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SMOKIES

This picturesque location offers a blend of the great outdoors in the Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennesse’s largest waterpark at Wilderness at the Smokies and fun entertainment that your students and adults will enjoy. It’s camp at a waterpark resort, but Sevierville is a setting that proudly boasts of a “Southern” atmosphere fueled by local hospitality. That combination makes for an environment suited perfectly to students for worshiping God and studying His Word.

DAILY SCHEDULE

FIRST DAY

2:00-4:00 Check-In
5:00-6:00 Dinner (included in all meal plans)
6:15 Student Pastor Gathering
7:00 Opening Session
To FollowLife Group Bible Study//Church Group Gathering
11:00 Quiet Hours
OTHER DAYS

8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00 Life Group Leader Meeting
9:30 Morning Session
11:00-12:00 Lunch (included in all meal plans)
Free Time // Life Group Bible Study
5:00-6:00 Dinner (included in all meal plans)
6:15 Student Pastor Gathering
7:00 Evening Session
To FollowChurch Group Gathering
11:00 Quiet Hours
LAST DAY

8:00 Check Out of Housing Complet

JD GREEAR

Camp Pastor
J.D. Greear is the lead pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, NC, and author of “Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary” (2011) and “Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved” (2013). Two main things characterize The Summit Church: its Gospel focus and sending culture. The Gospel is not merely the diving board off of which we jump into the pool of Christianity; it’s also the pool itself. Joy, reckless generosity and audacious faith all come by learning more about God’s extravagant love found in Christ.

God has blessed The Summit Church with tremendous growth. Under J.D.’s leadership, the Summit has grown from a plateaued church of 300 to one of nearly 8,000, making it one of Outreach magazine’s “top 25 fastest-growing churches in America” for several years running.

J.D. has also led the Summit to further the kingdom of God by pursuing a bold vision to plant one thousand new churches by the year 2050. In the last 10 years, the church has sent out more than 300 people to serve on church planting teams, both domestically and internationally. J.D. completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is also a faculty member, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the Gospel and Islamic theology. Having lived and served among Muslims, he has a burden to see them, as well as every nation on earth, come to know and love the salvation of God in Christ.

He and his beautiful wife, Veronica, live in Raleigh, NC and are raising four ridiculously cute kids: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah and Adon.

NORTH POINT WORSHIP

Worship Leader
North Point Worship is a student ministry in metro Atlanta where over 3,000 high school students gather every week. North Point Worship’s goal is to “lead students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by inspiring them to Love God, Live Different, and Lead the Way.” Founded in 1995, it is a part of North Point Ministries, which is led by pastor, author, and communicator Andy Stanley. Today, NPM consists of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of more than 50 churches around the globe that collectively serve nearly 90,000 people weekly.

The band is currently comprised of artists who lead worship in their ministry: Matt Adkins, Heath Balltzglier, Chris Cauley, Seth Condrey, Brandon Coker, Clay Finnesand, Jared Hamilton, Emily Harrison, Chad Russell, and Brett Stanfill.

BEN MANDRELL

Camp Pastor
Ben Mandrell is the 10th president of Lifeway Christian Resources, one of the world’s largest providers of Christian resources headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

Prior to joining Lifeway, Ben pastored churches in Colorado and Tennessee. Ben and his family moved to the Denver area in 2014 to plant Storyline Fellowship in partnership with the North American Mission Board and First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla. The church launched in February 2015 and grew to 1,600 in weekly attendance in four years.

In its third year, Storyline voted to quadruple its giving through the Cooperative Program, becoming one of the top 10 churches in the state giving through the Cooperative Program.

Before planting Storyline Fellowship, Ben served as senior pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn., from 2006-2013, leading the church to grow from 1,800 to 2,600 in weekly attendance.

A native of Tampico, Illinois, Mandrell graduated from Anderson (Indiana) University in 1998. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

Mandrell and his wife, Lynley, have been married since 2001. The couple has four children: Ava, Max, Miles, and Jack.

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