Romans 12:2 (“And do not be conformed to the expectations of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”) describes a life lived fully and without concern for what others may think of you. We are excited to bring together a set of hand-picked, expert mentors who are looking forward to nurturing your very unique character, ushering you into a deeper relationship with your Creator, and assisting you to understand your destiny.

The conference spans Friday evening through Saturday evening, and includes speakers from all over the U.S.
and two evenings of concerts given by a touring band from Carpenter’s Tools International.
The format of the conference includes a Keynote speaker and four breakout sessions IDENTITY, RELATING, RESPECT & PURPOSE,
Registration is a steal at $20 per person, and covers the full conference (Friday night and all day Saturday) including lunch and dinner on Saturday.
The easiest way to register is from our Registration page




Johnathan Stanko Keynote Speaker

We are blessed to have Johnathan with us again this year. “I Grew up in a Christian home but I wasn’t a Christian until God spared my life from drugs and alcohol. He Reminded me that’s not who He created me to be, my identity is in Christ. After spending time in Teen Challenge, God changed my heart and mind, and gave me purpose, and direction. There is no greater joy than sharing with others the power of the gospel.”







Carrie Acree – Respect
Carrie has a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Police Science, Master of Science in Criminal Justice – concentration in Crime Analysis and received her Masters in Elementary Education.She joined the 89 United States Army Reserves in 1989 and has been deployed several times. We thank her and her family for her service. (her eldest son is currently in boot camp awaiting his first assignment) Carrie has read almost every book on Respect 😉








Ben Lawrence – Relating

Ben recently returned to his roots in youth ministry with Monument Presbyterian Church beginning in January of this year. Ben has an undergraduate degree in Physics and a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has worked at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas with youth as well as college students at the University of Texas. He first was employed by Monument for 7 years then left to pursue an adventure in law enforcement. He most recently spent 8 years with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy and a SWAT officer. He has a wife, Fawn, and two kids – 2nd and 5th grade.His varied life experiences bring a unique perspective on God’s call for his own life as well as for students seeking to be faithful followers of Jesus.He really loves Dr. Pepper and the original Skittles.




Shane & Melissa Prentice – Purpose

Have been part of Romans12two for three years now. This is the first year Speaking at the event. They are parents to two kids. Cody (Married to Sammie) and Daughter Samantha (Grandson Ezekiel) They were youth Pastors in Mesa county for several years before making their home in Montezuma County where,  Shane is a full time Pastor at Mesa Trails Church in Mancos, CO  “We are very excited to be able to speak truth to our students.  The world we live in is full of information, and it can be hard to figure out what is truth and what isn’t.  We believe that only the truth presented in the bible has stood the test of time and God presents us with an absolute truth as to who we are.”






Matt Royston- Identity
If you would have told me when I was in high school that someday I would be a pastor, I would have thought you were out of your mind.  Not only did I hate talking in front of people, I really didn’t understand much about the church or why it seemed so important to some people.  I also wasn’t sure I wanted my identity to be tied to a religious organization.  Back then, I was more interested in being known as a nice guy who was going to have some sort of positive impact on the world.As time went on, I had a deeper desire to understand exactly what my purpose was.  I figured that God created me for some reason, and I didn’t want to live my life without figuring out what that reason was.  For me, this search for purpose has led to becoming a pastor.But that’s not true for everyone. Your purpose is probably different from mine.  And the beauty is, God desires to use all of us in the plan He has to fix this broken world.For us to find our role in God’s plan, we need to first understand who we are.  That’s the question of Identity, and this is what we will be considering in my breakout sessions.




 Do you know a musically talented teen? They can  audition Saturday night and JOIN THE BAND

CTI is a Christian ministry that seeks to share the gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide through music.

We develop Christian leadership and character in young musicians while training them in servanthood, awareness, and the active sharing of their faith.  

We form them into ministry teams and mobilize them on music mission trips in partnership with the church and other established Christian organizations around the world.

Learn more about joining one of our music mission trips as a member of one of our short-term or year-long music mission teams.

Carpenter Tools International  C.T.I
ENCOURAGING the body of Christ through music, testimony and drama.
CHALLENGING Christians to action in response to the Great Commission.
SHARING the hope of Christ with those who need to hear.
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In a world that is pulling at our kids and telling them how to live, Romans 12:2 calls us to live differently. We seek God’s direction for our Youth!!
Movies, TV, social media, and advertising beat a consistent message: be conformed to be cool.
You have to look a certain way, dress a certain way, act a certain way, or you will be marginalized.

We invite you to consider your destiny. Who are you supposed to be, really? Are you created to be something better…something different…than what others want you to be?