JULY 21-25

UNIQUE STUDENT CONFERENCE

WE UNIFY.

About Us

About Us

Our MISSION: We exist to glorify God and make disciples by understanding the neglected and advancing the mission of Jesus Christ to inner-city and low income students by providing gospel-centered platforms that elevate the truth of the Gospel and lead students to live UNIQUE lives in service to our Savior and King.

Be UNITED

We offer affordable, gospel-centered platforms that gather and unite inner-city students throughout the calendar year.

Be UNIFIED

We offer ongoing discipleship and mentorship to UNIQUE STUDENTS who have recognized the call on their lives to be ambassadors of the gospel.

Be UNLEASHED

We provide opportunities for UNIQUE STUDENTS to travel locally to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Be UNIQUE

We understand that God created us individually for the purpose of advancing the gospel through the gifts, talents, and abilities that He uniquely gave each one of us.

Unique Student Ministries

The History of USM

In the summer of 1997, Pastor Jaime Garcia invited several small churches in the inner-city to join him for a weeklong student conference called SPAMARAMA (Students Proclaim Awesome Message About Repentance and Mercy Available). SPAMARAMA was a response to chronic problems facing youth in the inner-city. Jaime had watched the degradation of Houston neighborhoods and the lack of support for teens especially through youth ministry programs. Programs closed as church resources were depleted. Church no longer appealed to youth. These struggling churches were losing their young teens to gangs, drugs, prostitution and violence because their teens desperately needed connection and belonging. Jaime intimately understood this problem because he grew up in this environment. Sadly, he witnessed his own loved one fall prey to gang violence resulting in a lifelong prison sentence. Jaime was devastated and heartbroken. He couldn’t change the fate of his loved one but he wanted to help other youth avoid this and overcome their circumstances just as he did. He wanted to expose kids to the gospel, get them to surrender to ministry, broaden their horizons, and help them economically.

With the dedication of a few other community members, SPAMARAMA was born and less than 200 teens from 14 churches participated that first year. In February of 2011, we received our 501(c)3 nonprofit status and now operate under the name Unique Student Ministries (USM). For 17 years, USM has successfully served small churches in the community by providing excellent youth ministry programming. Since our inception, we have added over 100 participants each year. Although the conference name has changed from SPAMARAMA to Unique Week, it continues to be successful and grow. Last year, approximately 1,600 students and leaders from about 65 churches participated. Currently, USM is the only ministry that offers an affordable weeklong conference for inner-city teens in Houston.

Besides Unique Week, we hold Unique Discipleship Day as a follow-up to the conference as well as Unique Weekends. We still have a long way to go because the reality is that gangs unfortunately exist in our neighborhoods, but with USM and your support, we are winning back our youth. Pastor Jaime Garcia, our founder, has drawn together loyal, loving leaders who are passionate about transforming inner-city teens through the power of Jesus Christ.

Registration

Use the links below to register for conference tickets, missions opportunities throughout the week, or to join the Unique Servant Team and volunteer during the conference.

BASIC

Conference Ticket Only
  • This includes only the conference ticket
  • If your group plans on doing missions with us, click the MISSIONS registration to the right.

UNIQUE SERVANTS

VOLUNTEER TO SERVE
  • Fill out the form on the next page and we'll send you some more information about serving with us at this year's Unique Student Ministry Conference.

2014 Conference Schedule


5:45PM

Unique pre-event activities: Registration, visit exhibits, and prize giveaways

6:45PM

Doors open for Conference

9:30PM

Dismiss

Speakers and Band

We have some great individuals who have partnered with us this year and we're excited to see what the Lord has in store for Unique Student Ministry conference.

David Gentiles Band

David Gentiles Band

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David’s roots have shaped and fueled his passion and compassion for the body of Christ. He longs for her to be loved and encouraged through the ministry of worship and Gospel Songwriting. He grew up attending an evangelical church much like many across the country, in a small town in South Texas with his dad leading worship through music. “It was there under my parents’ ministry that I saw the beauty of the body unfold over years of living life with our church family. I want every church to experience that beauty and I hope that as we travel and guide in worship experiences, share songs, and build relationships with new friends wherever we go, that each person would feel loved, encouraged, and built up in their trust in and affection for Jesus Christ.” David feels that this call to love the church is one that Paul expressed in his letter to the Philippians when he shared with them:

“For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent and so be our and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

Doran Woods

Doran Woods

He started in his first band as a lead singer when he was just a sophomore in High School. When he turned 18, he got his first guitar and began playing in and leading several bands. These include Quest Worship Band at Houston Baptist University, Minister Mudd, Jared Miller Band, and Laden. He has also led several local church Worship bands including Houston’s First Baptist Church, Humble Area’s FBC, Second Baptist Houston, FBC Kingwood, FBC Humble, The Net, The Bridge, Bear Creek Baptist and many others.

Currently, Doran is leading worship for Bethel Baptist Church. His goal is to always and primarily encourage his listeners to authentically worship the Lord. He believes that worship should encompass all that we are, a lifestyle that honors God, and songs that give glory to His name. Doran has a wife and 2 daughters who love music as much as he does. His day job consists of IT/Mac support for Solerant, an IT firm that helps churches with their technology needs. With offices in Nashville, Houston, & most recently Dallas, Solerant enables Doran to participate in a variety of cutting edge technologies at many churches. Doran always tries to go the extra mile to serve those he works with in all aspects of his work, music and ministry.

Doran can be found at his website and through the links below.

Curt Williams

Curt Williams

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Curt Williams is the Founder and Executive Director of Youth-Reach, Inc. which operates full-service residential programs for at-risk, troubled and delinquent boys ages 12 to 21.

After being raised in a balanced Christian home and educated in a Christian academy, Curt left his hometown of Mobile, Alabama to seek his fortunes in Houston. He was backslidden and full of anger, and spent several years pursuing the evil of this world before coming to a true faith in Christ in 1984. Along with his newfound commitment to Christ came a passion for the hurting and troubled kids that his former lifestyle had brought him into contact with. Returning to the streets of Houston with a different message, one of faith and hope, made Curt aware of the vast numbers of damaged and delinquent young people that had no alternative if they wanted to escape the cycle of drugs, crime and elicit sex. Thinking that he would soon find that elusive alternative, he began taking homeless street kids into his apartment in late 1984. The first boys were drug addicted, alcoholic, HIV infected kids from Houston’s notorious Montrose district.

It soon became apparent that the Lord was directing Curt to begin a program to meet the challenging needs of these kids. With no experience, connections or education in this area of ministry he simply started to do it, and the Lord met the needs. Miracle after miracle took place. Soon, a respected group of men and women were assembled as Youth-Reach Houston’s first board, and area churches began to offer support.

In 1985, Youth-Reach was chartered in The State of Texas and later the first home was licensed to operate as a Foster Group Home to allow for the legal care of juvenile boys. Curt was married to his wife Shelley in 1988 and together they have seven kids of their own to go with the many boys that they have touched. Since 1984 Youth-Reach has been home to over 2200 kids.

Curt serves as the Executive Director over the Houston operation as well as over Youth-Reach Gulf Coast, located on 81 acres east of Summerdale, Alabama. He regularly speaks at conferences, retreats, youth camps, and churches. He most treasures the opportunity to speak to parents who are struggling to raise adolescent kids through his RESOLUTIONS Parenting seminars. His twenty-nine years of experience ministering to kids that range from street kids to the children of the privileged has given him a unique perspective and insight into the many challenges that these kids face.

Curt is available to speak to your group and may be booked by calling 281-459-4555, or by email at curt@youth-reach.org

Sammy Lopez

Sammy Lopez

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Sammy Lopez is one of the most sought-after Hispanic communicators in the nation and speaks to over thousands of people of all ages each year. He has been a keynote speaker/communicator for many conferences, conventions, school assemblies, camps, churches, corporate businesses, political organizations, and has been seen on the 700 Club, TBN, and Daystar Christian Television. Pastor Sammy has ministered with ministries and organizations such as Chuck Colson and Prison Fellowship, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, The Samaritans Purse, Professional Athlete Associations and Ministries, and other political Organizations.

In December of 2006, Pastor Sammy was invited to try out with the Austin Wranglers in the Arena Football League. Pastor Sammy has concluded his free agency in the AFL and will use his experiences as a testimony to proclaim that the Lord grants the desires of our hearts. You will find the ministry of Pastor Sammy Lopez relevant, humorous, and Biblically challenging!

Sammy lives in San Antonio, TX with his wife Judy and daughter Alivia. He is the lead pastor of Mighty Fortress Christian Fellowship and an Ambassador on the Speakers Bureau of the ministry I AM SECOND and Yo Soy Segundo.

Jaime Garcia

Jaime Garcia

Jaime is the founder of Unique Student Ministries which draws over 2000 students from all over Texas in the summer for the Unique Student Conference. The only five day student conference in Texas led by volunteers

The ministry offers an affordable student conference, mentorship, discipleship and mission opportunities for inner city students. Jaime has a humble, but ambitious heart for reaching teens and his passion is contagious. Like a magnet it has drawn together a group of loyal and loving leaders in the city who are as passionate as Jaime about the transformation of inner-city teens through the power of Jesus Christ.

Jaime is the Lead  Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church located in the inner-city Houston, Texas.

Saleim Kahleh

Saleim Kahleh

Saleim Kahleh was raised as a Muslim in a loving Islamic home. After his first year of college, Saleim went on a quest to find the TRUTH about God and religion. The Lord Jesus revealed Himself to Saleim, and now he testifies around the world about “The Goodness of God”.

Saleim graduated in 1984 from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science in Christianity and Recreational Sports. Employed by HBU for over twenty-five years, he has served as the Director for Intramural Sports , Assistant Soccer Coach, Coordinator of Student Affairs, the Director for the Men’s Residence College, Coordinator for Prayer and Evangelism and currently serves as the Director of Campus Recreation. He married Melanie Hancock in May of 1999 and they now have five beautiful children.

Melanie Hancock Kahleh graduated from HBU in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and Christianity and taught Pre-K through 8th grade for three years. Perfectly matched in callings, Melanie also has a passionate desire for all people to know and experience the love and goodness of God. Saleim and Melanie are both actively involved in the ministries of Lakewood Church. They are former Directors of the Radical Singles and Koinonia, former teachers in the New Beginnings class and currently serve as prayer partners. In addition, they minister in several venues at Lakewood including missions training, compass classes and water baptism.

You can find more info on Saleim and his ministry here.

Testimonials

  • Daniela Silva

    Thank you for everything! I was able to re-dedicate my life to Christ tonight, and I was able to see my best friend give his life to Him as well. Thank you for letting God use you to create such an event like this. It was an amazing week, and I had so much fun! May God bless you and continue using you!

    Daniela Silva
  • Joel Ortega

    Our youth group is always looking forward to UNIQUE WEEK! This ministry has in many ways been a blessing to our youth group. USM is fun, uplifting, spiritual, and allows our students to grow closer together. It also allows us as youth leaders to get to know our students in a deeper/personal level.

    Joel Ortega
  • William Taylor - Missions Pastor, Houston's First Baptist

    I’ve followed the leadership team of Unique Student Ministries for over a decade now. Their goals to place students in an environment where they can grow spiritually and evangelistically in kingdom knowledge, kingdom character, and kingdom skills sets them apart in training young Latinos in Texas.

    William Taylor - Missions Pastor, Houston's First Baptist
  • Afshin Ziafat - Lead Pastor, Providence Church of Frisco, TX

    I wholeheartedly endorse UNIQUE STUDENT MINISTRY. This ministry is passionate about reaching the next generation of students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Afshin Ziafat - Lead Pastor, Providence Church of Frisco, TX
  • Daniela Silva

    Thank you for everything! I was able to re-dedicate my life to Christ tonight, and I was able to see my best friend give his life to Him as well. Thank you for letting God use you to create such an event like this. It was an amazing week, and I had so much fun! May God bless you and continue using you!

    Daniela Silva
  • Joel Ortega

    Our youth group is always looking forward to UNIQUE WEEK! This ministry has in many ways been a blessing to our youth group. USM is fun, uplifting, spiritual, and allows our students to grow closer together. It also allows us as youth leaders to get to know our students in a deeper/personal level.

    Joel Ortega
  • William Taylor - Missions Pastor, Houston's First Baptist

    I’ve followed the leadership team of Unique Student Ministries for over a decade now. Their goals to place students in an environment where they can grow spiritually and evangelistically in kingdom knowledge, kingdom character, and kingdom skills sets them apart in training young Latinos in Texas.

    William Taylor - Missions Pastor, Houston's First Baptist
  • Afshin Ziafat - Lead Pastor, Providence Church of Frisco, TX

    I wholeheartedly endorse UNIQUE STUDENT MINISTRY. This ministry is passionate about reaching the next generation of students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Afshin Ziafat - Lead Pastor, Providence Church of Frisco, TX

 

 

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