YouthQuake is an annual conference that is the primary youth event of ACTS 29 Ministries, a Christian ministry based in Atlanta, Georgia. The event was started in the early 1990s by Episcopal Renewal Ministries and its then-president, the Rev. Charles Fulton. In 1993, the location was changed to Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. In 1996, the "YouthQuake" name was permanently added. In 1997, the location changed for one year to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, but returned to Ridgecrest the following year.
The YouthQuake conferences range in size from about 50 students to more than 1,500, and have been held in locations across the United States. The goals of the weekends are to convert students to Christianity and to help converts grow in their faith.
During the weekend, a number of national speakers address the students. Past speakers have included Jeanne Mayo, Sid Bream, Gregg Johnson and Eric Moulton, as well as Father Fulton and ACTS 29's current President, the Rev. Alan W. Hansen. In addition, YouthQuake previously included concerts as part of its Saturday line-up, including Bleach and Out of Eden. For the past five years, however, the event has focused more on worship and has featured worship leaders like Steve Fee and Kristian Stanfill. Currently, the worship band Unhindered is serving as YouthQuake's worship leaders.
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