Winterfest 2015

We will once again hold Winterfest at the beautiful Silverthorne Pavilion in Silverthorne, Colorado. Come expecting inspiring speaking, warm fellowship, amazing music, and great food. For more than 25 years, Winterfest has been blessing teens, youth, college students and young adults with great mountain top experiences centered around skiing and spring break. This year promises to be one of the best events yet! For information concerning discount ski and snowboard rentals and lodging click here.  

Admission is FREE, but tickets are required! Bring your ticket and at least one can of food per person to help support the ACS-LIFT food bank. Reserve your spot soon! We can only fit 450 people into this location and tickets will disappear fast!

When Ron Whitehead was the Rocky Mountain Conference youth director in the early 90's, he had a dream to create an extrodinary "mountain top" experience for young people, thus the dream of Winterfest became a reality. The first winterfest took place in Wnter Park, Colo., in 1989 with over 200 in attendance. Ron is excited to be invited back to speak at an event that God inspired him to start so many years ago. He looks forward sharing what God has placed on his heart at the 2015 Advenist Winterfest.
Ron has served as a local pastor and as a conference youth and church ministries director. He has also served the NAD as associate youth director and has directed five International Pathfinder Camporees with as many as 50,000 in attendance. At Andrews University Ron has served as Assistant to the President for Spiritual Life and currently serves the Theological Seminary as Assistant Professor and Executive Director for the Center for Youth Evangelism. Since 1996, Ron has been honored to serve the Lake Union Conference as Youth Director.

Ron and his wife Betty have three young-adult children, Stacy, Heidi, and Ryan, as well as a son-in-law, Kyle. Ron’s hobbies include, are not limited to: high-tech toys, classic cars, boats, and large events like Passion plays. His favorite Bible text is John 14:1-3 because it reminds him not to "sweat the small stuff.” Jesus is coming again!

Elia King is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has been leading music in a worship setting for over two decades at events around the world. Born into a house where music was a constant, it was only a matter of time before he picked up an instrument of his own. “My parents got me into piano lessons when I was four. That really laid a great foundation for me, especially when it came to playing by ear. I think listening is really essential, not just to good music, but in living a good life as well. It’s all about being sensitive to things, and adjusting accordingly…about finding a balance between the syncopated and the straight.”

Elia’s music is just that: a unique blend of a variety of musical influences huddled together under a folky umbrella.

Elia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion at Andrews University in December 2004, and currently serves as Associate Pastor for Worship & the Arts at the Boulder Seventh-day Adventist Church. He and his wife, Dena, live with their two kids, Ellie and Anderson, in Estes Park, Colorado.

The band, New Horizons, is a bluegrass and country gospel group from the mountains of southern Colorado. 
We are a family band, save one of us, but we adopted him in, so yes we are a family band.  We got our start  playing and singing in our living rooms and local churches, but our desire to bless people with our music has expanded our horizons. We now enjoy sharing our music at Camp Meetings and churches around the state.  We look forward to an opportunity to bring our style of blessings to your ears.

The overarching RMC Youth Department theme for 2015 is THR!VE. Enjoy this video by Casting Crowns. 

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