Sunday, December 17th8:30 am Christmas Cantata / 10:45 am Kids Christmas Program

Headwaters Youth Conference is a newly created, annual student ministry conference that is hosted by EFCB Student Ministries. HYC was created out of a deeper desire from both youth and youth leaders who wanted more than what was currently being offered to teenagers.

Just like the mighty Mississippi River with its long and winding path to the Gulf of Mexico, students are on a similar course. Only, their destination is not an ocean, it's adulthood. As youth ministry leaders, we have the privilege to ride with them on this path. We can prioritize solely enjoyment and comfort and send our students out in a pedal boat, or we can also challenge them in order to help them build a steady vessel. While peddle boats are fun, at the Headwaters Youth Conference we want to equip our students with a steady ship that can weather the storms and trials of life.

We want to go deeper than simple messages that felt more like Christian TED talks; we want Christ-centered, rich messages straight from God’s word that builds up believers in their walk with Jesus and shares the Gospel with the lost students that attend. We want more than just Christian pop songs; we want theologically rich worship songs that bring us before the throne of God. We want to have fun, but we want more than just jokes and free time; we want intentional connections to enrich our fellowship with each other.

We know that you will be bringing students who are mature in their faith, students who have never opened a Bible before, and everything in between. While it is difficult to have everything appeal to all ranges of students, we aim to be a place where students who are already walking with the Lord will leave with a greater sense of what it means to follow him, and those who do not know the Lord will know how they can have a personal relationship with him.


Registration for the Headwaters Youth Conference is available by clicking the registration button below. Download the Youth Leader Information Packet by clicking the button below.

Click here to registerDownload the Youth Leader Information Packet (PDF)


Main Speaker: Dan Allan

Dan is a Midwest transplant (Missouri) now living in Orlando, Florida with his wife Holly, Dan is the Executive Director of Mission Expansion for the campus ministry of Cru in the United States. He is responsible for their accelerator strategies--prayer, the coaching center, strategic partnering, volunteer strategies, and evangelistic initiatives. Dan and Holly have two adult children.

He has been referred to before as a “serial starter.” He is willing to go to new places, work with new people, and try new things. While he is willing to be a starter, he is also a builder. He attracts others into these efforts to see them grow and multiply out of a motivation of love – love for God and love for others. He lives out his calling to honor God and worship Him in this way.

Worship Band: Presence Music

Presence Music is a faith-filled pop-worship group based out of Duluth, Minnesota. What started as a group of local church leaders joining together for a community worship night, has blossomed into a battle-tested group of believers determined to help transform the Midwest for Christ. You will find them leading worship at Christian camps, outreach events, and music festivals.

They released their first single “Oh What a Love” in 2021 on all streaming platforms which has received radio airplay and has been featured on Fox21 of Duluth, MN. In the spring of 23' they returned to the studio recording two songs with multi-platinum music producer Kenneth Mount & Zack Odom (All Time Low, Mayday Parade, Usher) and exciting national artist: "New Soul" featuring KJ-52, and "There Was a Man" with Mayday Parade alum Jason Lancaster.

Comedian: Jaron Myers

Jaron is a standup comedian from Kansas City, Missouri. He has built an online fan base of over 1 million devoted followers, and his videos boast over 450 million views across the internet.

Jaron’s infectious joy and heart-warming personality make him feel like a lifelong friend that you share inside jokes with. Myers has 2 comedy specials on Amazon Prime, and his antics have been featured by Buzzfeed, Newsweek, College Humor, Relevant Magazine, and many more!

Myers tours all over the country performing at colleges, comedy clubs, and churches.

Emcee: Douglas Daube

Douglas is a former collegiate ultimate frisbee player turned pastor. Having worked on multiple college campuses ministering to students for many years, he is now the pastor of youth and young adults at EFC Bemidji. He and his bride, Emily, enjoy exploring life with their two daughters and Australian cattle dog, Meeko.

He believes that student ministry is not glorified babysitting. It is setting the foundation for what will hopefully be a lifelong pursuit of following Christ.

Douglas believes that our youth are our future ministry and church leaders and that they should be raised up to be just that. He enjoys the challenge of taking them deeper into the Scriptures to show them the richness and joy that is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ.



4:00 - 6:00 pm Registration
5:00 – 5:30 pm Prayer Experience
5:30 pm Doors Open
6:00 -7:45 pm Chapel #1
8:00 - 8:50 pm Youth Group Time
9:00 - 10:00 pm


7:30 - 8:00 am Prayer Experience
8:00 am Doors Open
8:30 - 10:00 am Chapel #2
10:15 - 11:00 am Seminar #1
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Seminar #2
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 - 3:00 pm Gym Open for Games
3:00 pm Doors Open
3:30 - 5:00 pm Chapel #3
5:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner Provided
6:30 pm Doors Open
7:00 - 8:30 pm Chapel #4
8:30 - 9:00 pm Presence Music Concert