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Conference Info

What is Resurrection?

Resurrection is an awesome annual event of worship and spiritual growth for youth and youth mentors. Each year over 12,000 come together in Pigeon Forge, TN, to celebrate the God of The Resurrection. Through inspirational words and music led by nationally-known speakers and musicians, young people encounter the Lord in new and deeper ways.

For many, Resurrection is an opportunity for conversion, decision, and revival. For others, it becomes a moment of realization that their faith needs to grow deeper and more serious.

Resurrection is hosted by the youth ministry of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. Most of the youth and adults who attend Resurrection come from the geographical areas of northeast Georgia, eastern Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia. However, a significant and growing number of youth and adults come from churches outside of this region. Resurrection has become an interdenominational celebration, welcoming youth and adults from Baptist churches, Presbyterian churches, the Christian Church, Lutheran churches, and more, as well as non-denominational churches; and from states as far away as Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Resurrection testifies to the common experience of Jesus Christ's living Lordship that binds all believers into one, despite our divisions. We desire to make all welcome here.

Although Resurrection has become a large gathering over its 30-year history, the focus of the event has remained constant: the individual young person and his or her response to Jesus Christ. We recognize the leadership of their parents, their peers, their leaders in their local churches, and youth groups to grow in radical discipleship that can change the world.

We invite you to come and be with us and experience the life-changing power of Jesus Christ—the One who is The Resurrection and The Life.

Schedule for Resurrection 2018

  Group A Group B
Friday Registration 5:00-9:30 PM 5:00-9:30 PM
Doors 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Session 1 7:00-9:00 PM 9:30-11:30 PM
Saturday Doors 7:30 AM 11:00 AM
Session 2 8:30-10:30 AM 12:00-2:00 PM
Doors 3:00 PM 7:00 PM
Session 3 4:00-6:30 PM 8:00-10:30 PM
Sunday Doors 7:30 AM 11:00 AM
Session 4 8:30-10:30 AM 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Youth Talent

A talent offering from each of the twelve Holston Conference UMC districts and talent offerings from groups outside the conference will be performed at Resurrection. If you are within Holston Conference, please contact your District Youth Coordinator for information on how to audition. Contact info for each coordinator can be found on the Holston Conference website. If you are from outside the conference, please contact Laura McLean for more information on auditioning.

Prayer Ministry

In addition to praying generally for this ministry, you are invited to participate in prayer-based opportunities available at Resurrection: the Prayer Room. The Prayer Room will be available in the Convention Center throughout the weekend for anyone in your group to use.


Registrants are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. If you would like help making hotel reservations for your group in Pigeon Forge, the Pigeon Forge Housing Bureau has setup a special website just for Resurrection attendees. We suggest you make your reservations as soon as possible.

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Rachel Billups

Rev. Rachel Billups serves as Ginghamsburg’s Executive Pastor of Discipleship and as part of the preaching team. Rachel, an Ordained Elder within the United Methodist Church, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible/Religion and History from Anderson University and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School. Rachel was also the first clergy resident for the United Methodist West Ohio Conference’s Residency Program. Before joining the Ginghamsburg team in July 2014, Rachel served as the lead pastor of Shiloh United Methodist, a multisite church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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I AM THEY made its national debut in January 2015 with their self-titled album on Essential Records. The band was formed in Carson City, NV and their five-piece, pop-acoustic-worship sound is anchored by three-part vocal harmonies. The group, made up of Abbie Parker (vocals/harmonium), Jon McConnell (vocals/guitar/keys), Matt Hein (vocals/guitar/mandolin), Justin Shinn (keys/banjo) and Sara Palmer (drums) represent I AM THEY.

The name was inspired by John 17 and created with the intent to adopt on a personal, individual level. As Jesus prays in this chapter, He consistently refers to His disciples as "they". It is important to each band member to be the “they” that Jesus referred to.


Late Registration

Late registration is $55 per person and is available only at the door. Please print the late registration form and bring it with you, along with your payment, to Resurrection. Seating is not guaranteed with late registration.


Because we want to encourage your senior or associate pastor to attend with your group, he/she may attend for free. Limit one pastor per charge.

Resurrection Registrar

For any other registration questions, feel free to contact the Resurrection registrar:
Amy Gattis
865-888-6Rez (865-888-6739)
PO Box 70
Seymour, TN 37865



Resurrection 2018 Promo PosterHelp us get the word out!

Resurrection can always use more help to let people know about the awesome, life-changing experience that occurs every year at Resurrection. We have a few resources you can use to help promote Resurrection 2018 in your church and community.

Resurrection 2018 Poster

This 8.5x11 poster is great for hanging in your church or around town. The Promo poster features a full-color quick-glance at what is happening at Resurrection 2018.

Resurrection 2018 Promo Poster

Promo poster: 3.1 MB (pdf)