music, learning, and of course, play!

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.

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

Sarah A. Speed – Keynote Leader

Sarah is the associate pastor for young adults and membership at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. She is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary, a seventh generation Presbyterian pastor, and a part-time poet. Sarah enjoys trying new recipes, visiting local coffee shops, reading on the subway, and any excuse to return to Montreat.

Tom Are – Keynote Leader

​ Tom has been a pastor for 35 years, the last 19 at Village Presbyterian in Kansas City. He loves Montreat and has been a part of Youth Conferences four prior times. He loves Royals' baseball, stories that make you laugh, a book that makes you think, and enough snowfall to close things down for a day or so.

Sue Park – Preacher

​​Sue was born in Korea, grew up in Clearwater, FL, but moved around the U.S. She is a morning person, and though not an avid runner, she enjoys jogging early in the morning.

Kimberly Mendoza – Music Leader

Kim believes everyone has a song in their heart to sing to God and hopes to bring it out of the people she encounters. Throughout her life, Kim has seen the power of music being a bridge-builder between different cultures, backgrounds, and ages, and cannot wait to make a joyful noise with y’all this summer!

David Lukens – Music Leader

David has been the Director of Music at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Tucker, GA, for the past 11 years. There he conducts the adult, youth, children, and handbell choirs. David was also a middle school chorus teacher for ten years until recently transitioning into teaching music technology. When not working, he usually spends his time at home with his wife and his two-and-half-year-old and six-month-old children which definitely keeps him busy! David is so excited to spend time up at Montreat this summer sharing his love of music and God!

Erin Rugh – Recreation Leader

​Erin is the associate pastor for youth and college ministries at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, FL. She believes that the church has a unique and special opportunity to be a space of radical belonging - the kind of place that often seems hard to come by - and is excited to help create that space through play at Montreat this summer. She loves mountain views, good books, lattes, and the "ooh, ahh" part of the "Firework" energizer.

Aghayere "Yere" Guobadia II – Recreation Leader

 Yere has been in the church for as long as he can remember. He has a passion for helping kids navigate through life, growing spiritually and mentally. He's excited to meet some great kids this summer!

Youth Conference Weeks III & IV

Anne Russ – Keynote Leader

Anne is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has been in ministry for over 20 years. Anne is a free-range pastor living in New York and runs a digital ministry platform at doubtingbeliever.com. She teaches online classes, creates liturgy and worship experiences, leads workshops, and fills pulpits when needed. She is a fiercely supportive mom to a 21-year-old BFA musical theater student and has been married for almost 25 years (to the same person).

Ruth Santana-Grace – Preacher

Ruth began serving as executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Philadelphia in February of 2014, making her the first woman and person of color to be installed in their more than 300 year history. She currently serves as co-moderator of the 225th General Assembly of the PC(USA). When Ruth is not working, she can be found swimming in her pool or walking the beach – a spiritual discipline that has sustained her for more than a decade.

DJ Boyd – Music Leader

​​Leading worship is DJ's passion! He is excited anytime we can use music and creative arts to connect people with God. He's been doing this music thing for over 25 years and when he isn't doing that he enjoys working out, exploring parks and quiet places, and anything related to the arts.

Jeremy Tidman – Recreation Leader

​Jeremy is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech, currently living in Richmond, VA, with his wonderful wife and precious pup. He cannot wait to share his energy and joys of Montreat with Theta through the sacred experience of recreation!

Courtney Kraus – Recreation Leader

​Courtney is very excited to lead recreation this Summer at Montreat! She grew up going to First Presbyterian Church in the small town of Hartsville, SC, and attended Auburn University from 2014-2018...War Eagle! She quickly took the call to ministry at MPPC shortly after graduation. She has grown up coming to Montreat conferences since she was in fifth grade and truly believes it is what led her to become a youth director. She loves being around her friends and family, spending time on the Carolina beaches, and hanging out with her English Cream Dachshund, Burkett.

Youth Conference Weeks V & VI

Seth Lovell – Keynote Leader

​Seth is the pastor at Olivet Presbyterian Church, in Charlottesville, VA. He is married and has three amazing children. In addition to spending time with his family, Seth loves hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and cheering on the UVA basketball team.

Loli Reiter – Preacher

​​Rev. Lolimarta Ros Reiter (or Pastor Loli) is the mother of two amazing teenage girls and happily married to John. She has been the pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Seffner for many years where she partners in ministry with a loving and vibrant congregation. Pastor Loli has been the keynote speaker and preacher at a number of camps and conferences and is excited to be at Montreat Youth Conference! She is ready to recreate! She is ready to sing! She is ready to talk Jesus and to talk love with her Kinfolk in Christ in the mountains of Western NC!

Joel Herbert and Dani Rocca – Music Leaders

Joel Michael Herbert and Dani Rocca are singer-songwriters and worship leaders from Nashville, where Dani travels with the worship band Avalon, and Joel runs his own handyman business and is the music minister at Hillcrest UMC. They have three kids and love traveling and going on adventures as a family!

Perrin Tribble – Recreation Leader

​​Perrin is a big fan of building relationships through games, play, and good conversations. Not born with a natural ability for rhythm or dance, Perrin is encouraged through accessible energizers that remind us that no one is too cool for a morning dance session. When not working at Presbyterian College or connecting with the larger Church, Perrin enjoys spending time outdoors with family, friends, and her fiancé and their two dogs.

Zachary Payne – Recreation Leader

​​​​Zach Payne lives in Tallahassee, FL, and is currently a graduate student in the costume design program at Florida State University. In his free time he enjoys watching movies, reading, crocheting, painting, and hiking. After serving on summer staff for four years he is excited to step into a new role for the conference!

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.

Mission

We are all invited to participate in God's mission in the world by serving our neighbors.  In addition to collecting offerings on behalf of different mission partners each week, Montreat Conference Center builds mission opportunities into the weekly programming with opportunities are as varied as packaging meals for food insecure communities to educational opportunities to bring change to your home communities. Montreat also partners with local organizations for optional add-on mission programming for groups attending the Montreat Youth Conferences. For more information about those opportunities, please visit the Ways to Participate menu.

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
$305 $355

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
$739 $469 $379*
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
Weeks 2, 3, 4 & 5
Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy
Assembly Inn

  • Private Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$799 $499 $399*
Assembly Inn

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$679 $439 ---
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
$680.85 $534.99 $453.92**
McGregor Hall

  • July Only
  • Shared Bathroom
$604.44 $465.53 $407.66**
Howerton Hall

  • July Only
  • Shared Bathroom
$541.92 $403.01 $365.99**

** 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 private cottager list can be acquired by contacting Meggie Anderson at meggiea@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) More information will be provided to Back Home Leaders at a later date.

Opportunities for Group Leaders

Small Group Leaders (SGL) Small Group Leaders provide critical guidance for the heart of the Youth and Middle School Conferences by leading small groups. The application will be available after the first of the year.

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.

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.

Montreat Mission Experience with Asheville Youth Mission

Description: Want to begin your group’s MYC experience with a mindset of mission? Sign up your group to spend Sunday with Asheville Youth Mission (a program of Youth Mission Co). AYM leaders will host a “pre-conference” experience from 9am to 3pm that includes mixers, interactive simulations, guest speakers, group discussion, artistic reflection, and exploration of our call to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God. Groups will consider their home context and how they can live differently in it when their week at Montreat is over.

Sunday Montreat Mission Experience is $25/participant. Sunday MME does not include lunch, but you may pre-order and purchase box lunches from Montreat for $11 per person.

Wednesday Montreat Mission Experience will still be offered, and includes your group volunteering at a local agency from 2-4pm on Wednesday afternoon. Cost is $15/person

You can learn more about Asheville Youth Mission at youthmissionco.org/asheville-youth-mission. You will receive additional participation details in your Youth Conference confirmation email.

Resources

Marketing Resources

Past MYC Theme Resources

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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.

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