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 on June 9th, 2019. Scroll down for a full line up of speakers! Get ready, start talking it up with your friends and see you at the Main Event this summer!
Pre-Event Games and Entertainment
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.
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.
FRVR FREE is a ministry team based out of Atlanta, GA — This crew functions as both a worship band and an event-driven nonprofit company. Whether they are creating events or composing melodies, their goal is to help students of all ages, races, and backgrounds take a step toward Jesus. This affords students the opportunity to link arms with one another not as rivals, but as teammates with the same goal of serving on another and sharing the love of Christ– that’s what it means to be FRVR FREE.
Duffy Robbins is an engaging and hilarious communicator of life changing
truth. He 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 Youth
Ministry Nuts and Bolts and Enjoy the Silence (which he co-wrote with
his wonderful wife Maggie Robbins).
Lucas Ramirez is a man re-made by the great love of Christ and he now lives
with a passion equip others to be change makers, leaders and innovators in
their world. Lucas lives out his passion for raising up the next generation of
leaders in his role as director of The Gathering Place. He has spoken at
venues such as Catalyst Conference, TEDx and The Georgia House of
Representatives and he is the author of Designed For More.
As a former student-athlete, Shep was blessed to participate on every level
of competition. He experienced massive success on the football field, but
maintains that his proudest accomplishment was earned in the classroom
by being the first in his family to graduate from college. Upon graduation,
he was then blessed to train in the National Football League. It was after
completing his football career that Shep was propelled into his life’s work
of delivering hope through his speaking to audiences around the world.
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, co-founder of The Resource Group: A faith based consulting firm and creator of Broken Crayons Still Color a blog and interactive devotional brand.
With a degree in business logistics and entrepreneurship she has used her talents to grow churches, ministries & businesses in the areas of; student ministry, creative marketing, leadership, innovation and strategic planning.
Toni is known for her vibrant personality, charisma and all around welcoming spirit. She has a passion to help women and teens believe in the idea that in a world that says you have to be broken to be used, the truth is, God will use us right in the middle of our mess.
Joseph Sojourner has emerged as a refreshing voice of leadership for this generation. As a communicator and content creator, he is passionate about engaging people within the church and throughout culture. Joseph has been featured on NBC’s Your Move in a candid conversation with Andy Stanley, was a host for Passion Conferences 2019, serves as the trusted voice for Catalyst Conferences, and is the chosen communicator for many other events throughout the country. As the founder of an Atlanta based creative agency, he leads a team that helps companies design programming, environments, and other creative strategies that connect people to purpose. Joseph still listens to albums all the way through, is patiently waiting for Nike to approach him for a sneaker collaboration, and always tips his Uber drivers.
Jimmy is a husband, Father and lover of Jesus. He is the Executive Director of Glynn County at the Gathering Place. Before working at the
GP, Jimmy and his family worked as missionaries overseas in India where
they developed deep relationships and love for the world’s most
unreached. Jimmy currently attends Reformed Theological Seminary and
hopes to use what he learns to help free others to make much of Jesus!
Stephen Dervan is a native of Albany Georgia and has been in ministry over 10 years. Growing up in a broken home where church attendance was sporadic at best, Stephen got into trouble both at home and at school. It wasn’t until he was invited to go to a youth camp the summer between his seventh and eighth grade year that his life changed. It was there when he accepted Jesus’ love for him and was forgiven. His life would never to be the same again. Stephen believes that laughter is a gift and he uses his unique sense of humor to make an audience feel at home.
Actor in 2008 Movie “Fireproof” (Wayne Floyd)
Stephen’s first role was as the hilarious hot sauce drinking fireman. Stephen accepted this role because his father was the driver at station 1 where the movie was filmed. Stephen also grew up in a home that was plagued by divorce.
Actor in 2011 Movie “The Grace Card” (Mitch Saunders)
His second role was as a rookie cop that provided a bit of comic relief as well. He took this role because the film centered on racial reconciliation, grace, and salvation. Growing up in the Deep South, Stephen is no stranger to racism. He even attended college at a Historical Black University on a minority scholarship. (Albany State University)
Stephen began his career in ministry as a campus minister at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia where he spent each morning on area campuses connecting with students. He then moved to Atlanta where he served two churches as a student pastor. In May of 2008, He and his family accepted a call to Bartlett, TN to serve Faith Baptist Church as Associate Pastor to Students. He has traveled across the country speaking at youth camps, retreats, conferences, and more. He believes that God deeply loves people and he loves spending time with them.
The Main Event takes place during the summer on Sunday nights at Strickland Auditorium at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island, GA.
Epworth by the Sea
100 Arthur J. Moore Drive
St Simons Island, GA 31522