Leaders Attend IPHC Youth Rally

Southwestern Christian University students and leaders attended the International Pentecostal Holiness Church’s (IPHC) annual youth conference known as “Accelerant.” 

The event held in Gatlinburg, Tenn. had more than 3,100 students, youth pastors and leaders gather in an effort to ignite a fire in young people’s hearts for Jesus Christ. SCU was part of a large group of people jammed inside the Gatlinburg Convention Center to provide a rousing atmosphere which spilled over into activities outdoors.

“Accelerant is such an important event to our University,” Vice-president of Development Joe Blackwell said. “It not only allows strengthen our partnership with the IPHC and recruit the very best and brightest students that the denomination has to offer.”

This year's event was deeply passionate. The spiritual fervor was palpable as teens spent much of their time around the altar in prayer for themselves, their peers, their schools, and their communities.

Musical performances by “Sidewalk Prophets” and the “Desperation Band” were among the weekend highlights. Sean McDowell, pastor and founder of Worldview Ministries, shared poignant messages and lessons about maintaining a Christian faith in today’s teenage culture.

The event’s final speaker was evangelist Dr. Mark Rutland, founder of Global Servants and former president of Oral Roberts University. His message challenged those who desire to see lives changed by the power and truth of God’s Word.

Students enjoyed activities such as skiing in the Smokey Mountains, Go Kart Racing, Laser Tag and trips to Ripley’s Aquarium and other venues.

In addition to Vice-President Blackwell, SCU officials who attended are as follows: Mike Stovall, director of admissions; Sasha LeBlanc, recruiting coordinator; and Tim Braaten, residential life director and a number of student admissions recruiters.