Switzerland, a country diverse in culture, language, and topography, has much to offer each visitor who comes. You will have the opportunity to view the majestic Swiss Alps, enjoy some of the best cheese and chocolate in the world, and see one of the important centers of the Protestant Reformation, firsthand. You will visit the stunning Lake Geneva and Switzerland’s capital, Bern. From Geneva to Zurich, you will serve through street evangelism, special evangelistic services, and apostolic leadership training with affiliated UPC churches as well as the unaffiliated churches that the Lord has opened a door into. Come with an open heart, ready to be stretched while receiving some of the greatest gifts: friendship and to see what God is doing in the country of Switzerland!




June 18 - June 28, 2021





Your Hosts

Nathan and Halley Hulsman

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Nathan and Halley Hulsman

Your Chaperone

Michael & DeAnna Thomas

Michael & DeAnna Thomas

Michael Thomas joined the UPCI Youth Ministries team in January of 2018. Before joining the team, Michael lived in Gadsden, Alabama where he served on staff at Church on the Rock as assistant pastor and youth pastor. Michael has been involved in youth ministry on the local and district level for over sixteen years. His youth ministry experience includes serving as youth pastor, sectional director, district youth secretary as well as youth president for Alabama. Michael is privileged to be an ordained minister of the UPCI and is excited to serve this incredible generation of apostolic youth and young adults.
Michael met his beautiful wife at a youth camp and after many years of pursuit convinced her to marry him. Michael and DeAnna have been married for 14 years now and are parents to an eight-year-old, blue-eyed ray of sunshine named Myla Joy. The Thomas family also recently welcomed a new duo to the family, Jayla Hope and Judah Michael. Michael attended Gateway College of Evangelism/Urshan College and continues his educational pursuits through Hope International University. Michael enjoys running, kayaking, golfing and going on adventures.

Michael & Denisha Patterson

Michael & Denisha Patterson

We are Georgia born & raised; 35 years old & have been married for 15 years. We have two sons, Corban (13) & Logan (9).

We live in a small Mill Town called Porterdale & serve as the Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle UPC in Conyers, GA. My wife is a writer & author of "From Grief to Grace" and loves ministering to young ladies.

We have served in Youth Ministry for over 15 years. I’ve had the privilege of serving as a Youth Pastor, Sectional Youth Leader, District Youth Secretary, & now at the end of my final term as the Georgia District Youth President.

Kyle & Melanie Loyd

Kyle & Melanie Loyd

Kyle & Melanie graduated from Gateway/Urshan. They have two amazing children, Ezra & Eliza. Kyle and family attend the Sanctuary UPC (Pastor Mitchell Bland) where they serve as the Hyphen leaders. They have a strong burden for youth ministry and missions. Kyle serves on the UPCI Youth Ministries staff and Melanie teaches music theory at Urshan College.

Serve Project

Information to come soon!


AYC, for me, was the single most life changing trip of my life. It was life changing to see 33 Maasai tribe members receive the Holy Ghost, you could see the sweet Holy Spirit all over them. AYC gave me the opportunity to explore my love for missions, and even further my life in missions. I had the feeling I was called to global missions, my AYC trip completely confirmed that for me.

Brandi Young | Zambia