Christian Leadership Conference

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SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2016

Registration Packet.

Weekend Program Booklet.

Our YMCA Christian Leadership conference is held at YMCA Camp Hanes in King, NC. It is a great event for all to learn how to increase the Christian mission at your branch and camp programs. The conference is designed to provide YMCA staff and volunteers with the tools they need in their roles as YMCA leaders. 2016 dates are September 9-11.

(Support Given by the C.J., Carrie D., and R. Howard Walker Foundation and YMCA of Greater Long Beach to promote Christian Education) Through this support the cost for the weekend is only $30 per participant.

Registration information here.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen de Ridder at (336) 983-3131 by telephone or by e-mail at by e-mail.CLC art_Final_5-9

The Details

YMCA Camp Hanes will host its CLC beginning with check in on Friday, September 9 between 6-8pm and wrap up on Sunday morning September 11 with a amazing keynote speaker Melvin Adams and worship service finishing at 10am.

The cost to attend the event is $30 per person and includes all five meals, housing, activities, and a CLC t-shirt. Are you interested in attending, or having some of your staff attend? Please contact the 2016 CLC Committee member from your branch OR if your branch is not represented or you are from a different association, send inquiries to Jen de Ridder.

Visit our Facebook page and watch our videos to see what a wonderful conference, learning experience and spiritual growth opportunity we can provide.

Keynote Speaker and Worship:

Melvin Adams

Melvin Adams, a former Harlem Globetrotter, retired from the team on March 17, 2000, due to a heavy burden to reach youth for Christ. Melvin’s passion has provided him opportunities to speak, perform, and share for more than 2 million youth at churches, school assemblies, basketball clinics, camps and other events.   More details here.

Worship Music from Engage Band and David Ollinger.


2016 Workshops

  • YMCA Roots – YMCA history rooted in Christianity

Sam Franklin – Vice President of Operations, Executive Director of William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA

  • Strengthening the Roots of Others – How we can support and grow others in their faith

Chris Booth – Senior Engagement Director, Kernersville Family YMCA

  • Seven Levels of Leadership – Connecting Dots of Faith, Work and Life

Jennifer Chacon – Leadership that Inspires, Coaching and Training

  • Fertile Soil – Using the parable of the famer spreading seed, Matthew 13: 1-9

Gene Klump – CEO, Lexington YMCA

  • Producing Fruit  – Creating mission moments

Gray Stallworth – CEO, Greenwood Family YMCA

  • Faith and Hope – Strengthening your faith in others

Val Elliott – Executive Director, YMCA Camp Hanes

  • Overcoming the Drought – Getting through adversity and change

David Osmore – CEO, YMCA of High Point

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Strengthening attributes to take on change

Susan Joy – HR Manager/Training, Developing and Employee Relations, YMCA of NWNC


CLC Committee Members 

Val Elliott – YMCA Camp Hanes

Luke HarrisDavie Family YMCA

Misty Cummings – Stokes Family YMCA

Kelley Bigger – Stanley County YMCA

Bonita PattonChild Care Services and 21st Century Program

Jen de RidderYMCA Camp Hanes

Caroline ButlerChild Care Services, Jerry Long Family YMCA

Adam Cardwell Jerry Long Family YMCA

Susan JoyYMCA of NWNC

Sara HoraWilkes Family YMCA

Emily WatsonStatesville Family YMCA

Cassandra BarnesChild Care Services

Tamara Settle- Child Care Services

Tim GribbleWilliam G. White Jr. Family YMCA

Tracey Robinson – YMCA of Beaufort County