January 13-15, 2023
GCG 2023
Gulf Coast Getaway2023
About GCG 2023
Gulf Coast Getaway is a gathering of over 1,000 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 faith on their campuses and communities.

Five sessions full of uplifting worship, let by Chris Shields and his praise team.


Keynote lessons by Dean Barham and Buddy Bell.

Breakout Classes

Breakout classes are offered on Saturday and Sunday.

Free Time

Plenty of free time to hang out with your friends!

“Feeling God’s presence made me feel more fulfilled than ever in my life.”

GCG 2023 Speakers
Lead Minister
Landmark Church
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), two daughter-in-laws; Luke (Rachel), Lincoln (Emmanuelle)…AND he is the proud Grandbuddy to 8 precious grandchildren.
Lead Minister
A&M Church of Christ
Dean Barham serves as Lead Minister, joining the team in 2022. Dean has served in a variety of ministry roles from campus minister, spiritual life minister to senior minister for churches in Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia, as well an adjunct professor at Lipscomb and Lubbock Christian Universities. Dean is also a leadership consultant and has served as a chaplain for law enforcement officers, and before that was an attorney in estate planning, litigation, and constitutional law. ​ Most importantly, Dean has been married for thirty years to his wife, Melanie, who is a teacher, phenomenal storyteller, and amateur artist. They have three wonderful children: Christine, David, and Luke. Dean and Melanie enjoy anything outdoors, reading, art, movies and music. Dean is also a sports fanatic and a die-hard fan of a certain NFL football team in Dallas.
GCG 2023 Schedule
GCG 2023 Venue
Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort
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