Encounter God

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GO! Stepping Boldly into God's Call

In Genesis 12, God appears to this man named Abram and tells him to Go! To leave behind his comfort, security, and familiarity and step boldly into the unknown calling and destiny of God – and Abram left without hesitation.

God’s calling often require us to step boldly into the unknown and trust that He will guide us through.

Discover how to step boldly into the call and purpose of God on your life at the Ignite Retreat – a weekend gathering of college students from the West Central Illinois region.

About the Ignite Retreat

The Ignite Retreat is unlike any college student retreat you’ve ever attended. Held at a retreat center nestled in the woods in West Central Illinois, everything about this retreat is designed to help you have a genuine encounter with God — whether by being challenged in the sessions, hearing God during worship and prayer, building relationships and getting advice from other students over meal times, or in your one-on-one time with God, we guarantee you will experience a new level with Him. College students and young adults from throughout the West Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa regions come together for a weekend — and leave changed.

About Camp Summit

Camp Summit’s peaceful setting makes it the perfect location for the Ignite Retreat.

Located four miles south of New Windsor, IL, the Christian youth camp sits on 65 peaceful acres and features a 4-acre lake for fishing and boating, hiking trails, wilderness camping and many outdoor activities including a low ropes challenge course.

The air-conditioned lodge has a wrap around deck and is handicap accessible.





Keynote speakers

Meet our powerful speakers

Tim Redd

Lead Pastor | Newness of Life Church

Tim is a high energy, passionate, visionary, motivator and leader, founding Newness of Life Church in Monmouth, Illinois.

    Jordan Schultz

    Lead Pastor | FCC Monmouth

    As the pastor at FCC Monmouth, Jordan has a heart to see people take steps closer to Christ.

      Jason Vana

      Founder | Ignite Student Ministries

      Jason has given his life to empowering young people to passionately pursue Christ and walk in their God-given purpose.

      Travis Randolph

      Counselor | Knox County Mary Davis Home

      Travis is a graduate of North Park Theological Seminary with a heart to see young people know the truth of Jesus.

        Jesse Padgett

        Jesse is a worshipper, husband, father, and lover of Jesus with a heart to see others come to know Christ.

          Miranda Hallmark

          Miranda is an alumni of Knox College where she served as leader of the InterVarsity group for years.

          Worship Leaders

          Meet our dynamic worship leaders

          Kevin Fogerty

          Worship & Youth Pastor | Harvest Bible Chapel Woodhull

          As the worship and youth pastor at Harvest, Kevin has a deep desire to see young people impacted with the gospel of Christ.

            Brian VanArsdale

            Worship Leader | FCC Monmouth

            Brian is the worship leader at FCC Monmouth and has a desire to see people encounter Jesus in worship.


            A weekend designed for you to have an encounter with God

            6:30 PM
            Retreat Registration & Sign-In

            Register at the front table to get your retreat book and information.

            Join other attendees for ice breakers, snacks, and fun before kicking off the first session.

            Jason Vana

            Worship, message, discussion, and prayer around the topic that God has been shaping and equipping you to answer His call.

            Jordan Schultz

            Do you struggle to know you’re called by God? The retreat leaders are available to pray with you.

            Jason Vana
            9:30 AM
            Morning Worship

            Start the morning right with worship and prayer as we prepare for what God will do.

            No music. No talking. No praying out loud. It’s just what you need to silence your mind and hear from God.

            Worship is more than just music. It’s a lifestyle choice. Discover what it means to live a life that worships God.

            Jesse Padgett

            What is stopping you from taking the step into the unknown? Is the juice worth the squeeze?

            Travis Randolph

            Worship, message, discussion, and prayer around the topic that one of the worst things we can do as human beings is to live and die without knowing why.

            Tim Redd

            Break off into groups based on your college campus and spend time praying for your group, your school, and your classmates!

            Jason Vana

            Bonfire, games, snacks, and more!

            08:00 AM

            Enjoy conversations and coffee over breakfast!

            Bond with other students over lunch.

            Create a collage that displays your calling.

            Miranda Hallmark

            Enjoy conversation, fun, and take communion together during dinner.

            Jason Vana
            10:00 AM
            Morning Worship

            Start the morning right with worship and prayer as we prepare for what God will do.

            Every call of God requires us to make a sacrifice — to leave behind comfort, security, doubt, and fear to walk into all God has for us.

            Jason Vana

            God’s plan doesn’t always look the way you expect.

            Sujith Santhosh

            God’s call will always feel impossible. Trust Him anyway.

            Jason Vana
            8:30 AM

            Enjoy conversations and coffee over breakfast!

            Bond with other students over lunch.

            Connect with Others

            Join the Facebook event for updates and connect with others who are attending!

            Event tickets

            Register for your Encounter today

            One Day Pass
            • 4 Meals Covered
            • Lodging for 1 Night
            • Retreat Book
            • Guaranteed Assistance (if needed)
            • $10 Discount
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            Early Bird
            • $10 Discount
            • Guaranteed Assistance (if needed)
            • All Meals Covered
            • Lodging for 2 Nights
            • Retreat Book
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            One Session Pass
            • Retreat Book
            • Water and Snacks
            • $10 Discount
            • Scholarship (none provided)
            • Meals Provided
            • Overnight Lodging
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            What students say

            God told me that I am important, that my ideas matter, my words matter, and I matter.
            LEXIS TURNERMonmouth College
            I came into the week very burnt out. This was really the thing I needed to re-energize and finish the year strong.
            Eric VogelKnox College
            I heard that I was losing precious time because I was putting my wants ahead of God’s will. It’s stamped. I’m done! I’m obeying now. And God will be my helper.
            Cyril Hansen QuarteyMonmouth College
            I felt God was telling me not to worry about the stuff I don’t have because He will provide – and that I should be grateful for what I already have.
            Roberto DavilaKnox College
            Before this retreat, I was so insecure with sharing with others what all God has done in my life. Never had I told my testimony so many times and with so much passion. Ignite has taught me that it is not all about me, it’s everyone around me. I will make a difference because I am MARKED by God.
            Rosie SchumacherIllinois Central College
            For college students, especially Christians attending a non-Christian college, it’s really hard to keep my faith. We often are discouraged by non-Christians, or stressful college life. But for this retreat, I could really encounter God, recheck the path I was walking, and get encouraged by fellow Christians.
            Quinn LeeKnox College

            Register for the Ignite Retreat

            Don’t miss this powerful weekend of worship, sessions, discussion, prayer,
            and fun designed to help you hear and encounter God.

            Frequent Questions

            All your questions answered 

            What do I need to bring with me?

            • Bedding (sheets, blanket, sleeping bag) for a TWIN size bed
            • Pillows
            • Clothes
            • Towel / Wash Cloth
            • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant)
            • Necessary medications (Ignite does not provide medications)
            • Shoes and Slippers/socks (Walking trails are muddy and outside shoes are not allowed beyond the entrance way)
            • Shoes for hiking
            • Shower Sandals
            • Coat / hat / gloves, if appropriate
            • Bible
            • Notebook or Journal
            • Pen or Pencil
            • iPod/MP3 Player
            • Favorite Games and/or Movies for Free Time

            What if I can't afford the cost?

            We have a rule here in Ignite: never let money be the reason why you don’t have an encounter with God. Scholarships are available to help you offset or completely cover the cost of the Ignite Retreat. Simply indicate on the registration form that you need a scholarship, and we’ll be in touch to get you covered.

            What if I can't make the whole weekend?

            The Ignite Retreat is best experienced in full. However, we know sometimes that’s just not possible. Let us know on your registration form that you can only make part of the retreat, and we’ll let you know the cost for the time you’ll be there.

            What is the age limit for the retreat?

            The Ignite Retreat is open to high school seniors, college students, and young adults up to age 24.

            How do I pay for the retreat?

            You can pay online when you book your registration (the best option to receive discounts!) or make a check out to Ignite or bring cash to your local Ignite group to pay.

            No Ignite group at your campus? We’ll send out instructions via email when you register.

            How can you promise that I'll encounter God?

            God often shows up in our lives when we disconnect from everything else and pursue Him. If you fully engage during the retreat — be involved in the sessions, worship fully, share with others, spend time with Him — you will hear God in some way.

            What if I don't have a car?

            Carpooling is available from each college campus. When you register for the retreat, we will connect you with the carpooling group from your school.

            I have a food allergy. What do I do?

            There’s a field on the registration form that asks about food allergies and dietary restrictions. Simply indicate any allergies or restrictions when you register and we’ll make sure the food is safe for you to eat.

            General sponsors

            these awesome companies and organizations support us

            northwoods church
            detroit & 9th

            Dan & Megan Asbell
            Jason Vana
            Sharon Larson
            Allan & Tammy Duff
            Jeff & Karen Jones

            Jane Smith
            C.L. and Linda Palmer
            Sally Hutchcroft
            Bob & Jeanie Severins
            Kathy Lowe-Arthur

            Robert  Donna Flowers
            Anita Asbell
            David & Linda Pedersen
            Jeff & Amber Taylor
            Jeanette Sage


            • 3321 57th Ave, New Windsor, IL 61465
            • info@igniteyourcampus.com
            • (309) 333-0263