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MDXVII  1517-2017 The Reformation The Five Solas of the reformation are five Latin phrases summarizing the heart of the gospel and the reformation; namely, that scripture alone declares that we are righteous before God, by his grace alone, because of Christ alone, through faith alone, for the glory of God alone.  In our time together we will celebrate and consider the authority of scripture, the role of grace in salvation, the work of Christ, and the goal of the Christian life as today we walk by faith for God’s glory alone.  Please make plans to join us and hundreds of your friends (and new friends to be!) at the RYS National Youth Convention to be held July 17-21 at Biola University in LA Mirada, CA,  Lord willing. A total of 12 workshops, including special guy and girls-only breakout sessions, will complement our main theme. See you there! Download and view the official brochure for this year’s convention here » See you there!

Keynote Speakers

Rev. Jon Bushnell a graduate of Westminster Seminary (CA), has been a pastor of First CRC of Prinsburg, MN, since 2012. He has led several work shops at prior RYS conventions.

Rev. Ed Marcusse has been the pastor of Immanuel’s Reformed Church in Salem, OR, since 2013.  He was the keynote speaker at the 2010 event as well as leading other convention workshops and our speaker at the LOGOS 2012 winter retreat.

Event Details

Convention Registration/Housing

Registration must be done on the RYS website: Create a new account and login (password required) and proceed to complete the registration form, including making five workshop selections (everyone will be assigned four workshops alone with the guy or girl only workshop) and one roommate. Note: All roommates must list each other on the RYS registration website; only ONE roommate is permitted again this year. If roommates do not name each other they will be designated as “potluck,” and housed at the discretion of the housing committee. There is married couples housing for sponsors, so list each other if you wish. Conventioneers must have completed at least grade 9 in school but no more than grade 12. Students may attend a total of four conventions. Sponsors must be at least 21 by convention. Check-in time is from 1-5 p.m. (P.S.T.), Monday, July 17. RYS has no pre-event or post-event housing available. All travel is your own responsibility. The convention concludes by 11 a.m. (P.S.T.) Friday, July 21, followed by lunch soon afterwards. Adult sponsors are required to attend the convention with their students. RYS strongly recommends groups adhere to a 5 to 1 student/sponsor ratio.

Biola University is conveniently located close to several airports in the area.   No shuttle service will be available as travel is your own responsibility.

Group Leader/Deadlines/Checks

When your youth group registration is complete on line, your church will receive an invoice. To qualify for the regular registration rate, all members of the group must be registered online by April 1. Please wait until you receive your invoice to make your payment. At that time please mail registration check to RYS Convention, 6442 36th Avenue, Hudsonville, MI 49426. Checks must be postmarked no later than May 15 to qualify for the $380.00 per person supporting member church rate ($420.00 per person non-member /non-supporting church rate). Registrations completed online between April 2-30 will incur a $40 late fee ($420.00 total per person-supporting member church rate, $460.00 total per person non-supporting church rate). Online registrations received after April 30 will be placed on a waiting list. Registration is not official until ALL forms and signatures are completed online and payment is received. No registrations/payment will be accepted after June 1. Cancellations before June 15 will require a $50.00 fee. No refunds granted after June 15. Registration transfers will be accepted for a $25.00 fee until June 15. To purchase a convention sweatshirt ($30) or RYS fleece ($35, black or navy), indicate such on your registration and we will include in group invoice. Please contact RYS Director Ed DeGraaf at or call him at 616-667-0694 with any questions.


13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, California, 90639, United States

  • RYS National Youth Convention 2017
    July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
    1:00 pm
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