Youth Ministry

Steubenville of the Rockies 2016

High School Conference
June 24-26, 2016
Crowne Plaza Denver – Intl Airport, Colorado


Please contact Kim Perez to be placed on the waiting list.


Greetings from the Rocky Mountain State!

We are very excited to be hosting the Steubenville of the Rockies Conference for the 19th year in a row!

With an exciting lineup of speakers, musicians, and presenters, this conference will challenge Catholic youth to not just learn about the Holy Spirit, but to get to know Him as the living presence of God in our lives. We will get to contemplate the amazing love of Jesus and how He willingly gave up His throne in heaven in order to become a man.

The Sacraments are the highlight of the weekend. Teens will join in two dynamic Eucharistic Liturgies during the weekend and will be given numerous opportunities to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There is also a powerful time of Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration. Many youth have come to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit through this weekend.

If your teens are beginning their walk with Christ, needing strength to continue the journey, or just ready to rejoice in the many blessings He has given, then this is the conference for you!

We had an incredible time playing host to over 2500 youth last year and are anticipating another large crowd this summer. We are looking forward to hosting your group here in the beautiful state of Colorado! If you have questions regarding the registration materials, please feel free to contact us.

Finally, we ask that you keep the conference preparations, participants, and staff in your prayers.

Peace in Christ Jesus,

Office of Evangelization & Family Life Ministries
Archdiocese of Denver

Who:                High school students

Cost:                $185 per person (t-shirts are additional)
                           Includes $50 non-refundable deposit

Includes:          Conference Materials, Lodging and 4 Meals

Location:          Crowne Plaza, DIA

When:              June 24-26, 2016

Download the poster (11×17 PDF)

Tentative Schedule

For more information please email Kim Perez:

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The Ministry Team

PadgettChris Host: Chris Padgett

A founding member of Scarecrow and Tinmen, Chris Padgett wrote, recorded, and toured with this popular Christian band for seven years. He also has nine solo albums to his credit. In 2005, his song “Wonder” won the Unity Award for Rock Song of the Year. The music video of “I’m in Love” from his 2007 album Impact premiered with Chris has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 20 years and has nine children. He has also appeared on television and radio and has been a regular speaker and entertainer at Steubenville youth conferences. For the last several years, Chris has also been an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University.

BenWalther Worship Leader: Ben Walther

Ben Walther began writing songs while serving as a worship leader in college. His first album, Where I Want to Be, launched a season of traveling, giving band members a chance to share their story of hope in God’s abundant blessings. In 2008 he released a six-song EP in a collaborative effort with Robbie Seay of Sparrow Records and Matt Maher. Most recently, working with, a division of OCP, and producer Tom Booth, Ben recorded Make Your Home In Me, a collection of seven new worship songs. A worship leader for St. Thomas More Catholic Church and Adore Ministries, Ben says his most profound blessings are his lovely wife, Maria, their four daughters, and their baby boy.

FrJimPriest: Father Jim Crisman

Father Jim Crisman graduated from Franciscan University with a degree in math. He worked in financial services for a year, enjoying his position, but he knew the Lord was calling him to something more. For the next two years, he ministered in Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, teaching English and catechetics. Restless, he returned to the United States, obtained a graduate degree in education, and then moved to Colorado where he taught math. The Lord wasn’t done with him though, and eventually God called him to discern a vocation to the priesthood. Ordained in 2001 for the Archdiocese of Denver, Father Jim now serves as the vocations director in Denver.

Swafford,_Sarah Speaker: Sarah Swafford

Sarah Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries and author of the book “Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships.” She speaks nationally to people of all ages on a variety of topics such as emotional virtue, dating and relationships, modesty of intentions, and interior confidence. A graduate of Benedictine College, Sarah has appeared on EWTN’s Life on the Rock and has contributed to the Ascension Press DVD program Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation as well as Augustine Institute’s program YDisciple. She has other videos featured at, and is a team member at Sarah and her husband, Dr. Andrew Swafford, currently reside in Atchison, Kansas with their three young children and a baby boy on the way.

JasonEvert Speaker: Jason Evert

Jason Evert has spoken about the virtue of chastity to more than one million students on five continents. He is the author of more than 10 books, including How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul and Theology of the Body for Teens. Jason has a master’s degree in theology and an undergraduate degree in theology and counseling, with a minor in philosophy, from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He lives with his wife, Crystalina, and their children in Denver.

Brian-Greenfield Speaker: Brian Greenfield

Brian Greenfield was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He came to know Christ while studying at Seton Hall University. Following a year as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, he became a speaker with Hard as Nails Ministries and a campus minister. Brian has spoken to thousands of youth and young adults across the country about the message of Jesus Christ. He now lives in Florida with his wonderful wife, Genevieve, and two amazing children, Mieko and Michael.