A story crafted by the Author of Life. A story that intertwines with those around it. A story worth telling. APEX 2022 is Chapter One.
Opening those first pages can be daunting. The unknown is vast, and life often feels too fast-paced to capture in words. But here, you can gain the tools to tell your unique narrative. You can witness the pitfalls and triumphs of others who have gone before you. You can meet the characters who are in this adventure with you. And you can take away a story to share with your corner of the world.
More importantly, your life was designed to be a part of the Ultimate Story. Discover the purpose God intends your story to fulfill.
Come to APEX.
The Unbound graduation ceremony is consistently rated by attendees as a highlight of APEX. It’s a night to celebrate a milestone and the community that got you there. Graduation is sometimes considered as the last chapter, you have completed your life of school, but graduation does not end there. Come join in on the fun and help celebrate the milestone the 2022 Unbound graduates have accomplished.
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APEX is held at Timber Wolf Lake Camp in Lake City, MI. It’s a beautiful space with lots of fun activities to take advantage of! Whether you prefer an adrenaline-pumping giant swing adventure, an all-out Ultimate frisbee game, a lakeside conversation in the hammocks, or a music jam session in the coffee shop, you’ll find a place for all of it.
Activities include: a wet and dry zipline, go-karts, kayaks, paddle boards, a swimming area in the lake (including a water obstacle course and climbing wall), rock climbing walls, a giant swing, an onsite coffee shop, a gym, foosball, pool, ping-pong, and plenty of grassy areas for sports or chilling with friends!
January 1st through February 28th
March 1st through May 31st
June 1st through July 15th
JENNY RANDLE has served in ministry and worked in the entertainment and creative industries for over twenty years. She encourages believers, creatives, and church leaders to navigate into a space of freedom within their personal life, leadership, and church culture. In early 2018, Jenny and her husband Matt formed Freedom Creatives, a ministry organization dedicated to developing resources that merge profound Gospel-centered truths with practical application. Whether online or in-person, Jenny has shared hope, healing, and Holy Spirit revelation championing hundreds of thousands of people into their calling. Jenny resides in Northern Florida with her husband and two kids.
JJ JASPER knows a thing or two about crafting stories that resonate with people on multiple levels—not the least of which are laughter-inducing realizations about life, reality, and the everyday struggles of being human. JJ is a veteran morning on-air radio personality, best-selling author, comedian, dedicated Christian and devoted family man, who loves stories. When he’s not motivating listeners with his unique brand of humor and encouragement, he is entertaining people as a stand-up comedian and keynote speaker.
LUKE ZAMPERINI is the son of Louis Zamperini. Louis was an Olympic athlete in the 1936 Olympics and was serving as a bombardier in the Army Air Corps during WWII when his plane went down and he became a prisoner of war in Japan for two years. Luke is the CEO of The Louis Zamperini Foundation which was founded by his father. Having accompanied his father on many speaking occasions, he now travels to tell his father’s story with detail and insight that can only come from a lifelong relationship with Louis.
RANDY RIGGINS has spent his life pastoring youth and training leaders in youth ministry. As the President of Reach Out Youth Solutions, Randy leads country leaders and country teams, who then train youth leaders in Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry. Randy has played a significant role with Reach Out since 2002 coaching and mentoring youth leaders both nationally and internationally. As a student pastor, family ministry pastor, and mission pastor, he implemented JFYM in multiple churches, led over 60 mission trips, and equipped parents in multiple churches in Parent Fuel. He enjoys both speaking and writing to leaders, parents, and students. Randy loves sharing stories of what God is doing in the lives of people all around the world! He has a passion for helping current generations feel equipped and ready to share the gospel with the generations to come. Randy graduated from Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Holly, have five children and live in Lantana, TX.
LYDIA WHITE is passionate about helping people live out their full potential as children of God and experience the abundant life He offers. Currently, Lydia is finishing up her degree in Psychology: Christian Counseling. She is coming to APEX to show students that every story is important, no matter how mundane or messy it seems at first.
RACHEL CHESLIK is a 2011 Unbound alumni. She loves investing in people and helping them succeed in their unique calling. Because of this, she began a tutoring business in 2013 that has assisted over 200 students through frustrating, discouraging, and challenging academic situations. Rachel is coming to APEX to share her personal story, and encourage students to have hope even when life is dark.
KYLE NIELSON is an Unbound and Liberty University graduate working as an e-commerce warehouse manager. In his spare time, he enjoys creating his own stories, having written stage sketches and worked as a plot consultant for several small independent films. Kyle will be speaking on the importance of character flaws in storytelling and how even though each of us has flaws, God has a plan for us to overcome them for His glory.
JOSH & JORDYN SHI met through Unbound and liked each other so much they decided to get married. They now have a two year old daughter named Evelyn and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They are excited to come and share about how they were blessed by inviting community into their hard stories.
Sami Cone is the host of “The Sami Cone Show” on NewsChannel 5+ and the best-selling author of “Raising Uncommon Kids”. In addition to blogging for over a decade at SamiCone.com and serving as an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University, you may also know her as the “Frugal Mom” on Nashville’s top-rated midday show, “Talk of the Town”. She is proud to call Music City home with her husband and their blended family of 8 children.
All your food, lodging, speakers, and activities are included in the registration price. So, besides plane tickets or gas money to get here, all the essentials are covered in your registration price. And it doesn’t cost money to deepen relationships with other Unbound students.
There will definitely be some free time in the afternoons to do schoolwork, but mornings and evenings are pretty jam packed at APEX. So, don’t let school stop you from coming, but try to off-load your week as much as possible. Who wants to be studying when you could be connecting with amazing people?
The camp can accommodate almost any allergy you might have. Send us an email at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.
Food and housing (including bedding) is provided. You’ll want to pack all other personal items. Such as:
Yes, definitely! At APEX, you’ll see students ranging from just beginning the Unbound program to well past graduation. You’ll hear from top-notch speakers covering content relevant to life beyond just school and have opportunities to give back to other students. At APEX, you’ll always find people to connect with!
Yes! We will have at least two shuttles between GRR and the camp. The fee for the shuttle will be around $40, but we’ll be sure to let you know the exact details as APEX gets closer.
Absolutely, positively, yes! APEX is a place where you can connect with like-minded college students and Christian believers from all over the country. If you come, you will receive engaging content, participate in entertaining events, and have an opportunity to make lasting friendships with amazing people. And, most importantly, it is a place where you don’t have to explain what you are doing for college, because we all understand!
If you are driving, be sure to arrive by 5 pm EST, so you can get settled into your cabin before dinner. If you’re flying, please schedule your flights to arrive by 3:00 pm EST on Saturday the 20th, and leave after 3:00 pm EST on the 24th.
Yay! We cannot wait to see you at APEX! If you want to take advantage of the shuttle, please fly into the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR).
Howdy folks! My name is Simone Lubin and I am part of the 2022 National Student Cabinet. Some of you may know me, but for those of you who don’t, I come from the mighty state of Texas! The state that loves its Dr. Pepper and “remembers the alamo.” I have been part of the Unbound world since 2018. . .
Hi! I’m Peyton Holliday, from Tupelo, Mississippi, and I’m so excited for the APEX content this year and hope YOU will go home with your head full of stories and memories, excited and equipped to tell your own unique story!
My name is Caleb Jacks and I live in Roanoke, Virginia. Spending time outdoors is one of the best parts of living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I like hiking, playing sports, four-wheeler and motorcycle riding, and traveling. I also raise Labrador Retrievers and. . .
My name is Briley Crisafi and I was born in California, however raised in south Florida very near to the majority of my uniquely close-knit and amazingly supportive family. A diverse community afforded me a variety of opportunities to. . .
Hi, I’m Hope Kimber! I currently live in upstate New York, where I have lived for most of my life. However, I have moved around and traveled a bit throughout the past few years. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, but I also love reading, being creative, building relationships. . .