In Photos: More than 1,400 students worship at Youth Encounter

Meredith Flynn —  January 3, 2013

Musician Chad Lister and his band led more than 1,400 teens in worship during Youth Encounter, the annual student conference sponsored by the Illinois Baptist State Association, December 28-29, 2012.


Youth groups from across the state traveled to Springfield’s Prairie Capital Convention Center for the two-day event. Forty-eight people made professions of faith in Christ, 52 committed to full-time Christian service, and 60 people rededicated their lives to the Lord.


Mark Emerson of IBSA’s Missions team shared about Go Teams, groups of students who will engage in missions this summer in St. Louis, Chicago, Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica, Haiti and El Salvador.


Rich Ratts, pastor of First Baptist Church, Forsyth, talks with students about missions opportunities in El Salvador.


Evangelist Brady Weldon delivers a passionate message calling students to set aside the things that are hindering their relationship with Christ and walk in the freedom only He provides.


Recording artists Sanctus Real closed out Friday evening’s Youth Encounter session with a concert.


Meredith Flynn


Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.