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 »
This is it. This is the final night of an impactful and life-changing conference. We’ve stayed up late, we’ve #quizzered, we’ve hit up all the booths, and stocked up on our NAYC gear to wear for the next two years. The final service is here. On Wednesday, Bro. Shay Mann spoke more #NAYC13Truths than all the #NAYC13Rumors combined. We left knowing that we are the only ones who can answer for ourselves. On Thursday morning, our cell phones became silenced in comparison to the sound of God’s call. His call began to overpower the congregation when Bro. David McGovern imparted to us: “Above All…the Call.” And that call of God extended to an altar call of young people on Thursday night following the message of Bro. Tim Gaddy. But the 18,000+ didn’t just come running to one altar, they came … Read More »
The students of the UPCI are ready to change the world! Well over 500 students and chaperones signed up to be a part of Project 22:39. Through giving and going in the downtown area and metro parks, they showed the spirit of Matthew 22:39 which challenges each of us to love our neighbor as ourself. Several community service projects were carried out and an instant impact was made in the city of Louisville, Kentucky.
Many students at NAYC were also showing love by donating to a canned food drive called ‘FEED the HUNGRY’ all throughout the week. This food drive will go to help Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville feed the hungry in the metro area. Last year Dare to Care helped over 192,000 different families in the Louisville community, and we are proud to partner with them to … Read More »
The NAYC Friday morning events are all together a force to be reckoned with. There is much to be said for fluidity that only the anointing can bring.
The morning was started with a 9:30AM Jumpstart session filled with the most dedicated of souls. It’s a great way to start the morning, lots of upbeat music and crowd involvement, even a little bit of rap if you’re lucky. After the jolt, the energized young adults were sent off to their individually chosen spilt sessions.
Today there were four sessions to choose from, each of them offering a truth and relevancy to the attendees. Brandon Shanks spoke to the teens with the title “Boots on the Ground.” Nathaniel Rios spoke to the Youth Workers, Seth Simmons addressed the Hyphen Young Adults, and Jerald Staten wrapped things up with the Young Ministers.
In … Read More »