Guest Blogger: Rick Wolcott, Director of Communications, East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church

Youth Annual Conference (YAC) is a weekend for youth from the East Ohio Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church to gather for a time of worship, leadership development and fellowship.  It is a weekend for teens planned by teens.

YAC 2014 will meet at Lakeside Chautauqua from Friday, June 13-Sunday, June 15. This year’s theme is Navigate.

The weekend will focus on discipleship – using Matthew 28:19-20 as the theme verse:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The mission of YAC is empowering youth to be leaders in the church today, by striving for a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

2014 Special Guests

The Rev. Jared Priset is pastor of Aurora United Methodist Church and will serve as the keynote speaker for the weekend.

He has a passion for seeing people come into a reconciled relationship with Almighty God through the person of Jesus Christ. Whether he is working with children, teenagers or adults, the Rev. Priset’s prayer and heart’s cry is to love God, love others and bring people to Christ.

All Things New, the BEC Recordings artists, are Godly men who know too much too soon about broken homes, broken faith and broken hearts.

The songs the band writes and sings on its self-titled debut album contain the clarity of a hard-won life lesson: things break apart in this world, but God restores them.

Christon Gray is musically-gifted to write, sing, rap, produce and design. He entered the Christian Rap genre in 2006 writing, rapping, singing and producing for and with the Christian rap group Elevationists.  He released his solo debut album “Even With Evil With Me” in July 2011.

Jared Hall began doing illusions at the age of 10. God called Hall to ministry while he was a student in high school in Baytown, Texas.

While in high school, he began using illusions, comedy and stunts to capture the attention of students and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.

The illusions that Hall performs do not just entertain, but are great tools to illustrate the message of the Gospel.