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.

Betty Gardner has been serving in church ministry with her husband, Austin, since they were both nineteen years old. They were church-planting missionaries to the country of Peru, South America for 20 years and returned to the States in 2006 where she serves in the ministry of Vision Baptist Church. Austin and Betty have been married since August of 1973. They have four children (Chris, Stephanie, Joy, and David) who are all serving in the ministry today.  They also have 16 grandchildren. 

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 with “Our Generation”, 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.

Kelli Canfield serves as a sender with her husband, Robert, at Vision Baptist Church as he works to train future missionaries to reach the world with the Gospel. She is also the secretary at Vision Baptist Missions. She and Robert have two children–Charlotte and Ann.

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.

Mindy Bush has enjoyed fourteen years being married to Jeff Bush. She is the mother to five children. Mindy and Jeff spent the first twelve years of their married life as missionaries and thought they were going to stay in Argentina forever, but God had other plans for  them as they moved back to the States to work with Vision Baptist Missions’ missionaries. Mindy has developed a ministry to the missionary wives in training and also to the single ladies in training at the Our Generation Training Center. 

Miguel Sanabria serves as the pastor of the Spanish ministry at Vision Baptist church. He has trained under the supervision of the pastors of Vision and desires to see Hispanics 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.

Stacey Howeth was saved at the age of 11.  At the age of 16, she made some promises to the Lord.  First and foremost was that any guy who wanted to date her had to come to church!  So, when Tony asked her out, she told him the first date would be at Whitfield Baptist Church!  From there is where her journey serving the Lord began.  She and Tony were married in Nov. 1988, and now have four children: Seth, Lauryn, Ethan and Camryn.  She was a youth pastor’s wife for eight years, a pastor’s wife (first time around) for six years, a missionary’s wife for eight years, and now is back to being a pastor’s wife.  She would say my life has been anything but boring and she wouldn’t change it for anythingin the world!  Stacey loves serving the Lord. 

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.

Sandy Roberts and  her husband Jim are missionaries carrying the gospel to the villages in India. They have two children, Tamara who is a pastor’s wife and Jim IV who is a missionary in India. They are blessed with five grandchildren: Jake, Mackenzie, Chloe, Elijah, and Ali Grace. 

Chris Gardner grew up on the mission field of Peru as the oldest son of missionary Austin Gardner. He was saved at an early age and became involved in the ministry full-time at the age of 15. Chris has been a missionary to Peru for over 20 years.  God has greatly blessed the ministry under his leadership.  Right now Chris is based in the USA for the time being because of his son being born with a cleft lip and palate.  Chris was married to Andria in 1996, and God has given them four precious children.  The first two God allowed them to adopt, and the last two were born shortly after the adoption process.  Chris currently preaches Missions Conferences around the country and travels extensively out of the country to preach as well.  

John Pearson is the founder, and Managing Partner for Cold River Land, LLC, an asset management and property tax management company.    John is the founder/chairman of Mission Joint Venture International (MJVI.org).    He is also a faithful member of Vision Baptist Church and played an important role in getting the church planted.  He currently heads up the discipleship program at Vision Baptist Church with material called “Foundations” that he has himself written. 

Sandy Pearson serves as a sender at Vision Baptist Church and helps in  the high school youth ministry with her husband, John. Sandy and John have been married since 1984 and have three children–Andrew,  Kristen, and Kathryn. They are also the proud grandparents of Natalie, Sophia, and Allison.

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.

David Velasquez is a church-planting missionary to Spain sent out of Vision Baptist Church. He has served there already for one term. He was saved at five and surrendered to be a missionary when he was eleven. He is a third-generation missionary. He spent his teen years in Venezuela helping his father in the ministry and later went down to Peru to be trained by Austin Gardner. He is married to Faviana, who was saved under Austin Gardner’s ministry in Arequipa, Peru and has three children: Ian, Hayden and Alexandra. 




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
Guitar A/B
–Ladies Session Banjo
Nursery Cello Team of Volunteers
Kidz’ Zone Dobro Team of Volunteers  
BREAK OUT SESSIONS #2 3:50 – 4:35 pm
Guitar A/B
–Ladies Session Banjo
Nursery Cello Team of Volunteers
Kidz’ Zone Dobro Team of Volunteers
Check into Rooms Foyer   4:40 – 5:50 pm
JOINT SESSION Auditorium   6:00 – 8:00 pm
Free Time                                                                                                                                                             8:05 – 10:55 pm
Devotional Groups (For Students) Please be in rooms! 11:00 – 11:30 pm


  Room             Speaker


Devotional Groups     8:15 – 8:45 am
JOINT SESSION Auditorium   8:45 – 10:00 am
BREAK OUT SESSIONS #3 10:10 – 10:55 am
Guitar A/B  
Nursery Cello Team of Volunteers
Kidz’ Zone Dobro Team of Volunteers
BREAK OUT SESSIONS #4 11:00 – 11:45 am
Guitar A/B
–Ladies Session Banjo
Nursery Cello Team of Volunteers
Kidz’ Zone Dobro Team of Volunteers
BREAK OUT SESSIONS #5     11:50 – 12:35 pm
Guitar A/B
–Ladies Session Banjo
Nursery Cello Team of Volunteers
Kidz’ Zone Dobro Team of Volunteers
AFTERNOON FREE TIME Town 12:35 – 8:00 PM
    2:00 – 6:00 pm
Missionary Round Table (optional)–Pizza provided, but you must sign up by Thurs. night!     6:45 – 7:55 pm
JOINT SESSION Auditorium 8:00 – 11:00 pm
Devotional Groups (For Students) Please be in rooms! 11:00 – 11:30 pm


Room Speaker Time
Devotional Groups     8:00 – 8:30am
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.