The Wait Is Almost Over

Just a quick message to let you know that on Monday, November 14 at 12:00 noon, online registration will shut down. Make every effort to register now! You can still add on and also register at the event as long as space is available. The cost is $45. We have space available in the Omega Session but the Alpha Session has more seats available. This is the first year pre-registration has gone over 10,000. We are very excited!

Please visit our website, for schedule questions.

In case you missed our latest announcement Emily Ann Roberts, runner up on season 9 of The Voice, has been added to the schedule. She will be joining us on Friday night.

The 30th year of Hearts On Fire will be one of the greatest conferences we have ever had.

Please keep the conference and each of those involved in your prayers.

We will see you in 8 days!!


Don’t get so busy this summer that you forget to Register for Hearts On Fire!


Summer arrived on Monday and I know that youth groups are getting ready for exciting days ahead. If your church is anything like ours the youth group has plans for mission trips, youth retreats and local Bible Clubs. Busy times for everyone!

I just want to remind you to begin promoting Hearts On Fire 2016. November 18 & 19 will be here before we know it. New this year, if you register and pay before October 28 the cost is $35 per person, if after that date the cost is $45 per person. Also the deadline to pre-order Hoodies and T-Shirts is October 21. That is only 4 months away. It’s crazy how quickly time passes!!

I don’t know if you realize it but the K-Love Female Artist and Artist of the Year, Lauren Daigle will be with us this year as well as the winner of the Group or Duo of the Year and the Best Live Show recipient, for KING&COUNTRY. How exciting is that?? On our website, press Pigeon Forge, Promote, and you will find a video and printable poster to use for promotion of the event at your church.

Also, time is running out to submit your application for the Scott Carter Scholarship. The deadline for submission is July 1. The instructions and application are on our website.

As always feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or 865-776-2629.



Hearts On Fire 2016 Registration & Other Important Information


This year will be like no other year in the history of Hearts On Fire. You don’t want to miss the 30th year!!

November 18, 19, 2016

LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.

Speakers for 2016: Clayton King, Tony Nolan, David Nasser and Dave Edwards

Never before have we had four speakers at one event!

Praise & Worship with our own Hearts On Fire Band,

Roger Williams & the AMUQ and THE SKIT GUYS!

Concerts by for KING&COUNTRY and Lauren Daigle

A few things to tell you about that are a little different than in past years:

Two different registration fees this year! If you register and we receive your money prior to the deadline of October 28, the cost will be $35 but if we receive your registration after October 28 the cost will be $45. This means that add-ons after October 28 will be $45. Remember registration is not confirmed until we have received your payment and we do not give refunds.

New this year, per your request, Hoodies! The cost of hoodies is $25 and yes they can be pre-ordered. Pictures of the 2016 T-Shirt and Hoodie are available on our website,

We want to involve your youth group this year in our promotions. In your most upbeat and energetic way, we ask that you email a video to us at

Using your phone, video your youth group. The video should include telling us the name of your church, where you are from and why you are coming to Hearts On Fire. At the end of your video we need you to say, “Hearts On Fire is one youth conference you don’t want to miss”.   This will be fun and you just might see yourself on our website, in a mass email, on the screen at the event or some other form of advertising.

Don’t forget to remind your youth about the Hearts On Fire Scholarship. All information is on the website.

If you have any questions about HOF Pigeon Forge 2016, visit our website, or contact me, Judy at 865-776-2629.


We ask that you keep the conference in your prayers in the months leading up to the event!


See you in November!



Hearts On Fire Conference Transforms Thousands Of Lives


by Craig Mintz

Associate Pastor, Equipping

FBC, Sevierville

When Scott Carter started the Hearts On Fire Youth Conference (HOF) with about 150 students in 1986, he never imagined what it would become.

Last year alone, more than 11,000 students and their leaders filled the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for a dynamic weekend of worship. This year’s lineup includes groups like Mercy Me, Finding Favour and The Skit Guys. Speakers include Dave Edwards and former University of Tennessee football player Inky Johnson. Even though the conference has grown considerably over the years, the goal remains the same as it was three decades ago.

“Hearts on Fire exists for two reasons,” said Carter, Associate Pastor for Youth at First Baptist Church Sevierville, TN. “First of all, it’s an evangelism conference to bring young people into a relationship with Christ. Number two, it’s to encourage every believer into a deeper walk – to let the Holy Spirit fan that flame.”

And that is exactly what has happened. Since its inception, thousands have professed faith in Jesus Christ or have been renewed in their walk with the Lord through the HOF conference.

Carter recalls lives changed like a young man named Gregory Palmer. Not long after he was saved at a Hearts on Fire conference, Palmer was killed in a car accident. Palmer’s parents were so thankful for the impact HOF made in his life that they buried him in his conference t-shirt and attended the conference the next several years. Many more, like Palmer, have forever been changed by their experience at HOF.

Anthony Kendall, a youth pastor at First Baptist Church Indian Trail near Charlotte, NC, and a former member of Carter’s youth ministry, said he brings his teenagers to HOF because it is centered on Christ and the Gospel.

“From the worship band, to guest music artists, to the speakers- Hearts on Fire exalts and honors Christ,” Kendall said. “I have had students saved at Hearts on Fire. I have had students called to Ministry at Hearts on Fire. I have had students challenged and equipped in their walk with Christ at Hearts on Fire. Simply put- God is still using Hearts on Fire after all these years to call teenagers to follow Jesus.”

Past speakers have also given thanks for the way God uses the conference.

Tony Nolan, a speaker at last year’s HOF, said, “I have thousands of youth leaders asking me to direct them to a conference that will really change the hearts of their students. Hearts on Fire is that conference. It’s not just money well spent, it’s resources well invested. I say ‘invested’ because you will receive a return back into all the hard work you’re already doing every week in your students’ lives. This event transforms your students’ hearts to go back home and be totally into the passion and the mission of your student ministry.”

Reaching young people has always been a passion for Carter who was saved at age 15 at Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Ridge. Carter said he had a wonderful pastor and youth pastor who invested in him and took him visiting with them. As he began to pray about what to do with his life, he clearly sensed the Lord telling him to spend his life in gospel ministry reaching youth.

While serving at Parkway Baptist Church in Knoxville, the Lord led Carter and some other youth ministers to organize a conference for youth. At that first conference, held in Crossville, a storm came through and knocked out the power. Even though a lack of electrical power meant they didn’t have microphones or lights, Carter said the Holy Spirit moved in a powerful way.

Since then, HOF has been held in North Carolina and, for many years, in Gatlinburg. After outgrowing Gatlinburg’s conference center, HOF moved to the new LeConte Center conference facility in Pigeon Forge last year. His vision is to one day see 20,000 in attendance there.

Carter says he is thankful to serve at a church like First Baptist Church Sevierville that is so supportive of the HOF ministry. Many members volunteer to work as greeters, work tables and serve as counselors.

“I couldn’t ask for a better church to be a part of to help support a ministry like this,” he said.

He also credits Judy Steele, Event Coordinator, with helping him organize all the details. “I couldn’t do it without her. It’s a full-time job.”

To make HOF available for those who may not be able to get to the Pigeon Forge event, HOF also now has a location in Charleston where 750 were in attendance last year.

The Charleston HOF conference will be held February 12-13, 2016. This year’s Pigeon Forge event will be held November 20-21.

For more information or to register for HOF, visit or call 865-776-2629.

Pigeon Forge 2015 is off to a great start!

I wanted to let you know that the brochures for Pigeon Forge are going in the mail today. This year the mailing will go to 50,608 churches. Last year we mailed out 44,000 brochures.  Registrations have already begun to arrive!  Remember word of mouth is always one of the best ways of letting others know what you think of the conference.  Please visit us on Facebook or Twitter and let others know what the conference means to you.  If you do not receive a brochure, no worries, the website has all of the same information.

Remember to tell any upcoming graduates, or anyone attending a Christian College, to apply for the Scott Carter Scholarship. The application is available online.

I encourage you to visit the website and if you have any questions feel free to email me   Chances are if you have a question someone else has the same question. I will send out emails periodically to answer frequently asked questions.

Have a great day!


Hearts On Fire Pigeon Forge Update…

Hearts On Fire, Pigeon Forge 2014, is going to be AWESOME!!!

For those of you who haven’t registered yet, no worries, we still have space available. Although the numbers are up from 2013 the LeConte Center will hold more people and we are still fine. You can register online either by the Check Payment Form or by using your credit card and going through PayPal (you can register as a guest if you don’t have a PayPal account).

You may ask why we have a deadline? If we didn’t have a deadline and you waited until the last minute and we were full, you would be very upset. One year that very thing happened. So many people waited until the last minute to register that we were full and many were told they couldn’t come. That was very difficult for us to turn people away and hard for those churches to break the news to their youth. That is why we have a deadline.

We are very excited about the new venue and the lineup we have for this year. Please keep the conference in your prayers. As Scott says, “the conference will never be any better than the prayers we put in to it.” Pray that many lives will be changed and that souls will be saved.

Only 20 more days!!!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions,

SIXTEEN WEEKS until HOF Pigeon Forge

This year to date is another one for the record books. You may think, sixteen weeks, we have plenty of time. Do you? The number registered so far is four times the number registered at the same time last year. That is phenomenal! We commend you on planning ahead.

Remember as Scott would say, “the Hearts On Fire conference will only be as good as the prayers we put into it.”

As always if you have any questions, feel free to contact us, 865-776-2629.


Brochures were mailed on Friday so be watching for the HEARTS ON FIRE PIGEON FORGE information. I know that many of you have gotten yours already because I have been getting calls. I honestly believe 2014 will be the most well attended conference we have ever had.

I am very excited about the new venue, LeConte Center. If you have been to Pigeon Forge lately and have gone to The Island, you have seen the LeConte Center. The Parking areas for The Island and the LeConte Center adjoin.

In our brochure this year you will notice the hotels are not listed. In the paragraph on top of the schedule you will see that the Pigeon Forge Housing Bureau is in charge of the lodging. We have negotiated with many hotels and cabins in Pigeon Forge and the housing bureau has made it very easy for you to make your lodging reservation. Go to our website,, click on Pigeon Forge and then on Lodging. Once you have done this you will see “Book Your Lodging For Hearts On Fire”, click Learn More. At the bottom of the page you will be asked for an email and a password to log onto the sites to book your reservation online. By clicking “View Participating Accommodations” you can see a description for each hotel listed. If you have any questions about your lodging you can call the Housing Bureau at 1-800-947-9669. The Bureau is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST.

I believe that is the only new registration change that we have this year and I think it will really help you in making your plans.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and remember if you have any questions, just give me a call, 865-776-2629.



In the last Blog I told you we did not know who the second concert would be, well now we do!

We are pleased to announce that in addition to Newsboys we will be having The City Harmonic. The group is a Juno and Covenant Award winning worship band formed in 2009. The band was nominated as New Artist of the Year for 2012 at the Dove Awards and won the Juno Award for Canada’s “Group of the Year” in 2013. In 2013 they also won Praise & Worship Song of the Year (“Holy (Wedding Day)”). This year they released their single “Praise the Lord” on the album Heart. We are excited they will be joining us this year in Pigeon Forge.

If you are in the states of NC, KY, TN and SC keep an eye out for the Hearts On Fire ad in your Baptist Associational Newspaper. Brochures should be mailed in the next few weeks so tell your youth pastors to be watching their mail. As always please visit our website for updated information,, and of course give us a call if you have any questions, 865-776-2629.

Start spreading the word about Hearts On Fire Pigeon Forge 2014. There is no better advertisement than you!!!


During the past eleven years Hearts On Fire has made Gatlinburg its home. Attendance has grown from 3888 to over 9660 people. In 2010 we made the decision to divide the conference into two separate sessions to accommodate more people. In 2013 you maxed out one of those sessions. Last year 425 churches from 12 different states attended Hearts On Fire. We are blessed and honored that you were part of that number.

With growth comes change. We are very grateful to the Gatlinburg Convention Center for hosting us so many years. We love East Tennessee and we know you do as well. It is for that reason that Hearts On Fire 2014 will be relocated to the beautiful new LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.

We are very excited about this move and we know you will be also. By moving this will enable us to have more room and the potential to see the conference grow to over 20,000. The LeConte Center opened in October 2013. It is located on the new Riverwalk and is surrounded by hotels, restaurants and attractions. The LeConte Center offers free parking for cars and buses with tram service to the door. We invite you to visit the LeConte Center website,, as well as for more information. Hearts On Fire has a link on our lodging page that takes you directly to the hotel listings where you can make your reservations online. You can begin making your reservations now!

We will still have two sessions, Alpha & Omega, for you to choose the schedule that best fits your needs. Currently we are in the planning stages for the conference but wanted to make sure you knew it would be in Pigeon Forge on November 21 & 22, 2014.

We are very excited about the changes and we know you will be as well. Please keep Hearts On Fire in your prayers, and as always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us.