We do not provide onsite registration. Registration is online only.

Since Alive's inaugural youth rally in 2009, our purpose has been to help young people develop a bond between them and God that is unbreakable, and to help them realize that life is not a life at all without Christ. We hope that you will join us for this life changing experience.

Alive Youth Rally is a fully supported ministry of the Spartanburg Seventh-day Adventist Church and endorsed by the Carolina Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

During March 1-2, 2024 the Spartanburg Seventh-day Adventist Church will be holding its 16th annual Alive Youth Rally for young people ages 13+. The event will begin with onsite packet pick-up at 5 PM on Friday, March 1 and again on Saturday, March 2 at 8 AM. Registration is online only, here on this website. We will be capping registration at 500 people. We will close registration on Tuesday, February 27 or when we reach capacity. We cannot accept registrations after registration is closed.

All meals on Saturday are provided for FREE. If you arrive early enough on Friday, we will have some sandwiches ready for you. Breakfast is only for Friday overnight guests. Then everyone for lunch and dinner. See the Event Information page for more info.

PLEASE NOTE: You can bring your own food if you do not prefer what we serve. However, you will not have access to the kitchen nor are you allowed to plug in crock pots or any other electrical appliances.

The Alive Youth Rally is a weekend event, starting Friday evening and concluding Saturday night. All attendees are welcome to spend the night Friday and Saturday nights in our field - CAMPING STYLE! There are no sleeping arrangements for inside the buildings. We will also have a shower trailer for overnight attendees.

If you are able, we do suggest a donation of $5 per person to help us with the expenses of the event. You can donate during online registration or bring it with you.

We will have volunteers and sponsors at the event to help supervise. However, we do ask that you bring your own chaperones with you, as we ask that no one under the age of 18 be unsupervised. Any individual registrant under the age of 18 must have their parent/guardian fill out the Alive 2024 Activity/Emergency Contact Form located on the Resources page. All registered groups need to provide their own chaperones.

(1) If you are planning to bring a group and stay overnight and you have both boys and girls, you are required to bring male and female chaperones to supervise your youth.
(2) If your 13th birthday is after the Alive weekend, you are allowed to attend, given that your birthday is within a month. Otherwise, anyone under age 13 must be always with an adult.

Worship music is provided by Engage Ministries - A ministry team sponsored by the Enrollment Services Dept. at Southern Adventist University. Engage helps with Youth Rallies, church services, worship gatherings and other events, mostly throughout the Southeastern United States.

ALIVE Speaker

Dwain Esmond

Dwain Esmond

Dwain Neilson Esmond, M.A., Ph.D. (Cand.) is an author, editor, and ordained minister. For more than 28 years Pastor Esmond has answered God’s call to ministry. He served as vice-president of editorial services for the Review and Herald Publishing Association before joining the Ellen G. White Estate in 2015 as associate director/editor. He has been an editor for many years serving various publications, including 11 years as editor of the former Insight Magazine youth journal. Dwain has authored three best-selling young adult devotionals, and has more than 400 publications to his credit. He currently supervises the preparation and publication of White Estate-related content, such as The Gift of Prophecy in Scripture and History, an academic text on the work of the Holy Spirit through the gift of prophecy; the Principles for Christian Leaders compilation, and the 2021 Ellen White devotional titled Jesus: Name Above All Names. He is joined in ministry by his beloved wife, Kemba, and their son, Dwain Jr.


Benjamin Lawson


Benjamin Lawson is the Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at the Spartanburg Seventh-day Adventist Church. Benjamin earned his bachelor's degree in theology from Southern Adventist University before obtaining his Masters in Divinity degree from Andrews University. Partnering with his wife, Jessica, Benjamin enjoys helping young people realize the depths of God's love for them. Benjamin’s hobbies include traveling, reading, music, football, archery, and history.

Kevin Watson


Kevin Watson has been with the Alive Youth Rally since its conception in 2009. Kevin has been volunteering, working with youth for over 23 years and has been helping to direct Alive since the first Alive in 2009. For work, Kev is a Digital Online Specialist involved in marketing and building the online presence of organizations and businesses. Married with Joy for over 29 years, Kevin loves to travel and spend time in the outdoors.
Website: itskev.com