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What is SYLC?

SYLC is a one day training event provided by the Youth Leader Collective for adults who work with youth in their churches. It is training, encouragement, networking opportunities, community and more for paid youth pastors, volunteer youth leaders, youth ministry students and those interested in youth ministry.

Individual Registration – $42
Group Registration – $37
Through Monday, August 19th!

$50 per person after August 19th

*What’s included with registration?
Breakfast, Lunch, a Free Gift, over 20 Breakout Sessions to choose from, a chance to win gifts from every sponsor, a digital download of all sessions and an incredible day of worship and fellowship with your youth ministry team and from across the region!

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"I felt everything was planned and handled with real care and sincerity. I honestly and without bias gained more from SYLC than both the Orange Conference and NYWC the past couple of years. Great job!"

Jacob DucoteOoltewah UMC

What can I say about SYLC? It was an amazing day filled with informative teaching, in-depth conversations, and intentional discipleship. As a Student Pastor, to have my adult leaders there only enhanced the experience, as it allowed us to "divide and conquer," but to still be able to come together as a team and implement what we learned. Do you and your ministry a favor and sign-up for SYLC. Your leaders, church, and students will thank you, guaranteed!

Spencer KinkadeYouth Pastor, Chattanooga Valley Baptist

Such an amazing conference today! I was encouraged. My youth leaders were encouraged. Thanks to Youth Leader Collective for all you do!

Patrick EverettFirst Baptist Fort Oglethorpe

I cannot say enough great things about SYLC! It was so what my team needed! Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! Literally a game changer for us.

Bobby FleckRinggold UMC

Being able to be around other believers who desire to love and do life with the younger generation was both encouraging and challenging to me. I feel I gained a clearer vision of what discipleship looked like with the youth and some ideas on how to go about it. I have pulled out some of the resources I was given, or notes I took several times for reminders or ideas of how to pray or questions I can ask to better get to know the girls I’m desiring to know and serve. It was worth the time and energy to be there!

Amanda TurnerVolunteer Leader, Woodland Park Chattanooga

2024 Session Speakers – more coming soon!

Shane Pruitt

North American Mission Board (NAMB)

Shane serves as the National Next Gen Director for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). He and his wife, Kasi reside in Texas, with their five children. He has been in ministry for over 20 years as a denominational leader, church planter, lead pastor, and student pastor. Shane is also a traveling communicator, evangelist, and Bible teacher. Every year he speaks to over a hundred thousand people about the good news of Jesus Christ. He is the author of two books, 9 Common Lies Christians Believe: And Why God’s Truth Is Infinitely Better and Calling Out the Called: Discipling Those Called to Ministry Leadership, and is also one of the hosts of The Gensend Podcast.

Ben Trueblood

Lifeway Christian Services

Ben Trueblood serves as the Executive Directory of Church Ministries for Lifeway Christian Resources and has over twenty years of student ministry experience, fourteen of which were spent in the local church as a student pastor. In addition to his role at Lifeway Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S.

He is the author of three books: A Different College Experience, Within Reach, and Student Ministry That Matters, and is the host of The Student Ministry Podcast by Lifeway. Ben also has a YouTube channel (Student Ministry That Matters) aimed at encouraging and investing in fellow youth pastors. Ben is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to develop students who shape the culture in which they live.

In his free time Ben enjoys family, hunting, is a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan, and is a collector of hobbies.


Zac Workun

Lifeway Students

Zac currently serves as the Student Ministry Specialist for Lifeway Students. Zac is also the co-founder and network lead for Youth Ministry Booster. Zac is a voracious reader, avid gamer, car-camper, folk musician, black coffee-drinker, beard aficionado. Enneagram 7 & ENFP. He loves to eat breakfast food at new places with his wife Karen and two wild boys Isaiah & Gideon.

For 15+ years, Zac has served on staff at local churches in Oklahoma and North Carolina to oversee the middle school, high school, and college-aged ministries. Zac received his undergraduate education from Oklahoma Baptist University and his Master’s of Divinity from Duke University.

Courtney Caroland, LPC-MHSP

Elbow Tree

Courtney lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband Todd, her son Camp, and their therapy dog Teddy. Courtney previously served as the Youth Director at Rock Creek Fellowship for 7 years while completing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Richmont Graduate University. She and Teddy are working in private practice as a Licensed Counselor at the Elbow Tree Christian Counseling. She primarily sees teens, parents, and women working with anxiety, depression, relationship and trauma work. Courtney loves hiking, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and always up for the next adventure.

Jason Pittman

PACT Ministry

Jason and his wife Lori have served in student ministry for over 23 years. Most recently, serving as the Associate Director of PACT Ministry, a ministry that specializes in life-on-life coaching of youth pastors. Before serving with PACT he served in 2 churches over the span of 22 years in Carrollton, GA and Columbia, SC. Jason and Lori have been married for 23 years, have 4 children and 2 cats and currently reside in Columbia, SC. You will routinely find Jason and Lori travelling to new places, eating great food and reading a great book.

Heather Quiroz

First-Century Youth Ministry

Heather loves Jesus, youth ministry, and laughing at silly things. She is married to her husband Rodrigo and they have one beautiful daughter. She is a gifted teacher and speaker with nearly twenty years of youth ministry experience. Heather loves helping youth leaders get better at discipleship by understanding Jesus from His Jewish context. She holds a master’s degree in youth ministry leadership from Huntington University and is the Founder of First-Century Youth Ministry,

Kerry Ray


Kerry is the Director of Publishing for Prior to joining the YM360 team, Kerry was a youth ministry veteran with 27+ years of experience serving and leading in churches of various sizes, denominations, and multi-site strategies. After nearly 3 decades immersed in all things youth ministry, Kerry is quick to tell you that he still finds immeasurable joy and life in every opportunity he has to engage teenagers and youth workers whether that be in the form of camp/retreat speaking, writing, content creating, coaching youth workers, developing young leaders, enlightening parents on adolescent development, church consulting, or training youth ministry teams. Kerry and his wife Stefanie live in Birmingham, AL, with their two children. You can connect with Kerry on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook at @kray2u.

Chris Trent

Georgia Baptist Mission Board

Chris serves at the Next Gen Catalyst at the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. Having recently wrapped up almost 17 years as the Middle School and Student Pastor at Johnson Ferry Baptist in Marietta, Georgia, he has a passion for pointing teenagers to Jesus and investing in leaders who are impacting the next generation for Christ. He lives in Marietta, GA with his wife, Wendy and has two grown up kids, Dillon and Abby. As an “old guy” in youth ministry (now 30 years), he is also the co-host of the The Youth Ministry Podcast for Volunteers (launching in August, 2022) and author of Consider This: A Youth Minister’s Guide to Longevity.

Woodland Park Baptist Church
6735 Standifer Gap Rd
Chattanooga, TN (37421)

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