What is the Lift Up church encouragement conference?

This one-day conference is offered by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Look Up Celebration to encourage and strengthen Pastors and Ministry Leaders and their spouses to walk out their God-given calling.



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People attending Lift Up conference

Free registration—required by March 8, 2024.

Will Graham

Will Graham

Will Graham is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Will has shared the Gospel with more than one million people across six continents since beginning his evangelistic ministry in 2006. Will also serves as Executive Vice President of the BGEA, giving leadership to all aspects of the organization that his grandfather Billy Graham founded in 1950. Will and his wife, Kendra, have two daughters and a son and live in the mountains of North Carolina.

Will Graham

Featured Speakers

Charles S. Lowery

Charles S. Lowery

Charles is president and CEO of Lowery Institute for Excellence, Inc., a nonprofit training and consulting organization. He is a well-known motivational speaker, seamlessly blending humor, wit, and encouragement. He pastored Hoffmantown Church for 10 years and currently lives in Texas with his wife, Penny.

Charles S. Lowery
David Bruce
David Bruce

David Bruce

David was the executive assistant to Dr. Billy Graham, having served in his Montreat office from 1995 until Mr. Graham’s death in 2018. He is currently executive vice president of the Billy Graham Library and the Billy Graham Archive and Research Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has pastored churches in Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Kentucky and currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Kerri.

Ty Orr

Ty Orr

Ty is the lead pastor of Watersprings Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He enjoys helping believers of all ages to share the message of Jesus Christ through music and a variety of art forms. Ty is married to his wife, Laurie. They have five adult children and one grandchild.

Ty Orr
Gary Cobb
Gary Cobb

Gary Cobb

Gary is the Director of Training for Will Graham Celebrations, having served BGEA in various roles since 1992. After completing his Divinity degree in 1982, he pastored churches in Tennessee and Arkansas. Gary has directed numerous evangelistic events around the world and has trained thousands of believers to serve as prayer counselors. He lives in South Carolina with his wife, Lynelle.

Brooke Nicholls

Brooke Nicholls

Brooke is a worship leader, songwriter and author from Hamilton, Ontario. When she's not at her home church, she's leading worship at different churches and ministries across Canada and beyond. Brooke is a 10-time Canadian Gospel Music Award winner, including being named the Female Vocalist of the Year for the last four years. Her album Pursue was nominated for a 2020 Juno Award and her devotional books have been No. 1 Christian bestsellers on Amazon. Brooke is married to Steve and they have two daughters.

Lift Up Schedule

8:15 A.M.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 A.M.


9:10 A.M.


9:20 A.M.

Session 1
Speaker: Charles Lowery

10:05 A.M.


10:30 A.M.


10:40 A.M.


10:50 A.M.

Session 2
Speaker: David Bruce

11:35 A.M.

Call to Prayer
Speaker: David Bruce

12 P.M.

Lunch Break

1 P.M.

Welcome Back

1:10 P.M.


1:20 P.M.

Session 3
Speaker: Gary Cobb

2:05 P.M.

Session 4
Speaker: Ty Orr

2:35 P.M.


3:00 P.M.


3:10 P.M.

Session 5
Overview Presentation for
Upcoming LookUp Celebration

3:55 P.M.

Session 6
Q&A Interview: Will Graham & David Bruce

4:25 P.M.

Call to Prayer: Will Graham

4:50 P.M.


4:55 P.M.

Closing Comments/Dismiss

5 P.M.