Worship with RK Praise: Russell and Kristi Johnson
As worship leaders and Christian artists, Russell and Kristi combine passion and energy in their contemporary worship music. This incredible couple has dedicated their lives to giving glory to God through their music ministry. Their inspirational music touches the lives of those around them so intimately that it stirs souls and moves hearts closer to God. Russell and Kristi lift up His name in every note and song they sing.
Originally from Conway, SC, Russell and Kristi have been musicians all their lives and in the music industry for more than 20 years. Prior to the couple combining their talents, Kristi sang professionally for family variety shows, including The Carolina Opry. Russell grew up singing at church and also worked in professional theater as an audio engineer. Although Russell and Kristi grew up in the same town, they didn’t begin dating until college at Coastal Carolina University and were married a year later. They have a son, Will, and a daughter, Sidney.
Contact: 843-446-2983 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Night Worship Under the Stars: Pastor Jay George and Terri Davis
We welcome back Pastor Jay. Since the start, Jay has been a part of our Labor day retreat team, including leadership, teaching, and worship. We are excited to have him lead our Sunday night worship this year and security.
Jay is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University (ULM) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jay has served in various roles from student ministry to discipleship, singles ministry, to community outreach at churches in Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia.
Jay is on staff at Swartz Baptist Church in Monroe, LA. He is responsible for adult ministry, including singles, family ministry, and outreach. He and his wife, Cindy, have 4 children and three grandchildren.
Plus: Special Guest Terri Davis
Terri Davis has been serving in singles ministry for eight years. She is currently serving as a single adult connect group leader in her church and in a single mom’s ministry at The Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home in Monroe, LA. She has a heart for other single adults and has learned how to thrive in her singleness, taking each day as they come.
SATURDAY NIGHT EVENTS:
Dance: 8:00-11:00pm (7pm: Dance lesson)
Each year we offer a dance on Saturday night. We dance to all kinds of songs, from country and contemporary to retro and Christian. Our DJ, Tal Groce, will be back from Upstate Singles. Our theme this year is a Super Heroes of the Bible. Dressing as a Bible hero or comic book hero is optional. Come an hour early for some dance lessons with our amazing Lisa Young.
Outdoor Concert by RK Praise: 8:30-9:30pm
Outdoor worship and conversation with Russell and Kristi Johnson at the Back Porch, #27 on the map. Existing seating is limited so be sure to bring a lawn chair.
GAMES: Corn Hole near back porch; Games in the Lodge
BONFIRE: 9:30-11:00pm (New Location)
You can sit on one of the benches or bring a lawn chair. Be sure to bring a jacket and/or a blanket as the nights get chilly in the mountains plus bug spray/flashlight. New location: Our bonfire is moving this year to a new location near the camping area/Tower (rock climbing). We will have lights to guide the way.
If you've not been to the Labor Day Singles and Leaders Retreat, it's time for you to go! This is an experience that you will remember for a lifetime. It's a time of growing in the Lord and making wonderful friendships with people from all over the country, and sometimes from outside of the country! I know I look forward to it every year! And if you haven't heard Kris and Pastor Freddy teach the word you are missing out. It's not only great preaching and teaching it's also a great time of laughs and fun. Can't wait for you to join us for the Labor Day Retreat in 2023!