A Closer Walk is a dynamic Christian youth event designed to help young people strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ. Now in its 14th year, A Closer Walk continues to reach out to thousands of young Christians offering a weekend of fellowship and renewal. This inspiring event led by the Holy Spirit will touch hearts and change lives.
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Brian was saved at the age of 14 and surrendered to ministry at 16. Brian travels and speaks to churches, public schools, summer camps and universities all over the United States. Brian has an amazing story of Christ transforming him from a rebellious teenager into a man who is passionate about God. Brian clearly communicates the timeless principles of God’s Word with effective zeal and enthusiasm.
Brian is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a Masters of Divinity degree in Pastoral Studies. Brian is married to Angie Burgess and they have three boys and a girl. They enjoy working out, camping, traveling the world, and riding motorcycles. It is Brian’s desire that their life, family, and ministry will so accurately reflect God’s grace and power that they may encourage and enrich your ministry.
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Jonathan is one with a true worship leader’s heart; it is his delight to lead people into the presence of God. He is a transparent soul that makes him easy to follow in the journey of growing in Jesus.
Essential to Jonathan's being is his heart to write music that would equip and encourage a multi-generational church to worship; to foremost lift up the name of Jesus so that all people might be drawn to God, as stated in John 12:32, and be set apart for service to Kingdom.
Jonathan and his beautiful wife Laura are residents of Hendersonville, TN, where Jonathan's time is divided between being the lead worship pastor for Living To Go Church, leading for worship events across the country, and writing songs as a Centricity staff writer
As a writer, Jonathan is best known for the hit single, "When the Stars Burn Down" co-written with Jennie Lee Riddle, and recorded by numerous artists. Phillips, Craig, & Dean released it as their first single for their album, "Breathe In." Travis Cottrell chose it as the title cut for his album, whose recording earned Jonathan a nomination for the 2012 Dove Awards. It served as an interior cut for worship artist, Rebecca St. James, and even he recorded it on the debut album entitled Opus 1 by Jennie Lee Riddle.
Jonathan was also a writer on the hit single “Proof Of Your Love” By For King & Country that also earned a nomination for song of the year at the 2013 Dove Awards.
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Admission to A Closer Walk includes outstanding guest speakers, worship bands AND:
• Camping on the beach under the stars
• Morey's Piers amusement rides & beachfront waterparks
• Delicious catered meals served in an oceanfront setting
• A free Closer Walk t-shirt
Other great activities at A Closer Walk:
Youth Leaders Discussion Session We recognize the huge responsibility it is to bring a group of young people to an outdoor, overnight event - plus the nurturing and guidance you provide your kids all year long. Join us Friday afternoon for a one-hour session designed especially for youth leaders.
Each year we are amazed by the number of people who participate in this beautiful ceremony. Baptisms are held Friday after the morning program. A baptism certificate is provided to each participant by the officiating pastor.
When you register online you can print your event tickets immediately!
Advance purchase ends July 30 at 11:59 PM. After that date you must purchase your ticket at A Closer Walk check-in.
To Learn More...or to have a Closer Walk brochure mailed to you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to hear from you. For a handy youth leaders guide download the Youth Pastor's Survival Guide to A Closer Walk.