Our Generation Summit

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The Our Generation Summit is an incredibly exciting missions-centered retreat set in beautiful Pigeon Forge, TN. It is a meeting that the whole church and the whole family will enjoy!

Each member of the family and each person in your youth group, Sunday school class, and church will find something that will help them in their walk with the Lord and in the task of world evangelism at the Summit. This year’s theme is The Regions Beyond. Join us December 31, 2015-January 2, 2016 as we discuss the command God gives us as believers and develop your plan of action to allow all to hear the Gospel. 

Missionaries and preachers from around the world will join us to speak and share their life with you. Below you can read about a few of the many speakers that will be at the Summit.

Austin Gardner first received the call to missions when he was 12 years old. At the age of 18, he attended Shorter College, where he met and married his wife, Betty. Afterwards, he started and pastored several churches in Georgia and Alabama.  While at a church in Cartersville, GA, the Lord called Austin to Peru. After a year of language school in Mexico, Austin and his family moved to Peru in 1986. He spent over 20 years serving as a missionary, pastor, and church planter in Peru where he started several churches, a TV and radio ministry, as well as a Bible college. Austin returned to the States in 2006, where he established the ministry of Vision Baptist Church and the Our Generation Training Center in Alpharetta, GA.

Trent Cornwell serves as the Associate Pastor of Vision Baptist Church. He leads in the student ministries of the church, serves as a missions mobilizer, and teaches in the Our Generation Training Center. He works towards seeing students evangelized, established, equipped, and exported to the mission field and the world.

Robert Canfield serves as the administrative pastor at Vision Baptist Church and as the director of the Our Generation Training Center, of which he is a graduate. He has a passion for the local church and church planting. He is a wonderful team player and a faithful preacher of God’s Word.

Jeff Bush, at the age of 16,  felt the Lord leading him into full-time ministry. He trained in Peru for over 2 years, where he attended language school and learned ministry under Austin Gardner. In January 2004, Jeff arrived in La Plata, Argentina where he started 5 churches, a radio ministry, and a Bible college. It is his great desire to see the gospel spread and to equip more workers to serve the Lord and start more churches. Jeff became the Vision Baptist Missions Director on May 13, 2012, and is helping to train and encourage a new generation of missionaries to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Miguel Sanabria served as the pastor of the Spanish ministry at Vision Baptist Church and has recently announced his call to return Colombia where he was born to be a missionary. He has trained under the supervision of the pastors of Vision and desires to see Colombians be used of God to reach the world in this generation.

Tony Howeth has served the Lord in full-time ministry for twenty-two years. Tony was saved as a teenager, at Lexington Baptist Church in Lexington, GA. He later became Youth Pastor at Whitfield Baptist Church in Dalton, GA. After eight years of ministry as youth pastor the Lord called him and his family to pastor Bemiss Road Baptist Church in Valdosta, GA. During this time God blessed in a mighty way, but Tony felt the Lord calling him in reaching the world as a missionary. He served the next several years as Deputation Director for Macedonia World Baptist Missions. In 2011 God called him as Senior Pastor of Newton Baptist Church. Tony is known as a friend to many, with many young men’s lives touched by his ministry. If you are around Tony for just a short time you will see his passion not only for God but also for others.

Dr. Jim Roberts was a missionary in Scotland for 8 years and pastored Mile Creek Baptist in South Carolina for 24 years. Under his leadership, the church grew from 40 people to over 400. On January 6, 2013, Dr. Jim stepped down as pastor to follow the Lords leading to join the Vision Baptist Missions family as a Voice in the Village representative for India.

Beau Carpenter serves as the pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Cobb County. Saved at the age of 15, Beau has been involved in ministry since his teenage years and after completing the Our Generation Training Center, he began working to plant a church in Smyrna GA. Beau is thrilled to serve the Lord and work to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Kevin White and his family have been ministering in the country of Bolivia for nine years and are currently on their second furlough. Since they arrived in Bolivia the Lord has blessed, churches have been started, and men are being trained at the Vision Baptist Bible College. Their desire is to see men trained and churches started with a heart to reach out across Bolivia and around the world with the gospel.

Shawn Bateman grew up in a Pastor’s home and was saved at the age of twelve.  Upon graduating Bible college he served as an assistant Pastor and then as the Pastor of a church in South Carolina for eight years.  He and his wife Emily have been married for eleven years; they have five children and will be leaving for South America this next year to be church planting missionaries in Argentina.

Ben Johnson grew up in North Georgia and going to church. As a child, he thought everyone had a chance to go to church until he took a missions trip and realized that the vast majority of the world has never even heard of Jesus Christ. It was on that trip that he surrendered his life to missions. He attended and graduated from the Our Generation Training Center after having spent six months on an internship in China. He is married to Crystal, and they have two children, Evelyn and Maddox. In January, they will be leaving for China to begin language school and work with fellow Vision Baptist missionaries, the Tolson Family.

Brendon W. was born in Hilo, Hawaii where he got saved at the age of 11. He surrendered his life at the age of 14 to serve the Lord and began praying about missionary work. After taking missions trips to Costa Rica and China, the Lord began to work in his heart about the Muslim people. After Bible College, Brendon spent 15 months in Morocco, Africa working with a church-planting ministry. He and his wife, Elise, are on deputation to go back to Morocco as church-planters.

Daniel Sparks was saved as a seven year old boy on January 21, 1990 in Trenton, Georgia on a Sunday night and was called to preach at the age of 15 during a youth activity (“The War”) at his home church in May of 1998. During a Sunday morning service in March 2014,Daniel fully surrendered to the will of God for his life to go where ever He wanted him to go. A few months later, he started deputation and quit his job of 14 years to make Christ known in the country of Chile.

Jason King was saved at the age of 15 and 12 years later he felt the Lord calling him to the mission field. He surrendered to God’s calling in the summer of 2009. He and Ashley have been married for eight years and have three children. The Kings are on deputation going to the country of South Africa.

Jason and Charity Rishel are church planting missionaries to the country of Burkina Faso. During a missions trip to Africa while in High School, Jason was exposed to the amazing work the Gospel was doing around the world and realized that he had the opportunity to give his life to be involved in this mission. After graduating from Bible college, he spent a year and a half at Vision Baptist Church doing an internship. It was at the Summit that he met his wife (who also wanted to be a missionary to Africa). Together they are excited to serve God with their lives on the field of Burkina Faso.

Kyle and Hannah Shreve are missionaries to Peru, South America. Kyle moved to Atlanta at 18 to study at the OGTC, where he met Hannah. They have been married since 2012, and are excited to be moving to Peru in 2016!

North Africa is home to over 120 million souls. God has given Matt and Julie Smith a desire to reach this Muslim region of the world with the Gospel. They are currently on deputation raising their support to start churches in North Africa.

Patrick Henry was saved at 15 years old and started attending Victory Baptist Church in Loganville, GA. As he responded to God’s leading in his life, he attended Bible College and graduated in 2004. He then married Leslie came back to my home church and to serve as an Assistant Pastor. Seven years later God led him to be involved in missions. The Henrys then completed an 11-month internship under two veteran missionaries in Arequipa, Peru and Santiago, Chile. They are excited to be church-planting missionaries to Argentina and are set to leave in March 2016.

Sam Quinn grew up in a missionary’s home, was saved at the age of fourteen, and has been involved in ministry since he was sixteen. Sam was called to preach at the age of eighteen. After graduating from Bible College, he worked with missionary Travis Snode in the UK for three years and is now on deputation to the country of India!

Stephen Underwood is a church planting missionary to South Africa. It is his desire to reach the lost, teach them the word of God, train them to reach and teach others, and send them into all the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Kanon Bloom grew up in Gainesville, GA, and after being saved as a teenager had a growing desire to be involved in missions. He started studies at the Our Generation Training Center and last year answered the call to be a church planting missionary to China. He recently got back from spending six months on the field in China doing a missionary internship and started deputation in September of this year. He got married in October of this year to his wife Nancy and looks forward to being used of God to take the Gospel to the country of China.

Wayne Cooke served and planted a church in Guatemala C.A. and is currently on deputation heading to Colombia S.A. to train leaders and plant churches for God’s honor and glory.

Eric and Rebekah Elrod are currently on deputation as church planting missionaries to the country of India. After completing his RN degree in 2013, Eric began preparing for the foreign mission field at the OGTC at Vision Baptist Church, where he met Rebekah. Eric recently returned from a six-month internship in India where he helped start a new church plant in the city of Delhi.



Thursday, December 31st

Room Speaker Time
Registration 1:00 – 2:00 pm
JOINT SESSION Auditorium 2:00 – 2:50 pm
BREAK OUT SESSION #1     3:00 – 3:45 pm
 Implementing Foundations in the Local Church Harp  John Pearson  
 The Key to Missions Auditorium  Austin Gardner
 Steps from Surrender to Service Robert Canfield  Guitar
Trusting the Lord on the Mission Field–Ladies Session Dulcimer/Banjo  Betty Gardner and Mindy Bush
Nursery Cello Team of Volunteers
BREAK OUT SESSIONS #2 3:50 – 4:35 pm
 Rehearsing Victories from Colombia Harp  Aaron Vance
 Reaching the Heart of Your People Auditorium  Kevin Hall
 Language, Culture, and Bum Missionaries Guitar  Philip Bassham
Joy in the Ministry–Ladies Session Dulcimer/Banjo  Sandy Pearson and Stacey Howeth
Nursery Cello Team of Volunteers
Check into Rooms Foyer   4:40 – 5:50 pm
JOINT SESSION Auditorium   6:00 – 9:00 pm

Friday, January 1st

  Room             Speaker


Breakfast  Dulcimer/Banjo   7:30 – 8:30 am
JOINT SESSION Auditorium   8:45 – 10:00 am
BREAK OUT SESSIONS #3 10:10 – 10:55 am
 Is South America Reached with the Gospel? Harp  Kevin White
 Loving and Training Others to Love People Auditorium  Tony Howeth  
Our Generation Prayer Groups for the World Guitar Trent Cornwell
Balancing Marriage and Ministry Dulcimer/Banjo Corli Hall
Nursery Cello Team of Volunteers
BREAK OUT SESSIONS #4 11:00 – 11:45 am
 Missionary Biographies Harp Jeff Bush
 Counting the Cost Auditorium Jim Roberts
Family and Fear in Missions Guitar  Missionary Panel
 Maintaining a Spiritual Walk in the Midst of Trials Dulcimer/Banjo Sandy Roberts
Nursery Cello Team of Volunteers
BREAK OUT SESSIONS #5     11:50 – 12:35 pm
 Frustrations and Finances in Missions Harp Missionary Panel
 Missions Q&A Auditorium Austin Gardner
 Seeing God Work in the Hearts of the Unlovely Guitar Beau Carpenter
Praying for Your Missionary Wife–Ladies Session Dulcimer/Banjo Kelli Canfield and Beth White
Nursery Cello Team of Volunteers
AFTERNOON FREE TIME Town 12:35 – 7:00 PM
    2:00 – 6:00 pm
Missionary Round Table (optional)–Pizza provided, but you must sign up by Thurs. night!     5:45 – 6:55 pm
JOINT SESSION Auditorium 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 2nd

Room Speaker Time
Breakfast (Please remember to check out of your hotel rooms before joining us for breakfast or the joint session!) Dulcimer/Banjo    7:15 – 8:15am
JOINT SESSION Auditorium   8:30 – 11:00 am

Nursery provided for children five and under during all joint sessions and breakout sessions.

Kids’ program available for kids six through eleven years of age during the joint sessions.

Answers to the most common questions.

Q. What is the schedule like?

A. Mornings and evenings feature Summit sessions, while the afternoons are yours to explore and enjoy the fun of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN.

Q. What is a mini-conference?

A. A mini-conference is your opportunity each day to spend time with people of similar age and station to hear a custom presentation of missions involvement.

Q. What is there to do in Gatlinburg?

A. Too much for three days! Extreme activities like bungee-jumping await the brave, while go-carts and putt-putt golf beckon the fun-loving. There’s also plenty of outlet malls and sight-seeing for a more relaxed time.

Q. Where will we stay?

A. If you register as a single person, the OG team will arrange accommodations with three others in one of the Music Road’s hotel rooms. If you register as a married couple, family, or as a group, special whole-room rates apply.

Q. Who can attend?

A. The OG Summit is open to all! Mini-conferences make the sessions challenging and relevant for all, and a nursery is available at no charge for the smallest Summit-attendees.

Q. When and how should we register?

A. Register yourself or your group by calling 770-456-5881. You can also register online here. Register 30+ days in advance for a special discount.

Q. Who do we make the check payable to?

A. Make all checks payable to Vision Baptist Missions and mark for “OG Summit.” 

Q. What is the cancellation and refund policy?

A. The registration fee of $50 per person 12 and over is non-refundable. Cancellations less than thirty days before the event are non-refundable except in the instance that VBM is able to fill the hotel room vacancy left by the cancellation. In that case only the conference fee would remain non-refundable to off-set the time and cost of both VBM and Music Road hotel making changes to the rooming and convention center lists already set in place by the thirty-day out mark.  

The conference will be held at the beautiful Music Road Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN, but there are many activities that you can participate in while in the Pigeon Forge area. We have compiled a list of links to places you might enjoy. This list is by no means exhaustive. No member of our team has been to all these places. Additionally, this is not an endorsement for a place or an organization.

We are looking forward to having you join us for the annual Our Generation Summit! It is our desire to make the registration process as simple as possible.
There are 3 types of registration.
1. Individual Registration. This person would be sharing a room with 2 queen-sized beds with 3 other individuals of the same sex. Their cost would  be $125 total. (Conference fee of $50 plus a Room Fee of $75)
2. Family Registration. These people would be reserving an entire room. Their  cost would be (Conference Fee of $50 for each family member age 12 and above + $250 room fee)
3. Group Registration. For those registering multiple families or youth groups we ask that you contact us directly. The online registration is best suited for smaller groups.


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Interested in bringing a group?

Even though Our Generation focuses its attention on mobilizing teenagers and college ages students you will find the Summit makes for a great winter retreat for…

  • Families
  • Youth Groups
  • Sunday School Classes
  • Missionary Families
  • College Students
There is so much to do for all ages in Gatlinburg! You will find the preaching and teaching to challenge you regardless of what stage of life you are in!

We would like to help you make your registration process as simple as possible. If you have a group (requiring more than one room) please contact Kelli Canfield at secretary@visionmissions.com. We will help you register through email.