2022 CONFERENCE

THE SEARCH FOR JESUS CONFERENCE

July 28, 2022 @ 3:00 pm – July 31, 2022 @ 11:00 am

Join us in the beautiful North Carolina mountains for the 2022 Search for Jesus Volunteer Conference. Meet your fellow volunteers face to face, exchange stories and ideas for ministry, and strengthen your skills as an online volunteer through engaging sessions led by a variety of ministry leaders. You’ll also be spiritually refreshed through powerful Bible teaching and times of worship together.

The Cove

The conference will be held Thursday through Sunday, July 28-31, at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville. Guests can stay in one of two inns onsite. All meals are included, and materials will be provided.

Here’s a breakdown of the cost for the four-day conference:

  • $659 per person, single occupancy room (Sold Out)
  • $464 per person, double occupancy room (Sold Out)
  • $269 per person, attending the conference but staying offsite

5/16/2022 Update: There are no more rooms available at The Cove, however volunteers are encouraged to stay offsite while attending the conference and we recommend the following hotels. Please note, shuttles will not run between off-property hotels and the conference each day.

Holiday Inn Asheville East
1450 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805
1-828-298-5611

Tru by Hilton
1500 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805
1-828-417-9700

“I came away from the conference feeling part of something so big and with so much potential. I realized that before, but the information and the presentations added to it. And, of course, I enjoyed the people there… Talking and getting to know other volunteers was very special.”

Register Today

If you’re flying into Charlotte, you may want to register for the shuttle from Charlotte to The Cove and back to Charlotte ($5 each way, per person). Please make the shuttle reservation by Friday, July 22 for you and your guest, if you’re bringing one. Shuttle tickets should be purchased in the Hub.

Select elements of the program will be made available through livestream. More details to come.

WILL GRAHAM – SPECIAL GUEST

William Franklin Graham IV (Will) is a Christian evangelist. He is the executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina, and vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).

As the grandson of Billy Graham and the oldest son of Franklin Graham, Will is the third generation of Grahams to preach under the banner of BGEA.

Will’s first Crusade-style event took place in 2006 in Leduc, Alberta. Since then, he’s shared the hope of Jesus with 1 million people across six continents.

In 2018, Will played the role of his grandfather, Billy Graham, in the motion picture, “Unbroken: Path to Redemption.” That year, Will’s first book, “Redeemed: Devotions for a Longing Soul” was published, featuring stories centered on the life-changing power of a relationship with God.

Will graduated from Liberty University in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in religion. In 2001, he graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree.

He and his wife, Kendra, have two daughters and a son.

DR. DAVID BRUCE – SPEAKER

Dr. David Bruce was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina into the home of a Baptist pastor. During his years at Wake Forest University (where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree) David felt a specific call to Gospel ministry. He then enrolled in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He has pastored churches in Colorado, Texas, Florida and Kentucky.

David Bruce was the Executive Assistant to Dr. Billy Graham (having served in Mr. Graham’s Montreat Office since 1995 until Mr. Graham’s death in 2018). He is currently Executive Vice President of the Billy Graham Library, and the Billy Graham Archive and Research Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. David also serves as the President and Chairman of the Board of Blue Ridge Broadcasting (WMIT), the radio broadcast ministry of the BGEA. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, as well as the Board of Directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, with which he and his wife Kerri have been associated for over 30 years.

David also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; the Board of Trustees of Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. David was recently named by the North Carolina State Legislature to the Statuary Hall Selection Commission that is charged with the procurement of a statue of Billy Graham to be placed in the United States Capitol – a singular honor for Mr. Graham and his long tenured ministry of preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ.

AARON SHUST – WORSHIP LEADER

Over the past decade, Aaron Shust has earned a reputation as one of Christian music’s most compelling songwriters and a vocalist of considerable depth and passion. He was named both New Artist and Songwriter of the Year at the 2007 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and the impact of his song, “My Savior My God” was recognized with the Song of the Year honor. He has continued to build on that early promise to become one of the community’s most creative and trusted voices.

Shust’s commitment to the fulfillment of the beauty of the Gospel has led him around the world to lead worship with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. With Will Graham, the artist has traveled to Canada, Romania, Hawaii and Scotland. His travels yield a celebration of global sounds, such as ukuleles, bagpipes, brass, and Middle Eastern percussion, all featured in his new album, “Nothing to Fear.” He has spent considerable time in ministry and collaboration in Israel, where he again declares God’s promises for his people in the song, “Zion.”

Despite Aaron’s celebration in worship that leads him to far-flung corners of the world, his heart is at home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his bride Sarah and their sons Daniel, Nicky, and Michael.

DR. CRAWFORD LORITTS – SPEAKER

Crawford grew up in New Jersey and as a teenager he trusted Christ as his Savior. He attended and graduated from Plainfield High School in Plainfield, NJ. He attended and graduated from Cairn University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible. He and his wife Karen met in college and were married on May 22, 1971.

He has traveled throughout the US and much of the world, speaking in churches, evangelistic outreaches, conferences, colleges and seminaries. He has been the featured speaker at Super Bowls, NCAA Final Four Chapel and the Pentagon with senior military officers. He has been a church planter, served for 27years on the staff of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) and served for 15 years as Sr. Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, Georgia. He and his wife, Karen, have been featured speakers at FamilyLife marriage conferences. Crawford is the author of 9 books including Your Marriage Today… and Tomorrow, co-authored with Karen. He is the host of two national radio programs, the weekend program Living a Legacy and the daily program Legacy Moments.

Crawford serves on several boards including Cru, FamilyLife and Chick-fil-A. He has received five honorary Doctorates (Biola Univ., Cairn Univ., Moody Bible Institute, Trinity International Univ. and Columbia International Univ.). Crawford is President and Founder of Beyond Our Generation and is committed to encouraging and helping to shape the next generation of Christian leaders.

DR. MIGUEL NÚÑEZ– SPEAKER

Dr. Miguel Núñez is a physician, author, speaker and Senior Pastor at Iglesia Bautista Internacional (International Baptist Church) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and is the president and founder of Integrity & Wisdom Ministries.

Dr. Núñez graduated from the INTEC School of Medicine in 1980 in Santo Domingo, and later pursued postgraduate residencies in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases in the United States. As a physician, Dr. Núñez practiced medicine in the United States for 15 years and served as a clinical professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York before moving back to Santo Domingo to plant a church.

He earned a master of Theology (ThM) from the Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies and a doctorate of Ministry (DMin) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books published in Spanish including “Jesus, the Man Who Challenged the World and Confronts Your Life”, “Servants for His Glory: Being Before Doing” and “Sexual Revolution: A Biblical Perspective and a Medical Analysis”. He is also a council member at The Gospel Coalition and vice president of its Spanish branch, Coalición por el Evangelio.

Dr. Nuñez lives in Santo Domingo with his wife of 40 years, Dr. Catherine Scheraldi, who is also a physician and endocrinology specialist.

YVONNE CARLSON – SPEAKER

Yvonne Carlson will be speaking in several sessions on new innovative technologies and their application for ministry. She has held leadership positions in multiple industries: advertising, broadcasting, fundraising, global manufacturing, and higher education. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and serves on the National Religious Broadcasters Internet Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado Christian University and completed graduate work in information Communications technology at the University of Denver.

Over her career, Yvonne has served as Director of Digital Strategy and User Experience on the Moody Radio leadership team. She was the Director of Special Projects for First Baptist in Dallas, Texas, overseeing technology, broadcasting, and media projects, and Yvonne was also the Director of Media at The Moody Church in Chicago. Yvonne is married to Steve, a pastor, and has two children.

MORE TO COME

There’s much more information on the way and we’ll share the following as it becomes available.

  • Conference schedule
  • Session details
  • Event registration