What Is Summit

A two day conference designed to ENCOURAGE, EQUIP & CELEBRATE Youth Ministry staff and volunteers.


jeff borton

Jeff Borton has served in student ministry for 19 years and currently serves as Next Generation Pastor at Long Hollow.

Jeff is passionate about transparent, healthy student ministry. Discipleship and leadership development are two areas he really enjoys leading and training. He's also co-authored a book with Eric Geiger called "Simple Student Ministry". Jeff is married and has 3 boys with whom he loves spending time with.

Jeff Borton
Next Generation Pastor at Long Hollow
sid koop

Sid has been involved in full-time youth ministry for over 19 years. Sid speaks to students, equips youth workers and informs parents at conferences, retreats, and events across the country. He has a Masters in Youth and Family Ministries and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry in Emerging Generations at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.

Sid Koop
Executive Director of Truth Matters Ministries/CYWC
jeremy best

Jeremy serves as the youth pastor of Faith Baptist Church in St Thomas, Ontario and as the director of FEB Youth. When he’s not working on those things, you'd likely find him coaching high school football and rugby or hanging out with his beautiful wife and 2 awesome sons.

Jeremy Best
Pastor, Student Ministry - Faith Church
alyssa esparaz

Alyssa brings her passions for youth, justice and Jesus to Compassion Canada’s Advocacy Team as she works to inspire and equip the Church to live compassionate lifestyles. As a speaker and blogger, Alyssa passionately encourages her generation to bring Christ’s hope to the darkest places of the world.

Alyssa Esparaz
Compassion Youth Curriculum Host | Blogger
greg mccallum

Greg has been serving at Alta Vista Baptist Church in Ottawa since 2010. He has been involved in youth Ministry for close to 15 years in various capacities. He and his wife Coreena have been married for 10 years and have 3 kids. Greg’s passion is seeing students connect with Christ and grow into fully devoted followers of His.

Greg McCallum
Youth Pastor - Alta Vista, Ottawa
kevin white

Kevin - yourfriendlyneighbourhoodyouthpastor, has been at Cornerstone Christian Community Church in Markham for 11 years. He's been a youth pastor for 18 years and has been married to his beautiful wife Michelle for 15 years. He also gets to lead the Markham Youth Network and volunteers for the Canadian Youth Network. When he's not working, he's making videos with his wife and riding his bike.

Kevin White
Youth Pastor - Cornerstone, Markham
nate pifer

Nate is the Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at Faith Baptist Church in Huntsville, ON. He and his wife Sarah have two kids, and have served at Faith Muskoka for 5 years. He has a passion for sharing the gospel with students and equipping them for serving God with their lives. He enjoys the outdoors, fishing, and hunting and reading. Even though he is a dad he still plays the odd video game and skateboards from time to time.

Nate Pifer
Associate Pastor - Faith, Huntsville
steve mccready

Steve McCready is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He served and led in youth ministry for 12 years, as a volunteer and as a professional youth worker. Now serving as Senior Pastor at Faith St Thomas, in Southwest Ontario, Steve’s passion is living a life on mission, and teaching and training others to do the same. A missional life for Steve involves working a fitness instructor, a leadership consultant and a police chaplain in St. Thomas.

Steve McCready
Senior Pastor - Faith, St. Thomas


April 27, 2018

6:00 pm: Registration Opens


7:30 pm: Session One - Jeremy Best


8:30 pm: Break


8:45 pm: Session Two - Jeff Borton


9:45 pm: Dismissed

April 28, 2018

8:00 am: Registration


9:00 am: Session Three - Alyssa Esparaz


10:20 am: Break


10:45 am: Session Four - Sid Koop


12:00 pm: Lunch Provided


1:00 pm: Breakout Sessions A


2:10 pm: Breakout Sessions B


3:30 pm: Session Five - Steve McCready


4:30 pm: Dismissed



Discipling the Next Generation by Jeff Borton
- Main Stage

How to intentionally engage students in becoming disciples who make disciples.

Cultivating a Relationship-Driven Youth Ministry by Nathan Pifer
- Youth Room

Ultimately, relationships between youth leaders and students, and christian students with their peers, are the avenue through which the love of God is shared with students who come to your youth group. We are going to talk about actions and attitudes necessary for promoting deep relationships within your youth group to develop it into a loving, supportive, Christ-centered community that your students will want to invite their friends to, and seeking students will want to become a part of.

Youth Ministry is a Small Church Setting by Greg McCallum
- Fellowship Hall

Are you like the majority of youth pastors/workers who are serving in a small church setting? Smaller is not “Less!” No matter if your youth ministry has 4 students or 400 students we are all called to serve students that Christ has placed in our ministry. Come and be encouraged by other small church youth workers. Share ideas, explore what others are doing and take a look at some practices that can help you effectively minister to your students no matter how “small” your ministry is.


Purity is Possible by Sid Koop
- Main Stage

Pornography has a deepening grasp on our culture and our students, with serious consequences. In this session we'll look at the practical implications of its impact, and how we can come alongside students to instil biblical truths and engage in safe (though still sometimes uncomfortable!) grace-filled conversations that point them to Jesus. We'll walk through a practical 7-week guide designed to help youth workers journey with students towards freedom so that they can experience God's grace and healing.

Prioritizing God's Command to GO in Your Ministry by Mark Hymus & Jeremy Best
- Youth Room

Join the discussion as Mark & Jeremy both share from years of experience on helping their youth ministries and staff to live on mission. Learn about the importance of missions trips both far away and in your own community.

Small Groups - Why they are Essential by Kevin White
- Fellowship Room

Come and hear inspiring stories as well as get some tools on how to create and facilitate small groups in youth ministry. It has been said, "Join a small group - or die." (Not by me, but hey, small groups are pretty important)

IDEA: Each of these sessions will bring valuable insight in student ministry that we recommend you ensure your team spreads out and collectively hears them all! Be sure to also set a date to get together post-Summit and share the insights with one another.

Registration Now Open

We look forward to seeing you at the Summit.

April 27 - 28, 2018

YMS 2018 will again be hosted at Temple Baptist Church in Cambridge ON

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$50 per person, max $500 per ministry!

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