Desperate

My soul is dry and thirsts for You, True God,
    as a deer thirsts for water.

Psalm 42:1 The Voice

O True God, You are my God, the One whom I trust.
    I seek You with every fiber of my being.
In this dry and weary land with no water in sight,
    my soul is dry and longs for You.
    My body aches for You, for Your presence.

Psalm 63:1 The Voice

July 15-17, 2021
Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
(Limited Capacity)
&
Online

The Gate Youth Conference is the youth portion of the Aldersgate Conference for rising 7th graders through graduated seniors in high school. Our mission is to impart the Father's true identity to today's youth and equip them with the tools to walk out their identity and destiny in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Pastor Tim & Pam Johnson

There are just a few things that Tim Johnson loves more than preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The most perfect wife on the planet, Pam. The most awesome kids in the world, Taylor, Merritt and Olivia. Chocolate mint ice cream... OK, maybe not. But one of his true passions is pastoring Pfrimmer’s Chapel UMC in Corydon, Ind., where the Holy Spirit has used innovative and unique ways to grow the church from 90 to 1,200 in weekly attendance. Even more exciting, 104 people have responded to a call into ministry from God in the last five years. And that happens when folks realize their identity in the Father, their authority in the Son, and their gifts in the Spirit.

Michael & Christen Ball

Based in Nashville, TN, Christen Ball and her husband, Michael, are worship leaders devoted to ushering in God’s presence through music while inspiring creativity in worship and songwriting.  They have led worship in churches, conferences, retreats, and special events throughout the US, as well as in India, Haiti, and Israel.  Their acoustic worship EP, “Songs of Deliverance,” is available on all digital platforms.  However, the most important facet of worship for Christen and Michael is not the art of worship, but the heart of worship.  They long to see everyone they come in contact with, on or off the stage, to know how much Jesus loves them.

Keynote: Mary Hyer

Rev Mary Hyer currently lives near Fort Wayne, Indiana, and has been a senior pastor of local UMC churches for the past 4 years. Beginning in July, she will step back from her duties as a senior pastor to hang out with her new daughter, explore her calling in Healing Prayer and Preaching Ministry, and work as a speaker for Remedy Live, an organization that brings awareness to and helps schools and businesses with mental health. A graduate from IWU ('13) and Asbury Theological Seminary ('17), Mary's areas of focus in school were preaching, theology, and exploring her passion for healing prayer ministry--sitting with others and watching as Jesus did His work by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Mary is married to Dan, also a senior pastor, and together they love hiking, going to small concert venues (especially Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors!), and adventuring with their daughter, Georgia Mae. 

Keynote: Champ Squires

Champ Squires, 28, a native of South Carolina,l born with cerebral palsy, has strived to live his entire life as an outflow of the continual work of the Holy Spirit working in and through him! Even though he has a physical limitations that come along with cerebral palsy, he has never allowed that to stop and he never will! Champ earned his Bachelors of Christian Ministry’s from Southern Wesleyan University, and recently earned his Masters Of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary & currently is serving The St Matthew Circuit of churches the South Carolina Conference at the United Methodist Church!!! Champs passion is to invest in relationship with people to Encourage, Motivate, Inspire and Empower them to Live in a transformative relationship with Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and therefore to transform each other!!!!!!

Kaleb Weaver

I’m Kaleb Weaver, a full-time husband, dad, “worker” and pastor. I pastor at a small house church called The Open House. My family and I love to do ministry at our kitchen table over food or at a bonfire! I’m passionate about the Holy Spirit, revival and gathering the church regardless of what denomination or name you hang above your door. I believe revival is in the works and I just want to do my part in it!

Tiffany Weaver

Tiffany is a wife to Kaleb, a mama, and a worship leader at a house church called The Open House. She gets to stay at home with their kids, Aubrey, Lukas, Evie Jo and a new baby on the way! She loves to walk through life with other women and encourage them be the best wives, mothers, and friend. She loves to read, spend time in her local coffee shop, and have family time.

Kurt Savely

My name is Kurt Savely. I am a house church pastor in Corydon, Indiana where I grew up most of my life. I am a husband and father to two boys. I have a heart for evangelism and saving the lost. 

Brittany Savely

My name is Brittany Savely. I am a proud wife to my radically born again husband, Kurt. I am blessed to be a mom of two boys with another baby due in December. I am a nurse by trade but answered the calling of staying home to raise my kids for the kingdom. I have a heart to help teach & disciple. I currently lead a women's life group at our house church in Corydon, Indiana. 

Christian Slone

After graduating from Asbury University in '16 with a Youth Ministry major, Christian's life took an unexpected turn when God called her to be a long term missionary in Japan. The following years have been filled with growth in God, missions training and fundraising, and Presence ministry with students from Asbury University. She eagerly anticipates her departure for Japan (hopefully in September!), desperately wanting to strengthen the meager 1% of Christians in Japan and help bring the 99% of nonbelievers into a transforming relationship with God.

Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson began attending Aldersgate events as a child. He is a Gate alumni and served several years as the drummer for the Gate worship team, following the leading of the Holy Spirit. He graduated from Hanover College with degrees in political science and economics. He is currently a Managing Partner of Digital Now IT, an IT consulting firm and On Belay Coworking. He serves on many community boards, including his term as the Chair of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce. 

He is passionate about cooking great food, tackling home renovations, studying law and policy, and above those, his wife Colleen. They enjoy running road races and spending evenings in Southern Indiana with their hound, Sabot. Both are an active part of The Open House, a house church located in Corydon, Indiana. 

Colleen Johnson

My husband, Taylor, and I have the most handsome pup, Sabot (pronounced say-bow), who is a 5-year old black and tan/treeing walker coonhound. We live in Southern Indiana, where we renovated an old farmhouse (and are currently flipping another home). I love painting and crafting, taking care of my plant babes, and snuggling up for some Parks & Rec or Gilmore Girls. My full time gig is grant writing and fundraising for our local Boys & Girls Club. I’ve been attending Aldersgate since 2007!

Luke Watson

My name is Luke Watson. I'm 19 years old from Dayton Ohio and going into my sophomore year at Asbury University studying biochemistry. I'm a member of Asbury's Roundnet team and attended The Gate for 5 years. The Lord has blessed my life in more ways than I could count and I have dedicated my life to following His will. 

Gideon Klein

Gideon Klein is a Utility musician based out of Nashville, TN.  Gideon has worked with bands/artists such as; Rodney Atkins, Delta Rae, Jewel, Christy Knockels, William Wild, and many others. He is also involved with two original projects.  La Vie String Quartet, and Climb The Sky.  He and his brother also run a production company called Shuffle Brothers, where they've worked with many up and coming artists, as well as a few legend songwriters such as Mike Reid. Outside of music, Gideon believes in living life to the fullest, standing out from others, being the center of the party, and making sure everyone is taken care of.;)

J Ring

J has been pursuing guitar for 25 years, teaching guitar for 22 years, and has played guitar in Jazz Combos, Rock bands, cover bands, worship bands, and as a solo guitarist for over 20 years. 

Because of his unique playing style, he prototyped and developed his own set of hybrid guitar strings and build his own custom guitar to match.

As an active freelance composer, guitarist, and producer, J has written music for podcasts, videos, and even an audio book. He has produced (live and/or recorded) close to 30 bands and/or solo artists in the last 3 1/2 years, ranging from hard rock to mellow pop to jazz. He has also produced and recorded his own instrumental projects, including writing, directing, and animating the music video to his instrumental single, “Still Believe”.

J is passionate about seeing the reality of the Kingdom revealed in powerful, creative, and even unexpected ways and is passionate about helping other artists find their unique voices to release their art into the world.

When not producing, composing or playing guitar, J enjoys time in Franklin, TN with his wife, three boys and daughter.

Josée Weigand

Violinist and violist Josée (Jo) Weigand is an active instrumentalist with performances ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall.

A Wisconsin native, Josée moved to Tennessee 4 years ago to pursue music. She’s one of four siblings and was homeschooled her whole academic life until college. She comes from a wonderful family and grew up going to church and traveling the world from a young age. Aside from music, she enjoys coffee, the beach, animals, and playing with her 11 nieces and nephews.

Josée is thrilled to be back at Aldersgate for a second year. Her wish is to inspire young artists with an intense passion for music, for others, and for God.

Nick Romes

Nick Romes is a worship leader, songwriter & cinematographer currently living in Nashville, TN. Prior to this, he was worship leader/assistant pastor at New Creation Community Church in Phoenix, AZ, for 6 years. Growing up in Southern California, Nick always had a passion for music & songwriting. As a songwriter Nick’s songs have been featured in TV/Film with Walt Disney/ABC Family, Lifetime Network and Walmart. Recently a song Nick had co-written was recorded by Grammy nominee and 2 time Dove winner Joseph Habedank. Nick has shared the stage with many artists such as Darlene Zschech, Don Henley, The Pretenders, & The Afters. As a cinematographer Nick has worked with Mandisa, Dave Barnes, Lindy Conant, David Leonard, Stu G, Michael Farren, David & Nicole Binion, and Dustin Smith among others. As a worship leader/pastor Nick desires nothing more than to see the hearts of the church ignited with a passion for the Lord! He has a heart for building up and equipping worship leaders and worship teams. As a worship leader, Nick loves to worship and lead others into the presence of God. As cinematographer Nick sees the videos he produces as an extension of his own worship and loves to partner with artists to help capture the vision God has put on their heart and do it with excellence. Nick and his wife Stacey were married in 2007 and have a beautiful daughter Ella.

Adam Jackson

Adam Jackson is very excited to be serving at this year’s Holy Spirit Encounter. Adam has been attending ARM conferences for over 10 years and is in his third year on the design team. Adam is currently studying Music Education at Western Connecticut State University with a concentration in classical trombone. He also sings, and currently plays keyboard at The River Church in Danbury, Connecticut. Adam has worked on over 30 musicals both onstage and backstage and currently, he works as a sound engineer at the Legacy Theatre in Branford, Connecticut.

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