Planting Seeds, Cultivating Fruit, Multiplying Gifts
The 1st SIYC was held September 4-6, 1986 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the Inn on the Lake Hotel. The theme was “… And Sow The Word” taken from John 1:1. Over 200 delegates from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas enjoyed the fellowship, inspirational music and the ministry of the young ministers. The expenses for the convention were $1,969.00 and income, $4,041.55.
The Chairpersons were: Min. Isaac Carter and Andrea Sylvester.
The Speakers Included...
Rev. Dr. Robert C. Williams, Min. Dale Fontenot, Min. Aquila Riggins, Min. Victor Simon, Min. Isaac Carter, Min. Roy Conwell, Min. Isaac Riggins, Min. Gerald McWashington and Rev. Henry Johnson.
The Conference Leaders Included...
Barbara Williams, Junior High
Min. Victor Simon, Senior High
Min. Freema Ervin, Young Adults
Duane Fontenot, Adults
Rev. Dr. Sethard Beverly, Pastors
Preston Ervin, Jr., Minister of Music
Since then, the Southern Interstate Youth Convention has been held every Labor Day weekend in the following locations: Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.