HISTORY

In the early 80's, a cool guy named Buzz Roberts had a desire to organize a gathering of youth from small churches who otherwise would not have a chance to experience other fellowships. 

Having started similar conventions in two other states, he brought the concept to PA and began the Pennsylvania Christian Teen Convention in 1983. 

565 teens & youth leaders gathered in the Sheraton in State College to learn more about how to follow God and have an awesome time together. 

Since then, PCTC has shifted from Hershey to Camp Hill and landed in Harrisburg in 1993. In 1997, it expanded to two nights. And in 2004, the convention split into a simultaneous Middle School & High School gathering. 

Churches from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut have attended.

In 2015, the name was changed to the PURSUE Christian Teen Conference, allowing the historic "PCTC" name to stick, but expanding the official name beyond the "Pennsylvania" designation. 

1983
1983

Theme: In His Service President: Buzz Roberts Location: Sheraton -State College Speaker: Les Christie & Dennis Herko Worship: Robbie King Concert/Drama/Afterhours: Branch

1984
1984

Theme: Keep Holding On President: Buzz Roberts Location: Hershey Lodge Speaker: Tommy Oaks & Dennis Herko Worship: Don Hamilton Concert/Drama/Afterhours: Jeremiah People

1985
1985

Theme: Friends President: Robert Huber Location: Hershey Lodge Speaker: Marshall Legget & Larry Bryant Worship: Don Hamilton Concert/Drama/Afterhours: Watchmen

1986
1986

Theme: He Is Worthy President: Will Strunk Location: Hershey Lodge Speaker: David Roadcup & Larry Green Worship: Don Hamilton Concert/Drama/Afterhours: David Meece

1987
1987

Theme: Come Let Us Worship the King President: Don Hamilton Location: Hershey Lodge Speaker: Dave Lucas, Larry Green & Andy Hansen Worship: Watchmen, Reflections & Don Whitstine

1988
1988

Theme: Oops President: Dick Brown Location: Hershey Lodge Speaker: David Wheeler Worship: Rich Mullins Concert/Drama/Afterhours: Rich Mullins & David Shelton

1989
1989

Theme: Living Stones President: Paige Mathews Location: Penn Harris - Camp Hill Speaker: David Stone & Terry Erwin Worship: Glad Concert/Drama/Afterhours: Glad & Covenant Players

1990
1990

Theme: Scum of the Earth President: Terry Erwin Location: Penn Harris - Camp Hill Speaker: Dan Garrett Worship: Don Hamilton Concert/Drama/Afterhours: Larry Bryant

1991
1991

Theme: Radical Press President: Dan Knust Location: Penn Harris - Camp Hill Speaker: Jeff Walling Worship: Rob Grandi Concert/Drama/Afterhours: Kenny Marks

1992
1992

Theme: Choices President: Bill Baumgardner Location: Penn Harris - Camp Hill Speaker: Mike Breaux Worship: Tony & Donny Concert/Drama/Afterhours: Steve Geyer

1993
1993

Theme: Celebrate Location: Hilton - Harrisburg Speaker: Mike Baker Worship: Julie Nevel Concert/Drama/Afterhours: White Heart

1994
1994

Theme: Iconoclast President: Willie Downs Location: Hilton - Harrisburg Speaker: Tim Jones Worship: Dan Carson Concert/Drama/Afterhours: Sparks & Drive Thru Window

1995
1995

Theme: Get Real President: Jerry Holmes Location: Hilton - Harrisburg Speaker: Tommy Oaks Worship: John Thomas & Jason Oaks Concert/Drama/Afterhours: Julie Nevel & Drive Thru Window

1996
1996

Theme: Dancing with the Dinosaurs President: Bob Hart Location: Hilton - Harrisburg Speaker: Dick Alexander Worship: Jay Banks & Tony Wolf Concert/Drama/Afterhours: Rebecca St. James, Acoustic Grin, Mike Altman