Huge crowd turns out for Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s REEL Fest for the next generation of worship leaders


JONESBORO, Ga. – More than 400 Georgia Baptist students participated in REEL Fest, an event sponsored by the Georgia Baptist Mission Board that allows the next generation of worship leaders to hone their musical and singing skills.

REEL Fest, short for Refocusing Energy on Exalting the Lord, is a high-energy worship event that draws students from sixth grade and up from across the state.

“So glad I got to spend this weekend learning and worshiping our Lord with my people, my tribe, my family,” said Kaylee Widner, one of the students, in a Facebook post. “It was bittersweet with it being my last year getting to participate as a student, but I’m so glad these people made it memorable for me.”

Ashton Jackson, minister of music and worship at Crossview Baptist Church in Fitzgerald who helped teach bass at the event, said the weekend was indeed special.

“My heart was filled with joy watching them learn and grow to use their talents to worship the King of Glory,” he said. “As fast as the weekend flew by, I can honestly say that I was so encouraged and refreshed just being in the room with each and every person this weekend.”

Rhon Carter, who leads the music and worship ministry at the state Mission Board, said he was encouraged to see so many students involved.

“We want to inspire and encourage the next generation to use their God-given musical talent in local church ministry,” Carter said.