for middle + high school students


The Main Event is a FREE high energy non-denominational event that draws thousands of students on Sunday nights during the summer. This is an event put on by students for students, filled with lights, engaging music, skits, and relevant gospel teaching. Gifted communicators share the powerful reality of a relationship with God on a weekly basis. You’ve got to experience it to believe it!

Our team is putting together an incredible line up of speakers, special guests, and activities for the 2019 Main Event season. We will host the Main Event for nine weeks on Sunday nights starting in June 2019. A full line up of speakers and details will be posted soon! Get ready, start talking it up with your friends and see you at the Main Event this summer!


7:00 pm

Pre-Event Games and Entertainment

7:30 pm

Doors Open

8:00 pm

Main Event


If you would like to assure that your group can sit together, we will save you seats in the back half of Strickland Auditorium. You may reserve seats online, and let us know how many seats you want to be saved. If your seats are not occupied by 7:45 pm, we will open these up to the general public. Without reservations, seats will be available first come, first serve. Reserve your seating by Saturday at noon before the event you are attending.

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2018 Speakers and Theme Nights!

Each Main Event features a unique lineup of dynamic event speaker and theme nights! Both are designed to create an environment that is fun and engaging while pointing students to Jesus.

June 3 — Speaker: Carlos Whittaker

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Carlos Whittaker is a People’s Choice Award winner, a former recording artist signed to a major label, a social media maven, and currently spends the majority of his time writing books and speaking on stages around the world. It really began when the Whittaker’s found their family in America’s spotlight with appearances on shows like CBS Early Morning, The Today Show and more when their viral video “Single Ladies Devastation” went viral. But for Carlos, his wife Heather and their three children, this viral moment was just a snapshot of the bigger picture.

June 10 — Speaker: Shep

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Shep messages are as relevant as they are timeless. His influence is national. And his philosophy is simple: Tough times do not last, Tough people do!

He is C.L. Shepherd or “Shep” as he is widely and affectionately known. Shep proudly hails from the small town of Apopka, Florida. One of 15 siblings, Shep endured challenges that most would only encounter through the fictional medium of television. As a result, his transparent, unabashed testimony has captivated thousands, subsequently leading people to transformed lives in droves. His passion and devotion to seeing lives changed is evident in his speaking and mentoring. Moreover, his awe-inspiring message has led him to being one of the highest sought after communicators nationally in the sports, education, faith based, and corporate world.

Shep is the Founder and CEO of Keep the Change, Inc., Shep now desires to “make plays” off  the field, by making a difference in others’ lives. As a nationally recognized sports chaplain, and character/life coach, Shep conveys this message to all people, regardless of race, gender, denomination, class or age demographic, igniting them to live a life of purpose, and to make every day count. His vision is to see the world of sports dominated by selfless leaders who walk much louder than they talk.

June 17 — Speaker: Dave Snyder

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People often talk about the future of hip-hop music like it isn’t right now. As if the future were some far off paint splotch occupying our collective imagination. On the contrary, the future is now, and some aren’t afraid to take it where it’s going. Enter Social Club Misfits, the Miami duo whose built a cult following on the strength of their provocative oeuvre and singular, quick-witted approach. Comprised of Marty and Fern, Social Club is the after-effect of two distinctive personalities meshing to create an invigorating sound. The self-monikered “Misfits” are disruptors in every sense, challenging norms and bringing other misfits along for the ride. With a host of projects and EPs under their proverbial belt, including the Billboard-charting full lengths Misfits 2 and US, Social Club Misfits has made a sport of pushing boundaries and redefining the possibilities of what faith-based music can accomplish. From headlining sold out tours across the country to spawning imitators the world over, it’s clear the duo has struck a chord with listeners from all walks of life. They have bypassed perceived gatekeepers in favor of carving their own lane and fueling their purpose. While some are content with moving wherever the current leads, Social Club Misfits has embraced their calling as leaders of a more intentional school of thought. The misfits are now. Their latest project, The Misfit Generation EPis available now!

June 24 — Speaker: Toni Collier

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Toni Collier is a communicator, host and consultant at North Point Ministries (founded by Andy Stanley), on-camera personality at The reThink Group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes public school speaker and co-founder of The Resource Group: A faith-based consulting firm.

Toni is known for her vibrant personality, charisma and all around welcoming spirit. You will frequently hear her shout the sentence; “Broken crayons still color!” as she has a passion to help women and teens believe in the idea that no matter their difficult story or walls of weakness, God still has an incredible plan to go along with the purpose He’s placed in their life.

July 1 — Speaker: Jimmy Gunderman

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Jimmy Gunderman is the Director of Discipleship and Programs at The Gathering Place. Before his time at GP, he and his family spent several years on the mission field in India, serving and sharing the good news of the Gospel. Jimmy has a passion to make much of Jesus and see students fill their God-given potential.

July 8 — Speaker: Lucas Ramirez

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Lucas’ journey started in the heart of Argentina, being born in Buenos Aires. He emigrated to the U.S. as a child with his family. Now, Lucas lives out his passion for raising up the next generation of leaders in his role as President and CEO of The Gathering Place, an innovative student mentoring and Christian leadership development organization that impacts over 10,000 students annually.

He is an author ( and keynote speaker to a diverse group of audiences including venues such as Catalyst Conference, TEDx and The Georgia House of Representatives. He is an organizational leadership expert and loves sharing and learning new ideas.

The greatest blessing in his life is being married to his college sweetheart, Thea Ramirez, who is the Founder and CEO of Adoption-Share. The couple has three kids and the family lives in Coastal Georgia with their two pups Bailey and Wally. Lucas thinks he might just be the luckiest guy alive.

July 15 — Speaker: Duffy Robbins

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Dr. Duffy Robbins is Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania and is a thirty-five year veteran of youth ministry. Duffy speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers. Duffy has his D.Min. in Youth and Family Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture,  Speaking to Teenagers (which he co-wrote with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts and Enjoy the Silence (which he co-wrote with a wonderful girl named Maggie Robbins that he married many years ago).

July 22 — Speaker: Kenn Kington

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Kenn is one of the most popular Comics on XM radio and performs regularly across the country, but Kenn is so much more than a comedian. Kenn has spoken to hundreds of companies giving amazing focus in the midst of change, maximizing productivity, developing record-breaking product launches.  Kenn was also a top 10 salesman in a Fortune 500 growth company, so Kenn is more than a motivator. Kenn has written two bestselling books on relationships and records a regular radio show/podcast that inspires thousands to experience life to the fullest. Yet, Kenn is more than simply inspirational.

When you hear Kenn, rest assured you will be entertained, encouraged, challenged and inspired but the greatest benefit is that you will leave with more hope, clarity, insight and motivation to experience true success and significance.


The Main Event takes place during the summer on Sunday nights at Strickland Auditorium at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island, GA.

Strickland Auditorium
Epworth by the Sea
100 Arthur J. Moore Drive
St Simons Island, GA 31522

The Main Event

Strickland Auditorium
100 Arthur J. Moore Drive
St Simons Island, GA 31522

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