The Main Event

Launches Sunday June 3rd - 2018!

The Main Event is a FREE high energy non-denominational event that draws 1,000 students weekly on Sunday nights during the summer months. 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!

We're planning something special for Summer 2018!

Our team is putting together an incredible line up of speakers, special guests and activities for the 2018 Main Event season.
Get ready, start talking it up with your friends and see you at the Main Event this summer!

We will host the Main Event for nine weeks on Sunday nights starting June 3rd, 2018.
A full line up of speakers and details will be posted soon!


7:00pm Pre-Event Games and Entertainment

7:30pm - Doors Open

8:00pm - Main Event!

Group Reservations

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 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 here by Saturday at noon before the event you are attending.

Location and Directions

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

  • From I-95, Take Exit 38.
  • Turn onto the Spur 25 heading South.
  • The Spur 25 will merge into Hwy 17; turning right onto Hwy 17 S.
  • Take a left onto the F. J. Torras Causeway towards St. Simons at the light about 2 miles after merging onto Hwy. 17S.
  • At the end of the causeway, follow directions through the round-about to head north onto Sea Island road.
  • Shortly after getting onto Sea Island Rd., turn left at the first street which is the 1st entrance to Epworth-by-the Sea onto Epworth Road and then right onto Arthur J. Moore Drive.
  • Parking is in the grass lot before entering the Epworth gates.

2017 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. 

Click each date below to read the speaker's bio. 

Theme Nights!

Each Sunday (except Worship Night) will have a theme! Come dressed however you are inspired to given the theme. For instance for "Favorite Sports Team" come with just an Atlanta Braves hat or an entire Anaheim Ducks goalie uniform.

All outfits must be modest and appropriate for the event. The GP staff have discretion to ask someone to change out of an outfit if deemed inappropriate for the event.

June 4 — Speaker: Clay Baird | Theme Night: FANatics - Favorite Sports Team            

Clay Baird is the Campus Pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville,FL. Clay is a graduate of Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia, which is also the place he met his wife, Bethany.  They’ve been married for 7 years and have a son named Jude. Clay loves working with students and training a generation of Christian leaders.  He wholeheartedly believes in leading students to experience a God-First Life.

June 11 — Speaker: Shep | Theme Night: Super Heroes

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 18 —  Social Club Misfits | Theme Night: White Out

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 EP is available now!

June 25 — Speaker: Haley Hunt and GP Staff | Theme Night: Western Night. Pre Event Concert: The Tuten Brothers!         

Come for an awesome night with special guest Haley Hunt from Orlando, FL! Come be inspired by her story and her passion to see students walk in their fullest potential!

Bio: Haley Hunt was born in the south and raised on football & Jesus. Now Haley lives to tell of God's amazing Love and His purpose for YOU! Haley is a singer/song-writer and has had a few fun appearances with Lecrae, on EA Madden NFL game & has sang in the White House. Haley's passion for people and heart for youth is wild and if she could have a coffee with everyone reading this, she would. She's founder of Mrs. Sonshine, an online community for girls to grow together. Follow here @MrsSonshine. 

July 2 — Speaker: Mo Isom | Theme Night: USA

Mo is a New York Best Selling author, speaker and blogger, bringing truth to today's culture. She was an All-American soccer player, former LSU Homecoming queen and also the first female to play with an SEC football team as a kicker! You can find out more about Mo by visiting

July 9 — Speaker: Duffy Robbins | Theme Night: Tacky Night

Duffy Robbins, Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, a thirty-eight 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 he’s the author of numerous books including  Ministry of Nurture , This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers (co-authored with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts, Enjoy the Silence (co-authored with the lovely Maggie Robbins) and his latest book, Building a Youth Ministry That Disciples.

July 16 — Speaker: Grant Partrick | Theme Night: Fiesta Night

Grant Partrick is the Student Pastor at Passion City Church. Grant loves all sports and grew up playing tennis and basketball. He graduated from North Georgia University with a degree in Finance and is currently working on a Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Grant and his wife Maggie have been married for two years and live in Atlanta, GA. He is a passionate about seeing students of all ages live their lives for what matters most. He is a dynamic and gifted communicator with a passion to see students follow Christ!

July 23 — Speaker: Kenny Grant | Theme Night: Disco Night

Kenny Grant is the Senior Pastor at Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah, GA. A former Marine Drill Instructor, his unique style of teaching and preaching communicates with insight, clarity, passion, and humor. His impactful messages leave his audiences informed, inspired, and equipped to apply God’s Word. Kenny has been a great friend of The Gathering Place for numerous years and has impacted the lives of our students in so many ways!

July 30 —  Worship Night

A night of live music and celebration of all that God has done over the summer!