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2024 Young Adults Conference


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Ages: Post high singles up to age 30ish

Young Adults Goal

To encourage, edify and equip the young adults of Christ's church to live their lives to the glory and honor of God.


Check out last years youth conference recap to get you excited for what's to come!



Rev. Paul Murphy

Rev. Paul Murphy was born in Rome, Italy and came to this country when he was three. He was raised in an Irish-Catholic neighborhood in the Bronx, NYC. Although he was an altar boy in the Catholic church and attended regularly until age 14, he did not know Jesus Christ personally. From an early age he searched for Truth and the meaning of life. A college degree in philosophy brought him no closer to the Truth. He pursued a career in deep-sea diving and underwater construction that took him all around the world as he continued his search for Truth in vain.  At age of 29 he was confronted with the claims of Jesus Christ. The Lord broke down the barriers of his heart and captivated his life. The Truth had found him! Now, like the apostle Paul, this Paul can say “to live is Christ."  Though we all have the privilege of serving the Lord, Pastor Murphy has been granted to serve the Lord in one of the most prominent and spiritually dangerous places on Earth: Manhattan, where in 2003, as a response to the attack on the Twin Towers, Rev. Murphy founded Messiah’s Reformed Fellowship. Prior to that, Rev. Murphy pastored Dutton United Reformed Church in Michigan for 12 years. He has served on the Missions & Church Planting Committees for the URCNA for several years.  Rev. Murphy is married to his fabulous wife Julie. 

Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy is married to Pastor Paul Murphy of Messiah’s Reformed Fellowship in Manhattan. Raised in Arizona, she made her way to New York to pursue an acting career in her 20’s.  A co-worker witnessed to her and led her to the Lord. She met her heart’s desire at a church in Brooklyn, got married and moved to Western Michigan. Her husband pastored a church there for 12 years and they were blessed to have five children. In 2003, God called Paul back to New York City to plant a URC church in Manhattan in response to the 9/11 attacks. He has pastored there for 20 years and she has mentored many young women in the congregation. Three of their five children are now married with one grandchild on the way. Pastor & Julie live just north of Manhattan and life is never dull!





We have a block of booking available to you at the downtown Sandman. (Other Hotel options posted below. You book wherever you like, but the Sandman provides best rate plus parking).

Click the button below to access the group booking:

*Sharing a Hotel room is encouraged. Splitting the cost saves you a lot of money. Depending on the size of the room or suite, up to 4 or 5 people can share a room.   

If you are sharing a room, only one person needs to book the room. You hold the room with a credit card. You will not be charged until the day you check out.

*Alternative Hotels you can check:

Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Calgary University

Comfort Inn, Calgary University  

(Both on Banff Trail; Be SURE you ask about parking)



Parking & Commute

There is underground parking at the Downtown Hotel for a daily fee. Oversize vehicles (lifted pick-ups, etc.) will not fit.  

You will have to commute to Bethel each day to attend the Conference. For those who would like to carpool, we can make arrangements. 


The 2024 conference begins Thursday, Feb 15 at 5 p.m.   ​

Conference activities conclude Sunday evening, February 18th.​ Stay the night and travel home on the Holiday Monday, Feb. 19th. ​​

Friday Out-Day Excursion

Mt. Norquay Tubing: $45 additional fee. (Add this to your registration payment at Check-out) 


Banff Outing: Free with registration. 


Activate (Life-Size Arcade Room): Free with registration

Registration Fee

​Canadian Registrants:

  • $175.00 by December 18

  • $200.00 after December 18


US registrants:

  • $150 USD by December 18

  • $175 USD after December 18

*Registration closes January 15th, 2024​

**Registration is capped at the first 160 PAID registrants.


All food and snacks are provided and served by Bethel URC and are included in your registration cost.  

Remember to bring extra cash for souvenirs, etc. on your Out-Day activity.  

Meals and snacks provided by the Bethel URC Ladies Auxiliary.  

Free-Time Activities

We have reserved lots of free-time during the conference to play Dutch Blitz and other board games and group games. There will also be several organized Ice-Breakers.

Ice-Skating is also an option as there are several Out-Door skating rinks nearby -- so be sure to bring your Ice-Skates and warm clothes!   

This year we will once again hosting a square dance event. 

RYAC Organizers

RYAC is organized by a committee of 7 young adults with assistance and guidance of Pastor Keith Davis and his wife Laura.


The work of the committee as well as the oversight of all funds is the responsibility of the Council and Consistory of Bethel URC Calgary.

Supporting RYAC

The Bethel Deacons supervise the finances of RYAC. 


For tax receipts, a cheque can be made out to 'Bethel URC Young Adults Conference'.


Church address:

Bethel URC 730 - 101 Street S.W. T3H 3Z5.

RYAC Mission

RYAC is a Christian conference specifically catered to single Young Adults in our Reformed churches. Our goals as a conference is to: 


  • Glorify and honor God

  • Strengthen the faith of our Young Adults

  • Deepen their love for the Lord Jesus Christ

  • Foster and promote fellowship and friendship


2024 MEDIA

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