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Exposing the Darkness

May 8,2021

It is more important than ever to protect students during these difficult times. If you work with children and youth it is imperative to be well educated and prepared to meet the challenges students face. These students are your responsibility while in your care. Whether it is at church, camp or youth group, it is YOUR responsibility to protect them. Exposing Darkness is an opportunity for you, your workers and your volunteers to gain the training and certification needed to meet the unique challenges children and youth face today.

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    $45 – Saturday Session Only

Overnight price:

    $120 Per Person – Includes entire program, 1 Night lodging, 3 meals, Friday: Dinner, Q&A session, Saturday Morning prayer gathering and Saturday’s program (based on Multiple occupancy lodging)


What to Expect

Survivor, nationally known speaker and subject of an Emmy Award winning expose’ on the realities of Human Trafficking, Savannah Parvu, will be teaching the importance of recognizing the signs of abuse, self-harm, and potential grooming of children in your ministry. Come to learn best practices for reporting and how you and your church can protect your children and your ministry from these ongoing dangers.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion of this training which complies with the new state law regarding human trafficking for various industries and meets the Department of Business & Professional Regulation requirements.

Sample Schedule

Sample Schedule

schedule subject to change

(optional overnight) Friday/Saturday morning

3pm – 5pm: Registration

5:30pm: Dinner

8:15pm: Special Reception Q & A with the speaker, Savannah Parvu


7:30am: Breakfast

8:30am: Prayer gathering to lift up our students and families


Main Event

9:30am: Doors Open for Main Event Check-in

10-12: Main Sessions

12:00 Lunch

1-2: Final session & Awarding of Certificates


Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Lake Yale?

  • Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center is centrally located in the heart of Florida, just 1 hour north of Orlando. Our physical address is 39034 County Road 452, Leesburg, FL.
  • Our site is nestled under acres of live oak trees teeming with Spanish moss and bordered by the magnificent views of Lake Yale.

Who can attend this Training?

  • Pastors, deacons, youth pastors, youth workers, children’s workers, teachers, principals, school administrators, anyone who works with children and youth!

 What will be covered?

  • This training complies with the Florida House Bill 851 regulations and will cover topics including:
    • Recognizing signs of potential abuse, self-harm, and online threats
    • Identify potential indicators of trafficking
    • Distinguishing the difference between sex trafficking, labor trafficking and domestic servitude
    • Knowing best practices for reporting and having an understanding of interventions and treatments for survivors

Reflections Women’s Conference

October 1-3, 2021

The Reflections women’s conference 2021 is on and will be bigger than ever! Featuring two amazing speakers together for one fantastic event! Join Sheila Walsh and Karen Kingsbury for a time of laughter, inspiration, teaching and worship! Pause. Reflect. Refresh.


Main Conference:

    $250 Per Person – Includes entire program, 2 nights lodging (based on double occupancy), and 6 meals

Groups of 10 or more: $215 per person (based on double occupancy)


    $165 for individuals / $145 for groups of 10 or more

Evening Sessions only:

    $35 for one evening or $50 for both (conference sessions only).


What to Expect

The Women’s conferences at Lake Yale offer high-quality speakers, worship, seminars and activities designed specifically with women in mind. Here are some key features that make these conferences great:

  • Seminars led by women’s ministry leaders and speakers from all across Florida
  • A variety of fun and engaging activities to choose from so you never get bored
  • Interests for women and girls from 12 years old and up!
  • Contests and prizes throughout the weekend
  • Wonderful times of worship and prayer both individually and as a church group
  • Amazing worship that focuses on Christ
  • Nationally known speakers that bring timely messages
  • Opportunities to network and to meet new friends



We know that you will love the women’s conferences at Lake Yale!

Sample Schedule

Our event is set up with you in mind. Over the years we have had many suggestions and requests that have helped us to improve our schedule and we continue to take all of those into account each year. The following schedule is a SAMPLE schedule for the event and may, at any time, be changed based on need, feedback from participants, or other reasons. A more detailed schedule will be available in August.

Sample Schedule


3pm – 5pm: Registration

5:30pm: Dinner

6:45pm: Session 1

8:15pm: Special Reception/Church Time


7:30am: Breakfast

8:30am: Personal Reflection

9:00am: Session 2

10-5:30: Seminars, Lunch, Church time and activities

5:30pm: Dinner

6:45pm: Session 3

8:15pm: Evening Special Event


7:30am: Breakfast

8:45am: Final Session

9:45am: Prayer Walk

2:00pm: Head Home

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Lake Yale?

  • Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center is centrally located in the heart of Florida, just 1 hour north of Orlando. Our physical address is 39034 County Road 452, Leesburg, FL.
  • Our site is nestled under acres of live oak trees teeming with Spanish moss and bordered by the magnificent views of Lake Yale.

Who attends the Women’s Conference?

  • Women from all across the state of Florida and beyond attend the women’s conferences. Women from multiple denominations, ages, races and backgrounds enjoy the wide variety of activities and uplifting camaraderie offered here at the conferences.
  • The conferences are designed so that you have large conference experiences, bonding times with just your church group, and personal quiet time for spiritual reflection on God’s word.

 What activities are available?

  • The variety of activities changes from year to year, however, we often enjoy:
    • Skeet Shooting
    • Swimming
    • Disc Golf
    • Ropes Course
    • Tree Climbing
    • Cornhole Tournaments
    • Crafts
    • Table Games
    • Sunrise and Sunset walks

Senior Fest: Celebration at the Lake is back!

February 7-9, 2022


  • Dr. Herb Reavis, Jr. as our Keynote Pastor
  • and Concerts Karen Peck & New River and Joseph Habedank!


Main Conference:

    $215 Per Person – Includes entire program, 2 nights lodging (based on double occupancy), and 6 meals

Groups of 10 or more: $195 per person (based on double occupancy)


    $130 for individuals / $115 for groups of 10 or more

RV sites:

    $165 per person / $145 for groups of 10 or more (includes RV site, conference and all meals except breakfast).

Evening Sessions only:

      • $35 for one evening or $50 for both (speaker & concert only).


Event Personalities

Senior Fest is a fantastic time for Seniors from all across Florida to gather together for worship, fellowship, inspiration and fun. Concerts from some of today’s top Southern Gospel groups and artists, engaging seminars and senior-focused activities fill these days with experiences you won’t soon forget. Join the over 400 Senior Adults from various churches in Florida and beyond for a phenomenal experience!


A true treat for Senior Fest, Concert artist and Music Evangelist, Jeff Cleghorn inspires us all with his God-given talent and passion. Find out more about Jeff and how to book him for your church at





Retired Music Evangelist turned full-time Senior Adult minister, Bob Smith, will amaze you with the songs of the faith you know and love and will bring you to your feet with his powerful voice.





 Monday February 7th – Joseph Habedank in Concert! Daywind recording artist Joseph Habedank is a GRAMMY® nominated, Dove Award winning singer/songwriter and has been named Gospel Music’s Favorite Soloist by way of the Singing News Fan Awards for three consecutive years (2019, 2018, 2017).  Joseph has a unique and equally powerful testimony that has been featured on‘s Spirited Debate, TBN’s Praise the Lord, and in such publications as Billboard Magazine, CCM Magazine, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.  He has shared his songs in some of America’s greatest churches and venues, including the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Charles Stanley’s First Baptist Atlanta, The Grand Ole Opry, and the historic Ryman Auditorium.  On the heels of his critically-acclaimed debut solo release, Welcome Home, he was awarded Singing News Magazine’s New Soloist of the Year in 2014.  His sophomore release, Resurrection, was the first album released by a solo artist to receive the Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the year and garnered his first GRAMMY® nomination for Roots Gospel Album of the year in 2018.  His current release, Deeper Oceans, has recently been nominated for Southern Gospel Album of the Year at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards and includes his first number one single, Shame On Me.  Additionally,  Joseph was awarded Young Artist of the Year in 2009 by the fans of Gospel Music and Songwriter of the Year at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in 2011, 2018 and 2019.  His songs have been recorded by Country and Gospel artists such as: Reba McEntire (“Sing It Now”), Restless Heart, Dailey and Vincent, The Booth Brothers, Legacy Five, Triumphant Quartet, Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River, The Hoppers, and many more.  He has co-written five #1 songs and has been nominated for 11 GMA Dove Awards.  Joseph currently resides just outside Nashville, TN with his wife, Lindsay.

Tuesday, February 8th – Karen Peck & New River in Concert! – 

Five-time Grammy nominated, seven-time GMA Dove Award winning Karen Peck and New River has impacted the Gospel Music industry for almost 30 years. In 2018, Karen Peck Gooch was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame.

Karen Peck & New River was formed in January 1991. Karen teamed with her husband, Rickey Gooch and her sister, Susan Peck Jackson, to form the group. Karen had already made a name for herself, serving as beloved Soprano for the popular Rex Nelon Singers for a decade. During that time she earned her first GMA Dove Award, as well as her first of 11 consecutive Singing News Fan Awards for Favorite Soprano.

Amid the personal success Karen has enjoyed, New River has been equally blessed with countless honors and accolades, including many radio hits, which have soared up the Southern Gospel Music airplay charts. Karen Peck & New River has enjoyed over 20 Number One hits, including “Four Days Late”, which was named Song of the Decade for 2000-2010 by The Singing News Magazine. Many of these hit releases were either written or co-written by Karen, including “I Know I’ll Be There,” “The River,” “Revival,” “Pray Now,” “Gotta Be Saved,” “Everybody’s Going Through Something,” “On The Banks Of The Promised Land,” “Daddy’s Home,” “I Am Blessed,” “I Wanna Know How It Feels,” “Calling,” “Finish Well,” as well as “Hope For All Nations,” which the group performed in Roatan, Honduras in the summer of 2017.

Karen Peck & New River has evolved throughout the past three decades, and has firmly established a place at the forefront of Southern Gospel Music. However, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame member refuses to rest on past laurels. New River continues to deliver a progressive sound that is distinctive yet remains true to the traditional styling that has made them a fan favorite. They have been faithfully striving for excellence to make KPNR relevant in today’s society. Collectively, they are more committed than ever to continue to share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Keynote Pastor: Dr. Herb Reavis Jr.

Dr. Herb Reavis, Jr. was born and raised in the panhandle of Texas. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute, Milligan College and the Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies. He became the Senior Pastor of North Jacksonville Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida in 1991. He and his wife Lisa have three married sons, Joshua, Jonathan, and Joseph, and two grandchildren.

Pastor Reavis spreads the Gospel locally on radio and TV through the broadcast “Reach Out,” and nationally on The Sky Angel Network and Faith TV.

Sample Schedule

Schedule may change without notice


3:00 – 5:30 p.m.     Check-in

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.     Dinner

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.     Bob & Jeff

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.     Evening Entertainment

8:30 –10:00 p.m.     Concert



8:30 – 9:00            Bob & Jeff

9:00 – 9:30            Morning Devotion

9:45 – 12:00           Bible Study

9:45 – 10:45           Seminar Session 1

11:00 – 12:00         Seminar Session 2

12:00 – 1:00          Lunch

1:30-3:00               Fun & Games

3:00-5:00               Activities / Gift Shoppe open

5:30 – 6:30            Dinner

6:30 – 7:00            Bob & Jeff

7:00 – 8:00           Evening Sermon

8:30 – 10:00          Concert



7:30 – 8:30            Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00           Bob & Jeff / Hymn Sing

11:00 – 12:00         Final Speaker Session

12:00 -1:00             Lunch

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Lake Yale?

  • Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center is centrally located in the heart of Florida, just 1 hour north of Orlando. Our physical address is 39034 County Road 452, Leesburg, FL.
  • Our site is nestled under acres of live oak trees teeming with Spanish moss and bordered by the magnificent views of Lake Yale.

Who attends Senior Fest?

  • Senior Adults (55+ or willing to call yourself a Senior Adult and be proud about it!) from all over the state of Florida and beyond come to this three-day, two night event.
  • Men, women, couples, singles, pastors, Senior Adult ministers, people interested in senior adult ministry all come to enjoy Senior Fest: Celebration at the Lake

 What activities are available?

  • The variety of activities changes from year to year, however, we often enjoy:
    • Disc Golf
    • Cornhole Tournaments
    • Crafts
    • Table Games
    • Sunrise and Sunset walks
    • Christian Bingo
    • Fun & Games with Jeff & Bob
    • Movie
    • The Hammock Village
    • Garden Tour
    • Painting class
    • …and even more!

What are the rooms like?

  • Rooming is much like you would find in a hotel which includes a private bathroom, TV, mini-fridge/cooler, and either a full/twin combo or King bed in the rooms.
  • All rooms are centrally located providing easy access to the conference locations, activities and dining experiences. No matter where you are, you won’t be far from where you want to go!

I can’t make it to the full event, can I come for the day?

  • Commuter rates are available for those who want to come for the day but not stay the night. Ask your Lake Yale contact for more information.

I’m not a Senior Adult, but I would like to come to the concert, is that okay?

  • Absolutely! Concert tickets are sold exclusively on and are available up to the Friday before the event.
  • Onsite ticket sales are available on the day of the concert but are subject to a $5 up-charge and limited availability, so buy your tickets early and save time and money!

I’m not interested in the seminar/activity can I do something else?

  • Yes! Our scheduled activities are your choice to enjoy but you can gather a group to go to Mt. Dora, play an afternoon round of golf, or just spend time doing whatever you like. It is your conference!

How are your seminar leaders selected? Can I be a seminar leader?

  • Our staff puts together a list of most requested topics and interests from past Senior Fest attendees and researches great options to offer seniors. From these items, people with the skills, talents and gifting are asked to help participate in making Senior Fest: Celebration at the Lake a wonderful experience for all.
  • Some past seminar leaders have included: pastors, senior adult leaders, security personnel, finance professionals, inspirational speakers, instructional coaches, talented artists, church volunteers, and others who are dedicated to impacting the lives of Senior Adults.
  • If you would like to be a seminar leader, please fill out this form Seminar Leader Application and someone from our staff will contact you. *Note: All applications are subject to reference checks and are reviewed by Lake Yale Program & Marketing staff. Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be selected to host a seminar or activity.

How do we keep up with what is going on during the event?

  • Hardcopy program guides are given to each participant and a simple schedule is on the back of your name-card on your lanyard.
  • During the event, Lake Yale staff will update you of any changes or highlighted events and they will be on-hand to answer all of your Senior Fest questions!

What other activities make Senior Fest: Celebration at the Lake special?

  • During the conference you will also experience:
    • Door prize giveaways
    • Silent Auction
    • Wednesday morning Hymn-sing (a Senior Fest favorite!)
    • Pictures with the artists (upon availability, time permitting)
    • Breathtaking sunrises
    • Stump Jeff Cleghorn (you have to see it to believe it!)
    • and so much more…



Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center is a great place to host a camp!

Each camp listed here has open registration for anyone to participate. Check out their site for more information (links will open in a new window).

What We Offer

At Camp WorldLight, we offer a wide range of experiences for the campers. Each week is filled with awesome feature nights where the campers have TONS of fun and sometimes get a little bit messy! We also have missionaries visit to share their mission’s experience with the campers throughout the week and we provide the campers with an opportunity of their own to learn what it is like to be a missionary through our Immersion Night. Most importantly, the campers learn about God’s love through bible studies, worship times, and through the example and love of the staff.

    Some other activities that your camper may get to experience include:

  • Water Activities
  • Swim Times at the Pool
  • The Ropes Course
  • Crafts
  • Bible Breakouts
  • Fun Skits
  • Lots of Games and Songs
  •          & much more!

Be where the action is. Witness hundreds of students from around the state as they come together to learn more about our Heavenly Father.  Celebrate the victories in the hearts of our Florida youth, cheer your team, and enjoy what summer camp is all about – bringing people together. When it comes to truly having a “super summer,” you’ll want to be there!

CentriKid is an overnight camp for 2nd–6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ! Camp staff are hired and trained by LifeWay, and they love to hang out with your kids and share Christ through every aspect of camp!  CentriKid has hosted camps at Lake Yale for over 20 years! Learn more at