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About GCG 2020

Gulf Coast Getaway is a gathering of over 1,200 college students from dozens of college ministries across the United States. The years at college are such a crucial time for faith. Some choose to walk away and abandon their faith. Others remain complacent. But many use their college years to lean into their faith, becoming more firmly rooted in God and more focused on His mission. Gulf Coast Getaway exists to help students lean into their faith, being encouraged and equipped for a life of radical faith on their campuses and communities.

What To Expect?

If it's your first time at Gulf Coast Getaway, you might not know what to expect. We know that you'll have a great time and begin the spring semester by growing in your faith and deepening friendships. Here are some things to expect for this year.

  • Keynote sessions from Jonathan Storment, Buddy Bell, Fred Liggin, Paul Evans, and Aaron Ethridge.
  • Zac George and his team leading 1,200+ students in worship.
  • Breakout classes on Saturday and Sunday that are carefully chosen to interest you and help you in your Christian walk.
  • Three chances to discuss the weekend within Community Groups formed with your ministry.
  • An opportunity to support an important mission effort.
  • Plenty of "free" time to spend with your friends.

Jan 17-19

Panama City Beach


Keynote Speakers

Buddy Bell

Buddy Bell

Buddy is a native of Montgomery and served Landmark early in his ministry career as youth minister. After working in campus and preaching ministry at churches in Alabama and Florida, Buddy returned to Landmark in 1996. As Senior Minister, Buddy leads Landmark through preaching and overseeing our small groups ministry. He leads the staff, and with the Elders, casts vision for the church. He is married to Stephanie and they have four children and two son-in-laws; Laura (Charlie), Lindsey (Ben), Luke and Lincoln…AND he is the proud Grandbuddy to 5 precious grandchildren.

Aaron Etheridge

Aaron Etheridge

Aaron leads the ministry teams and oversees discipleship efforts at the Cannery Ballroom campus as the campus pastor. He also serves in many other areas of Ethos Church, including the Respond team, Prayer Gathering, Teaching team, and leading a House Church. Aaron has a passion for mentoring men and counseling married couples. He is a natural teacher and finds joy in teaching others about things he enjoys like good music, coffee, the outdoors, praying and walking with God.

Aaron is a “military kid," but Tennessee has always been his family's home no matter where he lived. He has lived in 4 countries and 8 US states. He attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas — which is where he met his wife, Amy. Their relationship didn't officially begin until they both joined a church planting team, independently of each other, in 2004. Since meeting and getting married, they have grown their family by three beautiful children (Elijah, Toren, and Dahlia) and 11 chickens. The chickens lend to one of his favorite things to eat which he says is “anything breakfast...especially with farm fresh eggs." Aaron and Amy have called Nashville home since 2013.

Paul Evans

Paul Evans

Paul is the Client Strategist and VP of Client Strategy for CRI Capital Advisors. For more than 30 years, Paul has been in ministry, serving at the local church level and internationally through 100x Missions, including serving as Executive Director. He opened his first business at age 20, a fitness center, and has been an owner or partner in seven additional businesses. Paul is the author of nine books, including Success is NOT an Accident! and God Loves Short People. He is married to Marla, and they have two sons, Sam and Steven.

Fred Liggin

Fred Liggin

Fred came to serve greater Williamsburg and WCC as lead pastor in 2010 and is grateful to be a part of the family. He is a husband, father, principal of Philoxenia Culture LLC, ethnographer, published writer, TEDx alum, justice-seeker, and founder and president of 3e Restoration, Inc. He received his B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and his Master’s of Religious Education in Missional Leadership from Rochester University. Currently he is a candidate for a Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology in at Northern Seminary in Chicago. Fred has also served as an adjunct professor for Regent University and Rochester University where he teaches courses in philosophy, ethics, leadership, christian history, and ethnography. He has also served as a guest lecturer on the subjects of racialized cultural systems, poverty, and missiology at various universities, such as William & Mary and Oklahoma Christian University. Fred enjoys hanging out with his family anytime, anywhere. Fred is deeply grateful for how God graciously works through His Church in all her various forms, despite our brokenness. He is passionate about seeing the last, least, and lonely of every neighborhood, city and nation experience God’s in-breaking kingdom, and come to know Jesus as King.

Jonathan Storment

Jonathan Storment

Jonathan Storment is the preaching minister at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ in Little Rock, Arkansas. He previously served as preaching minister at Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. He is the author of How to Start a Riot: Support Your Local Jesus Revolution, and co-author of Bringing Heaven to Earth with Josh Ross. He is a regular contributor to Scot McKnight’s blog “Jesus Creed.” Jonathan and his wife, Leslie, have four children.

Breakout Teachers

Hannah Parmelee

Hannah Parmelee

Tempe Church of Christ

Main Schedule


5:00 PM - Registration
9:00 PM - Session 1


9:00 AM - Session 2
11:00 AM - Community Groups
2 PM - 4 PM - Breakout Classes
7:00 PM - Session 3
9:30 PM - Community Groups


10:00 AM - Session 4
11:45 AM - Community Groups
3 PM - 5 PM - Breakout Classes
8:00 PM - Session 5

Breakout Classes

Saturday (2PM & 3PM)

Instrumental Worship (2PM only) [Ballroom]
Hannah Parmalee -- "Dating that Brings Life, Joy, and Love" (3PM only) [Ballroom]
Aaron Etheridge -- "Sex Without Jesus? Walking with Jesus in a Hyper-Sexualized Age" (2PM only) [Sago]
Buddy Bell -- "Effective Small Groups" (2PM only) [Palm] / "Christianity 101" (3PM only) [Sago]
John Nichols -- "The Persistent Gospel" (3PM only) [Palm]

Sunday (3PM & 4PM)

Contemplative Worship (3PM only) [Ballroom]
Hannah Parmalee -- "Friendships that Shape Life" (4PM only) [Ballroom]
Paul Evans -- "The Penitentiary Podium: How Paul Leveraged 'The System' to Convert the World" [Sago]
John Nichols -- "The Persistent Gospel" (3PM only) [Palm]
Fred Liggin -- "Tangibly Extending GOD’s Hospitality to Neighbors Living Through Social Displacement" (4PM only) [Palm]

Registration and Lodging

Conference Registration

Regular Rate: $75/person

GCG T-Shirt: A GCG t-shirt is included in every registration made before Dec. 15th. You do not need to turn in your t-shirt sizes during registration. You will be contacted December 16th and asked to turn in t-shirt sizes.

Lodging Info

We encourage you to book your rooms at the Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort, where the conference is located. You can make reservations by calling 1.800.874.8686. Identify yourself as an attendee of Gulf Coast Getaway, and give them the group code 1120MK. If you encounter any problems or have any questions, especially in regards to availability, please contact Kevin Wooten at klwooten@gmail.com or 859.519.0687. Our group rates for rooms are as follows:

  • 1-bedroom Beachfront or Midrise: $109/night
  • 2-bedroom Beachfront or Midrise: $129/night
  • 2-bedroom Beachfront Deluxe: $139/night
  • 2-bedroom Villa: $117/night

You must have a Florida tax exempt certificate to avoid the sales tax on your rooms. If you don't have one, you can apply for one at the Florida Department of Revenue. Here is the link to that application: https://floridarevenue.com/taxes/businesses/Pages/sales_cex.aspx. If you apply in early October, you most likely will receive your certificate before our event in January.

Each room reserved will be charged a $35 non-refundable damage waiver fee.

Lodging Update (Nov. 25th)

Rooms at the Edgewater have been filling up quickly. Very few beachside units are available at the Edgewater. More units are available villa-side. We have great room rates secured for the Majestic, which is a nice property in the same property family as the Edgewater. So, if you need more rooms than the Edgewater has available, please consider the Majestic. Here is the booking information:

  • 2-bedroom Deluxe: $133/night
  • 2-bedroom Deluxe with bunk beds: $153/night
  • 3-bedroom Deluxe: $162/night
  • 3-bedroom Deluxe with bunk beds: $182/night

The 3 bedroom units have a limited availability, so act fast if you'd like those.

To book at the Majestic, call 800-874-8686. Our group booking code for the Majestic is 1147IS.

Finally, if you have rooms at the Majestic, you will need to check into your rooms at the Majestic and not the satellite check-in at the Edgewater Conference Center.


The Edgewater has changed their parking permit process. The parking passes are no longer included in the lodging rates. Each vehicle will have to pay $11.32 for a permit. You can do this in one of two ways:

  1. Group leaders can purchase the pass when they pay for their rooms. If they go this route they will need the make, model and license number of each vehicle.
  2. Drivers can buy their own pass at check in - either satellite or at the main desk.

You will be charged for one parking pass for every room you reserve. If you need extra, you will need to purchase them from the Edgewater. If you need fewer than one per room (e.g. if your group came down in a charter bus), then you can ask for a refund from the Edgewater for every unneeded parking pass.

(If your rooms are at the Majestic, you will not need a parking pass to park in the Edgewater Conference Center's parking lot.)


Event Location

Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort
Conference Center
11212 Front Beach Rd
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Phone: 1-800-874-8686

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