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July 19-21, 2024
Houston, Texas

2024 AYP Convention

Colossians 2:6-7

Join us in Houston for our 4th annual leadership convention infused with inspiring stories, rich and practical ideas, and engagement with leadership experts. Sign up early for the lowest prices!

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Hotel

The 2024 AYP Convention will be at the Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Hotel. The Group Code (G-CCCT) is only valid for the event dates (July 19-21). Book now to secure your room at the best rate.

Exhibitors

Sign up to exhibit at the 2024 AYP Convention. Engage with Seventh-day Adventist young professionals eager to get involved in spreading the gospel. Space is limited - learn more about exhibit opportunities below and and email president@AYP.me to reserve your booth today!


Event Information

The AYP Cultivate Convention is headed to the Houston on July 19-21, 2024. 

Feature Speakers

Event Venue

Hyatt Regency Intercontinental Hotel
425 N Sam Houston Pkwy E
Houston, Texas 77060

Airports

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
2800 N Terminal Rd
Houston, TX 77032

William P. Hobby Airport (HOB)
7800 Airport Blvd
Houston, Texas 77061

Free Airport Shuttle

Hyatt Regency Intercontinental Hotel offers a convenient free airport shuttle from IAH. 

 Call +1 (281) 249-1234 to reserve shuttle service.

Receiving Christ as Lord is not a one-time event, but rather an ongoing process of growth and transformation. It encourages believers to continue building their lives on Christ and allow their faith to be strengthened through study, prayer, and fellowship.

The theme is centered around encouraging believers to live a life of faith that is rooted in Christ: characterized by rest, restoration, and blessings, and marked by a deep sense of gratitude and thankfulness. It is a call to live a life that is centered on God’s will and to find fulfillment in following His ways.

Rhythms of Life

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Life is certain to be filled with a variety of emotions and experiences that will shape our rhythm. Trusting God’s plan and timing keeps our faith grounded in Him.

Resting in Him

Matthew 11:28-30

By following Jesus’ teachings and examples, we can cultivate a relationship with Christ and find relief from the stresses of life.

Delight in His Word

Psalm 1:1-3

True success and fulfillment come not from following the ways of the wicked, but from living a life that is guided by God’s law and focused on pleasing Him as Christ’s disciple-makers.

Cultivating Righteousness

James 1:19-20

The importance of maintaining a steady, controlled, and righteous way of living is by being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.

Sowing Seeds of Goodness

Galatians 6:8-9

Our actions have consequences; if we sow seeds of goodness, we will reap a harvest of blessings.

The Rhythm of Sabbath

Matthew 12:8

Jesus is the embodiment of the Sabbath. It’s important to take time to recharge and to prioritize spiritual renewal, worship, and our relationship with Him.

Cultivating Light

Ephesians 5:8-10

Transformation takes place when we become believers in Christ, going from darkness to light and cultivating goodness, righteousness, and truth, which are fruits of the light. As Christ’s children, we are called to bring His light to the world.

Cultivating Perseverance

Romans 12:2

Intentionally and consistently renew your mind and thoughts to align with God’s will, rather than conforming to the patterns of the world. Our thoughts shape our life.

Reflecting His Character

Philippians 4:8-9

May we align our actions with God’s principles to experience His peace in life and to reflect His character to those around us.

Rooted in Christ

Colossians 2:6-7

It’s important to be firmly grounded in our faith and allow it to shape our daily life and actions – deeply rooted and grounded in Him, strengthened by faith, and marked by thankfulness.

Prosper As Disciple-Makers

Zechariah 8:12

God’s plan is for His people to prosper in His favor, As the remnant, we will be abundantly blessed as we multiply Christ and cultivate disciples for Him.

God’s Rhythm

1 John 3:2-3

As children of God, our ultimate destiny is to become like Jesus and behold Him in all His glory and the hope we have in His return motivates us to live lives of purity and righteousness. ​​

  • David Asscherick – Speaker/Director, Light Bearers Ministry
  • Costin Jordache – VP of System Strategy & Brand Development, Adventist HealthCare
  • Daniel Pino – Pastor, Texas Conference
  • Felicia Lee – Director of Women’s Ministries, Northern New England Conference
  • Justin & Sheree Kelly – Adventist Educators, Southwest Region Conference
  • Michal Anne Whitcomb – Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Stephen Lee – VP of Marketing, GYC
  • Tom Grove – Associate Director of Ministry & Evangelism, Texas Conference
  • Xav Handfield – Motivational Speaker & Leadership Expert

The schedule below is subject to change. Exhibit halls are open throughout the weekend with the exception of during the four general sessions.

Friday

12:00 – Pre-Convention Service Outreach
5:00 – Dinner (On Your Own or with your AYP chapter/group)
6:00 – Doors Open & Exhibit Hall
6:30 – Welcome Mixer
7:15 – Session 1

Sabbath

7:00 – Prayer Room
8:00 – Breakfast (Included with Hotel Reservation)
9:00 – Doors Open & Exhibit Hall
9:30 – Sabbath School
10:30 – Session 2
12:00 – Group Photo
12:15 – Lunch
2:00 – Workshops
5:30 – Supper
7:00 – Session 3
8:30 – Evening Activities

Sunday

7:00 – Prayer Room
8:00 – Breakfast (Included with Hotel Reservation)
9:00 – Doors Open & Exhibit Hall
9:30 – Session 4
11:00 – Explore Houston with New AYP Friends (Self-Guided Activity)

Space is limited and is expected to sell out. Event passes include access to all sessions as well as lunch and supper on Sabbath. Breakfast is included with your hotel reservation when booking with the AYP event code. See below for information about ticket pricing. 

Super Early Bird

  • Price: $74.99
  • Date: July 31, 2023 – August 8, 2023

Early Bird

  • Price: $74.99-$89.99
  • Date: August 8, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Standard

  • Price: $91.66-$109.99
  • Date: January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024

Late

  • Price: $108.33-$129.99
  • Date: July 1, 2024 –  Event

Discounts

Want to save money on your ticket?

  1. Earn $10 off your ticket for every friend you invite.
  2. Get 20% off when you purchase 12 or more tickets.
Bonuses are not combinable.

Convention registration fees are transferable but non-refundable.

Post on the AYP social wall or in your local chapter WhatsApp chat to find other AYPers looking for a roommate or a ride. 

Flying to the AYP Convention? Use promo code ZPF9910385 on united.com for discounted flights with United Airlines.

Due to limited space as well as the fact that meals are catered in the same space as programming, the Sabbath program will not be open to the public. Only those who have registered will be allowed to participate in the event. Individuals who are not registered and come on Sabbath will kindly be asked to leave. 

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Special Thanks to the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist for their generous financial partnership for the fourth convention in a row!
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Adventist Young Professionals also appreciates the following sponsors:
ADRA International
Wayfare Foods
Kettering Health Network
AdventHope Ventures
Hyve International
AdventHealth
Hope Channel International
Maranatha Volunteers International
Tim Kosaka
Southwestern Adventist University
Kentucky-Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventist
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David Asscherick

David is a speaker/director for Light Bearers and ARISE co-founder and instructor. Since his baptism in 1999, David has traveled the globe preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Violeta are the happy parents of two boys, Landon and Jabel.

Costin Jordache, MA, MBA, APR

Costin Jordache serves as Vice President of System Strategy and Brand Development for Adventist HealthCare, a healthcare system operating in Maryland and Washington DC. In his role, Costin oversees strategic planning and development, as well as public relations, marketing and communication for the healthcare system.

Over the last 25 years, he has served in leadership roles including News Editor for Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines, Vice President for Communication in the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Director of Communication in the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor for Media at the Loma Linda University Church and Senior Pastor of the Dallas First Church.

Costin holds a Masters degree in Radio, Television & Film from the University of Texas at Austin as well as an MBA from California State University, along with a BA in Theology and Biblical Languages from Southwestern Adventist University. Costin is accredited in Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America.

He specializes in strategic communication and media leadership, public relations, teaching, strategic planning and organizational leadership.

Costin is married to Leah Jordache. They have two sons, Roman, 18 and Lance 16.

Stephen and Felecia Lee

Stephen and Felecia Lee are a mission-minded creative duo. Stephen founded a marketing business, and Felecia is a homemaker. They led at ASI and spoke at GYC, SAC, AYP, and conference events. Based in the ‘Live Free or Die’ state, their talks on communication, relationships, productivity, and faith empower individuals to inspire change.

Xav Handfield

Xavyance “Xav” Handfield is a nationally recognized speaker, health and wellness activator, educator and is the CEO of the Handfield Group, LLC. His mission is to use his gifts and his voice to inspire and evoke change in the world. In 2015, he started his speaking career and has been blessed to inspire and speak to thousands of individuals across the country for corporate events, churches, and community organizations. In 2017, he created Plant Based Brotha, which initially started to empower people to be able to transition to a plant-based lifestyle but has since pivoted to teaching others that health and wellness is a holistic experience.

Xav is excited about life and is a living testament that our gifts make room for us, and he truly works towards God’s purpose. He is married to his wife Jasmine, and they just welcomed their first child, a baby girl in April. Xav aspires to inspire before he expires and has a favorite verse, Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Michal Anne Whitcomb

Michal Anne Whitcomb is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, Texas. Michal has spent her 16 year career dedicated to the empowerment, healing, and growth of her clients.  She began her career at Genesis Women’s Shelter, where she worked with women and children impacted by domestic violence. Michal continued her work with children and their families at Dallas ISD’s Youth and Family Centers. In 2012, she began her private practice in Dallas, Texas, where she works with adults, teens, and families on issues of depression, anxiety, grief/loss, relational issues, and trauma. Michal has training in several modalities, many related to the treatment of trauma and adverse experiences. Michal is Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), an evidenced-based trauma treatment, and is also an EMDR Consultant-in-Training. Michal lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Levi, and their two children. If she is not at work, you can usually find Michal playing softball, singing at church, or enjoying a hike.

Justin & Sheree Kelly

Meet Sheree Kelly, a spirited and visionary leader in elementary education with over a decade of transformative experience. A proud alumna of Oakwood University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Sheree has earned accolades aplenty, including the illustrious Southwestern Union Conference Teacher of Excellence award in 2023. Her dedication to nurturing young minds is enhanced by a Counseling endorsement on her denominational certification, showcasing her commitment to comprehensive student well-being.

Justin Kelly is a dynamic professional whose expertise spans education, information technology, and missionary work. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Oakwood College and a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Justin is a tech-savvy trailblazer. He is the creative force behind Superscrum.net, a cutting-edge blog on agile software development techniques, making waves in the tech community.
This powerhouse couple, Justin and Sheree, shine as local elders at Fondren Seventh Day Adventist Church in Houston, Texas. They’ve also shared their talents as elementary teachers at Excel Adventist Academy. Beyond their professional roles, they are known for their love of salsa dancing, country music, and throwing unforgettable themed parties. Their true passion lies in building community through small group studies, potlucks, and engaging events at their home in Fresno, Texas.
Justin and Sheree excel in mastering the delicate art of balancing life, work, and church. They champion the virtues of temperance and healthy boundaries, ensuring harmony in all aspects of life. With nearly eight joyful years of marriage, their unwavering faith in Jesus Christ fuels their journey and dedication.

Dr. Tom Grove

Dr. Tom Grove is a proud native of Pennsylvania who calls Texas home. He is serving as the
Associate Director for Ministry & Evangelism for the Texas Conference. He also serves as the
English Men’s Volunteer Coordinator for the Conference. Prior to his transition to the Texas
Conference office, he served as the Executive Pastor of the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist
Church in Arlington, Texas. Before coming to Texas, he spent 15 years pastoring in the
Pennsylvania Conference. He is an alumnus of Columbia Union College (now Washington
Adventist University) as well as Andrews University where he received his Master of Divinity
and his Doctor of Ministry. He is the author of the Men’s Spiritual Leadership curriculum,
Joshua’s Men, which is published by AdventSource and is being used throughout the North
American Division to mentor men to be leaders in their homes, communities, and churches.

He has been married to his wonderful wife Deborah, a Speech-Language Pathologist, for 27
years and is the proud father of Mark and Caroline. In his time off, he loves reading, traveling,
playing racquetball and cheering for all the sports teams who call Pittsburgh home.

Daniel Pino

Daniel Pino Romero serves as a pastor at the Houston Spanish Northwest SDA Church.

Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Lundquist, host of Rise & Lead, will headline 2023 AYP Convention.

Benjamin Lundquist is a top motivational speaker and one the leading voices for leadership development and empowerment. He is passionate about helping students and professionals see their worth and value, see themselves as a leader, and see their potential to change the world. The message he shares is motivating, relatable, and highly practical. Audiences are challenged to take extreme ownership of the unique gifts and opportunities they have. He is an international speaker and host of Rise and Lead Podcast which has been downloaded in over 110 countries providing aspiring and experienced leaders of all ages with world-class content and conversation. He frequently speaks at corporate and faith events, universities, and high schools.

Identity in Christ | Breakout Track

April is currently an associate pastor for discipleship at Keene SDA church. She is enrolled in a dual graduate program for Public Health and MDIV chaplaincy. She enjoys working with different ministries that highlight service, hospitality, and life enrichment. 

Her hobbies include traveling, reading, music, and extreme sports. An introvert at heart, she enjoys moments with close friends and in the quiet. Her and her husband, Blake Snyder reside in Burleson, Texas.

Purpose & Calling | Breakout Track

Ann Roda likes to describe her life as one long adventure with God. She began her career as a registered nurse in OB then transitioned into healthcare administration. Then, God unexpectedly redirected her path to the Adventist Theological Seminary, for an MDiv, and into pastoral ministry. She spent 15 years as a church pastor in Marietta, Georgia and Fulton, Maryland. Six years ago, God had another adventure for Ann, and called her back into the health care ministry, serving with Adventist HealthCare as Vice President for Mission and Spiritual Care. 

This position is the perfect combination of both pastoral ministry and health care. Ann is married to Jose Hernandez, a licensed professional counselor. Ann and her husband enjoy hiking, biking, and traveling.

Relationships | Breakout Track

Stephen and Felecia Lee are partners in the mission. They share a mutual passion for young adult ministries and using their talents to share the Gospel online and through speaking engagements. Stephen helps individuals and businesses function more efficiently through time management and productivity techniques. Felecia is a full-time homemaker and also the founder of the New Wives Club. 

In addition to this, she runs a program teaching women of color how to learn principles of faith through natural hair care. They live in New Hampshire and speak in different places on topics related to singleness, courtship, communication, evangelism, and faith.

Spiritual Health | Breakout Track

Shawn is passionate about generations coming together! She grew up in a four-generation family business and knows, from first-hand experience, that when people of all ages work together, everyone wins!

She has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Nebraska and is an award-winning sales and marketing professional. Her professional certifications include being a member of the John Maxwell Team and DISC Behavioral Consultant. Recently she published her first book “Strategies for Generational Inclusion at Work.”

Communities | Breakout Track

Michael Gibson currently serves as the Lead Pastor at the Keene SDA Church where he most previously served for four years as Pastor for Young Adults and lead Elevate, a growing and thriving young adult community in Keene. Michael is married to Melissa and they both enjoy the outdoors, long walks, and traveling to new, unexplored places. 

Most days, when he’s not teaching, preaching or studying, you’ll find him playing disc golf or working on home renovations with Melissa. They recently welcomed their son, Micah Eden, into the world last October and ever since, life has taken on a whole new meaning. Above all, Michael and Melissa have a passion for discipleship and telling others about the incredible God they serve. For them, the gospel boils down to loving God and loving people.