We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Thomas (Alabama District Youth President) as the new director of promotion for UPCI Youth Ministries!
Michael has served the Alabama District Youth Department in multiple leadership capacities. He has exhibited incredible leadership as a sectional youth director, district youth secretary, and district youth president, a position he has held for the last eighteen months. For the past eleven years, he has served at Church on the Rock in Gadsden, Alabama (Pastor Stan Davidson) in many local church roles including evangelism director, youth pastor, hyphen pastor as well as associate pastor. He attended Gateway College of Evangelism/Urshan College and continues his educational pursuits through Hope International University of Fullerton, California.
He met his beautiful and charming wife, DeAnna, at an Alabama youth camp, and they have been married for eleven years. They are … Read More »
KFC, FBI, NASA. Any ideas what those letters represent? The first one serves amazing original recipe or crispy chicken in more than just the state of Kentucky thankfully. Hopefully you never come across someone from the FBI because you’d be dealing with a federal agent. If you want to shoot for the stars or land on the moon, you’ll be most interested in the last acronym, NASA.
Acronyms and abbreviations shorten everything up. Nobody’s got time to say “National Aeronautics and Space Administration.” So we use abbreviations and acronyms. What does all this mean do to you? We’re glad you asked.
If you’ve been familiar with the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI), no doubt you’ve heard the phrase GYD. This represented the General Youth Division of the UPCI (another abbreviation). Recently, at General Conference in Kansas City, the ministers of the UPCI … Read More »
“I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys.
I thank Him for the storms He’s brought me through.
For if I never had a problem, I wouldn’t know that He could solve them.
I wouldn’t know what faith in God can do.”
We had barely been married a month and were still unpacking when we were forced to evacuate our home, running from an impending category five hurricane. That’s when I was hit harder than ever with the fact I am never going to be strong enough to be in control, no matter what.
Storms can teach you more than you think you are ready to learn. It’s hurricane season. Around my coastal city in Florida, that means being on constant alert to what is going on in the tropics. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and a few other monsters have … Read More »
Humans have a lot of questions. You and I have a lot of questions. There are questions we ask of people we look up to. How did you end up…? When did you first get to…? How did you ever meet…?
We even have questions of people we don’t quite look up to. What were you…? How did you ever…? Who asked you to…? Why…?
Life is full of questions and often the hardest questions are the ones we ask ourselves. What would you do and how would you respond if someone were to ask you some of the same questions that bounce around in your head? Sometimes the most revelatory answer to a question is another question. Don’t you love it when someone answers your question with a question? So, in order to give you some answers, I want to ask … Read More »
The Youth Day service is consistently one of the best services of the week at General Conference, and this year was no exception in Kansas City, Missouri! The service was filled with goodbyes, introductions, congratulations, worship, and preaching.
Things kicked off with a countdown video highlighting the awesome time we had at NAYC17, which set a great atmosphere of anticipation. As the video ended, the music began. Throughout the service, anointed worship was led by Barron and Rayna Longstreth of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
As to be expected at the Youth Day service, the platform design was on point with elements that became an integral part of what was to come throughout the service. Eight large columns collectively displayed the familiar General Youth Division logo. Those columns would be turned to reveal the new logo and name—UPCI Youth Ministries. The simple, yet bold … Read More »