Youth Pastor’s Retreat


Dear Youth Pastor/Leader,

Clear your calendars for an amazing three days! I would like to invite you to join us for our annual Youth Pastors’ Retreat, November 16-18. This retreat is for all youth pastors and spouses as well as all lay youth leaders and spouses who lead a youth ministry. You will find it to be a great time of inspiration, encouragement, dreaming, relaxing, making new friends, and reuniting with others. We encourage you to come and connect with the outstanding team of youth leaders and spouses from across Minnesota.

The 2017 YPR will return to the Elk River Holiday Inn and Waterpark. This 27 million dollar complex was built just a few years ago and features beautiful rooms and a spacious waterpark that will provide a wonderful environment for our retreat. Check out their website at

Our check-in table will open Thursday at 4:00p.m., when youth pastors are able to check into their rooms. The cost is $189 per person ($378 per couple) for pre-registered, and $199 ($398 per couple) for registrations received after Oct 12th. All meals, lodging, and activities are included in the registration fee. You may also want to bring along some spending money for a trip to the Albertville Outlet Mall or Cabela’s on Friday afternoon. The first scheduled event is the banquet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, hosted by our Executive and Sectional Reps. Childcare for infants will be provided during all sessions. Please indicate when you register if you will require infant-care.  The closing session will be on Saturday morning and we will dismiss by noon.

Speaking at the 2017 YPR will be Johnnie Wilson, an amazing veteran youth pastor who has been in full time youth ministry for over 20 years. Johnnie has been the lead youth pastor at Faith Assembly of God in Orlando, FL since 1996. He oversees the Jr. High, Sr. High, and college age ministries, which have seen significant growth under his leadership and average over 1,400 students a week. Johnnie also travels and speaks often at camps, conventions, and conferences throughout the country. Johnnie & his wife Jamee have 5 children. He is an incredible leader/speaker and I’m excited to see how God uses him to challenge us.

For those who are first-year youth pastors/leaders or have just moved into the Minnesota District within the last year, we extend a special invitation to our annual “Newcomers’ Welcome.” We will meet at Rockwood’s Grill in Elk River at 1:00 p.m. (Rockwood’s Grill shares a parking lot with the Holiday Inn). Joining us will be the Executive Youth Committee and their spouses. Don’t miss this opportunity for MSM to buy your lunch and also to enjoy a great time of fellowship, introductions, and inspiration.

To Register: Click the link below that says “Online registration.” Please register no later than October 12 to avoid late fees and ensure a room at the hotel. I am looking forward to an incredible time together with friends from across Minnesota. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Working Together,

Kirby St. John

District Youth Director



Register by October 12th to avoid late fees!

If you register after November 2nd be sure to contact Marissa at to make sure there is still space available at the hotel.

CLOSED - Online Registration



1:00 PM – Newcomers’ Lunch – Rockwoods Grill

4:00 PM – Check-in – Holiday Inn Elk River

7:30 PM – Opening Banquet

10:00 PM – Late Night Activities


8-9:00 AM – Breakfast

9:30 AM – Session 1 – Johnnie Wilson

11:15 AM – Breakout Sessions – Various

12:15 PM – Lunch

1:15 PM – Free Time

6:30 PM – Dinner at Elk River Emmanuel Campus

7:30 PM – Session 2 at Elk River Emmanuel Campus – Johnnie Wilson


8-9:00 AM – Breakfast

10:00 AM – Session 3 – Johnnie Wilson

11:15 AM – Head Home!