This year, Northern Georgia Second (NG2) hosted the International Youth Department (IYD) Southeast Conference. Elder Bruce Howard, NG2 Jurisdictional Youth President was the conference coordinator with Sister Raven Jackson, the Jurisdictional Chairlady. The two day conference, March 1 – 2, 2019, was hosted by House of God in Thomson, Georgia where Bishop Mark Walden is the pastor. Elder Derrick Hutchins, II is the IYD vice-president and the Southeast Regional President. In his cabinet are Elder Ryan Keyes, Regional Administrator, Elder Andre V. Castro, Regional Coordinator and Dr. Demetria Williams, Presidents Commission Coordinator.
The conference theme, Ignite 2019, was the focus for the Friday night service. The IYD President, Dr. Benjamin Stephens was a guest in the service. He gave encouraging remarks to the youth and invited all to 2019 AIM for more service and sessions. After service, a repass was given in his honor where the youth had an opportunity to chat with him and ask questions. The main speaker for the night was Elder Hutchins, the IYD Southeast President.
On Saturday, there were training session before the noon service. The sessions with facilitators were:
Fighting for Your Faith in an Age of Tolerance: Elder Donte Jones and Elder Gary Lee; Sister Talk: Chairlady Antwanique Edwards and Chairlady Tarsha Jefferson; A Conversation with my Brother: President Kevin Hamphires and Vice President M Watson; Leadership 101: Dr. Demetria Williams and Elder Andre Castro; and Children’s Ministry: Missionary Stephanie Smith. The noon day speaker was the dynamic speaker, Elder Mark Moore of Atlanta, Georgia. We look forward to the 2020 IYD Southeast Region Conference.