Planting Seeds, Cultivating Fruit, Multiplying Gifts
During the first meeting, Dr. Henry Johnson was asked to serve as Chairman. Each minister contributed $20.00 to be used for mailing letters to the other pastors of the Southern States. This constituted the first treasury.
The board appointed Rev. Dale Fontenot as Coordinator, Preston Ervin, Jr. as Treasurer, and Paulette Barnes as Registrar, as the first SIYC leadership team.
Since then, the SIYC has convened every Labor Day weekend with delegates from the Southern States of: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
The Southern Interstate Ministries Conference (SIMC), born out of 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 had not been 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, Texas; Rev. J. D. Brown, Louisiana; Dr. Robert C. Williams, Texas; Dr. Elbert Williams, Mississippi; Rev. Dale Fontenot, Louisiana, and Rev. Henry Johnson, Mississippi. The initial meeting was held at the National Youth Convention in Washington, D.C.