Originally known as, “Sunday Night Live at 8:45,” The Gathering Place began on the porch of Christophers on Saint Simons Island, GA in 1979 by college kids from University of Georgia. There was singing, hilarious skits, and someone would share a relevant message about Jesus. After two summers of successful programs, the college students decided to reach other communities, but some of the local teenagers wanted to continue this ministry so they approached Bill and Ida Walker and together, they officially founded The Gathering Place in June, 1981.

For the first few years, approximately 100 students gathered on the porch of Christophers, a Christian retreat on St. Simons. Sunday Night Live grew and evolved into “The Main Event” which now draws over 1,000 students each summer Sunday night, with lights, videos, skits, gifted speakers, and fun.

Growth has steadily occurred since 1981 and today, what started as a summer mission, has grown into a year-round leadership development youth ministry serving a highly diverse population. The Gathering Place has been blessed and through the years and has seen the fruit of God’s grace: All kinds of people impacted and equipped to reach out in the community and make a difference for the Kingdom. With many different faces, hundreds of volunteers, and several staff members, The GP offers Internships, Campus Ministries, College Ministries and Discipleship Programs. Our passion is to develop leaders who fulfill the great commission (Matt. 28) through unity within diversity (John 17).