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TWO + DECADES OF MINISTRY

We've been reaching teens since 1992 and the fun isn't about to stop now!  We've seen hundreds of teens put their faith in Jesus Christ, tens of thousands of young people become more inspired to live out their faith in an active way, and dozens of incredible musicians, preachers, comedians and more have graced our stages!

Youth Explosion Cleveland is a ministry of Friends Church: Willoughby Hills.  Together under the leadership of Pastor Jim Davis, the staff and members of the church have put together yet another incredible event.  We hope you'll join us this November!

CONTACT INFO

  • (440)944-1026
  • 2846 SOM CENTER RD.
            WILLOUGHBY HILLS, OH 44094
  • WHFRIENDS.ORG

ARTISTS

MORE ARTISTS TO BE NAMED AT A LATER DATE

DEREK MINOR

DEREK MINOR

The appeal of southern Hip Hop has long been country vernacular over crunk beats that keep heads bangin’ and bodies movin’. While the head bangers and dance anthems haven’t ceased, in recent years, authentic Hip Hop and true lyricism have taken a back seat to commercial success. In steps Pro; while not on a mission to resurrect real southern Hip Hop—having been redeemed and commissioned to influence the culture—Pro certainly brings a nostalgia for what was and a hope for what is to come, as part of a greater movement infiltrating Hip Hop with a powerful message.

 

NF

NF

Nate Feurstein, recording and performing as the hip-hop/alternative artist "NF", is Capitol CMG Label Group's most recent signing and most compelling new talent.  On his debut self-titled EP, this 23 year-old Gladwin, Michigan native tells his story with lyrical vulnerability complimented by raw energy.  His music draws from many real life struggles, including being abused as a kid, struggling with anger issues, and losing his mother to a drug overdose.

 

321 IMPROV

321 IMPROV

321 Improv Comedy will bring tears to your eyes, a pain to your side and they’ll make your face ache with laughter! An evening with 321 Improv is unlike any you’ve been a part of before. It is a unique interactive comedy experience. Each show, the three guys in 321 Improv instantly turn audience suggestions into hilarious scenes. No two shows are the same!

321 Improv Comedy is: Carl Crispin of Boca Raton, FL; Mike Domeny, of Birmingham, AL; and Jeremy Schofield, who lives in Oklahoma City, OK. Carl (Co-founder and member of CPR Improv Comedy from 1992-2004) started 321 Improv in 2004 and has been traveling and performing improv full time since 1997. Mike and Jeremy both bring years of comedy and improv experience to the team as well as a level of energy that makes the show completely unpredictable.

 

BRIAN JOHNSON

BRIAN JOHNSON

ONE OF OUR WORSHIP LEADERS

Brian Johnson, 24, from Cleveland, is a worship team leader at Journey Community Church in Fairview Park. Johnson has been singing since he was a kid. His high voice allows him to perform material normally reserved for women.  Johnson performed music in college, but, when his father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he put his dreams on hold to focus on supporting his family.

His rendition of "Reason to Believe" earned him a spot on Team Blake on NBC's The Voice

 

ZACH LOOMIS

ZACH LOOMIS

ONE OF OUR WORSHIP LEADERS

Growing up I knew I wanted to be two things, a professional baseball player or musician. Once I came to the conclusion that my time in the majors was never going to happen, I knew I had one purpose and one calling.

I was born in North Carolina and then like a vagabond, moved to whatever state Pops would minister in. Being a pastors kid had its challenges, like being at church all day and every night. But my siblings and I had great parents who supported us no matter what, including all of the awkward and goofy sounds I made on the church instruments.

Songwriting has always been my passion. When I’m able to take an idea that doesn’t exist, translate it in to a sensible thought (most of the time), then a tangible song that people can connect and relate to — man. There’s nothing is better than that.

SPEAKERS

REGGIE DABBS

REGGIE DABBS

Born to an unwed teenager, Reggie Dabbs considers himself fortunate to be alive. With no place to go, the pregnant teenager ended up living in a chicken coop in Tennessee. It was there she remembered a former school teacher, Mrs. Dabbs, who had said to her students, “If you ever need anything, call me,” and gave the students her home phone number. The girl called.

Mrs. Dabbs and her husband, whose six children were adults by this time, took the girl into their home and cared for her until after the baby was born. They continued to care for little Reggie as foster parents until he was in the fourth grade, and then they officially adopted him and gave him the Dabbs name.

As the Dabbs’ reared Reggie, they instilled in him strong moral values, for which he is genuinely grateful. They also ingrained in him the fact that in every situation he faced, he had a choice. What he did with those choices was entirely up to him.

In the sixth grade, Reggie began playing the saxophone and hated it. At the insistence of his parents he continued to practice and to play. Not until his freshman year in college did he actually enjoy the instrument, and today, he plays with fervor and expertise.

After graduating from college, Reggie began his public speaking. During one speaking engagement, his host asked if he would be interested in addressing a high school assembly. From that small beginning in 1987, Reggie has become a popular public school speaker.

When addressing a school assembly, Reggie talks to the kids in a humorous style about choices each of them has when faced with drugs, alcohol, suicide, etc. Reggie gets in kids faces and tells them that he never smoked a cigarette, never did drugs, never drank alcohol, because he chose not to. He assures them that they can make the same kinds of choices.

Reggie talks to kids about family and how thankful they should be that they have families. He talks to them about dating relationships and emphasizes that virginity is the most honorable choice. Most of all, Reggie drives home the fact that “You can never change your past, but you can change your future!”

From being a “Problem” to an unwed teenager, Reggie is fast becoming one of the most in-demand speakers who helps teenagers meet their problems head-on and overcome them.

Reggie makes his home in Ft. Myers, Florida with his wife Michele and their son Dominic.

 

PRESTON CENTUOLO

PRESTON CENTUOLO

A dynamically engaging communicator, Preston Centuolo naturally speaks right to the heart of youth, helping them see beyond pressing obstacles to seize their own unique purpose. For over two decades, Preston has tirelessly shared his inspiring story with young people around the world. His words resonate with youth struggling to find balance in an increasingly chaotic, high pressure, information-overload age. A masterful storyteller, Preston’s message offers a fresh outlook, helping youth find renewed hope and direction in spite of pressing circumstances. He expertly addresses common issues facing youth and demystifies confusing, mixed messages that come from all directions in today’s technological era.

Preston’s vision is to reignite hope for a bright future in the lives of young people. Preston wants every young person to recognize they have immeasurable, irrevocable purpose and value no matter what their past or present circumstances. These special gifts and even their struggles can be transformed into platforms of success. He wants to diffuse societal messages misconstruing success and challenge young people to chase after meaningful, authentic dreams as specially-made individuals.

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