Two weeks of TLC events fill campus

Two weeks of TLC events fill campus

Nearly 1,000 teens, youth workers, and staff participated in two weeks of Teen Leadership Conferences at BBC in July and August. The powerful weeks of equipping young leaders for service, leadership, and lasting impact drew attendance from 13 states and Canada.

BBC&S"It's a lot of fun, definitely challenging," said Olivia Padelski, 18, from Pittsburgh, PA. "They push you to learn more about God and it's good. I like being in the dorms. They're nice and comfortable."

Teens, youth workers, and pastors traveled together, many in church vans, to learn and grow in their Christian faith.

"I came when I was in high school and I loved it," said Gena Austin, a youth leader from Grace Baptist Church in Monroeville, PA. "Coming back as a youth leader offers a different perspective, but it's still as good as it was, maybe better."

The two weeks marked the 45th year of TLC, adding to a legacy of impact. The 2014 conferences are set for July 21 - 26 and July 28 - August 2.

Details on next year will be posted later at

See pictures here. Some video segments from 2013 TLC sessions are online at

Lasting Impact
Ministry veterans from a range of backgrounds were among the featured speakers. This year's presenters included Dwight Peterson, David Whiting, Jason Coplen, Dr. Mike Stallard, Brad Cannon, Russ Davis, Mike Show, Ben Wilhite, and Mel Walker.

Workshops took place each afternoon and provided practical, helpful sessions for students' life and ministry. Free time for games, powerful evening events, and time alone with God were all part of the week-long experience, as well as special music led by Dr. David Harris.

BBC&S"I like the music and how we get to worship God and how you can the see the love that Dr. Harris and the band members have for the Lord," said Leah Underwood, 16, of Batavia, NY

Special Junior High Camp
Before TLC's two weeks, "Boot Camp: Basic Training for Junior HIghers" brought together seventh- and eighth- grade students to help them understand the basics of the Christian faith and build a strong foundation for future growth.

More than 60 junior highers, youth workers, and BBC staff and students participated in the special week-long focus.

The 2014 Boot Camp is set for July 15-19. Read more here.

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to serve with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 8/1/2013 9:37:55 AM

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