LFR is not a conference like “Student Life” and “Centrifuge”, but rather it is truly a summer camp experience for church youth groups. While conferences may focus on large group energy, the focus at LFR is the one-on-one evangelism, mentoring, and discipleship of young people led by godly college age staff members. 

Director, Rich Malone, compares LFR to a week-long “Disciple Now” only a lot more fun. There is so much that your students get to do. Special recreation opportunities for this age group include high energy team competition events each morning and a unique archery tag course. We provide horseback riding, ropes course, water tubing behind a ski boat, tournaments, swimming, boating, and much more. If the weather keeps us inside, there is a fabulous big screen tv for movies, game room, arcade, and gym.

The fun is unbeatable! One of the best activities will be getting to just hang around with the awesome staff members at Lake Forest and to do fun things with new and old friends that your students meet here!


Theme night takes place one night during supper and campers are encouraged to dress in their favorite themed outfit.  This will be an opportunity for campers to have fun and show their creativity! Summer of 2018 theme night is "Mystery Dinner Theater" Come dressed in your best dress-up, "wacky formal" attire!





Steve Miller teaches the message of “Christ in you the hope of glory” in a powerful way. He often draws from the Old Testament accounts of men like Noah, Jonah, Daniel, Abraham, and David to bring home the richness of the Christ life that was shadowed beautifully in the lives of those important men of the faith. Steve has a depth, humility and passion for Christ that radiates through his anointed teaching. He is also the authors of our Bible study for all of the student camps for 2014.

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Gary Permenter loves what he does! He is a speaker, minister, and friend who desires to help students be who God intends for them to be so that they can do what He intends for them to do. Gary's preaching is warm, practical, exciting, and never boring. His ministry reflects his sincere love for God and students. He serves all across the country in a variety of events. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has earned a Master's Degree and doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to his current ministry, Gary served as the student minister at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Columbus, Mississippi. A lifelong Bulldog fan, Gary is also a fan of the Peanuts Gang. He likes to watch and play sports.   



Jason Curry is a student pastor and a frequent speaker at student camps & retreats. He is an avid college football fan and loves the outdoors— especially duck and deer hunting. Jason is married to his high school sweetheart, Courtney.  They have two daughters, Carson & Cameron. His powerful message of the transformation that happened in his own life and that is available to all in Christ has made him a favorite at Lake Forest.



Bill Reif has been a part of the LFR experience longer than any of our speakers. His messages communicate the power of grace-filled relationships with a depth that comes from his many years of pursuing Christ and teaching teenagers the good news of hope in Him. Bill has been one of the visionaries behind Mission Camp Macon and has been the head coach for all of its existence. His messages relate to students right where they are in a relaxed, relevant, and inspiring way.