Riga, Latvia

9-13 August, 2023


“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”  In 1 Peter 2:9, we are presented with a worthy purpose for which we can live. As young people, we can often be tempted to feel that our lives have no meaning, that we are not good enough.  But Peter reminds us that each of us were chosen by God to be His “special possession”. We belong to Him by creation, and again by the redemption we have through the precious blood of Jesus. We have worth, not because we are worthy, but because He finds worth in us. Come and join us as we discover more about the true source of life’s purpose and our own worth.

Be inspired

In addition to our main sermons from the stage, there’ll be range of workshops to grow your faith and connect with other attendees


Getting to know other young people from around the world is one of the central experiences of a GYC Europe conference.


You’ll also have opportunities to make a meaningful difference through being involved in outreach activities.


Pavel goia

Pavel Goia, was born into communist Romania. From an early age on he knew clearly that God had called him to ministry. However, in a communist country following that calling was not an easy task. He promised to serve God and fulfill his calling. His faithfulness was tested often. He was trained in a variety of fields, from law to music, engineering, and business, until he finally ended up studying theology. He then moved to the United States where he pursued a Bachelor of Theology from Southern Adventist University, and later the M.Div and D.Min program at Andrews University. He is now serving as an Associate Ministerial Director for the General Conference Ministerial Association as well as the Editor for Ministry Magazine. Pavel is married to Daniela, they have two grown children, Gabriel and Ovidiu. His life has been filled with powerful answers to prayer and continues to be one miracle after another.


craig gooden

In 2007 Craig participated in an Evangelistic training course in the USA from which he graduated. Shortly after returning to the UK he continued to support the church by giving Bible studies, training, presenting, preaching and eventually made the decision to serve The Lord in full-time ministry. Craig has had the great opportunity to be invited Internationally to present the Gospel, encouraging all to see the need to share the good news in the context of the 3 Angels message. Craig enjoys fellowshipping, reading, traveling, photography and spending time with his best friend and wife Farida and their son Izraël. Craig Gooden currently serves as the Director of the PEACE Centre of Evangelism in the North England Conference.


Our next conference will be taking place in the beautiful country of Latvia, a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia. Its landscape is marked by wide beaches as well as dense, sprawling forests. Whether you’re interested in exploring fascinating medieval castles, wandering across miles of stunning hiking trails, or bungee jumping, you’ll find something to match your interests in Latvia.