“I grew up in a Christian home, I accepted Christ when I was 6 and was baptized when I was 7. I attended church camps and youth Bible studies where God really had an impact on my life. As I got older I desired being “liked by my friends” over being “loved by my Savior” and slowly I started to act out.
At age 18, my father died in a car accident and this rocked my world. I was mad at God and had a growing anger toward older white men. I turned to the world’s system which taught me how to dress, act, treat females and treat people… This was polar opposite to everything my faith in Christ taught me as a child. During this transition I turned my back on God and as a result hurt a lot of people in the process. BUT God still was walking toward me by surrounding me with people at work that totally changed my thinking on what it meant to be a Christian. Their challenging lifestyle and conversations gave me a thirst to want more of God.
A co-worker invited me to church and on March 29, 1998 God radically changed my life and this caused me to pursue the love relationship and discipleship process with Christ. A couple years later I served as a youth pastor for over 14 years. In that time I’ve been able to connect with students through many different ways:
- Life-Skills Facilitator and National School Assembly Speaker, www.RockYourMic.com (since 2000)
- Student Ministries Pastor (from 2002-2016)
- Main stage emcee at Uprise Fest, www.UpriseFest.com (since 2005)
- Chaplain and character coach for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), www.westernmdfca.org (since 2010)
- Master Trainer with “Dare 2 Share Ministries”, www.Dare2Share.org (since 2015)
- and a part of helping and assisting other ministries and conferences in their student ministry efforts.
In March of 2016 I realized that I was doing a lot GO GO GO and not a lot of PRAY PRAY PRAY. I needed a better grip on my relationship with Christ, my wife and kids. I took a sabbatical and during that time I decided to answer the ministry call to nationally assist leaders and students in discipleship THROUGH evangelism alongside of Dare 2 Share Ministries.
I’m inspired to run in my specific lane of ministry by the fuel provided from Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem (best friends), and in all Judea (friends) and Samaria (strangers), and to the end of the earth (the world).”
After recommitting my life to Christ, I’ve uncovered the promise of God being a “father to the fatherless,” “a friend that sticks closer than any brother” and a “present help in times of trouble.” Now as a husband and father of two, I look back and see how His hand was at work in my life the whole way through. I do what I do because:
(1) there are more Tyree’s out there that need to hear of the father that patiently waits
(2) students need trained on how to have this conversation
(3) adults need trained on how to create a Gospel Advancing Ministry for their local church
In His Grip,
Pastor Tyree Sterling “
Schedule: Select the one that suits your schedule and fits the grade levels of students you desire to bring.
November 3-5, 2023: Grades 6 to 12 (for middle schoolers and high schoolers)
November 17-19, 2023: Grades 6 to 9 (for middle schoolers)
For both weekends, check-in begins at 7:00 PM Fri. Check-out is at 2:00 PM Sun.
Your schedule includes include a connection time for youth leaders. Gather together with fellow adult leaders for sharing, encouragement and prayer.
$129.00 (students) and $118.00 (leaders). But, register two weeks prior to the start date of your event and pay only $123.00 (students) and $112.00 (leaders). Cost includes a free event t-shirt for each camper!
Our cabins have bunk beds and sleep 12. Each cabin has its own bathroom with 3 shower stalls, 2 toilet stalls and a large double sink.
What to Bring
Your Bible, notebook, pen or pencil, pillow, sleeping bag, enough clean clothes for the weekend, bathroom necessities and money for the camp store/canteen and friends to share the weekend with.
What to Leave Behind
Radios, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, video games, etc.
Questions? Call us at 717-369-4539 or email [email protected].
Ready to register?
We make it simple! To register your group by phone, call 717-369-4539 . Or download your Momentum Group Contract here.
Return your completed contract to:
Joy El Camps & Retreats
3741 Joy-El Drive
Greencastle, PA 17225
Registration fees are nonrefundable within 14 days of any event.
Call us at 717-369-4539 or email [email protected] for additional information.
Groups are welcome to join us for our other great Joy El retreats!
Home School Retreat – for students in grades 1 to 8
Bible Adventure Weekends for students in grades 2 to 6