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Junior High Youth Gathering 2023

Enough - Galatians 2:20-21

June 2, 2023 - June 4, 2023
Frankenmuth, MI

“I’m not fast enough.” “I’m not smart enough.” “I’m not pretty enough.” “I’m not good enough.” These are common thoughts that attack us at many stages of life, but the sad fact is they’re correct! As sinful creatures, we’ll never be fast enough to keep up with all the demands of life; we’ll never be smart enough to solve all the world’s problems or pretty enough to please everybody; we’ll never be good enough to save ourselves or anyone else. But, through faith, we have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us. He is all we need. He is everything we cannot be and so much more. He is enough!

Leader Registration Overview Guide – pdf file

When & Where


June 2, 2023 - June 4, 2023

Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI, 48734
Download Schedule


Keynote Speaker

Rev. Brian D. West

Rev. Brian D. West is the senior pastor at Holy Cross in Jenison, Mich. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Nebraska in 1999 and his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. in 2007. He served as associate pastor at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Kingwood, Texas and later at Trinity, Clinton Township before accepting the call to Holy Cross. He also served as a voluntary missionary for LCMS World Missions. Brian is married to Erin and they have two daughters.

Breakout Speaker

Rev. Aaron Roggow

Pastor Aaron Roggow serves as Associate Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Ann Arbor, Mich. He’s a husband, a father of 4 boys, and a born-and-raised Michigander from Hemlock. He first attended the Michigan District Youth gathering when it was held at CUAA back in 1996. He liked CUAA so much he studied there in college (Go Cards!) and now gets to teach there as an adjunct professor. You’ll occasionally find him cheering on Detroit sports teams, golfing poorly, and jumping in whenever anyone is throwing a frisbee. More importantly, he’s a baptized sinner who is forgiven, and each day he’s excited to follow Jesus.

Breakout Speaker

Kyle DeWees

Sinner. Husband. Father (x3). Son. Brother (x3). Step-brother (x2). Brother-in-law (x4). Friend. Fundraiser (Saginaw Valley Lutheran High School). Coach. Soccer player. Traveler. Cook. Landscape engineer. Hiker. Shower singer. Forgiven. Redeemed. Saved.

*Kyle welcomes anyone to ask about the above titles.*

Breakout Speaker

MacKenzie Drinan

MacKenzie Drinan teaches 5th grade at St. Lorenz Lutheran School in Frankenmuth, Mich. When she isn’t sharing her love of Jesus and literature with her students, she enjoys playing guitar, volleyball, long-boarding, and eating corn dogs. She is also the host of the series “River Thoughts” on her YouTube channel which is watched by tens of viewers. Her passion in life is to connect kids to the goodness of God in ways they will remember for a lifetime.

Breakout Speaker

Laura Bauer

Laura lives in Traverse City, Mich. She is mother to four energetic children, wife of an adventurous LCMS pastor for 20+ years, and a baptized child of God. Laura completed her undergraduate work with a DCE certification as well as a degree in Elementary Education from Concordia University in Chicago, Ill. Currently, she is pursuing continuing education in Deaconess studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. with the hopes of finishing with a master’s in Spiritual Care. She is also working towards her master’s in Professional Clinical Counseling at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisc. She hopes to use this education to bring healing to a hurting world.


Rev. Jason Bauer

Rev. Jason Bauer began his ministry to youth and adults as a DCE at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, Minn. In 2004, he and his wife Laura moved to Traverse City, Mich. where he has served for 12 years as a DCE and Pastor to the youth and families of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Interlochen. Jason enjoys preaching and working with the adults of the congregation, but he has always had a heart for working with young people and helping to introduce them to Christ. In 2015, Jason spent a year working as the program director at Camp Arcadia. Jason and Laura have four children, and the family loves to spend time outdoors swimming, hiking, biking, and camping together.


Swen & Dean

Minneapolis, Minn.-based musicians Swen and Dean were born in the same family. As brothers, they offer a unique blend of vocals and an interactive acoustic stage vibe. On stage and off the stage, this captivating duo is all about faith-based relationships built on trust and Truth. While on the road, they are committed to supporting the local churches in their ministry to youth and families. When not on the road … you can find them with their own families, in their churches, or in a local coffee shop.



Impact is a youth worship band from Saginaw Valley High School.


Registration is now closed.

Deadline is April 1, 2023
(all forms are due at that time so please register early to gain access to necessary forms).

Leader Registration Overview Guide - pdf file

Pre-registration Deposit Fee:$250 per church (fully refundable if no attendees register)

Program fee per person: $90 (includes t-shirt)
Programming will be included at the Lutheran State Track Meet at Valley Lutheran High School

Cost per room at Bavarian Inn Lodge: $100 * per night *4 people to a room

All payments will be due in full by May 1, 2023.

Media Kit

Leader Registration Overview Guide – pdf file

Enough Logo – png file

Announcement Slide for Powerpoints/Screen Projection – Standard Size (4:3)

Announcement Slide for Powerpoints/Screen Projection – Wide Screen (16:9)

Promo Video – YouTube



Additional Information

Housing Information

Participants will be staying at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. Please note: there is a program fee and a housing fee based on the number of rooms reserved. Rooms will be $100 per room per night ($105 if not tax-exempt).


A youth participant is any current 6th – 8th grade students. (those entering 7-9 grade in the Fall of 2022)  All participants must register through an LCMS church.

Adult leaders must be age 21 or older and affiliated with an LCMS congregation. Pastoral verification is required of all adult leaders.

There is no minimum or maximum for the size of a church’s group, though it is suggested that there be one adult leader for every 6 youth. If a group is to have both male and female youth participants, there must also be at least one male and one female adult leader who will remain with the group for the entire gathering.