THE YOUTH CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
At the age of six, Devin Turner, accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. But from early elementary through middle school, he had all kinds of struggles of insecurity and depression that led to two suicide attempts. As a freshman in high school, Devin was confronted with obstacles that many teenagers face which caused him to question God’s existence. He began affiliations with known drug dealers in his school but it didn’t take Devin long to realize that something just wasn’t setting well with him about his new lifestyle of choice. Soon after, Devin started reading the Bible for himself so that he could know if it was truth or not. In his junior and senior years of high school, he led a daily Bible study where he challenged his peers to pursue godly lifestyles through obedience to God’s Word. After graduating from high school, he attended Bowie State University, where he led a Bible study as a leader of the Impact Movement. Once he graduated from BSU, Devin was hired as a Youth Minister and was later ordained as a pastor at Zion Church in Largo, Maryland. He is now Lead Pastor of Revolution DC and CEO of Disciples Thru Media. Devin and his wife Lenneil Turner reside in Washington, DC with their two sons, Justus and Jairus.
Current Ministry and leadership responsibilities
Director, Baltimore-Washington Branch, Open Air Campaigners USA Member of the Board of Directors, Open Air Campaigners USA Chairman, North America-Caribbean Zone, Open Air Campaigners International Elder overseeing Missions and Outreach – Belcroft Bible Church, Bowie, MD
Tom and his wife Barbara have two adult children and three grandchildren. Tom and Barbara open their home to short-term mission teams offering sketchboard evangelism experience in the Baltimore-Washington area.
YOUTH WITH A MISSION
Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), they unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known. YWAM currently works in more than 1,100 locations in over 180 countries, with a full-time staff of over 18,000 and short-term staff of around 25,000.
Alexa Johnson and Vacheral Carter became directors of YWAM in the city of Las Vegas in May of 2018, making them the first African-American directors in all of North America. The missionary base in Las Vegas is focused on the areas of Orphan Care and Anti-human trafficking, with an emphasis on urban areas. Each year they train and send missionaries to work in the 10/40 window, to places like Nepal and Thailand. God has amazing things in store for the 630,000 residence and the 42 million tourists that visit Las Vegas each year.
University recruiter. Youth Director. Father of twins. Child of God. Out of Christian’s many titles, it is the last of which he is most proud. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Christian spent a lot of time in the church between Sunday School, summer day camp, and youth group. After graduating from Temple University in 2004, he had the privilege to serve as Youth Director for the same church family that raised him. It was though this role that Christian had the opportunity to participate in mission trips, regional youth gatherings, and national youth conventions for the Lutheran Church, all the while discovering his love for youth ministry and mentoring. While his professional career has spanned five industries, his involvement with ministry has been consistent over the past 10+ years.
THE MILLENNIAL BAND
The Millennials was formed in 2015, by a group of young visionaries, fulfilling their dream and
pursuing their passion of ministering through music. Born and raised in the church, singing in the choir and possessing deeply-rooted family values are just a few commonalities shared among the group members. Jamal Weldon, Courtney Thorpe and Darrean Van Zant Harmon are alumnus of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC. Through their education and specialized training, they have been blessed to receive many opportunities performing alongside world-class artists. They now attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Timothy Brown is a recent graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Music. His musical background included singing and acting performances in the Opera and Theatre productions and playing the Saxophone for the Concert Band. The Millennials have ministered locally throughout the DC Metro area and will continue to spread the gospel wherever the Lord leads. As they continue to journey down the musical path, they are reminded to heed the instruction in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” and I Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into the marvelous light”.