Young Adult Summit

The mountains are calling and I must go! A retreat for young adults ages 19-29.
Ridgecrest Conference Center | Asheville, North Carolina
Come away from work and responsibility for a weekend of rest and renewal in the mountains of North Carolina. There will be moments for worship and discipleship, but a great deal of space will be left for what YOU need! Hike, ski, play board games, exercise, do yoga, shop with friends, read a book, or take long naps…there will be something for everyone at YAS!


Friday Arrival time is flexible
4 pm Check-in and Registration
7 pm Welcome Reception and Dinner
8 pm Worship
9:30 pm Evening Reception/Activity

8 am Breakfast
9 am Morning Worship and Small Groups
10 am Daily Activity/Free Time
6 pm Dinner
7 pm Evening Worship and Small Groups
9 pm Reception/Party

8 am Breakfast
9 am Morning Worship and Small Groups
10 am Daily Activity/Free Time
6 pm Dinner
7 pm Evening Worship and Small Groups
9 pm Reception/Party

10 am Check-out

Add-On Activities for Saturday and Sunday
There will be a range of add-on activities that you can sign up for in advance. These will range from onsite yoga classes, skiing, breakout conversations, spiritual direction sessions, hiking, shopping, etc. Some of the add-on activities will have an additional expense associated with them, but others will be included free of charge. After you register, you will receive a separate email with those opportunities and fees.


All rooms are hotel-style with 2 double beds. The lodging cost includes 5 meals (dinner Friday, breakfast, and dinner on Saturday and Sunday). Lunch on Saturday and Sunday is on your own.


Student Rate
We have scholarship funds available for full-time students. Please indicate your status as a student when you register, if you wish to register at the reduced student rate.

Speaker-Dr. Heather Thompson Day

Dr. Heather Thompson Day is an interdenominational speaker, an ECPA bestseller, and has been a contributor for Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Newsweek, and the Barna Group. She hosts Viral Jesus, a new podcast with Christianity Today.

Heather is an Associate Professor of Communication at Andrews University. She is passionate about supporting women, and runs an online community called I’m That Wife which has over 260k followers.

Heather’s writing has been featured on outlets like the Today Show, and the National Communication Association. She has been interviewed by BBC Radio Live and has been featured in an article by Forbes.

She believes her calling is to stand in the gaps of our churches for young people. She is the author of 8 books; including It’s Not Your Turn, and I’ll See You Tomorrow.

She resides in Michigan, with her husband, Seth Day, and their three children, London, Hudson, and Sawyer Day.

Worship-Mark Wagner

In 2004, Mark Wagner wrote and self-produced his first album in Knoxville, TN. The album became a quick regional success and Mark began performing regularly at coffee shops and small venues around the Southeast. After three years of extensive touring Mark recruited Ben Shive to produce his second full-length album in Nashville. Shive had just completed production on two major label releases, for Andrew Peterson and Sara Groves. Mark and Ben proved to be a natural fit, and in 2009, Wagner released Sun’s Gonna Rise, the album that put him on the map as a young Nashville artist to watch. Mark began writing and producing for other artists and continued touring nationally.

In 2016, Mark worked with Grammy award-winning producer Mitch Dane to produce Love and Be Loved. The album has a deep groove, a touch of soul, and features a unique lyrical depth. The follow-up to Love and Be Loved was Mark’s 2020 release called Shelter, which is a hard-hitting pop album full of hooky guitars and funky bass lines. Produced by Mark Trussell (Billy Currington, Lady Antebellum), Shelter features Grammy-nominated artist Brandon Heath and newcomer Sarah Hahn. To date, Mark has performed in 15 countries and around the United States and has sold more than 60,000 albums internationally. In 2020, Mark began writing and producing his sixth album, working with Parke Cottrell. Cottrell is the bass player for the pop/rock band Colony House.