Junior & Senior High Students • Ages 11-18

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!

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.



We are going to have some incredible speakers for Summer 2019.


Josh Abbot

Joshua grew up in a Christian home in Olive Branch, MS where he and his sisters were competitive athletes, serving on the USA national Karate team.

After attending Crichton College in Memphis, TN where he double majored in Biology and Bible, he met his wife Carolina Zambrano. 

The two married in February of 1997. Joshua and Carolina have one son, Caleb. 

In 1999, Joshua and Carolina heard God’s call to full time ministry and missions. Since entering into ministry in 2000, Joshua with his family have traveled and ministered in several nations, doing campus ministry, Professional & leadership training and church planting. 

In 2010, Joshua and Carolina returned to the USA to pastor The Love of Christ church in Memphis, TN. 

Now, employing Joshua’s athletic background, in addition to serving as the Full time Senior Pastor of The Love of Christ church, he also travels for Every Nation Ministries and speaks to youth, university students, professionals and athletes. 


John Thweatt

Days and weeks all totaled, John spent about one year of his life at LFR as camper, Workstaffer, Counselor, and Assistant Director. He met his wife at LFR when they were both serving here on staff.

John's vision as a pastor is leading his congregation to be a glory driven church. His vision includes integrating church, family and community to connect with God, others, and the world. Additionally, he seeks to emphasize and promote partnerships with others who would seek to take the gospel to our neighbors and the nations. 

John and his wife, Kim, are raising 4 daughters, Hannah, Hope, Hollie and Kimberly Joy. He has served seventeen years as pastor at First Baptist Church of Pell City, AL.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He recently served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently the president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention.


Jason Curry

Jason 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. Jason is also the founder of Finish Empty®. Learn more at www.finishempty.com.


Steve Miller

Steve 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 has been the author of our Student Camp Bible Studies for many years.


Bill Reif

Bill has been a part of the Lake Forest Ranch 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 since its beginning in 2004. His messages relate to students right where they are in a relaxed, relevant, and inspiring way.