American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest & Hawaii
The focus of the 2024 ABCOFLASH Youth and Young Adult retreat is “Be Real”. As believers, it’s so easy to fall into the trap that everything is good. No matter where we are in our faith journey, it’s so easy to put on a show and play the part when in reality, we are not ok. We will be challenged to be real about our faith and be reminded that there is a real Jesus at the other end of those moments who wants a real encounter with us. In our theme passage, Psalm 13 King David is being real with God and experiences real love in the process. Come to this retreat to be real with God and experience His love for you.
Santiago Acosta is the associate pastor at Valley Christian Church in El Centro, CA. Santiago is passionate about youth, and has been serving as a youth and young adults pastor for the past 8 years. Santiago has served with hundreds of youth on school campuses alongside Non-profit organizations such as Youth for Christ and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has worked alongside his wife in creating programs and events to reach the next generation for Jesus. He has overseen community outreaches such as open gyms, local skate park ministries, and serving in untapped areas of the community. The heart behind Santiago’s ministry is to see young people build an authentic love and relationship with Jesus.
Santiago graduated with a certificate in youth ministry through the Urban Youth Workers Institute and is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies at Eternity Bible College.
Santiago currently resides in El Centro with his wife Jade and his baby girl Psalm. In his free time, Santiago enjoys playing pickup basketball, gaming, hanging out with his rottweiler Rome, and an occasional iced vanilla latte.


•Youth 6th grade through high school
•Young Adults up to 24 will have their program.
•Young Adults can also serve as group leaders for their students.
•Every group needs to have one leader per every 5-7 students, including at least one male and one female leader.


Camp Cedar Crest is a Christian camp between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear in the mountains north of Redlands. CCC has plenty of space and bathrooms in every cabin.  

Camp Cedar Crest - 33325 Camp Cedar Crest Road - Running Springs, CA 92383
Click here to visit the Camp Cedar Crest website.


  • Registration begins on Friday evening at 6 PM 
  • (Dinner is NOT provided on Friday evening, but the snack bar will be open until 8 PM)
  • The opening session will begin at 8 PM 
  • The retreat will conclude  on Sunday around Noon. 


Early Registration: $175 – for those who deposit $75 or pay the full amount by April 1st – The remaining $100 is due by April 12th

$200 – April 2 to April 12th.  

LiveScan Background Check for leaders 
(Must be done by April 5th)

•A Live Scan Background Check for ALL LEADERS who are serving as chaperones and small group leaders are required by California AB506.  This must be done no later than the first week of April to give time to receive the results. When you are completing the registration process, please contact the regional office at or call 818.839.6070 for more information about getting the Live Scan done.