The first YES (Youth Enrichment Seminar) Weekend was held in February, 1986 with approximately 280 young people from around the southeast in attendance. Since then, YES Weekend has grown to have attendances of over 1,000. Its success is built upon its motivating speakers, timely lessons, fantastic fellowship, great fun and spiritual growth. YES Weekend is designed for 6th through 12th grade and College students. The premise behind the seminar is to prepare our young people to make sound decisions in their lives. We feel it is our responsibility to guide and direct our children in the way they should go. This will, as God has stated, help them as they grow old (Proverbs 22:6). The impact we have on our youth is so great and we must keep them excited about Christianity. YES Weekend is such an avenue. It is our hope and prayer to continue to lead our young people in the path of righteousness. We also hope you take advantage of YES Weekend to help prepare your young people for the future.
[verb] to suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently.
We all fall short when we compare ourselves to our Savior. What does it mean to Endure as a Christian? What does it cost? How do I mentally and physically handle mountains of obstacles pulling me from attaining a crown in Heaven? Matthew 16:18, Christ said the Church will Endure. This year, our prayer is to allow God to show us how.
Imprisonment; countless beatings; near death; 200+ Lashings; 3x Beaten with Rod; Stoned; 3x Shipwrecked; Lost at Sea; Exhausted Journeys; Dangers in the Wild; Land and Sea; Danger from Robbers and my own people In and out of towns, countless hardships; sleepless nights; starvation; thirst; cold; exposed; tired, and stressed. Most of all, daily anxiety for all churches. Who is weak? I am not weak? Who is made to Fall? I am not. If I must boast, I will boast in the things that show my weakness. 2 Corinthians 11 (paraphrased)
Stan Butt is the preacher for the Peachtree City Church of Christ. He and his wife Georgia have two daughters at Freed Hardeman and a German Shepherd at home. Stan loves coffee, Alabama football, guns, and books.
Preaches for the Pleasant Valley church of Christ in Killen, AL. Happily married to Brianne for over 7 years and love his two sons Jarrett and Brooks! Austin grew up in Kentucky, so while living in Alabama is determined to prove that Kentucky does in fact have a football team.
Clark is married to Traci. They have 4 children. He as a bachelor’s degree from FHU and Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama. He currently serves as an elder and the preacher for the North Tuscaloosa church of Christ. He is also on the Board of Directors for Indian Creek Youth Camp.
Brandon is originally from Pulaski, Tennessee and has worked with congregations in Arlington, Tennessee, Pulaski (East Hill and Fairview), Valdosta, Georgia (Forest Park as a part of Latin American Missions) and currently works with the congregation in Lake City, Florida. Brandon has been married to his high school sweetheart Jade for 23 years and they have two adult sons, Reese and Kase.
Caleb Glenn Colley preaches for the Lakeside Church of Christ in Orange Park, Florida. He earned bachelor’s degrees in communication and biblical studies from Freed-Hardeman University in 2006, a Master’s degree from Faulkner University in 2009, and the Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of South Carolina in 2014. Caleb writes for Apologetics Press, Warren Christian Apologetics Center, and the Gospel Advocate. Caleb is married to the former Rebekah Meinsen. He is the grandson of Gary and Maggie Colley and the son of Glenn and Cindy Colley.
Ben Giselbach is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and is married to the former Hannah Colley. Together they have two children, Ezra and Colleyanna. Ben is the minister at the Edgewood church of Christ in Columbus, GA. He is also an author and writes regularly for PlainSimpleFaith.com. He apologizes in advance, and often.
Hiram preaches for the South Florida Avenue church of Christ in Lakeland, Fl. Hiram is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University (B.S. in Criminal Justice), Nova Southeastern University (M.S. in Reading Education), and the Florida School of Preaching. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Old Testament from Freed-Hardeman University. He and his wife, Brittani, have two children, Nadia and Andre'. He teaches at the Florida School of Preaching and blogs at 1stcenturyfaithtoday.com
Robert Hatfield preaches for the North Charleston church of Christ in Charleston, South Carolina. He is married to Emily, and they have one daughter, Anna. Robert studied Mass Media and Bible at Freed-Hardeman University, from which he graduated in May 2010. Prior to moving to South Carolina, he preached for seven years in southern middle Tennessee. Robert is the founder and director of The Light Network (www.thelightnetwork.tv), a Christian podcast network that empowers people for daily Christian living.
Lee and Rebeka have been with members at the Warm Springs RD Church of Christ since 2015 and married since 2011. He started preaching the Gospel almost ten years ago, is a graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching, and has been blessed to sit at the feet of some of the most amazing Bible teachers this side of eternity. The Snows are active foster parents and foster care advocates as well as being the biological parents of Joshua Dalton (JD) who is 1 year old.
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The event is designed for 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as college age. The themes and topics are targeted to encourage, warn, instruct, guide, and motivate our young people to be more Christ like and stand for truth!
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