For 31 years, the Southern Interstate Youth Convention (SIYC) has ministered to, supported and encouraged many of our youth and young adults to be better; to strive for that which seems unreachable by continuing to trust in God and themselves. The SIYC's vision was to give our young ministers, leaders, teachers and musicians an opportunity to use their gifts and talents to glorify God on a larger scale.
The Southern Interstate Youth Convention (SIYC) was the brainchild of Rev. Dr. Preston Ervin, Sr. Dr. Ervin was concerned about the plight of the youth in the southern states, who were not exposed to as well as far removed from the locations of the National Convention sites and not financially able to attend.
These concerns were shared with a few other ministers, namely:
Rev. Robert Petitt
Rev. J. D. Brown (Louisiana)
Dr. Robert C. Williams (Texas)
Dr. Elbert Williams (Mississippi)
Rev. Dale Fontenot (Louisiana)
Rev. Henry Johnson (Mississippi)
Since that time, the SIYC has been reformulated. The focus has broadened to include not just the youth, but the entire family. It is for this reason our leadership has made the decision to change our name from "The Southern Interstate Youth Convention" to "The Southern Interstate Ministries Conference (SIMC)".
Our prayer is that we will grow in the Lord and continue to make a stand to live for Him before our peers while simultaneously representing ourselves as “Radical Soldiers in the Army of God!”
Planting Seeds, Cultivating Fruit, Multiplying Gifts
The initial meeting was held at the National Youth Convention in Washington, D.C. in 1985.