October 27-29, 2017 | Richmond, VA
theme: For the culture
The Gospel of Jesus Christ accomplishes for us a great return to who we truly are. By the sacrifice of Jesus we can take hold of a redeemed identity that is not defined or confined by the expectations or temptations of the broken culture we inhabit. As redeemed ones we are sent back into our broken world to influence it, to change it, to be a part of God’s work of redeeming the world for the culture of the Kingdom of God.
We will spend the weekend together in fellowship, studying Scripture, breaking bread, worshiping with Urban Doxology, and engaging what it means to faithfully draw our identity, mission, and culture to a God-glorifying intersection.
- EARLY BIRD | Sept. 15-Sept. 30 | $60
- STANDARD | Oct. 1-Oct. 23 | $75
- FRESHMAN | $60
Deposit: $30 (non-refundable)
*We cannot do registration transfers.*
- Full conference admission
- Two nights at Hampton Inn
- Breakfast Saturday and Sunday
- Lunch Saturday
CONFERENCE LOCATION: WEST END PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
9008 Quioccasin Rd, Richmond, VA 23229
LODGING: HAMPTON INN RICHMOND-WEST
10800 W. Broad St., Glen Allen, VA 23060
Q: When does the conference begin and end? Where do I register once I get to Richmond? Please arrive at West End Presbyterian Church between 5-7pm on Friday. The first session begins at 8pm. The conference will end on Sunday at 11am.
Q: What should I bring? Your remaining balance- cash or check only! Weather-appropriate clothing and shoes. Bible- if you have one, notebook, pen. Toiletries. Cash/Money for Saturday’s dinner/break time, buying books or CDs we may have on sale.
Q: Are meals included? Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and lunch on Saturday are included. Bring money for Saturday dinner. Please eat dinner on Friday before the conference begins.
Q: How will I get there? Talk with your chapter leaders or your staff about carpooling.
Q: Are scholarships available? Yes. Please talk to your staff leader.
Q: I have questions about the conference. Who can I contact? Thurston Benns is the conference director and can be reached at Thurston.Benns@InterVarsity.org
cast & crew
Tiya Bolton. Tiya's journey with Jesus began just as she was starting college at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her relationship with God blossomed into a love affair worthy of an 80s soul track when she got involved with InterVarsity. She came alive as she studied scripture, explored the intersections of faith and identity, and took part in God's work to see her campus transformed. She spent two years on staff with InterVarsity at Elon University and has recently returned to her alma mater to continue God's work at UNCW. She loves tea, slow mornings, and all things nerdy. You know nothing, Jon Snow.
LeLe Skinner. LeLe grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia and first encountered faith through attending a Filipino Baptist church. Through InterVarsity, she made an adult decision to follow Jesus as a freshman at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) and helped plant Athletes InterVarsity ministry there. As a junior, she began to understand the importance of ethnic identity while at an InterVarsity summer conference. During her intern year at Old Dominion University, she was able to discover more about how her multiracial heritage (as both Black and Filipino American) is a gift from God to her and the students she works with! As she dug into her intersectionality of both Black and Filipino heritages, she invited others into the same kind of deep, rich ethnic identity redemption. She now serves as the campus staff at ODU, helping to lead the chapter into a truly multiethnic ministry that reaches every corner of the campus.
Jerry Maynard. Jerry is an alumni of the University and was heavily invested in OneWay as a student. He now has the joy of leading the chapter that has and continues to be used by the Lord to shape him as a follower of Jesus and Black man. On days off Jerry sleeps in, plays too much Madden, and eats Chipotle.
Thurston Benns. Thurston currently serves as the Area Director in Tidewater, Virginia. With a history of student and staff leadership at a variety of chapters at UVA, Norfolk State, and ODU, he is experienced in serving a diversity of students along the spectrum of Black identity. He is passionate about developing Christian communities where students can bring their full selves to bear before God who intentionally designed and lovingly crafted them.
Cameron Strange. Born in North Carolina to a military family, Cam has lived in way too many places to count (among them: Italy, New Jersey, and Georgia), and in the same way that he's bounced around from place to place, you can imagine his hobbies and interests have also switched a ton, trying to keep himself entertained as an only-child (attempting everything from drawing to rapping to basketball)! While still living a life rife with change as a recent college graduate, Cam would say God used his time at UVA to help solidify the gospel as the one clear, permanent fixture that he could orient his world around. Now a campus minister at UMW, he's found himself continually drawn back to the question "What does the gospel have to say about __?" And the intersection between the gospel and culture-making is one that particularly excites Cam, having been exposed to quite a few different cultural influences during his childhood.
Willis Weber. Willis is a native Virginian *slightly* obsessed with the Church being the multiethnic and missional movement our world needs. Currently, he collaborates with a team of InterVarsity staff and student leaders to establish multiethnic, witnessing communities on college campuses throughout Richmond and Northern Virginia. He also loves learning how fathers father, storytellers tell stories, and minimalists minimize. His wife and three sons live in the North Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia.
Erin Rose. A native of Bridgeport, CT, Erin currently lives and works in vibrant Richmond, VA where she serves as Worship & Teaching Pastor at East End Fellowship. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and is a graduate student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Her greatest joy lies in leading God's people in authentic worship and in teaching God's people the truth found in God's Word. She's also a member of Urban Doxology, a ministry that is writing the soundtrack of reconciliation for the church. Her favorite things to do are eat delicious food, spend time with loved ones, and indulge in the occasional Netflix binge.
Urban Doxology. Worship band for conference. Urban Doxology is a ministry that writes the soundtrack of reconciliation in the racially diverse and gentrifying neighborhood of Church Hill, Richmond, VA.