2018 RYS National Convention

July 16-20 @ Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA


The annual Reformed Youth Services convention is an amazing opportunity for students to grow in Christ, make lasting friends, and experience new opportunities. Students must be ages 14-18 and have completed 9th grade to attend. Seniors may attend the summer following graduation.

2018 Coordinators

Registration & Participation: Nicol Phillips

Fundraising: Saralyn Byker, Nicol Phillips, Tami Gross

Chaperones: Saralyn Byker & Andrew Pinson

Travel Details

Remember that luggage is FREE, but there is also limited room while we are driving.  I will update everyone once the driving details are confirmed. But, I am asking that you limit to one checked bag OR carry on size and one personal item.  

Sunday, 7/15 — After church we can split up into three groups.  

  • Guys—Go to Spotts house. Pastor Spotts and Ashley generously agreed to house and transport to the airport.
  • Gals—We will split between the Byker House and the Woldt House.  

Monday 7/16 —  Southwest flight 2398 departs at 5:35 am from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.*  We have a 2 hour lay over in Las Vegas and then arrive in Omaha Nebraska at 1:15 PM.  It is an additional 2 1/2 hour drive to Dordt College.  Check in is between 1p and 5 p on that Monday so we should be arriving within time.  

Friday 7/20 — We arrive Southwest Flight 1484 at 9:10 PM (from Dallas) into Phoenix Sky Harbor.  If the students want details, here they are.  I am still working on shuttle details, so actual time to leave Dordt is still in the air.  But, lunch is from 11:30 - 1:00 and I would like to have them eat before we head out.  Figure that if we leave by 12:15, we will be on the road by 12:30 and arrive in Omaha around 3:00.  We may have rental cars to drop off, etc, so that leaves us 3 hours for bad traffic, dropping off cars, getting through security, etc.  Southwest flight 55  Leaves Omaha to Dallas at 5:50 pm.  there is a 1 hour 20 minute layover.  Southwest flight 1484 departs Dallas and arrives in Phoenix at 9:10 pm.  

2017 RYS Convention in Los Angeles

2017 RYS Convention in Los Angeles

Student Reviews

“The RYS convention last summer was incredible! From learning more about my faith to the fellowship to building already formed friendships to making new one's, RYS was such a blessing last year. I am looking forward to this year's and the great experiences we will have together.” — Regan

“I really enjoyed RYS for several reasons. First, the sermons each day as well as the classes were all taught by experienced Christians (mostly pastors). Each session was filled with lessons to apply to my life as a young man and instilled more of an understanding and pride in the Reformed tradition that I have been brought up in. Second, I enjoyed meeting new kids from other URC and CRC churches around the nation and Canada. It was fun to build relationships quickly in a week without cell phones. All of the activities and games they provided were very entertaining. Finally, I was able to bond with the other youth in our church. The long car rides and talks together at the end of the day helped me form friendships with kids in our church who I had never talked with before.” — Kirk

“First off, I loved the fellowship with Christians who were my age. I also enjoyed growing in my faith. While I thought I knew everything there possibly was to know about the reformation, the speakers at RYS taught me so much stuff I didn't even know!” — Tim


Your RYS info-pack gives more details. Basically, a mix of clothes for warm and cool weather, modest swimsuit and towel, sunscreen, and copious amounts of deodorant. Make sure to bring your Bibles, a notepad and several pens. Phones will not be allowed so consider bringing a *gasp* actual camera.