Giving Hope to Teens

Giving Hope to Teens: Counseling Today’s Youth

The Wilds Youth Worker's Conference - March 1-4, 2022

This world is becoming increasingly more difficult for teens. They have struggles without and fears within. They are daily bombarded with choices. Will they seek the world’s way of dealing with their difficulties or allow Jesus to guide them? Teens need to know that God has plans for them – plans to give them hope and a future! You can help them grasp that hope. Come join us for the “Giving Teens Hope” Conference, and interact with many other youth leaders who have the same desire that you do – to give hope to youth battling today’s culture.

Session Highlights

  • Christ Centered Counseling
  • Counseling from the Pulpit
  • Helping Hurting Teens
  • Private Sin Habits
  • Unmasking Addiction
  • Giving Effective Counseling Homework
  • Relational Struggles
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Counseling Depression
  • Purity
  • Helping Grieving Teens Face Loss
  • Forgiveness
  • The Christian’s Heart and Same Sex Attraction
  • Enslaving Sins

Schedule Highlights


3:00 pm-5:45 pm – Check-in
7:00 pm-9:00 pm – Orientation/General Session 1


9:00 am-10:30 am – General Session 2
11:30 am-1:00 pm – General Session 3
4:45 pm-6:00 pm – Breakout Session 1
7:15 pm-9:00 pm – General Session 4


9:00 am-10:30 am – General Session 5
11:30 am-1:00 pm – General Session 6
4:45 pm-6:00 pm – Breakout Session 2
7:15 pm-9:00 pm – General Session 7


8:00 am – Dismiss after Breakfast


Jim Berg

  • Professor of Biblical Counseling at Bob Jones University Seminary, Greenville, SC
  • Executive Director of Freedom that Lasts
  • Certified ABC and ACBC Counselor and ACBC Addiction Specialization
  • Commissioned Addiction Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection
  • DMin, Biblical Counseling

Jim Newcomer

  • Senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Adjunct professor for multiple graduate programs, teaching Biblical counseling and pastoral theology
  • Founding board member of Grace Biblical Counseling Ministry, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Certified ABC counselor
  • Certified ACBC counselor

Kelly Collier

  • Serves alongside her husband at The Wilds and CampsAbroad
  • Local church women’s ministries, including counseling
  • Prepares counseling resources and training materials for summer staff at The Wilds
  • Counsels ladies at The Wilds and abroad
  • Certified ACBC counselor

Lorie Newcomer

  • Ladies’ Ministry director at Calvary Baptist Church, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Actively involved in counseling
  • Trained in Biblical counseling
  • Completed four counseling tracks with Faith Biblical Counseling, Lafayette, IN

Morris Gleiser

  • Itinerant preacher and evangelist
  • Desires to proclaim Bible truth to help all ages
  • Author of The Journey: Navigating Your Teenage Years

Willie Partin

  • Director of Camp Relations at The Wilds, Brevard, NC
  • Certified ACBC Counselor
  • 15 years experience counseling teens and young adults
  • Pursuing a Masters in Counseling

Rand Hummel

  • Director of The Wilds of New England, Deering, NH
  • Ministers to thousands of teens and their families each year
  • 40 years experience counseling teens and adults

Doug Rife

  • Lead pastor at Temple Baptist Church and president of Temple Christian School in Fort Worth, TX
  • Oversees pastoral care counseling for multiple mission boards
  • Degree in Pastoral Theology; earning a Masters in Biblical Counseling
  • Works extensively in suicide prevention (since 2011)

John Lehman

  • Pastor of Member Care and Missions at Hampton Park Baptist Church, Greenville, SC
  • ACBC Counselor and Fellow since 1993
  • Supervises new certified members for ACBC
  • Experience as teacher and administrator

Pricing & Accommodations


Accommodations: Accommodations are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis after the completed registration form and registration fee are received in our office. If the requested accommodation is full, we will confirm the next type of housing available (see housing descriptions below) and put you on standby for your first choice. You will receive a confirmation receipt after your reservation has been processed. The registration fee is only refundable or transferable if we are notified of the cancellation 30 days before the program begins.

Lodge: Comfortable hotel-style room in a wing of the main camp building. One queen-size bed and two sets of bunk beds. Private bath. One couple, family, or multiple individuals per room. Accommodates up to six
people. All linens provided.

Inn: Pleasant hotel-style room in a three-story building next to the Lakeside Center and 150 yards from the main Lodge. Most rooms are furnished with a queen-size bed and one set of bunk beds. Private bath. One couple, family, or multiple individuals per room. Accommodates up to four people. All linens provided.

Duplex: Private double-unit cabin, three flights of stairs from the main Lodge. Queen-size bed and four sets of bunk beds. Private bath. One couple, family, or multiple individuals per cabin. Accommodates up to ten people. Please bring bedding, pillows, and towels.

*Child Care: Children ages 0-24 months may attend this conference with their parents. They must be within this age range at the time of camp. Child care will be provided during the General Sessions and Workshops only (children may not attend these). Capacity is very limited; cost per child is $25. Please complete the requested information on the registration form.  

Reward: For each first-time Youth Workers’ adult or married couple you bring as your guest, you can receive a $60 deduction from your balance due at check-in. Please let us know the name(s) in advance. You can save up to the total cost of your Youth Workers’ Conference price.