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About GCG 2019

For over 25 years, college students from across the southeastern United States has gathered in January for worship, Bible studies, and just hanging out on the beach. What better way to kick off the Spring 2019 semester than by joining over 1,200 other students to worship God?

What To Expect?

If it's your first time at Gulf Coast Getaway, you might not know what to expect. We are confident that you will have a great time, preparing for the Spring 2019 semester by growing in your faith and making new friends in the ministry you come with. Here are some things to expect for this year.

  • Keynote sessions from Don McLauglin.
  • 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 18-20

Panama City Beach


Keynote Speaker

Don McLauglin

Don McLaughlin serves as the preaching minister for the North Atlanta Church of Christ in Atlanta, Georgia. He is passionate about creating an environment in which others can meaningfully experience God’s life-changing love. Don is especially focused on local and national initiatives to facilitate healing where racism has fractured families, friends and communities. He is a graduate of Harding University and continued his graduate-level studies at Emory University. Currently he is pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry at Lipscomb University. Don and his wife Susan are a team. They love ministry and enjoy serving together. They have five adult children and two very special granddaughters.

Breakout Teachers

Chris Buxton

Chris Buxton


Joshua Solowey

Joshua Solowey

Ethos Church

Rene Waldrop

René Waldrop

By Our Love (Auburn)

Main Schedule


5:00 PM - Registration
9:00 PM - Session 1
11:00 PM - 2:00 AM - Skating at RockIt Lanes


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)

Taizé Worship (2PM only) [Ballroom]
Joshua Solowey -- "The Theology of Missional Living" (3PM only) [Ballroom]
Chris Buxton -- "Stress Less" (2PM only) / "Christianity 101" (3PM only) [Sago]
René Waldrop -- "Transformed By Love" [Palm East]

Sunday (3PM & 4PM)

Instrumental Worship (3PM only) [Ballroom]
Joshua Solowey -- "The Practice of Missional Living" (4PM only) [Ballroom]
Special Class -- "The Truth About Pornography" [Sago]
Kevin Wooten -- "Give Me a Map!: Making Important Decisions" [Palm East]

Conference Registration


Regular Rate: $70/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 1st and asked to turn in t-shirt sizes.


We encourage you to book your rooms at the Edgewater or the Majestic, which is a part of the same property group.

Edgewater Reservations: You can make reservations by calling 1.800.874.8686 anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. seven days a week. If you’d like to check rates or reserve rooms online, please go here. Our group code is 10R928.

Majestic Reservations: Please call (855) 692-8767. Three-bedroom suites are available at the Majestic. Our Group Code is 1117E6.

Our group rate expires on January 10, 2019, so be sure to reserve your hotel rooms on or before that date.


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.


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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