Our towns, schools, and even churches are full of young people being taught by society that the world is just a place to exist until the end of their days. They are spending those days without hope or any sense of true purpose — completely unaware that ultimate hope through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is freely available!  Shouldn't someone tell them?  That's what the REACH Student Conference is all about.

What is REACH Conference?

REACH Conference is an exciting weekend of fun, games, music, and small group Bible study for middle- and high-school students.  Students will be placed in a host home from Providence Baptist Church with other students of their same age and gender.  At these homes, they will have great discussions led by leaders within the church and community.  Our goal is to help students know who Jesus Christ is and what he has done for us.  We want students to grow deeper in their faith with Jesus Christ.  Finally, we want students to own their faith enough to understand the need and the urgency of the Gospel and to be able to share it with others.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  — Acts 1:8

“One Church, Serving One God, Reaching the World for Christ.” 

2018 Conference Theme:  "Grace and Glory"

This year we are going to focus on two words that encompass the entire Gospel message:  grace and glory.  Grace is the means by which we have been saved. The theme of grace echoes throughout all of Scripture.  It was by God’s grace that He remained faithful to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, and it is by God’s grace that He remains faithful to us today.  It was by God’s grace that He sent Jesus to live a perfect sinless life, die in our place, and rise from the grave so that we could have a relationship with Him!  The glory of God is the greatest experience we can ever be a part of!  It's why we exist:  to give glory and honor to God, who alone is worthy of our praise!

I hope that you will join us as we unpack theses words and their implications for our lives at REACH 2018! 

How Does It Work?

The REACH Conference operates a bit like a weekend retreat — except you don’t have to leave town!  You’ll be placed with a host home from Providence Baptist Church or stay in your local church with other students of their same age and gender.  At these homes or churches you’ll engage in Bible-based discussions led by leaders within the church and community, down-time goofing off with your peers, some home-cooked meals … and perhaps even a little bit of sleep at night. Groups then come together for large-group worship (featuring live, engaging music) and Bible study sessions.

What Does It Cost?

Registration fees for this year’s conference have been set at $50.  At a price that low, what’s keeping you from registering right now?!


Friday, March 9, 2018 Saturday, March 10, 2018 Sunday, March 11, 2018

6:30pm – Registration/ Check-in begins
6:30pm – Dinner @ PBC
7:30pm – Session 1
9:00pm – Breakout Session 1
9:30pm – Dismissed to Host Homes
10:00pm – Small Groups
12:00am – Lights Out

8:00am – Breakfast at Host Homes
9:00am – Small Group 2
10:45am – Session 2
12:00pm – Breakout Session 2
12:30pm – Lunch @ PBC
1:00pm – Meeting in Family Life Center
1:30pm – Large Group Event
3:00pm – Free Time with Group
6:00pm – Dinner @ PBC
7:00pm – Session 3
8:45pm – Breakout Session 3
9:15pm – Dismissed to Homes
10:00pm – Small Group 3
12:00am – Lights Out

8:45am – Breakfast in Student Center
9:00am – Grow Groups
10:30am – Worship
12:00pm – Parent Pick-up


Speaker: Nate Garrett

Nate Garrett is a youth evangelist with a passion to live out 2 Timothy 2:2, "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." In other words: to make disciples who make disciples. Nate uses humor, truth, and object lessons to communicate to teens and adults on their level. Nate understands that the need to reach teens is urgent, as statistics show that we are losing close to 90% of students in college.

Website: www.insidenateshead.com
Twitter & Instagram: @insidenateshead

Worship Leader: Will Burgin

Will is a worship leader and full-time intern at First Baptist Charlotte.  Will loves to lead students into the presence of God through song.  Will is a Charlotte native and graduated from East Mecklenburg High School.  He is excited to spend the weekend worshipping and getting to know everyone!


What to Bring

Here is what you need to bring for REACH Conference!

  • Bible
  • Pen and paper
  • Clothes
  • Clothes you don't mind getting messy (for Saturday's group event)
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Toiletries/washcloth/towel
  • Snacks and a 2-liter drink to share at your Host Home
  • Excitement and a positive attitude, expecting God to do great things this weekend!

Volunteer Opportunities

The success of REACH Conference is strongly influenced by those volunteers who work -- sometimes behind the scenes, even -- to make it a reality.  Below are a few different ways that adults (parents of the conference attendees or otherwise!) can have a huge impact on this event through volunteer efforts.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Evan at evansmith@pbcharrisburg.org.

Event Staff

We will need help with registration Friday night; meal preparation and serving on Friday  and Saturday; and some flexible support staff at each conference session to fill in wherever needed.  Click here to volunteer as a member of our event staff.

Host Homes

Our REACH Conference host homes are a vital part of one of the biggest events we have all year in student ministry.  The weekend is built around a student conference with local known communicators and worship leaders.  However, we believe it is in the homes that the application of what is being taught takes place.  We would love for you to be involved in the conference!  As a host home we are asking you to open up your home to 8 - 10 middle or high school students plus 1 - 2 trained college leaders (Small Group Leaders).  This group becomes your "adopted family", of sorts, for the weekend.  
Click here to register as a host home.