2023 theme

2022_Joshua_BuenoWhen we finally make the decision to follow Jesus we must constantly ask ourselves, “How do we grow from here?” As followers of Jesus how do we bear Christ like fruit through our words, our thoughts, and our actions? As Jesus said in John 15:4 “Abide in me and I in you.” This year at CCYC, we are going to be looking at what it truly means to Abide in Jesus with our whole life. Learning to stay connected to Him in the good and bad seasons. Discovering ways to grow and flourish as a Jesus follower. Surrendering our life in the truth that “apart from Him we can do nothing.” Let us abide in Jesus that we may grow in Jesus.

– Joshua Bueno | 2023 Conference President

Session Experience

Main Speaker

Jaron Scott

Also Kevin McNeil


Kevin McNeil

Cruz Rueda

Worship Leader

Cruz Rueda


Topic: How to Abide In A Culture Of Catastrophe

Workshop Description: If you haven’t yet, you will experience pain, hurt, and disappointment. But we don’t have to sit in that. It’s time to reclaim the hope & resilience that God provides.

Bio: Jason Bedell is the Lead Pastor of Forefront Church in Virginia Beach, VA. Jason’s greatest passion is to do anything short of sin to see people meet Jesus. Whether that’s graphic design, surfing, or preaching sermons; his mission is to see the fringe and marginalized of our culture meet Jesus. Jason is happily married to his wife Carrie of 18 years and they have 3 daughters.

Topic: Abiding in Discipline

Workshop Description: So often in church, we hear the words “spiritual discipline.” But what exactly do those words mean? Join us for an interactive workshop where Glenn will share how we can better abide in Christ through the disciplines Scripture teaches us so that we can learn how to grow closer to Jesus!

Bio: Glenn Crocker lives with his wife Jessica and his three children Colin, Brennen, and Kate in Washington, NC. As the lead minister at Poplar Chapel Church of Christ and as a physical education teacher, he spends most of his time serving others. Glenn loves the Lord, loves his family, loves sports, and loves telling others about Jesus.

Topic: Abiding After High School

Dom ChaseWorkshop Description: Abiding is hard. It gets a lot harder when you don’t have people checking up on you every night and day. This is often what life looks like after high school. We often have a hard time abiding, so what does that look like when you’re the own who decides how to spend your time?

Bio: Dominic Chasse is a campus minister in his hometown of Richmond Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. He graduated from Mid Atlantic Christian University and finished his Master’s Degree at Emmanuel Christian seminary. He loves all things nerdy and hockey (Go Capitals!)

Kevin McNeilTopic: Awkward

Workshop Description: Life is full of awkward moments: spilling water on your pants, accidentally texting the wrong person, not knowing if you should sing along when people sing happy birthday to you. Everyone experiences awkwardness – it happens to the best of us. But you know what can feel even more awkward? Telling your friends about Jesus.
In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to overcome the awkwardness of sharing the Gospel – as well as practical tips and tricks to help you share your faith.

Bio: Kevin McNeil is the lead pastor at Canvas Church in Goldsboro, NC. He and his wife, Maiah, have two kids – Micah and Brooke. Kevin loves hanging out with people, laughing way too much, and will gladly block your shot in basketball this weekend if you invite him to play.

Topic: Friendship Filters: Allowing the right people in (and out) of your life

Workshop Description: It’s been said, “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future”. Friendships just happen, but how intentional are you about the people you allow in (and out) of your life? Have you thought about what it takes to be a good friend or are you just in it for yourself? In this workshop, you’ll learn some practical and biblical ways to filter the people you allow to be closest to you and how to make the most of it.

Charquise Smith-Stultz

Charquise Smith-Stultz is the Student Minister at Cape Fear Christian Church in Wilmington, NC. He loves: I love sports, hanging out with friends and family, being outdoors from fishing to just sitting on the beach, and most importantly I love Jesus. Can’t wait to see you guys in February to gather and worship the one True King.

Aaron Cross

Aaron Cross helped plant Christ’s Fellowship in Portsmouth VA in 2008 and continues to serve as the lead minister there. He spends most of my extra time with his wife and wrangling 3 boys. He enjoys being outside, nachos, and a good competition. I’ve been blessed with some lifelong friends that have helped shape my life and my ministry.

Topic: Abiding in a Fast Paced World

Workshop Description: Life today is NON-STOP! Media, technology, social media, social activism, and actual social life fill every second of our day. And it’s a lot of fun until we’re simply overwhelmed and exhausted. Students today experience more anxiety, uncertainty, and lack of direction than perhaps ever before. But it is possible to slow it all down enough to find joy and fulfillment in the life God has given you. Let’s talk about that.

Bio: Chris Woolard is the pastor of Venture Church in Wilmington NC. He has spent over 20 years working with teens in NC and VA through Youth ministry, Summer Camps, Boy Scouts, Youth Football, and even as a long-time member of the CCYC planning team. He and his wife Lindsey are also the parents of 2 real-life teenagers where he’s daily reminded of how important it is to be focused on Jesus through it all.

Heather FergusonTopic: Abide in Christ: Through Obstacles and Beyond!

Workshop Description: What do 24 hours through mud, barbed wire, electrical shocks, and ice have to do with the Christian walk? They both require discipline and the ability to persevere when everything inside you wants to quit. If you want to have an unstoppable faith, then join us!

Bio: Heather Ferguson has served in ministry for fourteen years and is the current Director of Student Ministry at Compass Christian Church in Mechanicsville, VA. In her ministry, Heather stays active teaching kids about Jesus, especially during the summer at Oak Hill Christian Camp. She also has stayed active by participating in several Obstacle Course Races across the globe, such as the Spartan Iceland Ultra, World’s Toughest Mudder, and Australia’s True Grit Enduro 24.

Topic: Will be released in December

Corbin Kuhn has been in student ministry for nearly 10 years and has been on the CCYC Planning Team for just as long. For the last five years, he has served as CCYC’s executive director. He has a passion for helping youth (and all peoples) pursue a deep relationship with Jesus. He is married to his wife Joanna and they have four boys – Jaquan, Landon, Kai, and Kam. Corbin loves football, eating chocolate chip cookies with milk, hates pickles with a passion, and doing fun stuff.

weekend schedule


4:00 PM CCYC Registration Opens
7:15 PM Doors Open for Main Session 1
7:45 PM Main Session Begins
9:20 PM Youth Group Time
11:00 PM Lights Out


9:00 AM Workshop 1
10:05 AM Workshop 2
11:10 AM Workshop 3
11:55 AM Break for Lunch
4:00 PM Doors Open for Main Session 2
4:30 PM Main Session 2 Begins
6:30 PM Youth Group Time
7:00PM Break for Dinner
8:30PM Evening Shenanigans
11:00 PM Lights Out


9:15 AM Doors Open for Main Session 3
9:45 AM Main Session 3 Begins
11:45 AM Dismissal

  • 3v3 Basketball Tourney – Saturday Afternoon
  • Volleyball Tourney – Saturday Afternoon
  • Talent Show
  • Game Room – Inflatables, basketball, Gagaball, and more!

Our Location

We Are currently meeting at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. Get to know the area and what there is to do here. You can also get familiar with the Benton here.


At current our venue, we have worked with the two hotels that are connected to the Convention Center. Each one has different layouts and perks. Be sure to use the booking links below to get the best deal for the conference!

**Please be sure to verify the dates you want to book when using the links below**

Winston Salem Marriott

425 North Cherry Street

Winston-Salem,  NC  27101

Winston Salem Embassy Suites

460 North Cherry Street
Winston-Salem,  NC  27101


CCYC is proud to partner with missions organizations every year!
Each year during our conference, we take up offerings that go directly to the organization.
Here are some we’ve partnered with this year:

CICM responds to the needs of people in India and surrounding countries through outreach initiatives including providing medical care, disaster relief, shelter, food, education, training and more. It is through this ability to meet physical needs that the door is opened to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, bring hope to the hopeless, love the unlovable and free those in bondage. CICM’s aim is to meet the spiritual and physical needs of those the Lord brings to us.



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