Appling will be Speaker at Bethel College Youth Festival


John Appling, pastor of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Mo., will be the guest speaker for the 2009 Bethel College Youth Festival.

The Rev. John D. Appling, pastor of the Springfield, Mo., First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, will be the guest speaker for Bethel College’s annual Youth Festival March 27-29 on the Bethel College campus.
     Appling, a former student at Bethel College, holds a B.S. degree from Missouri State University and a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has also taken extensive classes in computer information systems. Appling was ordained into the United Methodist Church in 1981, and he has served churches in Kentucky and in Missouri. In 2004, he was received into the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination as an ordained minister and has served in Springfield ever since. Additionally, he has focused on learning disabilities and on behavior disorders in high schools. Appling is currently working on two books: "Why Judeo-Christian Values?" and "A Greater Catachism based upon the Confession of Faith." An avid runner, Appling has also completed three marathons.
     The Bethel College Youth Festival (BCYF), a spiritually inspiring weekend geared toward junior high and senior high students, will center around this year’s theme, “His word – fire in my heart.”
     The cost for BCYF is $45 per person for two nights, or $35 per person for one night. Both options include overnight accommodations, meals and a BCYF T-shirt. Students who plan to attend should bring supplies for an overnight stay, including an air mattress or a sleeping bag.
     For more information about BCYF or to register for BCYF, call the Office of Admission at 731-352-4030 or go to Registration will take place up until the event.