Have you ever asked the question: What is the purpose of the Christian life? Jesus described this life in Matthew 5:13-16 as represented by two elements: Salt & Light.

Salt represents usefulness, healing, and the ability to change things for the better, while light speaks to prevailing over darkness as a shining beacon of truth for the gospel. But in the same passage Jesus warns that salt can become tasteless and light can be hidden. When these things happen, both elements are useless.

How can a Christian remain useful to Jesus Christ the king? Renown: Salt & Light is a conference designed to help middle school and high school students understand their purpose as Christians in serving as useful elements in the service of God. Join us as our speakers Albert Mohler, Dan Dumas and Eric Geiger help guide students toward the Scriptures in order to gain an understanding for their life’s highest calling; Bringing the light and changing power of the gospel to men and women in need of reconciliation to God.

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R. Albert Mohler Jr.

R. Albert Mohler Jr.


R. Albert Mohler Jr. is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an esteemed authority on contemporary issues and has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals.

In addition to his presidential duties, Dr. Mohler hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview; and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues.

Eric Geiger


Eric Geiger serves as one of the Vice Presidents at LifeWay Christian Resources, leading the Resources Division.  Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. Eric authored or co-authored several books including Creature of the Word and the best selling church leadership book, Simple Church. .

Eric is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters: Eden and Evie. During his free time, Eric enjoys dating his wife, playing with his daughters, and shooting basketball.

Dan Dumas


Dan Dumas models and promotes creative and transformational ministry by serving Southern Seminary as the Senior Vice President for Institutional Administration and Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership.

He came to Louisville from Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he served as Elder, Executive Pastor, Executive Director of Conferences, and Pastor of the Cornerstone Fellowship Group. In addition to his roles at Southern, Mr. Dumas is also an Elder at Crossing Church in Louisville and is the Executive Director of the Center for Christian Preaching. He also writes regularly on his blog, Leaders Don’t Panic.


Lexington Road


Lexington Road is a traveling worship band from Boyce College. This six-member band leads worship for various events on campus, as well as in local churches, conferences, and special events around the country.

The band’s desire is to lead students in passionate worship with God-honoring music that is Christ-centered and infused with gospel truth.  They feature a variety of worship music styles including prominent worship songs as well as original arrangements of traditional hymns. Learn more about Lexington Road at their website here!

Sho Baraka


Educated at Tuskegee University and the University of North Texas, Sho studied Television/Film, Anthropology, and Public Administration. He has become an artist, philosopher, and social-thought leader in contemporary culture. He has spent nine years traveling the world as a recording artist and public speaker. He has done numerous overseas activist work, ranging from race relations in South Africa to establishing musical cohorts in Indonesia. He is a founding member of nationally known Christian hip hop group 116 Clique. Sho Baraka is also the founder of Forth District.

He now desires to blend his artistic platform with his academic leanings to contribute a unique perspective in both arenas in hopes of raising the standard, thereby raising the culture. Sho currently lives in Atlanta, GA and co-leads a consulting network that is active in cultural renewal.









Friday, March 17

4-7 p.m. Conference Check-in
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner*
7 p.m. General Session I: Dan Dumas
8:30 p.m. General Session II: R. Albert Mohler Jr.
10:15 p.m. Evening Activity –  Concert

Saturday, March 18

8 a.m. Breakfast*
9 a.m. General Session III: Eric Geiger
10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Noon Lunch
Prospective Students Lunch
Youth Leader Lunch
1:45 p.m. General Session IV: Dan Dumas

*Optional Add-On

Breakout Sessions

Saturday, March 18

10:45 a.m.

Holy Spirit-Empowered Living – The Gifts of Salt & Light

Jim Hamilton

“Next-Door” Minded – Being Salt & Light for Your Community

Jim Stitzinger

Discovering Your Gifts: Being Salt and Light through Your Unique Talents

Gunner Gundersen

Overseas Ministry – Being Salt & Light to the World

John Klaassen

Serving the Right God – Salt & Light on the Sports Field

Aarron Hogue

Lead As They Led – The Apostles’ Example of Salt & Light

Randy Stinson

Biblical Femininity: God’s Design for Women as Salt & Light

Mary K. Mohler










Conference Rates

October 1 – January 30, 2017
Regular $85
Group (12 or more registrants) $69
Youth Leader $59
January 31 – March 3, 2017
Regular $119
Group (12 or more registrants) $89
Youth Leader $79

Registration is closed.

Credit Cards Accepted:
Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Discover.
Lunch is included in the fee for the conference. Special dietary needs will be accommodated upon arrival.

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Use this form to help you register a group. This form can be sent home, filled out, and brought back by your youth group.

Registration Terms and Conditions

There are no discounted rates available for the conference. Registration cannot be processed without payment.

Partial refunds for cancellations will be available for credit card transactions only. Refunds must be requested in writing before February 19, 2017. A $15.00 process fee per registrant will be charged. Refunds cannot be granted for any reason after February 19.

Cancellations may be sent to: renown@sbts.edu.

All guests on the campus of Southern Seminary agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.

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Comfortable, convenient lodging for the Renown Youth Conference.

Located on the historic campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, The Legacy Hotel offers modern amenities, friendly service, high-tech capabilities, a convenient location, plus something no other conference center can provide: Southern Seminary.

On-Campus Hotel

2825 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40280

Tel: (502) 736-0600
Fax: (877) 444-7287


Standard — $109.99
Jr. Suite — $119.99
Double/Suite — $124.99
2 Bedroom Suite — $134.99
Family Suite — $124.99
Jr. Executive Suite — $159.99
Executive Suite — $159.99

A 50% deposit is required to secure reservations. Cancellations made prior to 24 hours before your reservation is eligible for a 25% refund of your deposit.

Additional Lodging Options

Hawthorn Suites

751 Cypress Station Drive,
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 899-5959

Marriott East

1903 Embassy Square Blvd
Louisville, KY
(502) 491-1184

Law’s Lodge

1044 Alta Vista Rd,
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 992-0220








Live Stream

All general sessions will be live streamed here!

Video and audio of the general sessions and audio of the breakout sessions will be available following the conference on our Resources page.

We hope you will join us online!


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