The Visionary and Vision

Love City USA was birthed out of the prayers and heart of Bishop IV Hilliard, Senior Pastor of the New Light Church in the state of Texas. With over 20,000 thousand people to serve, 700 hundred Pastors to pour into, several churches across the state of Texas, God spoke to Bishop Hilliard about an Oasis of faith, fun and fellowship for teenagers to experience God, be equipped and sent out to serve Jesus and others. After years of confessing and believing for a Spirit-filled Urban youth Camp called Love City, the Holy Spirit gave the witness that things were in order and it was time. Love City is an evangelistic magnet on the 63 acre East Campus that will attract and transform young people in ways we have not imagined. Statistics reveal that most believers make their decision to be followers of Christ before age 18, and if the decision is not made before this age, it is extremely difficult to win them in the later years. We desire to offset the plans of the evil one by providing a safe haven for teenagers to be spiritually refreshed, affirmed and empowered.

Many teenagers in the inner city communities lack proper well-rounded programs and even support. Therefore, during the Fall, Spring and Winter seasons, Love City will be a hub for community development in the areas of fitness, fun, and fostering. Many of the youth in our area lack the proper physical activities and information that lead to a healthy lifestyle. As Love City will have a fostering component which will serve as a mentoring program teaching various life skills to the youth, ranging from financial literacy, proper social etiquette, proper attire, along with other important life skills and character education to name a few.

One aspect Love City intentionally provides is Christian disciples through our unique urban fun filled summer camp experience. We wants to engage teenagers is by interfering with their idol time and thoughts during the summer season. After 17 year of hosting the largest urban youth conference in America, Spiritual Encounter, we are beginning a new chapter that will wrap its arms around the entire summer by providing weekly camps to teenagers all across America. After a rigorous academic year and the many changes that students experience, they need to be rejuvenated, redirected and responsible for the next steps God is leading them to take.

Vision Purpose, Mission


Transform lives through a Spiritual Encounter

I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past —- stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. Psalms 78:2-4 NLT


To be an oasis of Faith, Fun, and Fellowship

Through focused innovative program and events, provide fun loving Spirit filled Worship atmosphere’s that set the stage for every attendant to have a life changing experience that will empower them to be effective witnesses for Christ.



The focus of the L.O.V.E. City USA is evangelism and discipleship, to think otherwise is a serious mistake. Statistics reveal that most believers make their decision to be followers of Christ before age 18, and if the decision is not made before this age, it is extremely difficult to win them in later years.

The crown jewel of the MaxLife Legacy will be the efficient development of L.O.V.E. CITY USA an urban Christian youth camp that will be a place of Spiritual refreshing, impartation, and empowerment. We must work together to build a God consciousness in upcoming generations through a genuine Spiritual encounter. It will be a contemporary, first-class youth camp like no other focusing on the Spiritual and physical needs of America’s Urban Youth. It will be discipleship at its best. During off seasons it will be used to host Christian retreats and summits.

There will be age appropriate activities and ministry for each three day camping session. We will provide camping experiences for campers ages 13 through 19 and special camp experiences for ages 9-12. A camp schedule calendar will be posted on our website to give youth groups time to plan. Each church group must have their own leaders who stay in the dorms with their group. Leaders pay the same price as the campers. The leader/camper ratio for ages 7-12 is 1 leader per 8 children. The leader/camper ratio for campers 13-19 is 1 leader per 10 youth. Most activities will be Co-Ed under the watchful eyes of staff and group leaders. Meals will be prepared on site in the food court each day. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at the L.O.V.E. City Quick Stop Shop.

L.O.V.E. CITY USA will initially provide a unique urban fun filled camping experience and Spiritual encounter second to none. We will encourage Christian Athletes to frequent the campgrounds to provide success encouragement to the young campers and their leaders.

The camp ministry programming will have a central theme like Spiritual Encounter has had each year. The messages in the daily ministry sessions will be around this theme that will set the stage for an individual encounter with God. Music will be provided by the L.O.V.E. City musical staff as well as national guest artists.

Through the focused innovative teaching of the Scriptures in a fun-loving Spirit filled Worship atmosphere, we will set the stage for every camper and leader to have a life changing experience that will empower them to be effective witnesses for Christ.



The L.O.V.E. City Community Development Corporation is a 501c3 organization which plans to play a major role in community transformation in Harris County, East Houston. We are aware of the need of more programming for youth who need supervision and direction so that they can become more productive citizens. As a result, we have launched The L.O.V.E. City Community Development Project.

The L.O.V.E. City Community Development Project will focus on three areas: Fitness, Fun, and Fostering. The fitness component will focus on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many of the youth in our area lack of the proper physical activities and information that lead to a healthy lifestyle. L.O.V.E. City will also create a safe environment for youth to have safe fun via indoor-outdoor recreational activities, fishing, and other interactive activities.

Finally, L.O.V.E. City will have a fostering component which will serve as a mentoring program teaching various life skills to the youth, ranging from financial literacy, proper social etiquette, proper attire, along with other important life skills and character education. We will also have a huge focus on academic excellence as a part of our fostering. Our fostering component will also include an interactive focus to bridge the gap between our local law enforcement and the community.

We believe that organized after school and weekend supervised programs not only keep youth out of trouble, but also significantly improves their academic achievement. L.O.V.E. City will provide underserved youth with positive alternatives in a safe and structured environment with a program that teaches life skills and character education.

We believe that a better youth equates to a better community, and that a better community equates to a better city, and that a better city equates to a better state, which inevitably equates to a better nation.

The L.O.V.E City Community Development Project is looking for community partners who will invest in the transformation and operation of this outreach to transform this underserved community. We believe that the L.O.V.E. City Community Development Project is consistent with the heart’s desire of many concerned citizens and hope that you will find it in your heart to support this much-needed program. We respect that many corporations will not give to religious organizations therefore, we have set up this nonprofit division to accommodate these contributors.


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Pastor Khalis Lemons
Love City Coordinator

Staff Opportunities

At this time, we are looking for innovative, passionate, Jesus-loving volunteers to join our Summer Camp 2017 team .  We are eager to meet people who have a growing relationship with God and a desire to impact a rising generation with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

If you are 16 years or Older and a heart to serve, technical skills, creative abilities, heart for field activities, musically inclined, love drama, administration, maybe have official certifications related to student and camp life, you are welcome.  If you feel like you’re committed and called to make an impact, apply today.

Contact Us

New Light Church Executive Office Address
11233 Crown Park Drive Suite A
Houston, TX 77067

Love City Summer Camp Physical Address
7317 E Houston Rd,
Houston, TX 77028

Phone #: 281.765.1980