Giving Hope to Teens

Giving Hope to Teens: Battling Addictions

The Wilds Youth Worker's Conference - March 7-10, 2023

Confusing world. Overwhelming pressures. Difficult-to-understand times. Teens are surveying the landscape for that “something” that will take away the pain and add some kind of happiness to their scene. What happens when their escape of choice leads to behaviors that are addictive? Far from satisfying their needs, these behaviors cause distance between themselves, God, family, friends, and church. There is hope! It is in Christ and His words. Join us for the 2023 Youth Workers’ Conference as we learn how to love and guide teens struggling with addictive, enslaving habits.

Session Highlights

  • Counseling the enslaving habit of . . .
    • Pornography
    • Social Media
    • Eating Disorders
    • Cutting
  • Unmasking Addiction
  • Counseling through the framework of Romans 1

Schedule Highlights


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


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


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


8:00 am – Dismiss after Breakfast


Jim Berg

  • Professor of Biblical Counseling at Bob Jones University Seminary, Greenville, SC
  • Founder of Freedom That Lasts Ministries®
  • Certified ABC and ACBC Counselor with ACBC Addiction Specialization
  • Commissioned Addiction Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection
  • DMin, Biblical Counseling
  • Author

Bruce Meyer

  • Professor of Biblical Studies and Counseling at Bob Jones University Seminary, Greenville, SC
  • Author and presenter of Upstream Seminar, a sexual purity seminar
  • Maintains active counseling ministry, specializing in counseling abuse recovery and addictions
  • DMin, Biblical Counseling

Pat Berg

• Serves at Freedom That Lasts Ministries®
• Certified ACBC Counselor
• MA in Biblical Counseling
• Retired BJU faculty member

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

Debi Pryde

  • Staff Counselor for Lighthouse Baptist Church and Christian School, LaVerne, CA
  • Developed a training program, Women Counseling Women, and travels and teaches nationally and internationally
  • Presently holds two certifications as a biblical counselor: ACBC and Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Escondido, California, in conjunction with Westminster Theological Seminary
  • 35 years’ counseling experience

Ben Marshall

  • Executive Director of Freedom That Lasts Ministries®
  • Certified ACBC and IABC Counselor
  • DEdMin

Jim Tillotson

  • President of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, Ankeny, IA
  • Ministers to hundreds of teens and college students every year
  • Youth pastor for 7 years followed by 18 years as a Senior Pastor and Church Planter in Edmonton, AB

Pricing & Accommodations

Registration Fee$50$50$50
ChildrenAges 0-24 months$25

*There are a limited number of single occupancy rooms available.

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.