Event description

Family Conferences are weeklong, life-changing family events. Rich fellowship, inspiring messages, and hands-on workshops make Family Conference something to look forward to by anyone who has experienced one. Whether making new friendships with other families or rekindling relationships from previous years, the conference is an annual highlight for many.

The conferences are structured to foster spiritual growth as young and old alike are challenged to honor God’s Word in every area of their lives.

New for 2019:

We’re excited to announce that the Big Sandy Family Conference will be hosted in an air conditioned building this year! We have moved from our traditional Convention Center to our beautiful gymnasium in the Field House, adjacent to the Dining Room. This spacious facility can seat over 2,000 people while providing ease of access to meals, nursing mothers room, and toddlers play area. We are looking forward to this shift and to improving the conference experience for you all.

Those who will be staying in the campground may want to consider bringing or renting additional transportation to aid in traversing the campus. If you have specific questions or concerns about the logistics of this transition, please contact us at 903-636-9201.



Register for the Big Sandy July Family Conference (July 29–August 3, 2019):



Bob Gray II

  • The pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Bob Gray II equips his listeners with “local effectiveness for global impact.”

Gabriel Cleator

  • With contagious enthusiasm for his Savior, Gabriel loves exhorting people of all ages to personally know and walk with Jesus Christ.

Jobe Martin

  • Dr. Martin was converted “from an evolution-trained scientist to a Bible-believing creationist.” Dr. Martin’s messages resonate with the importance of trusting in God’s Word to build our trust in the Lord.

Tim Levendusky

  • Tim Levendusky shares transforming lessons from his personal passion: “to build the Word of God into my life, and into the lives of others around me.”

Gil and Kelly Bates

  • Featured on UP TV's “Bringing Up Bates,” Gil and Kelly and their 19 children love serving the Lord, and ministering in Bible-based churches.

David Waller

  • The coordinator of Family Conferences, David Waller is passionate about equipping believers to love and serve God with all their hearts.


Student Sessions

  • Sessions for students aged 12 and up will focus on the importance of fully trusting the Lord for every area of your life. This includes your future, your work, your marriage, and your ministry.


  • At this program, girls aged 8-11 will enjoy exciting activities, crafts, Bible studies and learn practical life skills from their enthusiastic leaders who model the joy in knowing God and serving Him.

Music Opportunities

  • Present special music as a family or participate in orchestra and instrumental ensembles.


  • 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.

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.

Meal Plans

Delicious lunch & dinner meals are available for $7.50/adult (ages 12+) and $5.00/child (ages 4-11). Meal Packages are available for the reduced cost of  $7.00/$4.50 and can be purchased at events.alertacademy.com. Packages start with Monday Dinner and conclude with Friday Dinner. To purchase meals individually, please call 903-636-9201.

New this year: Continental Breakfast with reduced cost of $4.50/adult and $3.50. Purchase the breakfast meal package online for additional savings!

Please note: ALERT Cadet/Pre-EXCEL’s lunches are included in their program costs, except for Thursday lunch. This meal can be purchased individually online.

$16.00 Simple Breakfast Adult (4 breakfasts)
$12.00 Simple Breakfast Child (4 breakfasts)
$28.00 Lunch Adult (4 lunches)
$18.00 Lunch Child (4 lunches)
$35.00 Dinner Adult (5 dinners)
$22.50 Dinner Child (5 dinners)

Check out this year's Big Sandy Family Conference Menu. Meal reservation deadline is Monday, July 15.

$50 non-refundable for meal cancellations received on or before Monday, July 15. (Meals are non-refundable after Monday, July 15.)


Conference Registration Prices
Family Rate: $295
Individual Rate: $95
Day Rate (Family): $80
Day Rate (Individual): $30
Children's Program Prices
Children's Institute: $60
ALERT Cadets: $95
Pre-EXCEL: $95
Photography Workshop: $115

Register by June 15 to receive a 15% discount on your entire registration! Families enrolled in ATI receive a $100 discount. Learn more about ATI or re-enroll!

Conference Cancellation Policies:

$35 non-refundable for conference registration cancellations. $25 non-refundable per campsite, dorm room, or cabin. $50 non-refundable for meal cancellations received on or before Monday, July 15. (Meals are non-refundable after the Meal Reservation deadline on Monday, July 15.)

No refunds for conference, lodging, or meal cancellations made on or after Monday, July 29.


Campus Lodging

Registration for Big Sandy Lodging will open at 10:00 am CST on February 1, 2019.

Hotel Info

For information about local accommodations, please visit the Big Sandy Hotels Page.


For information about RV and Golf Cart Rentals, please visit the Big Sandy Rentals Page.