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Life Teen Leadership Conference

Benedictine College, Atchison, KS | June 22 - 26

Inspiring tomorrow’s Church leaders. Today.

At the heart of the Life Teen Leadership Conference is a generation of teens rising up and taking their faith seriously. They no longer want a “feel good” faith; they crave depth and substance. These teens are changing their parishes, their schools, and their families. Because we see this movement happening, our response is the Life Teen Leadership Conference.

We’ve crafted a unique take on leadership training. Yes, we believe in empowering this new generation with practical leadership skills. But not without first teaching them how be a disciple. Plus we recognize that young leaders are only as strong as the community that surrounds them. That’s why we give youth ministers and priests ample time to be with their youth group. The combination of these three elements transforms teens into the leaders that God is calling them to be.

These five days of leadership training take place at beautiful Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Though it’s not a full week, the results of those five days will last forever. Invest in the future of the Church, invite your top juniors and seniors to a life-changing week in the dynamic atmosphere of Benedictine College.


The teens at #LTLC are proof that Christ raises up His Church to love and be loved. Such amazing kids. #futuresaints

Father Dan Beeman @inthelineofmel

Speakers and Musicians

Our team of veteran youth ministers, talented musicians, and passionate speakers from Life Teen will help transform your teen's lives.

Randy Raus

As a veteran youth minister for over 30 years, Randy Raus has helped usher in a new era of Catholic youth ministry as CEO and President of Life Teen. Passionate about bringing Christ to every teen and energizing local parishes, Randy's leadership of Life Teen has helped us grow to over 1600 parishes worldwide. Randy enjoys Alabama football, working on his Jeeps, and hanging out with his family.

Mark Hart

Mark acts as Life Teen's Executive VP of Content and Identity and plays superhero to his wife and kids whenever he's not crafting a tweet or watching Notre Dame football. Considered one of today's best evangelists in the Church because of his humor and knowledge of Scripture, Mark will draw your teens to love Scripture in a whole new way and challenge them to live out their Catholic faith authentically and powerfully.

Steve Allgeyer

With an on-fire passion for the Faith and for teens, Steve Allgeyer is unlike most youth ministers you will ever meet. As Life Teen's V.P. of Mission and Ministry, he helps us reach out to thousands of people around the world to let them know about the movement of Life Teen and how it affects families, parishes, culture, and teens. Steve loves hanging out with his family and spending time with teens.

Ike Ndolo

Ike was a teen in Life Teen when his life was transformed for Christ. Now as a full-time worship leader and musician, Ike has traveled the world drawing people deeper in the heart of Jesus, including at Steubenville Conferences, World Youth Day, the Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention, and now LTLC for over four years.

Emily Wilson

Emily is a California girl for life, but has a heart to reach every young woman a message of hope, love, and life. She often travels with Ike, is a popular blogger on, and continues to speak and play music around the world.

David Calavitta

David is a man with many talents. As a graphic designer for Life Teen, he helps shape the visual identity of our print and digital resources. As a veteran youth minister for over 8 years at his parish in Irvine, California, David reached thousands of teens with his powerful speaking style and down-to-earth charisma. He is also a speaker at Life Teen camps and Steubenville conferences. David's passion for the Truth will leave your teens craving a deeper with Jesus for their entire lives.

Christina Mead

As the voice behind, Christina Mead has shown an incredible talent to connect with young people online. Her charming wit and honest approach to life and faith have helped grow into the online source for young Catholics. Her first book, That One Girl, was released last year and is available in the Life Teen store.

Joel Stepanek

With a passion for Theology and teens, Joel Stepanek is making a big impact in the Church. Joel's primary responsibility includes coordinating the writing and production of Life Support, our main high school catechetical resource reaching 1300 youth ministers around the world. Joel also contributes to other resources including the lead writer on One Eight and providing Theological feedback on all our resources. Joel wants you to know His first love is Jesus, His second love his wife Colleen, and third Packer football.

Stephen Lenahan

Stephen is the events guru for Life Teen! He heads up the coordination of all our adult training conferences, retreats and our teen events like Steubenville conferences, LTLC, and the Inspiration Tour. He has found his niche in LifeTeen events because they are big, loud, and prayerful…just like the state of Texas as he puts it. Stephen loves his wife, his truck, Georgia football and watching teens fall in love with scripture! He is excited to be a first time dad this summer too!

A year later and I still can't stop talking about it.. So many memories were made there #LTLC


Challenging Talks

At the heart of Life Teen Leadership Conference is a dynamic, prayerful, and challenge week of talks and activities that help help teens become the leaders and disciples that God is calling them to be. We believe our approach of building up teens as disciples first and then giving them leadership skills are an effective way to build up the church for the New Evangelization.

Sacramental Grace

Life Teen is Eucharist centered. Each day we gather for a beautiful Mass at the Benedictine monks chapel located on campus with homilies preached by some of the best preachers in the Catholic Church today. We also have ample time for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, giving your teens a chance to receive this beautiful sacrament when they are ready to receive God's healing Grace.

Worship and Prayer

Ike and Emily help lead a powerful and dynamic worship experience throughout the week before and during most of our sessions. If your teens have never experienced God's love in powerful ways through song and worship, there will be plenty of time for God to work in their hearts. We also have the opportunity to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament, pray the rosary, and pray the Liturgy of the Hours with the Benedictine monks on campus.



Location: Benedictine College

LTLC is proudly held on the beautiful campus of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Benedictine College is conveniently located about forty five minutes from the Kansas City Metro Area.

At arrival, enter through the main entrance and park near the Student Union. There is a Student Union loop for bus drop off. Registration and check in will available in the Student Union. Further instructions on housing, schedules, and parking will be available there. A map of campus is available to help with planning.

Benedictine College
1020 North 2nd Street
Atchison, KS 66002


Plan your itinerary to fly into/out of the Kansas City, Missouri Airport (MCI). The college is approximately 45 minutes from the airport. Life Teen does not provide transportation from the airport to the college. Parishes are responsible for arranging their own transportation. If you are looking for a shuttle service from the airport, we recommend Super Shuttle.

Arrival & Departure Times

Check-in is on Monday, June 22, from 11:00am-2:00pm, with the first session beginning at 2:30pm.  It is approximately a 45 minute drive from the airport to Benedictine College.  Lunch is not included on Monday.  Please plan your flight times accordingly.  If, due to flight options, you need to arrive a night early, please indicate that when you register.  The fee for early arrivals is $40/person and includes Sunday night accommodations as well as breakfast & lunch on Monday.  Check-in for early arrivals will be Sunday, June 21, from 7:00-10:00pm.  LTLC ends on Friday, June 26, at 11:30am and does not include lunch on Friday.


Accommodations are provided for all groups on campus at Benedictine College. Males and females are housed separately. Therefore, if you are bringing male and female teens you MUST have a male and female chaperone. Priests are housed in their own private dorms with other priests. Bedding and towels are provided for everyone.

"We fight from victory... not for victory. The cross has already won." #LTLC

Steve Allgeyer

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question, feel free to ask us. Contact information below.

What should I pack?

  • Bible
  • Journal
  • A good pen
  • Camera
  • Rosary
  • Notebook
  • Umbrella or rain jacket
  • Sweatshirt/sweater
  • Cell phone charger
  • Extra spending money for the Life Teen store and for any extra food you may want

What do I do if I have a food allergy?

If you or anyone in your group has a food allergy we need to be aware of (vegetarian, lactose intolerant, wheat/peanut allergy, etc.), please let us know. There is a section on the roster that allows you to share this information with us. We always do our very best to accommodate your needs; however, it never hurts to bring some snacks just in case.

What is the weather like? How should I dress?

Kansas is warm during the summer. It’s hot during the day and pleasant at night and in the mornings. Dress to be casual and comfortable. The main room/breakout rooms can get chilly so bring a sweater or sweatshirt just in case. While the main room is very air conditioned, some dorm rooms are not.

I am a priest and I would like to con-celebrate Mass. What do I need to bring with me?

We would love for you to con-celebrate! We ask that you please bring your own vestments as we cannot promise that we will have enough or the correct size.

I am flying into Kansas City airport but I am not renting a car. Do you provide transportation?

Life Teen does not provide transportation for the conference. We do recommend Super Shuttle as a good option from the airport to the college site.

Are you going to sell USB drives at the conference? What is on them?

Yes, we will have USB drives for sale at the conference. They will contain the talks, except for the men’s and women’s breakouts. The USB drive will not contain music that is played at the conference (we cannot record and distribute music for copyright reasons). You do not have to order these ahead of time, as an order form will be available on site.

Will the Life Teen Store be at the conference?

Yes, the Life Teen store will have tons of options for you to choose from!

As a chaperone, do I get my own room?

Due to limited dorm space, we are not able to provide private rooms for chaperones. You will be roomed with a chaperone of the same gender from another group if you are the only chaperone of your gender attending from your parish.

If I have a teen cancel, can I replace them with a teen of the opposite gender?

No.  After you have submitted your group roster (due May 15), you can only make substitutions of the same gender and type (chaperone or youth) due to housing arrangements.  If you need an exception to this, please contact Sarah Houde ( to see if arrangements can be made.

Is there Internet available?

There is Internet available by Ethernet cord in each dorm room and wireless in the student union. There is not Internet available in the main room.

How many teens can we bring with our group?

In order to make sure that as many parishes can attend as possible, we ask that you limit your group to 15 total, including chaperones, but not including priests. Remember, if you bring any male teens, you must have a male chaperone. If you bring any female teens, you must have a female chaperone.

Is there first aid available on campus?

We will have very basic first aid (band aids, Tylenol, Tums, etc.). For any major needs, you will need to go to the local hospital. Please make sure the group leader brings first aid supplies as well.

"Humble leadership isn't passive it's passionate." #LTLC

Chris Benzinger


LTLC 2015 is sold out! To be added to the waiting list, email Sarah Houde at We’d love to have you on our waiting list in case space becomes available!


Benedictine College
1020 North 2nd Street
Atchison, KS 66002
United States


Cost: $495 per person

Deposit Amount: $100

Deadline for Payment of Deposit: 2 weeks after registering online

Final Balance Amount: $395 per person

Deadline for Payment of Final Balance: May 1

All paperwork and policies can be found below.

Have a Question? Contact us!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Stephen Lenahan: Director of Events

Sarah Houde: Assistant Director of Events

Paperwork and Policies

Here's helpful information regarding paperwork and registration policies for your group.

Late Fees

  • If the deposit has not been paid online by credit card, a deposit check must be received in the Life Teen offices no more than 2 weeks after the date you registered online in order to secure and confirm your spots.
  • Checks should be made out to Life Teen and mailed to:
    Life Teen
    ATTN: LTLC 2015
    2222 S. Dobson Rd. Ste. 601
    Mesa, AZ  85202
  • Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable to the final balance.
  • Final balance payments must be received in the Life Teen offices by May 1, 2015 or a late fee will be charged.
  • A late fee of $10 per spot will be automatically applied to every registration for which payment has not been received in full by May 1.
  • An additional $10 late fee per spot will be added for each month the balance remains unpaid.

Cancellation Policies

  • Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable to the final balance.
  • Parishes may drop unneeded spots until May 1.  The $100 deposit will be forfeited, but the remaining $395 balance will note be owed.
  • Spots may be dropped by emailing Sarah Houde at
  • Parishes will be responsible for payment in full for all spots not dropped by May 1.


  • All youth must attend as part of a group with a group leader and chaperones.
  • The required chaperone to youth ratio is 1 chaperone for every 8 youth.
  • Chaperones must be gender-specific (i.e. if 4 girls and 2 boys are attending, there must be at least 1 female AND 1 male chaperone).
  • Chaperones must be 21 years of age or older and provide proof of completing your Diocese’s Safe Environment requirements.
  • Cost for chaperones to attend is the same as youth.  Chaperones should be included in your group’s number of spots.

Paperwork Policies

  • Paperwork is due May 15, 2015.
  • Please download the LTLC 2015 Paperwork Checklist for all the information you need to know about paperwork.  All forms can also be downloaded below.
  • All completed paperwork should be alphabetized by last name and mailed to:
    Life Teen
    ATTN: LTLC 2015
    6105 Blue Stone Rd. Ste. B
    Atlanta, GA 30328