Event description

The ALERT Academy campus is a perfect setting for families to gather around campfires in the evening, sharing ideas and anecdotes with other families. Others purchase meal tickets and gather in the dining hall for food and fellowship. The campsites and dorms on this spacious campus offer an ideal setting for the conference meetings and young people’s programs.


Gabe Cleator Live!

Gabriel Cleator

  • With contagious enthusiasm for living for a living Savior, Gabriel animatedly and clearly exhorts both young and old to personally know Jesus Christ. Gabe resides in Big Sandy where he works in the ATI Department.
Jobe-Martin Live!

Jobe Martin

  • Dr. Martin uses his extensive scientific background and research to share the marvelous intricate relationships in creation God produced.
savell-don Live!

Don Savell

  • Don is an evangelist who has been ministering for almost 50 years, often on the road 46 weeks out of the year. This “humble servant” encourages others to “watch the weather” in light of our times.
warner-rick Live!

Rick Warner

  • Former missionaries to Outer Mongolia, Rick and his wife Donna now reside and minister in the United States. Rick works with thousands of fathers and sons through the ALERT Cadets program.
levendusky-tim Live!

Tim Levendusky

  • Tim’s involvement with IBLP ministry spans over 27 years in various responsibilities and locations throughout the world. He and his wife Angie served in Mongolia and Korea, and they now reside in Big Sandy, Texas.
Bob-Newhouse Live!

Bob Newhouse

  • Bob Newhouse has been involved with the home school movement for many years, helping fathers take the lead in training their children.
myers-darren Live!

Darren Myers

  • Darren and his wife Tammy founded Freedom Focus. Through preaching, teaching, singing, and audio/video they seek to bring the truths of freedom alive for this generation.
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S. M. Davis

  • Dr. Davis' Bible-based presentations are loaded with illustrations and pictures that will encourage and challenge us to draw near to God.
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Joe Norvell

  • Whether pastoring families or counseling troubled youth, Joe has a desire and vision to guide people to God and His Word for ultimate answers in life. Joe also has unique insights as a second generation homeschooler.
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Jamie Lash

  • Jamie is the Director of Student Development at Dallas Baptist University and co-author of the best-selling book,
Dwain-Swanson Live!

Dwain Swanson

  • Dwain is a man of God and an energy giver to all he meets. He has reached out to hundreds of men while working from his lawn mower, challenging them to draw near to God through His Word.
Gil-Kelley-Bates Live!

Gil and Kelly Bates

  • Gil and Kelly have seen God take care of their family of 19 children. They delight in sharing testimonies of God’s work in their lives.
david-waller Live!

David Waller

  • David Waller, father of two and fifth sibling of ten, is grateful for an upbringing that challenged him to combine a Scripturally-founded faith with real life situations. David serves as director of ATI.
magnuson_peter Live!

Peter Magnuson

  • Peter is the son of speaker/attorney Roger Magnuson, a favorite of past Family Conferences. Like his father, Peter is a practicing attorney, the pastor of Straitgate Church in inner-city Minneapolis, and an engaging speaker.


Big Sandy Schedule 2016(pdf)



ALERT Cadet Challenge

  • This all-day program is for young men aged 8-17. Participants experience challenging outdoor activities, spend time in God’s Word, and learn and practice new life skills.

Event Photography

  • Does your young person have an interest in photography? Techniques and tips for developing photography skills are offered in this workshop, as well as ideas for possible ministry.


  • Young ladies aged 12-15 enjoy activities and sessions motivating them to seek the Lord first, to love Him with all their hearts, and to humbly serve others in their youth.

Children’s Institute

  • This program is for children aged 4-7 years old. Small and large group activities provide Godly instruction in ways that are both understandable and exciting to them.

Music Opportunities

  • Present special music as a family or participate in orchestra and instrumental ensembles.
A special break-out
session for pastors.
Location and time will
be announced in the
conference schedule.

Pastors’ Workshop

  • This is a time set aside just for pastors. Come be encouraged. Come share a burden you have. Come apart and be with others who understand. Just come.
Young Couples Breakout Sessions

Young Couples

  • Marriage is a major commitment. This session is just for you – addressed to those special needs you have right now as you are building your life together.

Student Sessions

  • Sessions for students aged 12 and up will discuss how to engage the world around you in advancing the great cause of Christ—and why to be successful at this, each one must start with drawing near to God.


  • Fun times and solid Biblical teaching await young ladies between the ages of 8-11! Enthusiastic leaders model for younger ones the joy in knowing God and serving Him.


On-Site Lodging

Registration for on-site lodging opens February 29th at 10:00 a.m.

For more information about onsite lodging please visit the Big Sandy Lodging Page.

Below is a map of the Big Sandy Campground.
Big Sandy Campground

Hotel Info

All the listed rates have been specially reduced for those attending the Family Conference. When reserving your room, be sure to ask for the IBLP Family Conference rate/block.

Americas Best Value

(903) 877-9227
12732 State Highway 155 North,
Tyler, TX 75708
$50.00 plus tax (Cash)
$55.00 plus tax (Credit card)
Continental breakfast
Cut-off date: March 19th

Comfort Suites

(903) 663-4991
3307 N Fourth St,
Longview, TX 75605
Hot breakfast
Cut-off date: April 7th

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

(903) 533-0214
3247 W Gentry Pkwy,
Tyler, TX 75702
Hot breakfast
Cut-off date: April 5th

Wingate by Wyndham

(903) 663-3196
431 NE Loop 281,
Longview, TX 75605
Full hot breakfast
Cut-off date: April 5th

Quality Inn

(903) 595-6151
2843 W Northwest Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75702
Hot breakfast
Cut-off date: April 5th

Super 8 Longview/ North

(903) 757-7858
203 TX-63 Spur,
Longview, TX 75601
Hot Breakfast
Cut-off date: April 4th


International ALERT Academy
One Academy Blvd.
Big Sandy, TX 75755

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